19 Jan 2018

News Controversy over #MeToo application, Myanmar IP overhaul, and California cannabis marks: news round-up

In our latest news round-up we look at California accepting state-wide trademarks for cannabis-related goods and services, Myanmar moving a step closer to a IP overhaul, and a controversial trademark application seemingly linked to the #MeToo movement. Coverage this time from Trevor Little (TL), Tim Lince (TJL), and Adam Houldsworth (AH). Read blog

18 Jan 2018

News Chinese government questions “objectivity and credibility” of USTR’s Notorious Markets List

A week-long spat between Alibaba and the Office of the US Trade Representative has turned into a full-blown diplomatic issue after the Chinese government publicly questioned the credibility of the Notorious Markets List. China’s Ministry of Commerce has also claimed that the report lacks “solid evidence” to include the nine Chinese marketplaces accused of engaging in rampant IP infringement – a move that appears to call into question the accounts of brand owners tackling fake goods in China. Read blog

18 Jan 2018

Analysis More empathy needed in trademark enforcement, says café owner who labelled Coca-Cola a “corporate bully”

A New Zealand café owner who hit the headlines after branding Coca-Cola a “corporate bully” has said that she felt “backed into a corner” when she received a threatening cease-and-desist letter late last year. Speaking to World Trademark Review about the potential lessons from her dispute with the multinational corporation, Claire Rientjes suggested that trademark owners show more empathy and take a cooperative approach when enforcing their rights against small businesses. Read blog

17 Jan 2018

Analysis Alibaba on the offensive: warns brands not to trust Notorious Markets List, undecided on future cooperation

​​​​​​​Alibaba Group continues to talk tough in the wake of its online marketplace Taobao remaining on the Office of the US Trade Representative’s latest Notorious Markets List. Talking to World Trademark Review, an Alibaba spokesperson claims that brand owners should no longer trust the list and revealed that the company may not submit evidence for future reports. Read blog

16 Jan 2018

News Escobar ends Netflix feud, F1 logo issues, and brands warned of cryptocurrency cybersquatting: news round-up

In our latest news round-up we look at the significant changes to Vietnam’s IP laws that came into force this week, a Russian state-owned company’s vodka triumph, how the Formula 1 rebrand may have hit a speed bump and a warning to brand owners over cryptocurrency-related cybersquatting. Read blog

16 Jan 2018

News A critical test for ICANN: ensuring GDPR compliance while preserving access to WHOIS

We have previously reported on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its potential impact on rights holders’ access to WHOIS data. In this guest blog, Brian J Winterfeldt, president of the The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN's) Intellectual Property Constituency, expands on the potential threat and why it is important for brand owners to engage at ICANN to ensure that GDPR compliance does not become an excuse to shut off access to WHOIS data. Read blog

15 Jan 2018

Analysis "INTA can serve as the connector": new president on the association’s expanded anti-counterfeiting role

Last week INTA officially announced the election of Tish Berard as its 2018 president and chair of the board of directors. In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, she expands on the co-ordination role the association can play in the global fight against counterfeiting and the need for trademark professionals to embrace change in all of its guises. Read blog

12 Jan 2018

News Alibaba labels itself a “scapegoat” as Taobao remains on USTR's Notorious Markets List

​​​​​​​The Office of the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) has released the latest edition of its annual Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, in which it highlights marketplaces that it claims facilitate substantial intellectual property infringement. Alibaba Group's Taobao remains on the list, and in response, Alibaba has labelled itself “a scapegoat for the USTR to win points in a highly-politicised environment” and claims that it "not only met but dramatically exceeded" last year's recommendations. Read blog

12 Jan 2018

News Havana Club hostility, new UK IP minister, and General Mills 'logo trolls’ Kellogg’s: news round-up

In our latest news round-up we look at the announcement of a new IP minister in the UK, INTA welcomes its new president, the latest development in the long-running Havana Club dispute, and the Vegas Golden Knights have addressed a trademark opposition by the US Army. Coverage this time from Trevor Little (TL) and Tim Lince (TJL). Read blog

12 Jan 2018

News Class action law firm welcomes implications of UDRP decision in bitter dispute with CPA Global

A WIPO UDRP panel has rejected CPA Global’s attempt to gain ownership of a domain name being used by a law firm which is preparing a potential class action suit against the patent renewals company. After the panel described the complaint as an ”abuse of the administrative proceeding”, the firm which owns the site welcomed the confirmation that it had a legitimate interest in using CPA’s name as part of online litigation efforts. Read blog


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