Enforcement and litigation

France’s burgeoning tech sector could overtake UK, but filings remain flat: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s country data report, World Trademark Review inspects the trademark landscape in France. We delve into the country’s filing trends and analyse how its leading brands have performed in recent years.

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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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JOY fails to prevent registration of HISPANITAS JOY IS A CHOICE despite enhanced distinctive character

In Jean Patou Worldwide v EUIPO, the General Court has confirmed that there was no likelihood of confusion between the figurative mark HISPANITAS JOY IS A CHOICE and the earlier mark JOY for “perfumes” in Class 3.

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Slight change in defendant's registered mark found to infringe claimant's mark; court awards Rmb3 million in damages

A Chinese court has found that the registered trademark 了M, as used by its owner, did not constitute "standard use" of the registered trademark and infringed 3M Company’s registered trademark 3M.

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“A steep uphill battle”: experts pessimistic over USPTO bid for U-turn on scandalous marks

The USPTO has filed a petition for a rehearing en banc in In re: Brunetti, an effort to maintain a ban on scandalous marks. Legal experts are sceptical about the move, telling us that the government faces an “uphill battle” to reverse...

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Sweden considering prison for infringers, EUIPO switches banks and cops brandishing fake firearms: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look the Qatari government continuing its counterfeit crackdown, a cheese stand-off between the EU and Mexico, and much more.

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Pushing the boundaries – identifying the world’s most innovative IP offices

In a new multi-part series, World Trademark Review identifies the IP offices leading the way in offering innovative non-core tools and services – and the registries trailing behind.

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US Senate confirms Iancu, Zimbabwe targets fakes and brands oppose Conor McGregor: news round-up

In our latest news round-up we look at how the Zimbabwe government is pledging to tackle counterfeit goods, the brands being accused of using “underhand tricks” to fool consumers, and much more.

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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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Litigation procedures and strategies: Finland

In June 2016 a working group was appointed to draft a proposal for a new trademark act in Finland, implementing the 2015 EU Trademark Directive (2015/2436) and the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks.

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Litigation procedures and strategies: France

National law: Trademark law is codified in the French IP Code in Articles L711-1 to L717-16. In addition, Article 1240 of the Civil Code prohibits unfair competition and parasitic acts.

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Litigation procedures and strategies: Albania

In Albania, the Law on Industrial Property, being the main applicable law, has been subject to various amendments. We look at the key changes, and how they affect prosecution and enforcement strategies.

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Litigation procedures and strategies: Russia

The main legislation regulating trademark litigation in Russia is contained in the following codified federal laws: the Civil Code; the Arbitration Procedure Code (last amended on July 29 2017); and the Civil Procedure Code (last amended on July 29 2017).

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Shaky dominance of the United States – litigation on decline as Chinese filings surge; exclusive data analysis

We survey the world’s leading market for brands: the United States. We take a look at the performance of the country’s trademark office and leading brands, and analyse key filing and litigation statistics.

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Big changes in the pharmaceutical sector as leading brands flourish: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s data report, we turn the spotlight on the sprawling pharmaceutical sector. We look at how the sector is being affected by political pressures, and identify the developments that are driving change.

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Germany’s hearty trademark scene and stunning courtroom win rates: exclusive data analysis

The latest country data report focuses on Germany. We reveal the European powerhouse’s leading sectors and explain how the country’s robust brands have continued to surge in value.

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Russia’s trademark landscape buoyant despite economic and political woes: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s country data report we turn our attention to Russia, analysing key filing statistics and how its brands have fared against the backdrop of a troubled economy and increasingly tense political climate.

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Issue 71