No IP on IP

IPWhile many are meeting each other during GRUR or Marques the IP world might have been exposed to an unknown disaster: the abbreviation IP was nearly claimed as a trademark.

The OHIM however did not surrender and protected IP from being monopolized: they refused the trademark as shown left. Of course, you could say that protection only concerns the device elements, but then again, in some countries people generally do not speak English and according current EU case law you get some protection anyway.

The applicant filed an Appeal but the Board did not have a different point of view: IP has a general meaning for the relevant public of legal services and the device elements are so minimal that it does not render the whole mark distinctive. So, happily no IP on IP!

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