Anti-counterfeiting

As World Cup gets underway, brands jostle for limelight and authorities prepare for ambush

The 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway in Russia today, and major brands have already kicked off efforts to benefit from the buzz. Meanwhile, the authorities have commenced policing for infringement, with cases already filed centred on the misuse of FIFA’s marks.

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New law on customs measures now in force - what rights holders need to know

The Law on Customs Measures for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights has now entered into force in Kosovo, introducing important changes intended to align local customs procedures with Regulation 608/2013.

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“You do what you can to reduce risk”: exclusive interview with Rovio Entertainment’s Robert Hagelstam

Following a brief interlude for INTA’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, our series of articles providing insights into the work of leading corporate trademark professionals returns this week with insights from Robert Hagelstam...

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Barcelona Court of Appeal upholds criminal sentence for sale of counterfeit shoes

The Barcelona Court of Appeal has upheld a condemnatory judgment sentencing an online seller of counterfeit shoes for committing a crime under Article 274 of the Criminal Code.

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Alibaba boasts “significant progress” in IP protection efforts; development of API urged to allow third-party takedowns

​​​​​​​Alibaba has revealed data showing a 42% decline in notice-and-takedown requests and faster processing of takedowns. While the results are positive, an expert urges Alibaba to develop an API to allow...

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New EUIPO report charts increasing sophistication and diversification of counterfeiters

The EUIPO has released a new report, compiling research since 2013, to present a comprehensive and updated picture of the scope and impact of IP rights infringement in the European Union.

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“Alienating multiple allies” – tariffs harm global battle against counterfeits, associations warn

Two trade associations in the United States have spoken publicly about their concerns over the Trump administration’s recent steel and aluminium tariffs on the European Union, with claims that targeting trade allies “weakens...

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As cosmetic counterfeiters turn to social media, consumers expect brands to protect them

New research has revealed that the sellers of counterfeit cosmetic goods are increasingly utilising social media to attract and dupe consumers.

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New free-to-view anti-counterfeiting guide available online

The 2018 edition of Anti-counterfeiting – A Global Guide, which provides IP practitioners with critical guidance on anti-counterfeiting strategies in key jurisdictions around the world, is now available to view online.

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Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: China

Brand owners often contend that counterfeiting and trademark infringement are a high-profit and low-risk business, and that trademark protection falls short in China. However, positive changes have been taking place.

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Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: United Kingdom

The primary piece of national legislation relating to trademarks in the United Kingdom is the Trademarks Act 1994. This act contains provisions covering trademark infringement as well as criminal offences relating to anti-counterfeiting.

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Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Western Balkans

With a population of more than 20 million divided among seven jurisdictions, the Western Balkans has the potential to be a fertile ground for the production and distribution of counterfeit goods.

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A global approach to anti-counterfeiting

The reality is that as the counterfeiting market expands, brands will never be able to eliminate every single instance of it. However, it is not necessarily a losing battle. Instead, it requires a change of focus.

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Customs concerns: counsel identify significant room for improvement in India, Iran and Turkey

Trademark counsel have had their say on the efficiency of customs authorities across the globe – with some of the largest importers of counterfeit goods giving cause for continued concern.

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The online enforcement burden rises as new challenges emerge

This year’s Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey reveals that the online policing burden is intensifying, with new threats adding to the headache experienced by brand protection professionals.

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Argentina’s emergency trademark law amendments and reassuring filing figures; exclusive data analysis

World Trademark Review examines the IP profile of Argentina, exploring the potential impact of the new emergency decree on trademark law, while providing a thorough breakdown on filings at the Argentine register.

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Russia’s trademark landscape buoyant despite economic and political woes: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s country data report we turn our attention to Russia, analysing key filing statistics and how its brands have fared against the backdrop of a troubled economy and increasingly tense political climate.

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