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Monday, 8 September 2003


The September 2003 issue of the European Trade Mark Reports has now hit the streets. It contains the ECJ ruling in Libertel that colours can be registered as trade marks under Directive 89/104 and the Advocate General's Opinion in Shield Mark v Kist (still not available elsewhere in English) that, apart from musical notation, sounds are unlikely to be registrable. Additionally there are English language texts of the two French Greenpeace decisions (no interim relief in trade mark infringement proceedings where there is a freedom of speech issue), the Belgian D'Ieteren case (WECOVER registrable for insurance services) and the Turkish La Chemise Lacoste case (slogans follow the same criteria of registrability as other word marks).

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