Never too Late: If you missed the IPKat last week!

Another week has come to an end but it's not too late to catch up with the latest IPKat posts.


Anastasiia Kyrylenko analysed a new referral to the CJEU concerning communication to the public in hotel rooms (case C-723/22).

A Kat in an hotel room

Trade marks

Giorgio Luceri examined the judgments in T-568/21 and T-569/21 issued by the General Court, on 1 February 2023, relating to two trade mark oppositions filed by Google against the trade mark applications for the signs "GOOGLE CAR" and "GC GOOGLE CAR".

Anna Maria Stein commented on the judgment in T-253/22 issued by the General Court, on 1 February 2023, regarding refusal of the application for trade mark registration of the verbal sign “Sustainability through Quality”.

Giorgio Luceri gave IPKat readers some thoughts on the judgment in T-204/22 (Rimini Street, Inc. v EUIPO) issued by, the General Court on 15 February 2023. The case deals with the topic of whether the registration of slogans is allowed by EU trade mark law.

Katfriend Paolo Maria Gangi reviewed the decision of the Southern District Court of New York, issued on 14 February 2023, seeing the French Luxury House Hermès against NFT creator Rothschild.

Katfriends Gillian Tan and Mark Teng discussed a recent decision issued by the Court of Appeal of Singapore clarifying the meaning and application of Singapore's judicial understanding of “distinctiveness”.

Design law

Marcel Pemsel provided an analysis of the preliminary ruling of the CJEU in case C-472/21 (Monz Handelsgesellschaft International). This case underlines the challenging aspect of the interpretation of the requirements of ‘visibility’ and ‘normal use’.


Rose Hugues commented on the decision in T 1158/20 issued by the Board of Appeal, on 22 November 2022. The Board of Appeal finds ViCo is now equivalent to in-person proceedings, and that G 1/21 "gold-standard" no longer applies.

Rose Hugues wondered what the Windsor Framework means for UK Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) system.

Henry P Yang gave some explanations on the new referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union on Article 3(c) of the Regulation concerning the Supplementary Protection Certificate.


Katfriends Irene Calboli and Jacques de Werra provided IPKat readers with a summary of the Fifth IP & Innovation Researchers of Asia (IPIRA) Conference.

Katfriends Giorgia Golzio and Daniele Golzio reflected on the contribution of women to technological advancement, with profiles of some notable female inventors throughout history being reviewed too.

Never too Late: If you missed the IPKat last week! Never too Late: If you missed the IPKat last week! Reviewed by Kevin Bercimuelle-Chamot on Thursday, March 09, 2023 Rating: 5

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