24 Feb 2017

Professor slams ‘pro plain packaging for alcohol’ media reports, calls for more research into warning labels

A new study which looks at the effectiveness of warning labels on alcoholic products has slammed media reports claiming that it is advocating for plain packaging. Talking to World Trademark Review, Matthew Field, a professor of psychology at the University of Liverpool, claims the study has been ‘misrepresented’ by the media and voiced doubt that plain packaging would ever be implemented on alcoholic or sugary products. Read blog

23 Feb 2017

The search is on for the trademark luminaries who deserve a place in the IP Hall of Fame

It’s that time of year when our sister title IAM invites the global IP community to make its nominations for the IP Hall of Fame’s annual intake. The latest members, selected from your nominees, will be formally inducted at IPBC Global 2017 in Ottawa, Canada, this June. Read blog

21 Feb 2017

Leading e-sports players must take trademark protection seriously or risk losing ownership of their gamertags

The e-sports industry is growing at a rapid pace and its most successful professional teams are starting to form effective brand protection strategies. However, two IP lawyers in the space warn that many individual players are ignoring the risks posed by the failure to protect their gamertags. Read blog

21 Feb 2017

Dispute between USPTO and controversial trademark filer ends

The founder of The Trademark Company, one of the most prolific trademark filers at the USPTO, has agreed to resign from practising before the office. The development ends a fractious relationship between the USPTO and one of its biggest customers. Read blog

20 Feb 2017

Analysing phish: new study reveals phishers are shifting their sights to new gTLDs and the cloud

A study by cybersecurity firm PhishLabs indicates that the volume of phishing attacks grew by almost one-third last year, with cloud storage brands set to overtake financial services as the top targets. Researchers also found that phishing perpetrators are increasingly turning to new gTLDs to dupe internet users. Read blog

16 Feb 2017

Trump’s China trademark no big surprise, but in media frenzy one legal dimension has largely gone unreported

This week a trademark application was the subject of rare international media coverage after US President Donald Trump saw a TRUMP mark progress to registration in China. While much speculation has centred on whether the move represents an inexpensive way for China to curry favour with the president, from a legal perspective the registration is unsurprising. And while the focus has been directed at the political fallout from a president being granted such rights, other aspects are worth scrutiny for trademark experts. Read blog

16 Feb 2017

Make yourself heard: INTA extends deadline for new gTLD cost impact survey

The original deadline for INTA’s survey on the impact of new gTLDs on brand owners has been extended, with corporate members now having until Friday February 28 to submit their responses. The study is designed to provide empirical data on the real-world cost of the new gTLD programme on trademark protection and policing activities. Read blog

15 Feb 2017

Law firm websites hacked due to WordPress exploit; expert warns of reputational risk of cyber security incidents

Over 100,000 websites were hacked into and defaced in the past fortnight following the discovery of an undisclosed critical vulnerability in the WordPress content management system. Research suggests that recently hacked parties included dozens of law firms, including those specialising in IP law. A security expert tells World Trademark Review that this type of incident can cause significant reputational damage for firms – even potentially leading to the loss of clients. Read blog

13 Feb 2017

Trademark applications in Taiwan hit six-year high; rejections also spike

Preliminary statistics published by the Taiwan IP Office reveal 2016 to have been its busiest year from a trademarks standpoint since 2011, with growth recorded in applications, and registrations. Corresponding with this rise, rejections also rose significantly. Read blog

10 Feb 2017

Alibaba calls out persistent IP abusers – receives criticism for "blaming the victims" (updated)

Alibaba Group has taken a hard line against users that file false or misleading IP infringement complaints, claiming that 24% of all complaints it receives are deemed “malicious” and “a drain on the group’s efforts to stamp out counterfeits”. Highlighting its strong stance on the matter, it confirmed it had barred one company from lodging complaints due to repeated misuses of its complaints platform. However, one commentator claims that the problem is of the ecommerce giant’s own making. Read blog


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