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Reform of IP governance in Ukraine
The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved Decree 585 that will launch the reform of state governance in the IP sphere. It is believed that the reform will ultimately result in the creation of a single national patent office instead of the existing two-tier model and will increase transparency and efficiency of governance in the IP sphere.
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Who is going to pay Alexander Wang $90 million?
The US District Court for the Southern District of New York has entered a default judgment in favour of Alexander Wang Inc and AW Licensing LLC – the entity that owns all of Alexander Wang’s IP rights – against 45 defendants, many of whose identities are unknown, for wilful counterfeiting and cybersquatting, awarding the plaintiffs a total of $90.8 million.
Domain name dispute resolution in Peru
The World Intellectual Property Organisation Arbitration and Mediation Centre has recently issued an important decision after Facebook Inc filed a complaint against Master Inc in order to obtain the transfer of the domain name ‘’.


20 Oct 2016
Amazon condemnation escalates as Apple claims 90% of its branded items sold on site are fake
Criticism of the availability of counterfeits on Amazon has been turned up a notch after Apple suggested that as much as 90% of items being sold as genuine Apple products by the e-tailer are fakes. The claim was made in a lawsuit filed by Apple in the Northern District of California this week, in which it accuses a company named Mobile Star LLC of trademark infringement.
19 Oct 2016
Trademark bidders are back with a vengeance: report reveals the revenues lost by brands
New research reveals that, after a decline across the previous two quarters, in Q3 2016 the number of third-party advertisers bidding on trademark terms on Google jumped 32%. Across the search engine landscape, such bidding resulted in 2.5 billion impressions – and 38 million clicks – being lost by brands.
18 Oct 2016
Country brand leaders revealed, and how their value impacts corporate worth
New research from Brand Finance has revealed that, while the United States’ nation brand boasts the biggest overall value, Singapore comes out top for brand strength. While trademark counsel are rightly focused on the value that resides in the corporate brands that they protect and nurture, it is important not to under-emphasise the impact that national identity and worth has to the health of corporate brand value – and vice versa.

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Takedown shake-ups: strengthening brand protection on online marketplaces

Frustration over the sale of counterfeits on digital marketplaces has reached a peak in recent months. We asked some of the world’s biggest brand owners what gold-standard protection mechanisms might improve the situation and examined how realistic their suggestions are
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