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22 Aug 2017

Lawyer suggests trademark law be used “as a weapon against neo-Nazis” following misuse of Detroit Red Wings brand in Charlottesville

A leading litigator at Florida firm Johnson Pope has spoken out about how trademark law can be used “as a weapon” against the misuse of brands by hate groups. This follows global media coverage of white supremacists using the branding of the Detroit Red Wings during recent protests in Charlottesville, with the hockey club forced to issue a statement to clarify that it was not associated with the protesters. Read blog

16 Aug 2017

Don’t panic, prepare: As Indian office steps up examinations, spike in refusals observed

As the Indian trademark office steps up its efforts to clear its long-standing backlog and process the rapidly rising numbers of applications, one practitioner has observed a resulting spike in clients receiving provisional refusals to international applications designating the country. However, rather than a cause for alarm, she argues that this trend is a natural consequence of the office upping its game. Read blog

15 Aug 2017

Mystery over fake TMview site owned by Gleissner; source suggests tycoon may seek license fee from EUIPO

A website owned by a company related to notorious trademark filer Michael Gleissner has been found imitating the EU Intellectual Property Office’s search platform TMview. The site has been described as a “phishing page” by one attorney, but an insider source tells World Trademark Review it is more likely that the entertainment tycoon is looking to sell or license the domain to the EUIPO. Read blog

15 Aug 2017

Costco to appeal latest ruling in Tiffany dispute; claims case isn't about “common understanding” of counterfeiting

A US District Court judge has found that Tiffany & Co is entitled to recover $11.1 million in lost profit (plus interest), as well as $8.25 million in punitive damages, from Costco over the sale of counterfeit Tiffany rings. In response, the wholesale giant has pledged to appeal, contending that the case is not about counterfeiting “in the common understanding of that word”. Read blog

04 Aug 2017

Our most-read stories of the past 12 months

The WTR Premium Daily email will be taking a summer break over August, with the full intelligence and daily email service for subscribers recommencing on Monday September 4. As we head into our break, here’s a look at the most popular articles and legal updates we have published over the past 12 months – with coverage of a call for an improved YouTube takedown process just beating the news that Google has become the world’s most valuable brand to top place. Read blog

04 Aug 2017

Getting the message out: communication efforts take centre stage as INTA launches pro bono scheme

The International Trademark Association (INTA) has launched a two-year pro bono pilot programme, designed to offer free legal support to low-income individuals and non-profit organisations that would otherwise not benefit from trademark-related services. With the Pro Bono Trademark Clearinghouse now open, the key to success will be reaching those currently outside the INTA community. Read blog

03 Aug 2017

In surprise move, Kering drops Alibaba lawsuit, announces “landmark” collaboration

A press release issued today has announced that Kering and Alibaba Group have signed a “landmark agreement” to cooperate in the protection of intellectual property and engage in joint enforcement activities. The shock move, by an organisation that has been highly critical of the e-commerce giant, brings to an end Kering’s headline-grabbing lawsuit against the Chinese company. Read blog

03 Aug 2017

New anti-counterfeiting tech firm insists it could “kill the fake markets instantly”; critic says claim “ignores the reality on the ground”

A new anti-counterfeiting technology company, which uses QR codes to allow consumers to identify authentic products, has been making bold claims since it launched in June. A representative for the company tells World Trademark Review that it has the potential to “kill the fake markets instantly” by offering free access to its technology. However, one commentator has decried IP service companies which promise an ‘end to counterfeits’. Read blog

01 Aug 2017

EFF highlights “trademark bullying” evasion tactics as debate over new gTLD policing heats up

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge have published a report advising domain name registrants that, in a bid to “minimise exposure to trademark bullying”, they should avoid registering domains in the new gTLD environment. While counsel may object to the ‘bullying’ label being extended to legitimate enforcement efforts, the report could have a positive payback for policing strategies. Read blog

31 Jul 2017

While China's economic growth slows, trademark-backed loans buck the trend

Chinese businesses leveraged trademark rights to receive loans totalling Rmb65 billion in 2016, more than double the sums lent in 2015. Significantly, the figure dwarfs equivalent lending against patents, and comes at a time of slowing economic growth in the country. Read blog

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