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Beijing Higher Court backs WANCHAI FERRY in the fight against bad-faith applications
General Mills Asia, owner of the trademark ‘WANCHAI FERRY in Chinese characters’, recently obtained a victory against a trademark squatter before the Beijing Higher Court. The court affirmed the well-known status of the cited trademark and adopted the dilution theory to reject the bad-faith applications of the opposed trademarks.
Australia
Fizzy fight froths up again
Frucor Beverages, the maker of V energy drink, has improved its position a little by repelling a pre-trial application by nemesis The Coca-Cola Company to block crucial evidence from being read in the appeal to register the colour mark.
Germany
New rules on recovery of criminal proceeds affect enforcement of IP rights in Germany
The German Parliament recently passed new rules on measures for the recovery of criminal proceeds. The rules mean that the enforcement of financial claims against criminal offenders will be widely handled by public prosecution. While the new rules may facilitate access to compensation for private parties affected by crimes, IP rights holders fighting counterfeiters may often find civil enforcement more suitable.

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28 Apr 2017
Trump Administration's first Special 301 Report slams Canada and Mexico for inadequate border enforcement against counterfeits
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has published the 2017 Special 301 Report, the first released under the Trump administration. While Pakistan and Spain are complimented for “positive momentum” behind their IP regimes, the report knocks a number of jurisdictions – including neighbours Canada and Mexico – for what it deems to be ineffective border enforcement against fakes.
27 Apr 2017
A tale of two Squire Patton Boggs: global firm faces battle over its own name in China
A year after we reported on a legal battle between Norton Rose Fulbright and a small Chinese firm using the name for IP legal services, World Trademark Review has discovered that the same entity now appears to be offering trademark and brand protection legal services under the Squire Patton Boggs name. However, with the Chinese firm being granted a trademark registration for the name earlier this month, the international law and lobbying firm may face an uphill battle if it wants exclusive rights to its name in China.
27 Apr 2017
WTR Industry Awards: the 2017 shortlisted teams and individuals unveiled
Among the corporate teams featured on the 2017 WTR Industry Awards shortlist are those from adidas, Caesars Entertainment, Expedia, GlaxoSmithKline, Google, Intel, Maus Frères, Netflix, PepsiCo, Sky International, The National Association of Realtors, Twitter and Wyndham Worldwide.

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The Year of Qiaodan

To welcome in the Year of the Rooster, we take a look back at the biggest Chinese trademark case of the last 12 months – and ask whether it could turn out to be one of the most important rulings for brand owners in the country’s history
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