Consumer goods

Singapore opens plain packaging consultation; hits out at “misleading” use of branding by tobacco companies

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has opened a public consultation on plain packaging. While doing so, it firmly dismisses legal and trade-related arguments against the measure, which should concern rights holders.

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Good news for rights holders: SON and NAFDAC enter into partnership to tackle fake and substandard products

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria and the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control have entered into a partnership to tackle and combat fake and substandard products in the country.

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General Court confirms rejection of FACK JU GÖHTE; rare application of Article 7(1)(f)

In Constantin Film Produktion GmbH v EUIPO, the General Court has upheld a decision of the EUIPO rejecting an application for the mark FACK JU GÖHTE for a wide range of goods and services under Article 7(1)(f) of Regulation 207/2009.

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

A New Zealand café owner who accused Coca-Cola of being a “corporate bully” tells World Trademark Review that brand owners should take a more cooperative approach to trademark enforcement.

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Non-distinctive trademark does not make the cut

The Federal Court has dismissed an application for trademark infringement, passing off and unfair competition on the basis that there was no likelihood of confusion between the inherently non-distinctive marks EXCHANGE-A-BLADE and TRADE-A-BLADE.

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Scotch Whisky toasts trademark renewal, fake toy epidemic, and IACC looks back on 2017: news round-up

In our latest news round-up we look at Costco Korea losing a design infringement suit, ICANN extending its GDPR consideration window, the retirement of the Swaziland trademark registrar, and much more.

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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 much more.

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Department of Justice memo plunges future of marijuana brands into uncertainty

The Trump administration has signalled a U-turn on the federal marijuana enforcement policy. Experts tell World Trademark Review why it matters for brands in the sector.

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Lego clinches another IP victory, police powers for Moldovan IP office, and plain packaged political parties: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the IP implications of the European Union and Japan’s finalised trade deal, the brands that are signing a major anti-counterfeiting declaration, and much more.

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81% of consumers believe “branding on products matters”, as Canadian scepticism of plain packaging highlighted

New research has revealed that eight out of 10 Canadian consumers believe that “branding on products matters” because it provides information and distinguishes goods from one another.

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Europe, Middle East and Africa Team of the Year: Specsavers

It is rare that a trademark issue becomes a mainstream media story, but that was the case when eyewear giant Specsavers secured protection for the term SHOULD’VE – a shortened version of its tagline ‘Should’ve gone to Specsavers’.

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Sports, Entertainment & Media Team of the Year: Nike

This year Nike ranked third in the Brand Finance list of the world’s most powerful brands and, with a worth of $32 billion, was also identified as the most valuable apparel brand, after a 13% rise.

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US retail brands are teeming with life despite the so-called 'retail apocalypse': exclusive data analysis

World Trademark Review takes an in-depth look at the retail sector. As one of the most dynamic branding environments of any industry sector, we analyse how the top brands in this field have performed.

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