A US appeals court last month declined to answer whether aesthetic functionality is a valid defence to trade mark infringement in a dispute that has pitted Maker's Mark Distillery against Diageo North America and Tequila Cuervo La Rojena. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Maker's Mark has exclusive use of its signature red dripping wax seal.
The New Zealand government has released proposals to enforce plain packaging for cigarettes as part of a campaign to eliminate smoking by 2025. Tobacco companies have already stated their opposition.
The US Supreme Court declined to review a decision to prevent renewal of the Havana Club trade mark in the US. Pernod Ricard, which sells the rum, immediately said it had registered the mark Havanista with the USPTO to sell its drink in the US if and when the Cuban embargo is lifted.
Fu Shuangjian, deputy secretary of the National Copyright Administration, told reporters that Proview is the owner of the iPad trade mark in China. He said Apple appeared to have failed to comply with Article 39 of the Trademark Law, which outlines the procedure to register a trade mark transfer.