Opposition to GORGONZOLA Certification Trade Mark Application Rejected
In Consorzio per la Tutela del Formaggio Gorgonzola v Dairy Companies Association of New Zealand Incorporated 2022 NZIPOTM 13 an Assistant Commissioner (AC) was not persuaded that GORGONZOLA has become a descriptive or generic term for cheese in New Zealand.
UK Government Issues Response to Consultation on UK Design Protection
Following the completion of the earlier announced consultation on UK design protection, and in light of the responses received, the UK Government has issued its response, indicating the aspects of the law that are likely to be reviewed or be the subject of further investigation.
Strike Out Decision Confirms High Bar for Establishing Bad Faith
In Lidl Great Britain Ltd v Tesco Stores Ltd 2022 EWHC 1434 the Judge declined to infer bad faith from overlapping registrations for a mark that remained unused over a prolonged period.
Bill to Implement NZ-UK FTA Introduced to Parliament
Following on from the earlier notified Agreement in Principle for a NZ-UK Free Trade Agreement, the United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement Legislation Bill has now been introduced to New Zealand’s parliament as part of the process towards final ratification of the agreement.
All In Good Time – Doctrine of Laches Defence Rejected
In A.I.G. Agency Inc v American International Group 21-1948 the Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit’s (CA8C’s) application of the doctrine of progressive encroachment led it to reject the district court’s finding of a doctrine of laches defence.