Food and beverage

America first... for now: how Chinese and European brands are closing the gap

Exclusive analysis reveals why major US brands are feeling the pressure of increased competition in the global marketplace – and how they can fight back.

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Why the authorities are taking a tougher stance on trademark infringement in the Chinese food industry

Recent criminal cases involving fake food labels have highlighted the tough stance taken by the authorities in counterfeit food cases.

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New York court issues decision in bottle dispute

In Can’t Live Without It LLC v ETS Express Inc, a federal court has granted a partial summary judgment in a trade dress infringement and unfair competition case involving an alleged knock-off bottle.

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Starbucks successful in COFFEE ROCKS case

In Starbucks Corp v EUIPO, the General Court has found that the figurative mark COFFEE ROCKS for coffee services was confusingly similar to Starbucks’ well-known logo.

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Court of Appeals of The Hague: vodka marks must be handed back to Russian state enterprise

The Court of Appeals of The Hague has ruled in favour of Russian state enterprise FKP in the long-running dispute between FKP and Spirits International BV over the ownership of several vodka marks.

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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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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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Revealed: the $300 billion plain packaging threat to the beverage industry

​​​​​​​Startling new research from valuation firm Brand Finance has estimated that the spread of plain packaging to the beverage industry would result in close to $300 billion in brand value losses.

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India: Food and beverage products in the branding crosshairs

As the Indian food and beverage market becomes increasingly alluring to to brand owners, the courts are witnessing an eruption in trade dress protection and advertising disputes.

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Mexico: Make your product pop – but make sure it is well protected

Products need innovative strategies to stand out on shop shelves, especially in the food and beverage sector. While such marketing can increase sales, it also risks compromising trademark protection.

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Russia: Shifting tides of protection in the food and beverage sector

Although trade dress is an essential tool for brand owners trying to boost consumer recognition in the food and beverage sector, enforcing trademark protection can be a thorny issue.

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Canada: Changing the recipe: the amended Trademarks Act

Amid a string of changes to the Trademarks Act, food and beverage brand owners should be aware of the potential impact that this new legislation will have on their trademark rights in Canada.

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