Experience

 #Hashtags protected as trademarks have been arising uncertainty worldwide, Manchester United Limited opposed to the registration of #WE ARE UNITED EC.

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A North American company with operations in Central America invested US $150 Million in cellphone towers and infrastructure. 

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In Consolidated Artists B.V. v. Marroquinera S.A. the IP Office held that a combination of two registered marks resulting in a confusingly similar mark is not subject to registration.

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SPEEDO Holdings B.V. filed an opposition against a local textile manufacturer who seeked protection for a similar boomerang device. The IP Office decided that even though the counterparty set out very detailed differences between the designs, the examination needed to see the marks as a whole, from the consumer's point of view, and rejected the application.

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In Doctors Associates Inc. v. Surfway, a riptide of C&D letters, and an administrative infringement action was needed to confirm the removal of the infringing SURFWAY restaurant in one of Ecuador's main surf villages, Montañita.

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Polmos Siedlce secured registrations for its well-known marks CHOPIN VODKA after an initial rejection for alleged violation of Frédéric Chopin's name and likeness.
The IP Appeal Board reversed the decision, granted the registrations and sets a new precedent in Ecuador.

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The legal battle between Chile and Peru over the appellation of origin PISCO involves discussions regarding the fabrication process, quality, flavour and of course trademarks. Should the Ecuadorian Trademark office cancel the mark PISCO SOTAQUI from a Chilean company if the government of Peru challenged it?  

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