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World Trademark Review issue 69
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This week we examined new research commissioned by the UK Intellectual Property Office which reinforced claims made by government enforcement agencies that social media platforms “encourage IP infringement”, while also amplifying counterfeiters’ messages. By its own admission, the study provides a snapshot rather than a complete picture of the sale of fakes on social media, but it contains a number of important insights. One that will worry brand owners is the finding that purchasers of counterfeits are often doing so from a position of knowledge, rather than as unwilling victims. The challenge for rights holders then is to tackle demand, as well as supply. Elsewhere, we turned our attention to the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey, which has devastated areas of Texas and Louisiana. The president of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association spoke to us about ongoing recovery efforts and the need for law firms and organisations to offer space or resources to affected parties. We also reported on the US Patent and Trademark Office’s vow to offer extra guidance and support for users affected by the hurricane. Finally, we considered the implications of Cinven’s agreement to sell CPA Global to private equity investment firm Leonard Green & Partners for a reported $3.1 billion and presented a digest of news from around the trademark world.

Trevor Little
Editor

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WTR 300 2017
 
 
Legal updates
European Union Differences in assessing likelihood of confusion
European Union USPTO forum on trademark scams
European Union Red flag for retailers using another’s online listings
European Union Sultan of Oman issues and ratifies three important IP-related treaties and laws
European Union Sweden’s most expensive trademark dispute
European Union Time to revisit the two-year time bar in a ‘.cn’ complaint?
European Union The mixed value of reputation in trademark oppositions
European Union Hindustan Unilever triumphs in slander of goods case
Market intelligence
  José Roberto Romero
José Roberto Romero
Global insight
El Salvador | Romero Pineda & Asociados
Author: José Roberto Romero
Trademarks registered previously are subject to opposition on renewal; in contrast, trademarks registered under the 2002 law are not published on renewal. Marks are protected for 10 years, renewable every 10 years. An additional advantage is the inclusion of clear and simple rules for calculating damages. The law has its own statute of limitations rules, which prevail over the Code of Commerce’s general provisions. Read more
  Alessandro Mannini
Alessandro Mannini
In focus
Italy | Bugnion SpA
Authors: Alessandro Mannini, Paola Stefanelli
Juggling the coexistence of registered and unregistered trademark rights on Italian family names in the wine industry is a centuries-old practice which the courts appear uninterested in changing. Read more
WTR 1000 - jurisdictional analysis & rankings
 
 
Czech Republic
The Czech IP market has seen little in the way of significant change over the past year, although much has been made of the customs regulations introduced in early 2015. The establishment of intra-border customs watch measures has enabled brand owners and their representatives to substantially up their game in the fight against counterfeiters. Read more
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  Bereskin & Parr LLP
Bereskin & Parr LLP
Bereskin & Parr LLP’s trademark practice group is one of the largest and most experienced in Canada. The firm and many of its members are renowned nationally and internationally for their work. With a track record of creative, practical, cost-effective advice on managing worldwide trademark portfolios, our professionals are experienced in coordinating clients’ Canadian needs with an international strategy – a competitive advantage when working on behalf of clients whose markets span the globe. Read more
Events
 
Managing Trademark Assets 2017
Managing Trademark Assets 2017
October 17 2017 - Chicago, USA
Now in its 3rd year, Managing Trademark Assets will provide attendees with practical strategies for effectively managing international portfolios despite budgetary constraints. Attendees will hear senior counsel from a range of industries discuss their successes and failures, and share critical insights. Read more