What is real
is not external form.”
In the coming months we will have a case related to a supposed generic name of a Swiss traditional bread producer’s brand. The problem lies in the refusal of the German office to register that trademark based on the fact that the name of the trademarks is generic.
We consider this refusal difficult to understand, given that more than 95% of the offices to which the application for registration of the trademark was filed did not raise this issue. However, we will mobilize and prepare to show that all of the information invoked by the examiner in support of the refusal, in particular the results arising from searches made on Google, are linked to our contractual partners who have full rights to use the respective trademark. Therefore, it cannot be a generic name, being used in the online environment by legitimate entities who do not dispose of it because it belongs to the public domain and is widely spread.
A large part of our team has been present at the most important IP-event held this year in Boston, in May 2019. Our colleagues have met several partners and colleagues. They have also negotiated, during face-to-face meetings, key aspects of pending deals in the name of our clients. It was also another year when our ( learn more )
Among our recent large mandates, we are proud to count the IP due-diligence performed in the name of a famous US investment-fund, who just bought a network of private clinics in Eastern-Europe. The focus is not only on the brand itself, but also on additional good-will which can be captured through several assets including websites, ( learn more )
We represent an important Swiss company in the FMCG industry, in relation to a foreign patent extended to Europe. Our task is to help them in preparing the file able to stop the expansion of the patent to Europe. The difficulty resides in the need to find earlier public documentation, a soft-skill necessary in this ( learn more )