As senior vice president of intellectual property at Fox Entertainment Group, Mei-lan Stark oversees a vast international trademark portfolio and over the next year she will also be serving as INTA president. She outlines her goals for the association and explains how her corporate experience has prepared her for the battles ahead
Social app Weixin, known in English as WeChat, is taking China by storm, as users migrate from other social media offerings. But where users go, infringers follow – so trademark counsel should keep this new platform on their radar and prepare their policing strategies accordingly
Designing, registering and promoting a trademark is only half the job. A successful mark runs a greater risk of becoming generic, and it is the rights holder’s responsibility to police the mark in today’s increasingly complex digital landscape
United Kingdom - The Law Commission has published its proposals for reform of the groundless threats regime, a move which one practitioner feels will help further encourage a ‘negotiate first, sue later’ approach in UK trademark disputes.
John van der Luit-Drummond | April 17 2014
International - DC Comics and Marvel were in the news this week after a British author complained over a notice opposing the use of ‘Superhero’ in the title of his advice book "Business Zero to Superhero". In many respects this is a straight trademark dispute, but it does have an interesting dimension, the joint ownership of trademarks.
John van der Luit-Drummond | April 16 2014
Canada - The Quebec Superior Court has ruled in Magasins Best Buy Ltée v Office Québécois de la langue française, a case that centres on whether stores with non-French commercial signs must additionally display generic terms describing the store’s product or service offering in French.
Trevor Little | April 14 2014