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Sunday, 20 August 2006


Latest ETMR

The September 2006 issue of Sweet & Maxwell's monthly European Trade Mark Reports has now been published, once again ahead of schedule (well done, Sweets). Cases reported in English for the first time in this issue are

* SA Inès de la Fressange v Inès Seignard de la Fressange (Cour d'appel de Paris, France) - a celebrity, having assigned trade mark rights to her name, is nonetheless protected against the assignee's false representation that she remains associated with the assignee's business;

* PepsiCo Inc v Coca-Cola (District Court, Utrecht, The Netherlands) - action for infringement of Benelux mark is an abuse of process, where a previous action for infringement of the identical Community trade mark was already rejected.
Another fascinating decision reported in this issue is Adidas-Salomon AG v Draper (Chancery Division, England and Wales), in which adidas won the first round of what will probably be a lengthy struggle against the world's tennis authorities as to whether their rules can limit the use of adidas' three-stripe trade mark on tenniswear used in major tournaments.

As usual, the IPKat is delighted to receive suggestions from his readers as to any cases they'd like to see reported in full in the ETMR. Please email your suggestions here.

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