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Monster unleashed the beast, but was shot down by the court
Advokatfirmaet Hjort
  • Intellectual Property
  • Norway
  • 14 September 2020

International energy drink giant Monster Energy Company recently lost a trademark infringement claim against energy drinks start-up Manimal Energy before the Borgarting Court of Appeals. The appeal court also rejected Monster's claim that Manimal had copied Monster's products in violation of Norwegian marketing law. Despite this setback, Monster may still consider such action successful due to the chilling effect that it could have on competing brands and products.

Supreme Court rules in favour of Apple on trademark debranding
Advokatfirmaet Hjort
  • Intellectual Property
  • Norway
  • 22 June 2020

The Supreme Court recently handed down a decision in a case concerning screens for iPhones imported into Norway by a mobile repair shop operator. The screens, which were not manufactured by Apple, had originally been branded with the Apple logo, but the logos were covered with marker. The question was whether the screens infringed Apple's trademark rights.

New rules on customs seizures: Norway aligns with European Union
Advokatfirmaet Hjort
  • Intellectual Property
  • Norway
  • 08 June 2020

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.

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