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New research from the OECD and EUIPO reveals that growth in free trade zones where economic activity is driven by reduced customs controls, light regulation and limited oversight is, in turn, fostering growth in counterfeit goods trafficking.
UDRP case filings at WIPO continued their upwards momentum, with 3,074 cases handled by its Arbitration and Mediation Centre in 2017. While the rise was less pronounced than in previous years, the figure sets a new record. Worryingly for rights holders, the number of domains covered in these filings rose at a much faster rate, hitting a historical high.
The seventh edition of Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide, which provides trademark professionals with comprehensive guidance on the key issues involved in the protection, enforcement and marketing of pharmaceutical brands, is now available to view online.
Over the past few days, a UK business owner’s dispute with Bacardi over its Angel’s Envy bourbon brand has garnered media attention in trade and national press titles. The dispute highlights a quandary for large companies when the ‘David v Goliath’ narrative is cited whether to engage in public arguments or to keep quiet.
We recently cited the rise of blockchain as one of the trademark trends to watch over the next 18 months. While we await the big bang moment in terms of IP practice adoption, the founder of a new blockchain database predicts that IP professionals will fully trust the technology within a year and it could lead to a proliferation of trademark services built on it. Looking ahead, national office activity may hold the key.
“A registration doesn’t necessarily trump earlier use”: takeaways from Dulwich Hamlet’s trademark dispute
The owners of a London football stadium have sent a cease and desist letter to 125-year-old football club Dulwich Hamlet over the continued use of its name. The move has sparked an online backlash against both the stadium owners and the law firm that sent the letter, with industry experts suggesting that the registration could be vulnerable to invalidation on a number of grounds.
The Confederation of All India Traders has stepped up pressure on the Indian government to pass a new Consumer Protection Bill which contains provisions designed to hold brand ambassadors liable for misleading endorsements. While there have been fears that the move could significantly impact brand and marketing strategies in the country, close reading of the bill suggests that the clampdown may not be as severe as it appears at first sight. In fact, responsible brands and celebrities could both benefit.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released a major new policy study in which it identifies how governments and customs authorities can step up the fight against illicit goods. A particular focus is how to overcome the policing challenge posed by the increased use of small parcel mailings a spotlight that will be welcomed by trademark professionals. Attention will now turn to whether meaningful action results.
The latest edition of Online Brand Enforcement: Protecting Your Trademarks in the Electronic Environment, offering cutting-edge analysis and insight into brand protection strategies, is now available to view online.
Alibaba gone quiet? Brand owners give mixed response to marketplace giant's recent anti-counterfeiting efforts
Over the first two months of the year, there has been little anti-counterfeiting messaging emanating from Alibaba. This contrasts sharply with the start of 2017, suggesting the company has opted against lobbying to remove Taobao from the USTR’s Notorious Markets List. World Trademark Review spoke to brand owner participants in Alibaba’s Anti-counterfeiting Alliance about whether there has been much under-the-radar activity.
The death knell for bulk domain enquiries? Rights holders voice concern as ICANN reveals proposed WHOIS model
ICANN’s efforts to ensure that the WHOIS function complies with the General Data Protection Regulation have moved to the next stage, with details of its proposed convergence model emerging. However, IP experts have seized on gaps in the model, claiming that it could create significant roadblocks to effective enforcement efforts.
The International Trademark Association has released its 2017 Annual Report in which it reveals its global footprint, with 191 countries represented across its membership body. Further analysis reveals that, with growth in North America largely flat over the past four years, the demographic make-up of the association’s membership is undergoing a transformation.
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becoming enforceable on May 25 2018, all eyes are on its potential impact on rights holders’ access to accurate and reliable WHOIS data. One industry expert warns of the “absurd” policies that could result from incorrect analysis of the regulations adding that cybercriminals “anywhere in the world” could soon become the biggest fans of GDPR.
The USPTO has filed a petition for a rehearing en banc in In re: Brunetti, a decision it contends “invalidates a century-old provision of federal trademark law that renders trademarks containing ‘scandalous’ and ‘immoral’ matter ineligible for the benefits of federal registration”. The bid to maintain a ban on scandalous marks is one that practitioners will keenly follow. However, one legal expert told us that the government faces an “uphill battle” to reverse the Federal Circuit’s ruling.
Jones Day has been named the strongest law firm brand in the United States for the second year running. According to the Acritas US Law Firm Brand Index 2018, Jones Day extended its lead in the table, while second place Skadden strengthened its brand over the past year. Bubbling below the surface, though, is the rising threat to traditional law firms from alternative legal service brands.
Subscribers and regular visitors to worldtrademarkreview.com will notice significant changes to the website from February 8. In a bid to ensure that the latest trademark market intelligence and business critical insights are delivered in the most efficient and accessible way possible, we have re-engineered the platform to offer an optimum user experience, drawing on a revamped navigation structure and a range of new features.
Online and media criticism of a Ram Trucks ad aired during this week’s Super Bowl broadcast continues to rumble on. For its part, parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has stood its ground, noting that the King Estate had given approval of its use of a Martin Luther King Jr sermon. The key question from a brand perspective is whether holding ground in the face of a social media storm is the right approach or whether appeasing critics is the better option.
Singapore opens plain packaging consultation; hits out at “misleading” use of branding by tobacco companies
Singapore’s Ministry of Health has opened a public consultation on proposals to introduce standardised packaging of tobacco products alongside enlarged graphic health warnings. The document firmly dismisses legal and trade-related arguments against plain packaging, and should be of concern to rights holders seeking to prevent the expansion of brand restrictions.
Amazon has supplanted Google as the world’s most valuable brand, according to the latest Brand Finance Global 500 rankings. With Apple, Samsung and Facebook rounding out the top five, technology brands dominate the top of the list. However, it is the continued rise of Chinese brands on the international scene that should be noted.
LegalForce calls on USPTO to tackle Chinese firms “practicing illegally” allegations and threats revealed
Raj Abhyanker, founder and shareholder in LegalForce RAPC Worldwide the firm behind online filing engine Trademarkia has sent a grievance complaint to the US Patent and Trademark Office centred on Chinese IP law firms “practicing illegally” in the United States. Speaking exclusively to World Trademark Review, he expands on his allegations and the threats he received from one China-based filer.
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