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CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI

Very difficult registration of a descriptive trademark

17.05.2018


One of our Clients in the beer industry who sells his products mainly in Hungary has initiated a trademark protection procedure within the European Intellectual Property Office.
The European IP Officers rejected the procedure because the trademark laked distinctiveness and referred to a certain geographical area in Europe. On this criteria, the European IP Office has issued a provisional refusal.

Taking into account their arguments we have formulated the following responses:

  1. First of all, we have demonstrated that our Client’s trademark is distinctive following its intense use and on this issue, we filed evidence that the trademark is known and intensively used through social media and traditional media. Also, we took into consideration the Client’s awards for different products, invoices, vendor lists, and the maps of the areas where the Client sells the products.
  2. Another reason was that the brand name is not associated with its own sense. This is a European trademark and the percentage of Hungarian population is 2%. We were wondering how many Hungarians understand the proper sense of this trademark.
  3. We have conducted a survey at European level, in 5 countries, that demonstrated people did not associate the Hungarian Trademark with a beer product.

Given this arguments, the European IP Office appreciated the merits of the arguments and approved the trademark registration.

18.09.2020

Class down, trademark up

Between August and September 2020, we faced a fairly common issue in the world of intellectual property. We have identified a similar trademark to that of one of our clients. The next step was contacting and starting the negotiation procedure with the opposing party in order to waive the protection of one of the classes, ( learn more )

14.09.2020

Registration criteria for slogans

Although many famous slogans enjoy incredible success, many others face the barrier of not being able to be registered. What could be the main reason why a short series of words cannot be registered? What is the definition of a slogan? Before finding out the reasons why certain slogans cannot be registered, we need to ( learn more )

08.09.2020

Readying your brand to go abroad

The internet’s boundless borders have paved the way for small businesses to become international. Businesses that operate online also maintain multiple platforms of operation, including a website and social media accounts, and thereby increasing visibility and access to both consumers and potential brand abusers alike. Having brand protection that spans borders and countries is becoming ( learn more )