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WTR weekly digest March 23 2017
Editor's round-up
World Trademark Review issue 66
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Over the past fortnight, World Trademark Review conducted and analysed the results of an exclusive independent survey focused on member sentiment of the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition (IACC). This comes nearly a year after the IACC launched an intermediary membership category (and, in turn, the introduction of Alibaba as a member), which sparked a membership revolt. In all, the survey revealed that members are broadly positive about the organisation, especially in regards to its training and lobbying efforts. However, concern was also expressed around the organisation’s leadership and a perceived lack of transparency. We presented the results in full, as well as numerous comments from members who are supportive of the organisation and also those that feel there are significant issues that need urgently addressing.

Also this week, we reported on ICANN informing the operator of the ‘.feedback’ TLD that it is in breach of its registry agreement. This is the first instance a registry has been found in breach of its ICANN compliance obligations as a result of a public interest commitment dispute resolution procedure complaint, and we cover the response of the move as well as comment from Jay Westerdal, CEO of ‘.feedback’.

Finally, we looked at the latest sharp rise in annual trademark filings in China and a look at Alibaba’s defiant response to a critical New York Times article.

Tim Lince
Senior reporter

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IPBC Global 2017
Legal updates
European Union Delhi District Court: no confusion between IKEA and AIKYA GLOBAL
European Union WIPO panel not convinced by respondent's alleged use of domain name to "celebrate" family pet
European Union ECJ confirms that there is no likelihood of confusion between KRISPY KREME DOUGHNUTS and DONUT/DONUTS
European Union Shortened renewal terms for "old law" cases under transitional provisions of Industrial Property Act
European Union Lanham Act cannot be used to create "species of mutant copyright law"
European Union Supreme Court rules against Lacoste in battle over crocodile mark
Market intelligence
  David Parrish
David Parrish
Global insight
United Kingdom | Nabarro LLP
Authors: David Parrish, Oscar Webb
The United Kingdom has highly developed court systems, but parties are expected to make reasonable efforts to settle a dispute without the need for litigation. A party that acts unreasonably may be penalised by way of a costs order when the case reaches trial. Read more
  Eryck Castillo
Eryck Castillo
In focus
Mexico | Uhthoff, Gómez Vega & Uhthoff
Authors: Eryck Castillo, Jimena Chi Barrales
Managing domain names involves maximising business opportunities while protecting against infringement. A clear internal domain name policy can help to reconcile these aims Read more
WTR 1000 - jurisdictional analysis & rankings
The Swedish IP market is undergoing a period of significant change, owing largely to the recent launch of the specialised Patent and Market Court in Stockholm. Practitioners have welcomed the establishment of the new venue, as the court’s increased expertise and lower costs will substantially benefit brand owners. Read more
Featured firm
  Carroll Burdick
Carroll Burdick
When our clients’ intellectual assets are at risk of being infringed or misappropriated, we fashion strategies for their defence, ranging from informal negotiations to litigation. Our lawyers combine a thorough knowledge of substantive IP law with experience in handling counseling, registration and litigation matters for our clients. Read more
IP in the Auto Industry: Risk and Opportunity in a Changing Landscape
IP in the Auto Industry: Risk and Opportunity in a Changing Landscape
May 4 2017 - Detroit, United States

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, IP in the Auto Industry will offer IP professionals within the automotive industry a forum in which to network, share best practice, and discuss the latest strategies to exploit and protect their intellectual property to maintain a competitive edge.

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