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Trademark "reveals" Star Trek series name, T-ARA denied, and PewDiePie responds to “fake” sponsorship: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a call to boycott a Hawaiian food chain over trademark enforcement, an analysis of cutting-edge technologies being developed in the fight against counterfeit food, and much more.

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MISS EARTH case: ex parte injunction vacated as plaintiff suppressed material facts

An Indian court has vacated an ex parte injunction preventing the defendants from using the mark MISS EARTH as a title in respect of a beauty pageant.

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Anti-sanction bill keeps intellectual property in safe harbour

A new anti-sanction bill aimed at the prevention and suppression of unlawful and hostile foreign actions is now in force in Russia. Importantly, the bill generally does not concern the IP assets of foreign legal entities.

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The struggle to interpret Indian jurisdiction in online transactions

When it comes to exercising jurisdiction in online disputes, Indian jurisprudence has some way to go – but case law analysis may provide critical insight.

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Rush to register French football star Mbappé's name highlights China's rampant trademark squatting problem

The rush to register Kylian Mbappé’s name following the 2018 FIFA World Cup serves as an important reminder that celebrities and businesses should have a strategy in place to protect their marks in China.

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Plain packaging for bank loans, Honduras to appeal WTO ruling and legality of Burberry burning: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the TTAB siding with Italian fashion brand Gucci in a dispute with a family member of Gucci’s founder, Kazakhstan enacting new IP law amendments, and much more.

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“Don’t panic” – new entrants to Madrid Protocol give mixed feedback on their experience since accession

​​​​​​​Law firm practitioners in jurisdictions that have adopted the Madrid Protocol in recent years have shared their experience in an exclusive survey. While some praised the system, other were scathing about its impact...

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Dispute between Dunlop and Goodyear highlights importance of maintaining control over use of marks

In Dunlop v Goodyear, the Federal Court of Australia has considered a dispute over the use and registration of the mark DUNLOP and the 'flying D' device mark.

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Draft regulations on corporate names issued for public consultation: key points highlighted

China’s General Administration for Market Regulation has issued a set of draft regulations on the registration of company names for public consultation. This update highlights several noteworthy features of the draft regulations.

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Parallel imports remain a grey area for IP rights in East Africa

Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda each have different legal approaches to the treatment of parallel imports, making generalisations dangerous for trademark owners and importers alike.

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Good news for IP rights owners: Indonesia in final stage of setting up IP border protection system

Following the government regulation for the control of import and export of goods entering into force last year, the Ministry of Finance has finally set out the procedures for customs recordal and seizures.

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Proposed amendments to Trademarks Act's border enforcement provisions - what rights holders should know

The Intellectual Property (Border Enforcement) Bill, which was recently introduced in Singapore’s Parliament, aims to strengthen border enforcement measures against goods which infringe IP rights, among other objectives...

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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...

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Positive ‘Swissness’ results, IACC and EURid partner up, and the first family of counterfeit hunting: news round-up

We look at a new law in China that could boost the fight against fakes, a comedian seeking over $100 million in infringement damages, a leaked email revealing “efforts to trademark Clean Meat”, and much more...

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New Laos IP law is a significant step forward for domestic and international brands

A new IP law will come into force in Laos this weekend, introducing trademark opposition procedures to the country for the first time. The new law has many other changes, including expanding the range of images eligible for trademark protection...

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Bitcoin trademark sparks anger, new Corsearch partnership and media decries Ivanka Trump marks: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Hasbro being granted a registered mark for the smell of Play-Doh, a UK company obtaining a mark for BITCOIN, media coverage of trademarks linked to Ivanka Trump, and much more.

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India’s revitalised trademark landscape fails to boost leading brands: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s exclusive country data report, we provide a rundown of India’s trademark landscape. We explore the surge in registrations at the Indian IP office, reveal the top filers, and inspect the widespread fall in value...

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INTA “extremely disappointed” with WTO plain packaging ruling, considering next steps

In a landmark ruling, the World Trade Organisation has upheld Australia’s tobacco plain packaging regime as being consistent with its trade obligations. The response has been mixed, with INTA voicing its disappointment and confirmed it...

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New Law on Competition: the likely impact for brand owners

Brand owners should take note of the changes introduced by Vietnam’s new Law on Competition, which is due to enter into force on 1 July 2019.

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ICANN steps up GDPR clarity bid, Squire Patton Boggs resolves China dispute, and insights from ECTA 2018: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at various insights from ECTA’s 37th annual conference, how domain registrations for sports betting are on the rise, the Financial Times prevails in trademark dispute, and...

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South Korea rockets to top of customs ranking; illicit trade report reveals countries that need to do more

The Global Illicit Trade Environment Index scores 84 economies on the extent that they enable or prevent illicit trade. The report contains useful insights on the anti-counterfeiting landscape.

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Outstanding improvement in aerospace brands despite a fall in application numbers: exclusive data analysis

In our latest data report, we examine the top brands, industry trends, and filing data in the aerospace and defence sector - revealing a marked shift from vehicle-related applications to software and research.

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Coca-Cola victory as Federal Court refuses to register colour green for energy drinks

In opposition proceedings between Coca-Cola and Frucor, the Federal Court of Australia has confirmed that Frucor could not register a particular shade of the colour green as a mark for energy drinks.

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Full Federal Court considers nature of appellate review in cases involving evaluative assessments

In Aldi Foods v Moroccanoil, the Full Federal Court of Australia has considered the approach that should be adopted when it is called upon to consider mixed questions of fact and law.

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Madrid System fails to have an impact for local filers: an analysis of the Indonesian trademark market

In this country data report, we hone in on the fast-growing Indonesian trademark market, revealing that the country’s recent accession to the Madrid Protocol has had little impact on local filers, while US applicants have...

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Federer logo clash with Nike highlights contractual pitfalls for sports stars

This week the Wimbledon tennis tournament got underway, with media reports noting how reigning champion Roger Federer “stunned onlookers by turning out on Centre Court in Uniqlo gear”. The focus then turned to the absence of his often-used RF...

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Russia’s fight against fakes, imitations and replicas

Gorodissky & Partners Anti-counterfeiting measures will never succeed in removing all counterfeits from the market, but they do make it significantly more difficult for counterfeiters to produce and sell fakes.

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China’s fashion and luxury brand challenge: trademark squatting and parallel imports

Kangxin Partners PC Regionality is a well-known characteristic of trademark protection and brings particular jurisdictional challenges for fashion and luxury brands. In China, these challenges include trademark squatting and parallel...

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India promises market potential but challenges remain for luxury brands

RNA Technology and IP Attorneys While luxury brands are increasingly entering the Indian market, proving India’s potential as a destination for luxury products, they face some formidable challenges, including high import duties, lack of quality...

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Rising sales, healthy filings and new opportunities in the dynamic cosmetics sector: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s industry data report, we provide a rundown of the cosmetics market from a branding perspective. We take a big picture look at sales growth and key trends and reveal that technology trademark filings...

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Japan’s filing trends are distorted by a single applicant, while brands plummet in value: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s country data report, we highlight Japan’s unusual distribution of applications by trademark class, analyse the volatile values of the leading Japanese brands, and much more.

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Fake press passes, ‘.sucks’ gun violence debate and the Annual Meeting heads to Singapore: INTA 2018 day one report

The trademark industry have descended on Seattle for INTA’s 2018 Annual Meeting. The World Trademark Review team is on the ground, and we present a daily round-up of event highlights and observations.

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Private practice perspectives on diversity: “We must push forward in the name of achieving greater equality”

Law firm professionals reflect on the theme of this year’s World IP Day, which highlights the ingenuity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world.

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