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IP Australia releases 2017 annual report: statistics and co-filings
The Australian patent office, IP Australia, has released its 2017 report covering proceedings for 2016. The report deals firstly with statistics on patents, trademarks, designs and plant breeders’ rights, as well as overseas filings by Australian residents, and secondly with an analysis of the collaboration between Australian industry and universities based on co-filings for IP rights.
Does the ‘part included in the whole’ principle apply to services under Class 35?
The Court of Appeal recently issued a decision stating that although a trademark application for retail services of certain goods in Class 35 was similar to a senior trademark, the application could not be rejected on the grounds of confusing similarity unless the owner of the senior trademark proved that it was genuinely used on retail services for the concerned goods.
United States
TTAB denies registration of CITY CLUB mark due to prior rights
In a non-precedential decision the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board denied registration to CITY CLUB for soft drinks based on the opposer’s earlier use of the same mark for the same goods, holding that the opposer had not abandoned its mark. The case serves as a reminder that a cancelled registration does not guarantee that the trademark owner has abandoned the mark without a claim of common law rights.


26 May 2017
adidas, Amazon and Apple team members head up list of the world’s leading corporate trademark professionals
Last week, World Trademark Review published the WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals. The list was generated from a community led research project designed to identify the individuals deemed to be the leading lights of the industry. Amongst the companies with the most trademark team members included are those from adidas, Amazon, Apple, Google, Mars, Red Bull and Sky.
25 May 2017
INTA pledges to investigate complaints over grand finale overcrowding and attendees being refused entry
The International Trademark Association (INTA) has told World Trademark Review that it will be following up on complaints made by members following Wednesday evening’s grand finale of the INTA Annual Meeting. The confirmation came after a number of members voiced concerns about overcrowding, with one delegate reporting that her guests were refused entry to the gala despite paying for guest tickets.
24 May 2017
Puppies, sword fighting, exploding tapas and upset counterfeiters: INTA 2017 standout moments
Last night the WTR Industry Awards celebrated another year of excellence in corporate trademark practice. While we are in the awards mood, we thought we should recognise the standout moments and individuals from this year’s Annual Meeting.

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Lanham Act boundaries brought to fore in 2016

Notable decisions in 2016 expanded the Lanham Act’s borders of extraterritorial application, while the constitutional debate over Section 2(a) is poised for resolution in 2017
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IPBC Global 2017
June 18-20 2017 - Ottawa, Canada
 The world's principal forum for senior thought leaders who specialise in the business of IP is celebrating its 10th anniversary. A must-attend event!

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The WTR Industry Awards recognise the work carried out by in-house trademark counsel, and identify those teams and individuals that are performing to the highest level.

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