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Snoop Dogg swats away Gleissner mark, Nestlé sells brands, and artificial nose identifies fake cheese: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner’s mixed week at the UKIPO, another Conor McGregor trademark fight, the most expensive domain name sale of 2018 so far, and much more .

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“E-commerce platforms make huge efforts to protect brands’ rights ”: exclusive interview with Groupon’s Pablo Rodriguez

Pablo Amat Rodriguez talks to us about his IP work at e-commerce brand Groupon. He reveals how he meets the distinctive IP challenges the trademark department faces, working with law firms, and much more...

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Burberry under fire over ‘anti-counterfeiting’ product destruction; will other brands face scrutiny?

An online outcry has erupted due to reports that Burberry destroyed almost £30 million worth of finished goods over the past year in a bid to protect itself from counterfeiting.

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Consumers “morally disgusted” by counterfeits, brands warned fakes “infect” genuine products

​​​​​​​A groundbreaking new study has found that most consumers feel “revulsion” from using counterfeit goods, with a warning that this feeling can be extended to genuine goods that are often copied and suggesting a new form of...

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Next steps for brand protection in a post-GDPR world: trademark takeaways from ICANN 62

The recent ICANN meeting in Panama saw the impact of the GDPR on WHOIS access take centre stage. In this exclusive guest post, Brian J Winterfeldt, president of ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency, discusses the key takeaways...

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Beware the ‘clever cease and desist letter’ backlash

In our latest opinion column, we look at the trend towards creative cease and desist letters, and the risk that consumer sentiment will turn if these are deemed efforts at marketing one-upmanship.

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Piggyback marketing, Alibaba expands on anti-counterfeiting efforts, and brands urged to use memes: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at China kicking off an online infringement campaign, Helly Hansen launching a trademark lawsuit against an Italian streetwear brand, a detailed look at the Cockygate story, and...

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EUIPO close to naming new executive director as COREPER recommends frontrunner

The Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) has voted to recommend that Christian Archambeau, currently the acting general director of the EUIPO, be appointed on a permanent basis.

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Get to know the corporate trademark world’s leading lights

World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the publication of the enhanced version of the 2018 WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals list. This research project identifies the individuals deemed to be the leading lights of the corporate...

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Madrid System fails to have an impact for local filers: an analysis of the Indonesian trademark market

In this country data report, we hone in on the fast-growing Indonesian trademark market, revealing that the country’s recent accession to the Madrid Protocol has had little impact on local filers, while US applicants have...

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ICE’s anti-counterfeiting efforts highlighted as US politicians call for its abolition

Legislation was tabled yesterday in the US House of Representatives calling for the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It sparked a reminder on the agency's crucial role in the fight against counterfeit goods.

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Chanel takes eBay seller to court, Richemont pulls ‘.brands’, and STORMY DANIELS mark refused: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the Philippines IP Office expanded fee waiver program, the World Cup teams fined for displaying unauthorised branding, the most trusted brands according to young people, and much...

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"No closer to clarity" – UK's Brexit White Paper offers clues to future IP approach, but big questions remain

In the UK government's much-anticipated blueprint for the UK’s future relationship with the EU, IP rights are specifically addressed, but trademark practitioners will be left with many unanswered questions.

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Corruption and weak IP legislation identified as main drivers of counterfeit trade

​​​​​​​The main drivers that determine the likelihood of a country being involved in the trade of counterfeit goods have been identified by a new report from the European Union Intellectual Property Office.

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Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, LeBron James to LA Lakers: the brand perspective on major sporting moves

​​​​​​​The last week has seen NBA legend LeBron James and football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo signing lucrative new deals. Experts say that the strong commercial brand of both players will justify the big dollars being...

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Novichok trademark flurry, gift shop seeks IT'S COMING HOME mark and IHOb is no more: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the UK gift shop seeking registered trademark protection for "It's coming home", the new Cornish pasties authentication scheme, Kenya stepping up its anti-counterfeit efforts, and much...

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Time for non-tobacco brands to take the threat of plain packaging more seriously

In the first of a new regular opinion column, the onward march of plain packaging is examined. In the face of seemingly unstoppable momentum, now is the time to consider whether brands will remain on the sidelines or make their voices heard...

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“Flagrant degree of cynicism” – Michael Gleissner slammed in TRUMP TV opposition decision

Serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner lost in an opposition decision at the UK IP Office for the trademark TRUMP TV. The hearing officer blasted the entrepreneur and ordered him to pay £15,000 to a company related to US President...

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Data authorities respond to ICANN call for help; WHOIS future left up in the air

The European Data Protection Board has responded to ICANN’s call for guidance to enable the development a GDPR-compliant WHOIS model. The document raises the prospect that a more conservative approach to WHOIS data publication will result.

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Google and Amazon eye hospitality sector as hotel brands diversify their filing strategies: exclusive data analysis

In our latest industry-focused data report, we put the spotlight on the hospitality market, honing in on the hotel sector in particular. We reveal the top hotel brands, how the industry is diversifying, and...

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Brazil IP Office shuts for World Cup game, role of testosterone in brands, and Kitty Pryde owns X-Men mark: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at rising trademark application filings at the USPTO in 2018, INTA looking to the leaders of tomorrow, the world’s first bank-grade QR code solution for fighting fakes...

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"Planning for positive change": the law firm perspective on Brazil joining the Madrid Protocol

​​​​​​​After over a decade of discussion, Brazil looks increasingly likely to accede to the Madrid system. We speak to local law firm practitioners about how it is expected to impact their own practice and the wider trademark...

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Federer logo clash with Nike highlights contractual pitfalls for sports stars

This week the Wimbledon tennis tournament got underway, with media reports noting how reigning champion Roger Federer “stunned onlookers by turning out on Centre Court in Uniqlo gear”. The focus then turned to the absence of his often-used RF...

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T-ARA trademark refused, Japanese toymakers fight fakes and the cost of defending plain packaging: news round-up

In our latest edition, we look at India’s largest consumer goods company turning up the heat on infringers, how to avoid genericism, the decline in electronic counterfeits reports, ‘.uk’ dispute statistics, and...

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Registered trademark protection helps US companies to innovate and grow, new study reveals

Research from the USPTO has revealed that registered trademark protection helps companies to grow, employ more people and innovate. Along with a slew of similar research findings, the study reinforces efforts to communicate the benefits...

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INTA “extremely disappointed” with WTO plain packaging ruling, considering next steps

In a landmark ruling, the World Trade Organisation has upheld Australia’s tobacco plain packaging regime as being consistent with its trade obligations. The response has been mixed, with INTA voicing its disappointment and confirmed it...

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Governments call for urgency in WHOIS efforts, but rocky road lies ahead

The Government Advisory Committee (GAC) has heard from rights holders facing significant enforcement challenges following the enactment of the GDPR. It has become clear that frustrations will continue for some time yet, despite government calls for...

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How brands should prepare for the big changes coming to Canada’s trademark market: exclusive data analysis

In our latest report, we delve into Canada’s trademark landscape. We examine how a major overhaul of its trademark laws may lead to a clogged up register, take a look at filing and litigation trends, and much more.

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Positive ‘Swissness’ results, IACC and EURid partner up, and the first family of counterfeit hunting: news round-up

We look at a new law in China that could boost the fight against fakes, a comedian seeking over $100 million in infringement damages, a leaked email revealing “efforts to trademark Clean Meat”, and much more...

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What next for trademark jurisprudence at the Supreme Court? Experts have their say

​​​​​​​Following news that Justice Anthony Kennedy of the US Supreme Court is to retire and with the prospect of a more right-thinking bench, leading IP attorneys are split over what it means for trademark cases in the future.

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Trump administration tariffs “could help legitimise fake goods”: trade associations join up to sound alarm bells

Six major US trade associations have joined forces to send a letter warning that the Trump administration’s recent tariffs place “significant barriers on the fight against harmful fakes” and calls for an urgent...

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