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This week, Alibaba’s Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance (AACA) announced the creation of a brand advisory board to facilitate greater collaboration between the ecommerce giant and AACA members on the protection of intellectual property rights. One brand protection leader for a major international company has welcomed the development, but hopes that “truly new” approaches to anti-counterfeiting are the result rather than extensions of current programmes.
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Full speaker line-up for next month’s Managing Trademark Assets conference in Chicago revealed (Blog)
The full session-by-session line-up for the upcoming Managing Trademark Assets conference is now live online. The early bird booking deadline for the event, being held in Chicago on October 17, expires tomorrow. Book now to save $100 and guarantee your place at the event, where attendees will be able to hear from and share best practice with senior experts representing organisations such as Amazon, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Thermos, Toyota, Under Armour and Wells Fargo.
Amazon calls for end to ‘.amazon’ gTLD stand-off; demands prompt action to end dispute with governments (Blog)
Amazon has called on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to “immediately approve” its application for the ‘.amazon’ generic top-level domain, noting that prompt action is necessary because “there is no sovereign right under international or national law to the name ‘Amazon”’, with an Independent Review Process Panel having previously ruled that ICANN acted in a manner inconsistent with its bylaws when rejecting the company’s application. The move to end the stand-off over the string is one that all brands should monitor.
Over the past few days media reports have focused on the case of an individual seller who saw his Amazon.com store shut down over an alleged IP-related violation lodged by a bogus law firm. His call for more considered investigations of complaints highlights the challenge facing the e-commerce giant, which is also under pressure to ensure speedy takedowns when infringement occurs.
Study suggests “huge potential” for economic growth in Latin America through trademark promotion (Blog)
Trademark-intensive industries across Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Peru account for 18.5 million jobs and $2,390 of value per capita a year, according to research commissioned by the International Trademark Association and Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property. For those working in such industries, salary premiums of up to 25% were observed.
Major initiative launches to combat illicit trade, aims to unite anti-counterfeiting and supply chain innovators (Blog)
A new private sector initiative, the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade, was unveiled this week with a mandate to “stop the significant and growing economic and social damages caused by illicit trade”. Director General Jeffrey P Hardy told World Trademark Review that anti-counterfeiting efforts will be just one work stream, with the organisation aiming to foster a cross-sectorial effort against illicit trade in all of its guises.
The EU Commission has released its position paper on the treatment of IP rights after the United Kingdom completes its exit from the European Union. While a short document, it provides an important insight into the trademarks regime that EU negotiators want to work towards. However, some aspects could prove divisive.
L’Oréal revealed as EUIPO's top trademark filer as office experiences Brexit-related volatility (Blog)
Exclusive data compiled by World Trademark Review has revealed the top corporate and representative filers at the EU Intellectual Property Office for the year to June 2017. L’Oréal sits in top spot, with a number of Asian technology brands close behind. While international brand powerhouses continue to utilise European-wide protection, the office experienced volatility in filing levels last year, which it attributed in part to the Brexit vote.
UKIPO study claims social networks “encourage IP infringement”; complicit consumers actively seek out fakes (Blog)
Research commissioned by the UK IP Office has reinforced claims made by government enforcement agencies that social media platforms “encourage IP infringement”, while also amplifying counterfeiters’ messages by increasing the connectivity of potential complicit consumers. However, the office noted that the study is based only on a 2015 snapshot and further investigation is needed to uncover the true scale and nature of infringement.
Last week Cinven announced an agreement to sell CPA Global to private equity investment firm Leonard Green & Partners for a reported $3.1 billion. The sum is just shy of the $3.55 billion paid for Thomson Reuters’ Intellectual Property & Science unit last year, and highlights just how attractive the IP dollar is to private equity.
As the Indian trademark office steps up its efforts to clear its long-standing backlog and process the rapidly rising numbers of applications, one practitioner has observed a resulting spike in clients receiving provisional refusals to international applications designating the country. However, rather than a cause for alarm, she argues that this trend is a natural consequence of the office upping its game.
Costco to appeal latest ruling in Tiffany dispute; claims case isn't about “common understanding” of counterfeiting (Blog)
A US District Court judge has found that Tiffany & Co is entitled to recover $11.1 million in lost profit (plus interest), as well as $8.25 million in punitive damages, from Costco over the sale of counterfeit Tiffany rings. In response, the wholesale giant has pledged to appeal, contending that the case is not about counterfeiting “in the common understanding of that word”.
The WTR Premium Daily email will be taking a summer break over August, with the full intelligence and daily email service for subscribers recommencing on Monday September 4. As we head into our break, here’s a look at the most popular articles and legal updates we have published over the past 12 months with coverage of a call for an improved YouTube takedown process just beating the news that Google has become the world’s most valuable brand to top place.
Getting the message out: communication efforts take centre stage as INTA launches pro bono scheme (Blog)
The International Trademark Association (INTA) has launched a two-year pro bono pilot programme, designed to offer free legal support to low-income individuals and non-profit organisations that would otherwise not benefit from trademark-related services. With the Pro Bono Trademark Clearinghouse now open, the key to success will be reaching those currently outside the INTA community.
A press release issued today has announced that Kering and Alibaba Group have signed a “landmark agreement” to cooperate in the protection of intellectual property and engage in joint enforcement activities. The shock move, by an organisation that has been highly critical of the e-commerce giant, brings to an end Kering’s headline-grabbing lawsuit against the Chinese company.
EFF highlights “trademark bullying” evasion tactics as debate over new gTLD policing heats up (Blog)
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge have published a report advising domain name registrants that, in a bid to “minimise exposure to trademark bullying”, they should avoid registering domains in the new gTLD environment. While counsel may object to the ‘bullying’ label being extended to legitimate enforcement efforts, the report could have a positive payback for policing strategies.
Chinese businesses leveraged trademark rights to receive loans totalling Rmb65 billion in 2016, more than double the sums lent in 2015. Significantly, the figure dwarfs equivalent lending against patents, and comes at a time of slowing economic growth in the country.
Last week the US Patent and Trademark Office and Trademark Public Advisory Committee hosted a roundtable to strategise on how to tackle fraudulent solicitations. The in-depth discussion revealed details on how scammers go about duping consumers, and the inter-agency approach that will be required if this new ‘whac-a-mole’ challenge is going to be overcome.
One day remaining to secure the lowest delegate rate for the Managing Trademark Assets event in Chicago (Blog)
The super-early bird booking deadline for the third Managing Trademark Assets conference, being held in Chicago on October 17, expires tomorrow. Book now to save $200 and guarantee your place at the event, where attendees will be able to hear from, and share best practice with, senior experts representing such firms as Accenture, Adobe, Amazon, Time, Microsoft, Toyota and Under Armour.
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