Fashion & Luxury

“This puts a stake in the ground”: why brands must pay attention to the Maasai IP initiative

An initative which represents the Maasai tribe of Kenya and Tanzania in efforts to gain control over commercial uses of its cultural ‘brand’ has recently secured a deal with Koy Clothing. We speak with the negotiator behind the agreement on why it matters for brands.

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Coveted status of well-known mark eludes Samsung, while Louboutin's red sole mark is found to be well known

In two cases involving Samsung and Christian Louboutin, different judges of the Delhi High Court have taken a completely different stand following requests for a declaration that the parties’ marks are well known.

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Victoria's Secret fails to prove bad faith in Beijing High Court

The Beijing High Court has upheld the rejection of Victoria’s Secret’s opposition against the registration of the mark 维多利亚的秘密VICTORIA’S SECRET in Class 42.

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Finding of likelihood of confusion despite consent agreement

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has upheld the refusal to register the 8-BIT ALEWORKS mark on the grounds of a likelihood of confusion with the 8 BIT BREWING COMPANY registered and composite marks under the Lanham Act.

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adidas wins latest dispute against H&M in Hague Court

The District Court of The Hague has ruled in favour of adidas in the main proceedings of its saga against H&M regarding the companies' respective stripe marks.

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

In our latest news round-up we look at a controversial trademark related to the #MeToo hashtag, California accepting state-wide trademarks for cannabis-related goods, and more.

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USPTO urged to address mobile issues, Malawi to establish national office, and bootleg fashion all the rage: news round-up

In today’s edition, we look at the USPTO being urged to improve its mobile capability and the new Trademarks Bill introduced in Malawi.

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Trump's USPTO nominee confirmed, victory for Louboutin, and significant changes at Nigerian IP registry: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we report why Louboutin's red sole mark was declared ‘well known’ in India, upcoming changes at Nigeria’s trademark registry, and much more.

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EUIPO doubles funding for IPC3, Poundland launches Twin Peaks and Birkenstock clashes with Amazon (again): news round-up

In the latest round-up, we look at the European Parliament’s document on IP issues related to three-dimensional printing, a landmark decision for Manuka honey protection, and much more.

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Asia-Pacific Team of the Year: Burberry Asia

It has been a challenging few years for luxury brands and 2016 was no different. In such an environment, brand protection becomes even more important, so it is gratifying to see the Burberry Asia team step up to fight infringement.

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Fashion, Cosmetics & Luxury Goods Team of the Year: Maus Frères

The Maus Frères team celebrated a number of wins in 2016, as it worked hard to protect powerhouse brands such as Lacoste, Aigle and Gant. Notable was the securing of well-known status for Lacoste’s crocodile mark in both the European Union and China.

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Anne Gundelfinger

After her invaluable contribution to the global trademark community was recognised at the WTR Industry Awards, Anne Gundelfinger sat down with us to reflect on an illustrious career.

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Identifying the networks of professional counterfeiters undermining the fashion industry

The fashion industry has always been a target for counterfeiters and copycats. While criminals were previously restricted to selling on the streets, the Internet has completely transformed their operations.

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