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European Union
A prickly case – ECJ upholds opposition against CACTUS mark
The EU Intellectual Property Office has appealed a decision concerning two opposing marks containing the word 'cactus', based on a likelihood of confusion. The European Court of Justice considered whether a previous case regarding specificity of goods and services covered by trademark applications applied retrospectively, and whether use of the device aspect of an earlier mark alone could constitute genuine use of the earlier mark and thus fall within the regulation.
United States
Glove manufacturer gets burned in US design patent damages case
A California jury has held that Seirus infringed Columbia Sportswear’s design patent and utility patent, both relating to heat-reflective materials. In the first case on the matter since Samsung v Apple, in which the Supreme Court held that an “article of manufacture” may be a single component instead of the entire end product, the jury awarded Columbia the entire amount of Seirus’ profits on the product.
European Union
ECJ clarifies relation between infringement procedure and invalidation counterclaim
The European Court of Justice has clarified that national courts must rule on the counterclaim for a declaration of invalidity before they can dismiss an infringement action based on the same grounds for invalidity. However, this does not prevent the court from dismissing the infringement action before the ruling on the counterclaim is made final.

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21 Nov 2017
Analysis ICANN criticised for “premature” WHOIS data move as more registries reveal GDPR compliance plans
As the ICANN community grapples with the potential threat of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation regime to the WHOIS system, the organisation is deferring enforcement actions over noncompliance with contractual obligations related to the handling of registration data. The move has been criticised as a “reactionary” gambit by one leading IP expert.
21 Nov 2017
News Valuing the monarchy, a counterfeiting crackdown and avoiding brand backlashes: news round-up
In our latest news round-up we report on a new collaboration that aims to leave counterfeiters with “nowhere to hide”, examine Brand Finance’s research into the brand value of the British monarchy, assess the USTR’s IP priorities in the NAFTA negotiations and look at the communication challenge facing brands when partisan tensions are at an all-time high. Coverage this time from Trevor Little (TL), Adam Houldsworth (AH) and Timothy Au (TA).
21 Nov 2017
News Speaker line-up revealed for Brand Strategy China 2017
World Trademark Review is pleased to unveil the speaking faculty for the second annual Brand Strategy China event, taking place in Shanghai on December 7. Amongst the confirmed speakers on our high level roster are senior industry leaders from adidas, Chanel, Honeywell, NBC Universal, New Balance and Whirlpool Corporation.

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No magic cure – why product authentication will not stop Chinese counterfeiters

Several technology companies are promising to eradicate counterfeits from the Chinese marketplace as part of their marketing push. However, rights holders should be wary of trusting that product authentication will make a major dent in the battle against fakes in China
Dean Arnold reports

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