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Food delivery marks on the rise, as Starbucks leads the way in restaurant brand filings: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s industry data report we look at the food service industry. We reveal that Starbucks has the most robust trademark portfolio in the industry, the rise in 'food delivery' applications, and more.

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High Court provides guidance on admissibility of new evidence on appeal from registrar

The decision of the High Court of England and Wales in Consolidated Developments Ltd v Cooper demonstrates the relatively restrictive approach which the court takes to the admission of new evidence.

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MISS EARTH case: ex parte injunction vacated as plaintiff suppressed material facts

An Indian court has vacated an ex parte injunction preventing the defendants from using the mark MISS EARTH as a title in respect of a beauty pageant.

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“Opportunistic filing after a disaster remains an issue” – MH370 rights shine spotlight on tragedy marks

Trademark departments have a key role to play in the wake of tragic events, with one expert telling us that defensive filings should be “a primary prevention tool” against opportunists

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Court of Appeal provides salutary lesson to mark owners who license their trademark portfolios

The decision of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in Holland and Barrett v General Nutrition provides valuable guidance for mark owners who license their main brand as well as a number of sub-brands.

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Defunct NFL franchise trademarks, counterfeiters target Kickstarter and Pinduoduo investigated: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at how tomato DNA is being used to combat dangerous counterfeits, the Vega+ games console losing branding rights, and much more.

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Court gives Nestlé appeal the finger in long-awaited KitKat shape mark decision

​​​​​​​The Court of Justice of the European Union has dismissed appeals brought in the high-profile ‘4 Finger KitKat’ case, ruling that the EUIPO must reconsider whether the three-dimensional shape can be retained as an EU trademark.

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The USPTO should require foreign applicants to engage US counsel: guest op-ed

The USPTO may require applicants from outside of the United States to hire an authorised practitioner to prosecute their applications. In this guest policy op-ed, one IP expert argues that the move would help maintain the integrity of US trademarks...

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Is the Brexit fog lifting? UKIPO confirms plan for “free” conversion of EU trademarks to UK register

In newly-released comments, the UKIPO has confirmed that the UK will protect all existing EU trademarks and registered Community designs when the country leaves the EU. Crucially, the transfer of 1.5 million rights will...

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Russia’s fight against fakes, imitations and replicas

Gorodissky & Partners Anti-counterfeiting measures will never succeed in removing all counterfeits from the market, but they do make it significantly more difficult for counterfeiters to produce and sell fakes.

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China’s fashion and luxury brand challenge: trademark squatting and parallel imports

Kangxin Partners PC Regionality is a well-known characteristic of trademark protection and brings particular jurisdictional challenges for fashion and luxury brands. In China, these challenges include trademark squatting and parallel...

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Symbols of the rich and famous: challenges for fashion and luxury brands

Uhthoff, Gómez Vega & Uhthoff Innovation, notoriety, protective registration and counterfeiting are key challenges for fashion and luxury brands. Fortunately, Mexico has a complex system of enforcement in place.

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Legal fakes and the shopping experience – Italy’s fashion challenges

Bugnion SpA Some so-called ‘legal fakes’ in Italy have so successfully fooled consumers and won over luxury and fashion brand fans that they have essentially supplanted the original brands, which are yet to conquer the country.

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Outstanding improvement in aerospace brands despite a fall in application numbers: exclusive data analysis

In our latest data report, we examine the top brands, industry trends, and filing data in the aerospace and defence sector - revealing a marked shift from vehicle-related applications to software and research.

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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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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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Riding the tidal wave: USPTO faces 10% rise in trademark applications

With a 10% rise in trademark applications mostly spurred by Chinese filings flooding the USPTO in 2017, questions have been raised about whether the office can cope with this influx – both now and in the future.

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