adidas takes anti-counterfeiting fight to Instagram sellers, highlights enforcement challenge faced by brands

adidas and Reebok International have filed a lawsuit against 53 sellers of alleged counterfeit goods on social media sites. For those not yet monitoring the platform, the action provides a reminder that Instagram should be part of your policing strategies.

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Warning: discovery misconduct can cost more than just your case

In Klipsch v ePRO the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has adopted a standard that “discovery sanctions should be commensurate with the costs unnecessarily created by the sanctionable behaviour”.

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WeChat reveals infringer demographics as anti-counterfeiting efforts stepped up

WeChat has issued a report outlining its anti-counterfeiting efforts and unveiling improvements to its Weixin Brand Protection Platform. Crucially, the report contains some interesting data for those fighting infringement on its platforms.

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Crocs Inc successfully enforces 3D marks in biggest ever anti-counterfeiting operation

Following a request for an injunction by Crocs Inc, the Ecuadorian IP Office has seized more than 37,000 items during operations carried out simultaneously in three different cities.

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Defendant found guilty in Barbados' first ever criminal trial for sale of counterfeit goods

Barbados has concluded its first criminal trial for the sale of counterfeit goods, with the Crown obtaining a guilty verdict. The case involved shoes and backpacks that counterfeited the ‘Fenty PUMA by Rihanna’ line.

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Call for action as report reveals link to how free trade zones foster counterfeit trafficking

New research from the OECD and the EUIPO reveals that the growth in free trade zones – where economic activity is driven by reduced customs controls, light regulation and limited oversight – is in turn fostering growth in counterfeit...

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Amazon under fire for banning sale of Google Chromecast and “fulfilling” sales of fake and copycat streaming devices

Retail giant Amazon has come in for more criticism over the sale of fakes on its platform, this time for selling copycat Google Chromecast products. Pressure grows for the company to take more action against...

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A beer coloured trademark, Changsha IP court opens, and Kosovo registry launches digital database: news round-up

In today’s edition, we look at the European Commission stepping up its battle against illegal online content, a new IP court in China, and controversy in Australia over a trademark application for a football...

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Sweden considering prison for infringers, EUIPO switches banks and cops brandishing fake firearms: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look the Qatari government continuing its counterfeit crackdown, a cheese stand-off between the EU and Mexico, and much more.

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Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Chile

Two frameworks are applicable to pharmaceutical marks in Chile. The Industrial Property Law and its regulation set out the rules for the registration and use of trademarks; the Sanitary Code and Decree 3/2010 regulate the pharmaceutical product marketing authorisation...

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Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Canada

Sweeping amendments to the Trademarks Act are expected to be implemented in 2019. The amendments will fundamentally affect the way in which all trademark owners will need to approach their selection, clearance and registration strategies, and the pharmaceutical...

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Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Brazil

Brazil is a first-to-file jurisdiction, and therefore IP rights are acquired only when an application is filed and registered with the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office. However, pharmaceutical trademarks fall under two separate and independent statutory regimes...

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Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: France

In order for a pharmaceutical trademark to be registered, no prior authorisation is needed per se. Unlike in other countries, in France the trademark owner is independent from the party exploiting the trademark and need not possess a particular quality.

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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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