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In Future Enterprises Pte Ltd v EU Intellectual Property Office. the EU General Court held that McDonald’s reputation makes it possible to have exclusive rights to the use and registration of trademarks that contain the prefix ‘Mac’ or ‘Mc’ for food and beverages.

In World Trade Centers Association Inc v House of Infrabuild Private Limited. a single judge of the Bombay High Court has granted an interim injunction restraining Infrabuild Private Limited from using the marks WORLD TRADE CENTER/CENTRE NASHIK and WTC. Infrabuild failed to appear before the court in spite of being served with a notice.

The Israel Patent Office has refused registration of the word marks LUBAVITCH and CHABAD, holding that they are names of a religious movement which cannot be monopolised.

The low-cost Raspberry Pi computer celebrated the sale of its 10 millionth unit last week, and has been hailed in the technology sector as a transformative device for education and developing nations. For those in the intellectual property space, one attorney tells World Trademark Review that the device could be used to reduce costs and streamline the more common tasks of IP law firms.

While still in its nascent stages, the success of Pokémon GO has provided a glimpse into the potential of augmented reality (AR) – and if the technology goes truly mainstream, there will be a direct impact on the work of trademark counsel. A new study from Perkins Coie and virtual reality proponent Upload takes a look at industry expectations for AR and virtual reality.

World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the publication of the latest editions of Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide and India: Managing the IP Lifecycle.


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