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International
Welcome to the domain name zone
In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy before the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the transfer of a domain name that was identical to the complainant’s trademark consisting of two English dictionary words was denied, principally for failing to prove bad faith.
European Union
Proof of entitlement needed to file notice of opposition
In GP Joule PV GmbH & Co KG v EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the EU General Court has defined the issues in order for the EUIPO to declare an opposition ‘inadmissible’ or ‘unfounded’.
India
Auroville looks to Chennai High Court to protect its name
The Auroville Foundation has brought a suit for passing off against Ramaniyam Real Estates Private Limited in order to stop it from using the name ‘Aurovallie’ in relation to a real estate project or any related services.

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26 Jul 2017
Anaqua and Lecorpio merger revealed; CEO pledges to “create something that doesn’t currently exist”
Anaqua and Lecorpio have announced they are to merge, with Anaqua CEO Bob Romeo talking exclusively to World Trademark Review about how the combined company will “provide something that has never before been done in our space”. The move is the latest in a wave of acquisitions to hit the IP services market – but it is unlikely to be the last as competition for trademark spend heats up.
26 Jul 2017
Positive news for luxury brands as advocate general paves way for tighter control of online distribution
In an opinion on a case before the European Court of Justice, Advocate General Wahl has stated that a supplier of luxury goods may prohibit authorised retailers from selling its products on third-party platforms such as Amazon or eBay. If the opinion is followed by the court, it will significantly strengthen the ability of luxury brands to control the exclusivity and market placement of their products.
26 Jul 2017
As critics label Alibaba’s anti-counterfeit efforts a “drop in the bucket”, details emerge of brand alliance progress
Last week Alibaba announced success in a civil suit against a pet food vendor indicted for selling counterfeit cat food on Taobao. While the company highlights the action as an example of its crackdown on counterfeits, one industry commentator has labelled such actions as “window dressing” and called on the e-commerce giant to do more. Against this backdrop, World Trademark Review has obtained information about ongoing discussions between Alibaba and a group of brands on future enforcement efforts.

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