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Trademark Roundup: 13 November 2017

An extremely quiet start to the week. All we have so far, is some commentary on the latest EU trademark regs. Also, news, that in Qatar marks can now be electronically filed and some trademark issues, Portlandia style.



Title: The new EU Trade Mark Regulation since October of 2017: Coelho Ribeiro e Associados

Author: Lexology

Date: 6 November 2017


Extract: The reform of the European Union trademark system has moved a step forward with the publication of (i) the Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/1430 of 18 May 2017 supplementing Council Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 on the European Union trade mark and repealing Commission Regulations (EC) No 2868/95 and (EC) No 216/96, and (ii) Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1431 of 18 May 2017 laying down detailed rules for implementing certain provisions of Council Regulation (EC) No 207/2009 on the European Union trade mark. These new regulations mainly address procedural issues.


Title: Qatar ministry launches electronic trademark registration

Author: The Peninsula

Date: 12 November 2017


Extract:  The Ministry of Economy and Commerce has announced the launch of the electronic trademark registration service for entrepreneurs through the Ministry’s website.This comes within the framework of the Ministry’s keenness to improve and develop services to upgrade the business services system in Qatar and to facilitate and expedite the delivery of services to the Ministry’s clients through the adoption of the best international practices in the field of intellectual property, and provide an integrated electronic system of high quality to support owners of trademarks and the preservation of intellectual property rights, in accordance with applicable laws and conventions and international treaties.


Title: Despite hurdles, city still wants to trademark ‘Portland, Oregon’ sign

Author: KATU

Date: 9 November 2017


Extract:  The city of Portland is still determined to trademark the iconic “Portland, Oregon” sign in the category of beer, wine, and alcohol.

A KATU story Wednesday detailed the controversy.

Old Town Pizza & Brewing has the trademark for the white stag seen on the sign, and it uses it on its beer. But the city wants to license the image to national beer companies and it thinks there’s room for that.

“As long as they’re just using their stag, we don’t have a problem with that,” said Bryant Enge, the director of Portland Bureau of Internal Business Services, on Thursday. “In fact, we recognize their ability to use and license the stag. What we’re saying is that the city wants the ability to use and be able to license the entire Portland, Oregon sign.”


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