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New figures released by Nominet reveal that the number of ‘.uk’ domain name suspensions doubled over the last 12 months, with enforcement takedowns topping 16,000. The UK Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has been a major contributor to this rise, accounting for more than 13,500 requests for action.
Seen by senior management as a cost centre, many practitioners toiling in the brand protection trenches struggle to secure funding. However, Ford's brand protection manager, Asia-Pacific, Angela Chen, has told World Trademark Review in an exclusive interview that her team's focus on hard recovery has led to a fundamental shift in perception. She notes that “Ford’s leadership is convinced that brand protection is a great revenue generator”, and has told us how this was achieved.
The 2018 rankings tables for the WTR 1000 are now available to WTR subscribers. This exclusive early access provides a unique first look at the leading trademark legal service providers from more than 70 jurisdictions.
Heather Forrest has been elected as chair of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ Generic Names Supporting Organisation Council, the first time that an IP Constituency councillor has taken on the role.
Appeals court strikes blow for London Taxi Company; decision highlights challenge facing shape mark applicants (Blog)
The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has backed a High Court of Justice finding that the three-dimensional shapes of particular models of taxi were invalid and therefore not infringed by the manufacturer of the Beardmore, Oxford and Metrocab models of London taxi. One leading industry commentator noted that the decision “is a further example of the difficulties faced by applicants for ‘shape’ trademarks in demonstrating distinctive character”.
Calculating anti-counterfeiting ROI, a heated brand valuation debate and crafting the perfect cease and desist: issue 70 now online (Blog)
Issue 70 of World Trademark Review has been published and is now available to subscribers online. Our cover story explores how to calculate the return on investment (ROI) for brand protection endeavours. While regarded by some as an impossible task, one practitioner told us how her team has been able to position itself as a revenue generator, returning a 300% ROI last year.
A number of changes will be made to your World Trademark Review platform next week, with subscribers offered even more detailed analysis and insight of developments affecting trademark owners and their advisers. In addition, our enhanced subscription package will provide exclusive early access to the 2018 rankings tables for the WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.
At this week’s Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers meeting, representatives from e-commerce giant Amazon received a hostile reception from the Governmental Advisory Committee while seeking to reach a compromise over its stalled ‘.amazon’ generic top-level domain application. In a session on Monday afternoon, the company was told that it had blown an opportunity to reach a compromise and that allowing the application to proceed would open a “Pandora’s box”.
Alibaba unveils new auto parts policy, industry groups split over anti-counterfeiting efforts (Blog)
Alibaba has announced the ban of listings offering car airbag components on two of its cross-border e-commerce platforms, a move welcomed by the Automotive Anti-counterfeiting Council. The development echoes the automotive industry’s zero-tolerance approach to fake parts that endanger the safety of consumers and provides the e-commerce giant with another high-profile endorsement as it awaits the publication of this year’s Office of the US Trade Representative's Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets.
Subscribers to World Trademark Review are to receive exclusive early access to the 2018 rankings tables for the World Trademark Review 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, as part of the World Trademark Review enhanced subscription package being launched next month.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has come under fire for excluding the full community in its exploration of the General Data Protection Regulation’s impact on the WHOIS system. ICANN stated that the regulation could affect its ability to maintain a single global WHOIS system, and this week two generic top-level domains withdrew public access to registrant information. Trademark counsel should follow the issue closely, as it could lead to the end of WHOIS in its current form and the ability to identify easily (and cost-effectively) the owners of infringing domains. Whatever the outcome, policing activities are set to harden.
Preparing for Brexit, working with competitors and trademark challenges following a Trump tweet: dispatches from Managing Trademark Assets 2017 (Blog)
Our latest event Managing Trademark Assets, which took place in Chicago last week, was focused around the theme of cost-effective management and communication of international portfolios. In this article we present just a few of the practical takeaways and discussion points from the day, including how to approach crisis communications and the creative tactics that can be employed to foster a cross-enterprise understanding of trademarks.
World Trademark Review is currently inviting nominations for its extensive annual research project, designed to identify and recognise the leading in-house trademark teams and individuals. Act now to ensure that the industry’s leading lights are recognised at the WTR Industry Awards 2018.
World Trademark Review can exclusively reveal the formation of a new Washington DC-based IP law firm led by Brian J Winterfeldt. The firm, Winterfeldt IP Group, opens for business today and boasts almost 20 employees from outset. Winterfeldt told World Trademark Review that the move reflects a shift in the law firm landscape, with more clients turning from big law to boutiques when seeking trademark-related services.
Strongest law firm brands identified: Baker McKenzie, DLA Piper and Clifford Chance lead latest legal index (Blog)
In the Acritas Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index 2017, Baker McKenzie has again been declared the strongest firm brand, extending its lead over competitors on the list. While populated by full-service law firms, those in the top-20 ranking also boast a significant level of trademark expertise.
From the EUIPO to the EPO: Campinos elected next president as race to Alicante top spot commences (Blog)
António Campinos, executive director of the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), has been elected as the next president of the European Patent Office (EPO). He will serve a five-year term from July 1 2018. Speculation is already mounting about his possible replacement in the EUIPO top spot, with a source telling World Trademark Review that his move to the EPO has been regarded as a fait accompli for some time.
This week the Wall Street Journal reported that luxury brands are demanding a firmer commitment from Amazon to police counterfeits on the platform, with talks between the e-commerce giant and Swatch breaking down over Amazon's unwillingness to do more. While the call for increased brand protection mechanisms is persistent, for some luxury brands the decision not to utilise the platform is a wider strategic one, rather than specifically tied to anti-counterfeiting programmes.
Sheep protest over trademark dispute hits the headlines but unlikely to derail legal proceedings (Blog)
An Australian senator has led a protest, accompanied by a flock of sheep, against a trademark lawsuit initiated by Deckers Outdoor Corporation. The dispute focuses on the UGG brand of boots, with Senator Nick Xenophon arguing that the term should be protected as a geographical indication.
Previous Alibaba critic has positive words as e-commerce giant seeks removal of Taobao from notorious markets list (Blog)
The public comments received by the US Trade Representative (USTR) in the run-up to this year’s Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets have been published, with Alibaba contending that none of its platforms engage in or facilitate counterfeiting. The USTR will make the final decision on whether any of its sites make the list, but the e-commerce giant will be heartened by the comments of a previously critical brand association, which expresses a more positive understanding of the challenges Alibaba faces.
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