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High damages awarded in Yahoo! trademark infringement case
The recent judgment of the Delhi High Court which recognised and upheld the well-known trademark YAHOO of Yahoo! Inc, while passing an order of permanent injunction against the defendant and granting damages of Rs 3.2 million and costs of Rs 0.64 million in favour of the plaintiff, is an illustration of the recent trend to safeguard and protect the IP assets of a company.
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Sound marks – reality or fiction?
In a recent judgment the EU General Court confirmed the refusal of a sound mark application filed by the Brazilian company Globo Comunicação e Participações SA consisting of a telephone ringtone on the ground that, due to its banality, the mark was devoid of distinctive character.
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.


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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Singapore seeks to turn trademarks into cash

Asia-Pacific is leading the world when it comes to IP collateralisation. Singapore’s groundbreaking IP Financing Scheme recently saw the approval of its first patent-backed loan – and hopefully, lending against trademarks is not far behind

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