What makes all of this notable is that Mr Gleissner appears to have filed a considerable number of cancellation actions -– possibly tens or even hundreds. There doesn't appear to be any easy way to search the OHIM Register for all cancellation actions filed by a specific applicant [perhaps one of our knowledgeable readers may be able to provide an answer as to how this can be done]. However the Kat's friend, checking some cancellation action numbers across a range, including the numbers of his clients’ actions, found cancellation actions running between numbers 000011340C (for the mark Indion for a Spanish registrant) up to 000011640C (for the mark TILT for a UK registrant), all in the name of American Franchise Marketing Limited. There does not seem to be any obvious connection between the businesses for which the various marks under challenge are registered.
The question behind all of this is: might Mr Gleissner be seeking to perform a public service in eliminating clutter, cleaning up the CTM register by bringing non-use cancellation actions against an apparently random selection of five-year-old-plus CTM registrations? Or does he really have genuine commercial plans to exploit all these marks himself? Is he, as Merpel suggests, in training for a Gold Medal in the Cancellation
Around the weblogs 1. The US Ninth Circuit ruling in Lenz v Universal Music Corp. (the "baby dancing to The Artist Formerly Known as 'The Artist Formerly Known as Prince'" case) has attracted a lot of attention on account of its facts, but anyone who appreciates a good rant about the law may wish to take a peep at the always eventful Scrivener's Error blog, masterminded by C.E. Petit. Elsewhere, "Who owns a Banksy Mural?", asks IP Draughts' Mark Anderson, developing a theme covered earlier by Art & Artifice on the return of Art Buff to the unlikely location of Folkestone. Aistemos reviews the USPTO's open records policy regarding PatentsView and the problems of accurate official patent records. The jiplp weblog announces the next cooperative seminar on 28 October between leading IP journals JIPLP and GRUR Int., this time on a topic where IP is dwarfed by the enormity of alleged competition law infractions: the power of internet search engines (read: Google) to create, dominate and distort a market. Finally, on the MARQUES Class 99 design law weblog, Hidde Koenraad reminds the world that, when it comes to goods made in different colours, design right and trade mark rights do not work the same way.
Around the weblogs 2. The talented and resourceful Nedim Malovic contributes a guest post to the 1709 Blog on the recent Court of Justice of the European Union ruling in Case C-516/13 (the 'Labianca' case) on whether the distribution right encompasses the advertisement of copyright-protected works for sale. The same blog, thanks to Ben Challis, relates a half-million dollar attorneys' costs award in favour of "YMCA" co-writer Victor Willis's efforts to re-establish his credentials as an author, The SPC Blog announces this year's long-awaited SPC Seminar for 10 November, again kindly hosted by Olswang: early booking is advised for this unusual event.
Must Article 8(1) ... be interpreted as meaning that it is in the context of proceedings concerning an infringement of an intellectual property right if, after the definitive termination of proceedings in which it was declared that an intellectual property right was infringed, the applicant in separate proceedings seeks information on the origin and distribution networks of the goods or services by which that intellectual property right is infringed (for example, for the purpose of being able to quantify the damage precisely and subsequently seek compensation for it)?This Kat has no idea what the underlying dispute is about, but is always willing to hear from readers who know. If you want to tell the UK government what to think, can you please email the UK Intellectual Property Office here by close of play tomorrow?
TIPLO dinner. "The Ten Commandments of IP Dispute Resolution" is the title of a forthcoming dinner event organised by The Intellectual Property Organisation (TIPLO) on Tuesday 20 October in the Old Court Room, Lincoln’s Inn. IPKat blogmeister Jeremy is speaking and Clyde & Co's David Wilkinson is in the chair. The theme runs like this:
In recent times there has been a proliferation of increasingly user-friendly and affordable IP courts and alternative dispute resolution services, to cope with the rising tide of IP disputes.If you want to join the fun, just click here for further details.
Can we cope with the wave of disputes as it rises to Biblical proportions - or do we need a new set of Ten Commandments to help us reach the Promised Land of the Overriding Objective?