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Supreme People's Court issues rules on online infringement of personal rights
China’s Supreme People’s Court has issued a new judicial interpretation regarding online infringement of personal rights. This judicial interpretation is intended to deal with the increasing problem of online defamation and unfair competition activities in China. The personal rights referred to in the judicial interpretation include the rights of honour, portrait and privacy.
United States
Philips' electric toothbrush base assembly design held to lack acquired distinctiveness
In In re Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV, in a precedential decision, the TTAB has affirmed the refusal to register a mark consisting of the base assembly of an electric toothbrush. Among other things, the TTAB held that “mere figures demonstrating successful product sales are not probative of purchaser recognition of a configuration as an indication of source”.
India
Bombay High Court grants injunction based on family of marks
In Neon Laboratories Ltd v Themis Medicare Ltd, the Bombay High Court has restrained pharmaceutical companies Themis and Ciron from using their XYLOX marks based on Neon Laboratories’ family of LOX marks. The decision is significant in that a three-letter mark for pharmaceutical products was found to be distinctive of a particular company.

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21 Oct 2014
Google steps up anti-piracy efforts

While focused more on copyright infringement - with particular emphasis on the entertainment industry - than on trademark rights violations, the latest changes to Google’s anti-piracy efforts are worth reporting. Not least because they break a few previously held assumptions on what the company can and can’t do. The company’s How Google Fights Piracy report outlines how...

17 Oct 2014
The trademark challenges awaiting the incoming USPTO director

On World Trademark Review last month we reported on President Obama’s nomination of Danny Marti for the position of US IP Enforcement Coordinator, noting that the wait continued for a permanent Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director at the USPTO, 19 months after the departure of David Kappos. The wait may soon be over following yesterday’s announcement...

17 Oct 2014
Landmark judgment handed down in dispute between Richemont and ISPs

The High Court in London has this morning delivered a landmark judgment establishing that trademark owners can secure court orders blocking websites that are structured to infringe their trademark rights by selling counterfeit goods online. The decision is believed to be the first in which an application for a website-blocking order against internet service providers (ISPs) in order to combat...

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