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19 Jan 2017

European arm of top Asia-Pacific trademark player King & Wood Mallesons enters administration

The London office of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) – a general practice firm with top-rated trademark credentials, previously touted as “the first global law firm headquartered in Asia” – entered administration this week. In the aftermath of what is reported to be the largest ever law firm collapse in the UK, KWM has established a new business to maintain a strategic presence in Europe. Read blog

18 Jan 2017

eBay expands on plans for “network of professional authenticators” in fight against counterfeiters

Online marketplace giant eBay will launch an authentication program – entitled eBay Authenticate – later in the year in an effort to “boost consumer confidence when purchasing high-end merchandise”. Talking to World Trademark Review, an eBay spokesperson confirmed the company will be “working closely with brands” on the initiative. One commentator, however, fears that the move will do little to quell the availability of fakes. Read blog

17 Jan 2017

One-fifth of foreign applicants’ judicial challenges against Chinese trademark office decisions are successful

Data on administrative disputes at the Beijing IP Court indicates that foreign parties have enjoyed particular success in recent years in reversing unfavourable decisions made by the Trademark Office of the State Administration of Industry and Commerce, China’s trademark-issuing agency. Read blog

17 Jan 2017

California’s proposed cannabis bill shines a light on state level trademarks

The introduction of a bill in the California legislature, which seeks to create the ability to secure state-level trademark protection for cannabis products, has led to a wave of media reports highlighting the challenges facing the marijuana industry. Crucially, it also shines a light on the potential role that state-based registrations can play. Read blog

17 Jan 2017

The 2017 edition of WTR 1000, identifying the world’s leading trademark professionals, now available online

The 2017 edition of World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals is our biggest yet, with 90 country and US state-specific chapters analysing local trademark legal services markets and profiling the firms and individuals singled out as leaders in their respective fields. As such, it serves as the definitive tool for locating high-calibre trademark partners worldwide. Read blog

16 Jan 2017

Fitbit sues reseller for selling ‘counterfeits’; defendant claims ‘harassment’

Exercise tracking technology company Fitbit has filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey business which sells discontinued and refurbished products to consumers. In the suit, Fitbit claims the defendant sold ‘counterfeit’ and ‘non-genuine’ versions of Fitbit products – a claim staunchly denied, with a representative telling World Trademark Review that Fitbit is engaging in “litigious scare tactics” in response to a lawsuit it had filed a month previously. Read blog

12 Jan 2017

Call to halt revolving door as new UK IP Minister unveiled

Jo Johnson, a Member of Parliament since 2010, has been confirmed as the new Minister for Intellectual Property. The move comes at a crucial time given uncertainty over the UK’s future intellectual property landscape in the wake of the BREXIT vote – making it important that he occupies the role for longer than some of his predecessors. Read blog

12 Jan 2017

India set to implement stricter regulation of brand ambassadors during first half of the year

The Indian parliament is likely to enact strict regulations governing celebrity endorsements during its budget session beginning later this month, as the debate surrounding the potential impact of the new rules on brand owners’ businesses heats up. Read blog

11 Jan 2017

Trademark trends and challenges: have your say on the state of the industry

Corporate and law firm professionals are being invited to participate in the ninth annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey, which measures the pulse of the industry, tracks industry trends and identifies how trademark practice is evolving to counter new threats and exploit new opportunities. Participation in the survey is free of charge and designed to give counsel – both in-house and in private practice – the opportunity to have their say on the state of the industry. Read blog

10 Jan 2017

USPTO reveals record level of trademark applications; all eyes on next Trump appointment

The USPTO’s Performance and Accountability Report for fiscal year 2016 has revealed that trademark filings rose by 5.2% last year, while the number of trademarks proceeding to registration spiked by almost 10%. Read blog

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