One month until GDPR deadline: INTA and US government call for urgent rethink over WHOIS approach

With the GDPR enforcement date of May 25 fast approaching, the US government and INTA have expanded on their concerns – with a warning that a WHOIS blackout will result "in a field day for bad actors".

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adidas takes anti-counterfeiting fight to Instagram sellers, highlights enforcement challenge faced by brands

adidas and Reebok International have filed a lawsuit against 53 sellers of alleged counterfeit goods on social media sites. For those not yet monitoring the platform, the action provides a reminder that Instagram...

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Brexit: impact on UK-based proprietors of ‘.eu’ domain names

UK-based owners of '.eu' domain names should take note of the European Commission’s "Notice to stakeholders: withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU rules on '.eu' domain names".

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Cybersquatting breaks all-time record high; '.com' still TLD of choice for cybersquatters

WIPO has issued a press release revealing that cybersquatting cases in 2017 reached an all-time high, with 3,074 cases filed in 2017 compared to 3,036 cases in 2016.

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UDRP complaint fails on all three requirements; found to be attempt at RDNH

In a recent decision under the UDRP, a three-member WIPO panel not only denied the transfer of the domain name ‘’, failing it on all three requirements, but also found reverse domain name hijacking.

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WHOIS access charges, NGOs take aim at watch list plans and INTA applauds ‘Brand India’: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a registry’s plans to charge trademark owners for access to WHOIS data and the war of words over plans for an IP markets watch list.

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GDPR working party has its say on proposed WHOIS model; future access remains uncertain

The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party has written to ICANN to provide guidance on its proposed interim model for the treatment of WHOIS data. It has raised a number of concerns with the proposed approach and did not address the...

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Call for more robust online RPMs, Alibabacoin hits back and getting legal advice from a robot: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a trademark infringement lawsuit involving US TV sitcom I Love Lucy, Alibabacoin hits back at Alibaba lawsuit, and much more.

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Australian trademark law amendments, WHOIS fears, and EUIPO launches anti-counterfeit prize: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look the end of a heated legal dispute over an Icelandic chant, fears increase of future WHOIS access, Australian government's draft version of an IP law amendment bill, and much more.

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Going phishing: countering fraudulent campaigns

Two new policies going into effect soon underline the fact that the phishing attacks and spoofing that lead to data breaches are only increasing in frequency – and there is no slowing down in sight.

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Mobile mayhem: brand protection in a changing environment

When shopping on their handheld devices, millennials are turning to mobile platforms that combine social interaction, entertainment and e-commerce. It is important to understand some of the challenges that this presents for a brand seeking to protect itself in this...

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Navigating the evolving landscape of social media

Although it is a hard truth that we must learn from our mistakes, it is also equally true that we can learn from the mistakes of others. Thus, it is essential for brands to learn from the failures and successes of the approaches adopted by their competitors in tackling online...

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Domain management: a best practice guide

The first step in an intelligent domain strategy is to look at trademark registration strategy. What has been registered and where? Is there a pattern of registration in the trademark system that can be duplicated in the domain name system?

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The online enforcement burden rises as new challenges emerge

This year’s Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey reveals that the online policing burden is intensifying, with new threats adding to the headache experienced by brand protection professionals.

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Logan Paul fiasco shows risk for brands on YouTube; research reveals more YouTubers seeking trademark protection

Recent incidents have demonstrated why brands must be careful when advertising on YouTube. New research also reveals that YouTube's content creators are increasingly obtaining registered trademark protection.

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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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As remarkable growth of sports industry continues, exclusive data analysis reveals the key trademark trends

From today, World Trademark Review will be producing a new series of industry-specific data reports. We start with a deep dive into sports and sporting goods.

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