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United States
Fourth Circuit upholds hair-raising decision on likelihood of confusion
The Fourth Circuit has upheld a decision that there was no likelihood of confusion between two competing haircare products displaying 450 on their labels. The court focused its analysis on the strength of the plaintiff’s mark, similarities between the marks, intent and evidence of confusion.
Israel
Israel Patent Office – 2016 Annual Report
The recently published 2016 Annual Report by the Israeli Patent Office (ILPO) summarises its activities and contributions to the IP environment in Israel. An interesting part of the report is dedicated to actions which aim to improve ILPO efficiency. Such actions include, among others, the transition to online services and investment in human resources.
Chile
Avoiding confusion held to be of most importance
The Chilean Supreme Court recently stated that when deciding trademark cases, the courts must endeavour to avoid any possibility of confusion. This seminal decision confirms that the classification of goods and services and the legislative dispositions are always subordinate to this principle.

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27 Jun 2017
Apple and AT&T jostle for top spot as rankings gulf prompts call for new valuation accounting
A new report has revealed that, while Apple ranks as the leading company in terms of intangible value - including brands and trademarks - it drops out of the top 100 entirely when only disclosed intangible value is assessed, with AT&T taking the number one spot. This disparity has led to calls for a “reporting revolution”, in which companies would be required to disclose their opinion of the fair value of key intangible assets. Should this become a reality, it could have a significant impact on trademark practice.
27 Jun 2017
As EUIPO navigates volatile filing environment, research project aims to measure performance and user sentiment
This month, the EUIPO published its 2016 Annual Report, which noted that demand for European trademarks and designs is expected to be volatile going forward. This comes at a time when the office has experienced a significant and growing workload, and is wrestling with a new financial reality. Against this backdrop, filers are being invited to participate in World Trademark Review’s annual EUIPO user survey.
26 Jun 2017
Numerous ‘offensive’ trademark applications filed following Tam ruling; applicants reveal commercial hopes and exploitation fears
It is a week ago today that the Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited ruling in Matal v Tam, holding that the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act violates the US Constitution. On the day of the ruling, there were at least 11 trademark applications filed that could be deemed disparaging or offensive. We reached out to the applicants of these filings to find out why they have chosen now to make their applications, and how they expect last Monday’s decision to affect them.

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The WTR Industry Awards 2017 – which will be presented at an exclusive ceremony at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona – honour leading trademark teams and individuals across a range of sectors. We reveal the shortlist

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