Recording of Trade Mark Webinar– Use Requirements in the EU

Ian Bartlett and Duncan J. Morgan | July 2017

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In this webinar, Partner Ian Bartlett and Associate Duncan Morgan provided an analysis of which marks parties should rely upon in opposition and cancellation proceedings in the EU, bearing in mind the often misunderstood use requirement in the EU.  Particular attention was paid to the EUIPO’s seemingly unique approach requiring use be shown if one owns earlier registrations on which one is not relying in the subject proceedings in certain circumstances.

Key cases:

·         PATHFINDER (Case R 1785/2008-4 (OHIM Fourth Board of Appeal Nov. 15, 2011)

·         Kabelplus AG v. GROUPE CANAL+, SA & CANAL+ FRANCE, Société Anonyme à Directoire et Conseil de Surveillance, Case R 1260/2013-2 (OHIM Second Board of Appeal Feb. 13, 2014)