Sorainen has successfully represented SA Kunstihoone in registering the Tallinna Kunstihoone trademark.
SA Kunstihoone is a foundation established by the Estonian Artists’ Association and the Ministry of Culture.
According to Sorainen, “the Estonian Patent Office refused the registration of the word mark Tallinna Kunstihoone on the ground that the word combination Tallinna Kunstihoone means “art gallery located in Tallinn” and, thus, the mark is descriptive and not distinctive.”
The firm reported it had “challenged the refusal by claiming that the trademark is well-known and has acquired distinctiveness through an intensive, wide-scale, long-term, and continuous use dating back to the year 1934.” The Estonian Patent Office ultimately decided to grant the registration.
Sorainen’s team included Partner Kaupo Lepasepp and Senior Associate Olivia Kranich.