Consumer goods

Kit Kat blow, Comey trademark abandoned, and Russian IP office pledges blockchain support: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the Advocate General’s latest Kit Kat decision, Liverpool FC embroiled in a dispute, a strong start for the ‘.app’ new gTLD, advice on building a fashion retail brand in 2018, and much more.

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Massive British American Tobacco deal sets new record and demonstrates the potent power of brands

British American Tobacco's acquisition of Reynolds American is the highest ever recorded brand acquisition, and highlights the critical commercial importance of the work undertaken by trademark practitioners.

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General Court finds no likelihood of confusion between SOL marks; annuls Board of Appeal's decision

The EU General Court has annulled a decision of the First Board of Appeal of the EUIPO finding that there was a likelihood of confusion between the figurative marks CLARO SOL and SOL for identical or similar services.

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Warning: discovery misconduct can cost more than just your case

In Klipsch v ePRO the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has adopted a standard that “discovery sanctions should be commensurate with the costs unnecessarily created by the sanctionable behaviour”.

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Which courts have jurisdiction over claim for online infringement of EUTM? Court of Appeal seeks guidance from ECJ

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has considered which member state's courts would have jurisdiction to hear a claim for infringement of an EUTM where an online advertisement created in one member state...

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How the legal profession underutilises paralegals: exclusive interview with Deborah Hampton of Chemours

In the latest of our interview series with leading in-house counsel, The Chemours Company’s Deborah Hampton reflects on how paralegals are often underestimated and her approach to protecting the company’s global brand...

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Philip Morris, Michelin and Electrolux lead UDRP filers list as domain actions hit historical high

UDRP case filings at WIPO continued their upward momentum, with 3,074 cases handled in 2017. While the rise was less pronounced than in previous years, the figure set a new record.

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No Brexit talk between IP offices, Scooby Doo infringement and Syria establishes trademark court: news round-up

In the latest round-up, we look the latest IP case data from Saudi Arabia, the establishment of a trademark court in Syria, and warnings over counterfeit security certificates.

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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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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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