October 16, 2023

IL TM Update: Court holds that smell-a-likes are not infringing

In a recent judgment, the Tel Aviv District Court held that the marketing of smell alike perfumes does not amount to trademark infringement and does not violate other goodwill-related causes of action. The defendant’s products were marketed under the defendant’s name “Oil de L’amor” below which appeared the word “compatible” in small font and then […]

June 21, 2023

IL TM Update: New Legislation To Encourage Parallel Importation

As part of government policy to encourage parallel importation, Amendment 23 of the Economic Competition Act, 2023 was enacted for the purpose of limiting activities by authorized importers to prevent parallel importation. Despite this recent legislative initiative, some exceptions to parallel trade still remain. One of the key provisions of the new legislation bans the […]

March 15, 2023

ILTMO Update: Bad Faith Use Of A Mark Can Lead To Its Revocation

In a recent precedential decision, the ILTMO held that bad faith use of a trademark registration can lead to its revocation. The decision involved a petition to revoke a trademark registration for a stylized logo design of the mark BMX for bicycles. When the trademark application was examined, the trademark owner conceded that BMX per […]

July 18, 2022

IL TM Update: Parallel Imports Not Permitted in Cases of Split TM Ownership

In a recent precedential judgment (CA 7934/20 Jafora v. Ben Shlush), the Israel Supreme Court held that in cases of split ownership of the same trademark in Israel and another country, trademark rights are not exhausted and parallel imports are not permitted. Jafora, Israel’s second largest manufacturer of soft drinks, is the registered owner of […]

December 7, 2021

ILTMO Update: New Instructions on ‘Cannabis Trademarks’

In a recent decision, the ILTMO held that ‘cannabis trademarks’ and trademarks containing derivatives of the word cannabis must be limited to cannabis-related goods and that the use of cannabis trademarks in connection with non-cannabis products may render them deceptive and subject to revocation. Applicant filed a trademark application for the mark CANNASMETICS in classes […]

December 1, 2021

IL TM Update: Important Decision on Non-Use and Recordal of Trademark Licenses

In a recent important decision, the ILTMO held that revocation of a trademark registration on grounds of non-use is discretionary and that registrations of well-known trademarks will not be revoked even if the use requirements were not satisfied. The ILTMO also significantly mitigated the adverse non-use consequences in case of failure to record trademark licenses. […]

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