World Trademark Review Issue 56

August/September 2015

The right investigative approach

In Southeast Asia’s complex enforcement environment, several different models for trademark and counterfeiting investigations have evolved. For brand owners, choosing one is the first step in a challenging process
Jacob Schindler

Features

World Trademark Review Industry Awards 2015

On May 5 2015, World Trademark Review announced the winners of its ninth Industry Awards at an exclusive ceremony at the San Diego Natural History Museum

Inside INTA 2015: practical takeaways

World Trademark Review brings you the news and reviews from the key sessions at the International Trademark Association’s annual meeting
Lise Charles, Tim Lince, Trevor Little and Jacob Schindler

The view from the counterfeiting front line

Many brand owners regard counterfeiting as an irritant and one that is largely confined to fakes being sold in emerging economies. However, this eyewitness report gives some sense of the scale of the challenge facing brand owners around the world
Nick Bartman

African storms: controversy delays new dawn of IP protection

The recent accession of 17 African countries to the Madrid Protocol has proved unexpectedly contentious and cast doubt on the enforceability of some international marks. We speak with the figures involved in the dispute and consider how brand owners can best protect their marks in the continent
Tim Lince

‘.brand’ new gTLDs – lessons learned and looking ahead to a second round

As the dust begins to settle on the first round of applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), applicants are taking a long, hard look at what lessons can be learned – especially with regard to ‘.brand’ gTLDs and likely challenges in the second round
Brian J Winterfeldt and Griffin M Barnett

Managing trademarks in the BEPS environment – the shifting tax landscape

The international tax regime for IP rights is shifting. Multinational companies should revisit their internal ownership and licensing structures to ensure that they meet guidance forthcoming from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Karen Butcher and Bart Bassett

Advertising and infringement: a comparative global overview

Trademark experts from 12 jurisdictions outline the legal position on the use of third-party trademarks in advertising campaigns

Trademark tacking and what it means for your brands

A US Supreme Court case has put tacking – protecting a later mark by asserting the priority date of an earlier similar mark – centre stage. Yet while the court clarified that tacking is a question of fact rather than law, it gave little guidance as to how this might affect trademark portfolios
Mark Mutterperl, David Ball, Jessica Parise and Kedar Bhatia

Supreme Court holds that issue preclusion may apply to TTAB decisions

The Supreme Court has held that issue preclusion may apply to Trademark Trial and Appeal Board decisions. While the decision itself is relatively narrow, it could have a profound effect on how attorneys advise their clients
Sydney R Kokjohn

Community position trademarks – an increasingly difficult position

Although position marks are accepted by the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market, they tend to be refused by the General Court and the European Court of Justice. What strategies can rights holders use to ensure that their signs depart from the norm or customs of the sector?
Hidde J Koenraad

Trademark Intelligence

Trends in portfolio development and global filing strategies

Global filing strategies have undergone significant changes as companies become more sophisticated in their approaches to building strong intellectual asset portfolios
Ralph Schroeder

Columns

UK Supreme Court rules on threshold for establishing goodwill

The UK Supreme Court has confirmed that the tort of passing off depends on having customers in the UK territory. However, it leaves uncertainty around the ability of some online businesses to protect their brand in the United Kingdom
Jeremy Blum and Flora Greenwood

Perspectives

Trademark-related quotes, opinions and observations from around the globe

Co-published editorialCountry Correspondents

Trademark registration and prosecution strategies

Canada: Preparing for change
Canada

Bereskin & Parr LLP

Businesses would be well advised to consider their registration strategies before changes to the Trademarks Act under Bill C-31 are implemented

China: Creating the right strategy
China

Kangxin Partners PC

A number of strategies can be used to obtain trademark registrations in China smoothly and with a broad scope of protection

India: Prosecution tips for India  
India

RNA Intellectual Property Attorneys

India is providing a better atmosphere and infrastructure for trademark prosecution, even though it faces significant challenges in this area

Italy: Creating coexistence in Italy
Italy

Bugnion SpA

In Italy, there is still much debate as to the nature, scope and validity of coexistence agreements

Mexico: Registration in a fast-moving world
Mexico

Uhthoff, Gomez Vega & Uhthoff

Strategies and considerations to bear in mind when filing for trademark protection in Mexico

Romania: Best practice for Romanian filings
Romania

Vilau I Associates

Romania is a first to file jurisdiction and brand owners are advised to act quickly – and strategically – to secure their rights

United Kingdom: Does it matter if it’s black and white?
United Kingdom

Locke Lord

The issue of trademarks being registered in black and white and then used in colour has attracted much discussion in recent years – not least due to Specsavers International Healthcare Ltd v Asda Stores Ltd

United States: The importance of registration in a global economy
United States

Davis Wright Tremaine

Companies which focus solely on domestic filings may suffer severe consequences if their marks are stolen in countries where products are manufactured or shipped

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