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Changing down a gear: prestige brand opts for bargain basement court
The IPEC has found in favour of BMW, the owner of the MINI mark, ruling that there was a genuine risk that the website at ‘www.minigearbox.co.uk’ would be perceived as either an official BMW website or as having been licensed or authorised by BMW. However, in light of earlier proceedings between the parties, one may wonder why BMW did not seek a fine or imprisonment for contempt of court.
International
IP protection in Ukraine and Russia in light of Crimean conflict
On July 22 2014 the Ukrainian Patent and Trademark Office held a roundtable on issues related to IP protection in Crimea, a former Ukrainian region annexed by Russia in March. The discussion centred on the legal status of IP rights owners and the protection of IP rights in Crimea. On the same date, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin signed a law regulating IP protection in Crimea.
Switzerland
Mark owner forfeits rights in domain name by waiting eight years to file complaint
A WIPO panellist has refused to order the transfer of the domain name 'ergoline-service.ch' to JK-Holding, the owner of the ERGOLINE mark. Among other things, the panellist held that JK-Holding had forfeited its rights, if any, by waiting for eight years to file the complaint after becoming aware of the allegedly infringing use.

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01 Sep 2014
President Obama nominates new IP czar, drags heels on USPTO appointment

Last week President Obama unveiled his intent to nominate a number of individuals to key administration posts, one such being for the role of intellectual property enforcement coordinator (IPAC). While a positive move for the IP community, the directors chair at the USPTO remains vacant, having been overlooked in this latest round of nominations.  

01 Sep 2014
Welcome to the new-look World Trademark Review

In July the 50th issue of World Trademark Review magazine presented a retrospective look at the industry over the past eight years. However, even before starting work on that edition our thoughts had turned to the future and what we could do to refresh the entire World Trademark Review platform and further improve the reader experience. The result is our new look website and magazine.

14 Aug 2014
Study reveals new gTLD usage patterns - but treat figures with caution

New research from Verisign has revealed that only 3% of the second-level domains registered in new gTLDs contain business websites, with pay-per-click (PPC) usage dwarfing that level. However, there are some caveats to consider.  

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Traditional marks in a design world

Designs are becoming more crucial to manufacturers of consumer goods – distinctive design can not only result in aesthetically pleasing products, but also help to indicate the products’ origin. But could or should designs ever replace trademarks?
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