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Trademark renewal notice
Trademark owners with registrations in Burundi should be aware that trademarks registered before 2009 must be renewed before 2019 in order to remain valid, despite initially being registered for an indefinite term.
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Knives are no longer out over LAGUIOLE cutlery registration
The European Court of Justice has recognised the admissibility of a EU Intellectual Property Office appeal and confirmed that French company the Forge of Laguiole may oppose the registration of LAGUIOLE as an EU trademark for knives and cutlery; however, opposition is limited to areas in which the company actually pursues business activity.
European Union
General Court decides which REGENT reigns supreme
The General Court recently confirmed the likelihood of confusion between the word mark REGENT UNIVERSITY and the figurative mark REGENT'S COLLEGE LONDON for identical services in Class 41. The court rejected the applicant’s claims that the Second Board of Appeal had made errors in its assessment when comparing the signs at issue.

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26 Apr 2017
As mysterious Gleissner trademark portfolio grows, insider denies “far-fetched” claim of link to domain acquisitions
Over six months after our original reporting into the vast trademark and domain portfolio of entertainment magnate Michael Gleissner, his attorneys are continuing their prolific filing activity. While industry experts speculate that the mysterious filings could be linked to acquiring lucrative domain names, a source related to one of Gleissner’s companies tells World Trademark Review that this claim is “far-fetched” and “gross” – and reveals an unusual business strategy involving the ‘farming’ of brands.
25 Apr 2017
New paper reignites war of words on brand valuation ranking tables
A white paper from trademark database manager Markables calls on the brand valuation industry to cease publication of ranking tables, and has reignited the debate over valuation methodologies – with valuers, brands and the media coming under fire.
24 Apr 2017
Brand owners “are not taking appropriate steps to stop counterfeiting”, claims Indian regional official
A minister from the government of the Indian state of West Bengal has called on trademark owners to be more diligent in reporting suspected counterfeiting to local authorities, arguing that many “do not take it up seriously” when it comes to fighting fakes.

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