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Colours and shapesRed Bull GmbH (supported by Marques) v EUIPO, Optimum Mark sp. z o.o. (CJEU; C-124/18; 29.07.19) The CJEU held that the combination of two colours was insufficiently clear and precise to be registered as a trade mark under Article 4 of Regulation 207/2009, despite the fact that the marks had been registered on the basis of acquired distinctiveness through use. Optimum applied to invalidate two of Red Bull’s marks. Both marks claimed protection for the colours blue and silver, the first in a ratio of “approximately 50%-50%” and the second “in equal proportion and juxtaposed to each other”.
one of the IP5 offices (European, US, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean) to act as a “main ISA” leading a collaborative exercise, the result of which will be that the main ISA issues a search report and written opinion in Chapter I based on both its own work and on inputs from the other four offices (called “peer ISAs”).Such a collaborative exercise is currently officially called “collaborative search and examination (CS&E)”; but to avoid possible confusion with other initiatives (and possible future renaming), in this report the exercise will be called “PCT-IP5 search”.
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‘Brexit’ poses considerable challenges for intellectual property law and presents uncertainty as to the involvement of the UK, following its exit from the EU, in existing and proposed international regimes involving EU law.
The UK Government has indicated intent to repeal the European Communities Act 1972, which incorporates European Union law into the law of the UK, but nevertheless to preserve the existing body of EU law – the acquis – in the national law.