The International energy drinks giant Monster Energy Company recently lost a trademark infringement claim against the energy drinks start-up Manimal Energy, before Borgarting Court of Appeals in Norway. The appeal court also rejected Monster’s claim that Manimal had copied Monster’s products in violation of Norwegian marketing law.
On Friday, June 12 2020, by royal decree, the areas “Utsira Nord” and “Sørlige Nordsjø II” were opened for offshore renewables, including offshore wind power. This means it will be possible to submit license applications for offshore wind power projects. At the same time the King also adopted a regulation which supplements the Ocean Energy Act and clarifies the licensing process.
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Norway is introducing new rules on customs seizures of goods that infringe IP rights. The new rules are likely to take effect from January 2021 and are more aligned with the comparable EU rules than the current Norwegian regulations. Nonetheless, Norway will not become part of the EU-wide system for submitting and handling applications for border seizures. Rights holders that have already filed an application for customs seizures in the European Union pursuant to the EU Customs Regulation (608/2013) will still have to file a new application for customs seizures in Norway pursuant to the Norwegian Customs Act.
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Consumers increasingly want to make choices that are good for the environment. This is a trend that has been picked up by marketing departments worldwide, and as consumers we are increasingly told that the products we buy and the businesses we buy our products from, favor the environment. But all that glitters, it not gold, and some of this marketing is nothing but “greenwashing.” Consumer authorities have begun to take steps against such misleading marketing.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson seems determined to lead Britain out of the European Union with or without a deal on October 31st. Given the latest events, (no breakthroughs in talks between United Kingdom and EU, and the “suspension” of Parliament from September 11th to October 14th) the conclusion must be that the risk of United Kingdom leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement (so-called “hard Brexit” or “no-deal Brexit”) is vastly increasing.