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EUIPO doubles funding for IPC3, Poundland launches Twin Peaks, and Birkenstock clashes with Amazon (again): news round-up (Blog)
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In today’s edition, we look at the European Parliament’s document on IP issues related to 3D printing, a landmark decision for Mānuka honey protection, and an IP lawyer calling for an improved IP system in Nigeria.
Singapore counterfeit goods ruling highlights why brand owners and shipping companies must cooperate (Blog)
The Singapore High Court has found a freight company not liable for the transport of counterfeit goods from China. The landmark decision is bad news for rights holders who seek effective means to tackle the container shipping of fake goods and who have other concerns about proposed changes to customs regulations in the city-state. However, in underscoring the importance of voluntary cooperation between brands and shipping lines for stemming the flow of knock-off goods, the ruling may have a silver lining.
A well-loved Canadian pastry company got entangled in a PR crisis this week over accusations of perceived trademark enforcement overreach. While the marketing team gave a canny response on social media which appears to have quelled most of the outcry, evidence suggests that the negative impact could have a lasting effect on the brand. It is another reminder of the risks of trademark enforcement and how practitioners must tread carefully in the age of social media.
Maximum retention, minimum costs: INTA reveals Brexit position and behind-the-scenes advocacy work (Blog)
The International Trademark Association (INTA) has published a Brexit position paper, making a series of recommendations to negotiators on the treatment of intellectual property. INTA has also revealed that it is working directly with the negotiating parties and the UK Intellectual Property Office to ensure that IP and brand-related issues are properly addressed.
Barbie setback, Fiji pledges improved IP environment and Coco a success despite trademark backlash: news round-up (Blog)
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at how Mattel is facing a trademark opposition setback in Japan, how domain name growth has slowed due to a drop in new generic top-level domains and how a pop superstar identified counterfeits of her own merchandise being sold, which led to the arrest of her uncle.
Fighting fakes over the festive period: anti-counterfeiting activity steps up as shopping season begins (Blog)
With Christmas less than a month away and Black Friday and Cyber Monday having kick-started the online shopping season, government agencies and associated organisations have stepped up their anti-counterfeiting messaging and enforcement efforts. Leading this push was yesterday’s announcement of the results of a joint action against websites selling counterfeit products facilitated by Europol and Interpol a move that saw a dramatic increase in seized domain names compared to previous years.
In this week’s industry data report, we turn the spotlight on the sprawling pharmaceutical sector. We break down how the sector is being affected by political and economic pressures, and identify the industry-specific developments that are driving change. We also analyse the performance of the leading brands in this space and identify the most important markets for rights holders.
China pledges more affordable IP protection, “Weird Al” gets defensive and CITMA celebrates first anniversary: news round-up (Blog)
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at how Thailand is considering a new industrial design law, a Wu-Tang Clan member’s trademark dispute with a dog-walking company, China's State Council premier making fresh IP pledges and Alibaba forging a new brand protection partnership.
With Black Friday in full swing, exclusive research reveals brand protection gaps in new gTLDs (Blog)
While consumers enjoy the low prices offered on Black Friday, the sales period is a significant challenge for trademark practitioners especially for protecting shoppers from online scams. Exclusive research looks at how well-known fashion and retail brands have utilised (or not) key new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), including ‘.blackfriday’ and ‘.shop’. We find that few brands are taking advantage of new gTLDs for marketing purposes and, unsurprisingly, numerous examples of cybersquatting and unusual examples of brand hijackings.
ICANN criticised for “premature” WHOIS data move as more registries reveal GDPR compliance plans (Blog)
As the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers community grapples with the potential threat of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation regime to the WHOIS system, the organisation is deferring enforcement actions over non-compliance with contractual obligations relating to the handling of registration data. The move has been criticised as a “reactionary” gambit by one leading IP expert.
Valuing the monarchy, a counterfeiting crackdown and avoiding brand backlashes: news round-up (Blog)
In our latest news round-up we report on a new collaboration that aims to leave counterfeiters with “nowhere to hide”, examine Brand Finance’s research into the brand value of the British monarchy, assess the Office of the United States Trade Representative’s IP priorities in the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations and look at the communication challenge facing brands when partisan tensions are at an all-time high.
World Trademark Review is pleased to unveil the speaking faculty for the second annual Brand Strategy China event, taking place in Shanghai on December 7. Among the confirmed speakers on our high level roster are senior industry leaders from adidas, Chanel, Honeywell, NBC Universal, New Balance and Whirlpool Corporation.
This week’s World Trademark Review country data report focuses on the bustling trademark landscape in Germany. We reveal the European powerhouse’s leading sectors, present essential filing data and explain how the country’s robust brands have continued to surge in value.
Wine seized after Alibaba tip-off, EUIPO opens design awards nominations and Gene Simmons gets emotional: news round-up (Blog)
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at the Chinese authorities seizing thousands of bottles of wine after an Alibaba tip-off and a literally EPIC battle between beer brewers, Gene Simmons gets hot-under-the-collar about his withdrawn ‘devil horns’ trademark application, and a lawyer commends the “pitch perfect realism” of a TV comedy show's depiction of a court case.
Canada’s proposed Child Health Protection Act is making its way through the country’s legislative process. Outlawing the marketing of unhealthy foods to children, it could have a significant impact on the use of food and beverage trademarks. Although the bill exempts affected trademarks from cancellation through non-use, there are fears that it will create a new class of brands deemed to be “in limbo”.
USPTO unveils pilot programme, Nike logo implicated in Paradise Papers leak and EUIPO grants BREXIT trademark: news round-up (Blog)
In the latest news round-up, we look at a new pilot programme launched by the US Patent and Trademark Office, the IP attorney seeking to be Virginia’s next governor, the launch of the world’s first automated trademark assistant and how Nike’s ‘swoosh’ logo has been implicated in this week’s Paradise Papers leak.
Russia’s trademark landscape buoyant despite economic and political woes: exclusive data analysis (Blog)
In this week’s country data report we turn our attention to Russia, analysing the country’s most important industries, key filing statistics and how its brands have fared against the backdrop of a troubled economy and increasingly tense political climate.
Comic Con battle escalates, UK opposition levels jump and tomorrow’s trademark leaders: news round-up (Blog)
In our latest news round-up we report on the escalation of a Comic Con trademark spat into a free speech row, the unveiling of trademark industry leaders, the formation of a new Argentinian law firm and how North Korea is working towards the establishment of “world-class” consumer brands.
Thousands more trademarks linked to Michael Gleissner unearthed; leading in-house lawyer calls for action (Blog)
An expanded investigation by World Trademark Review can reveal nearly 2,000 more trademarks linked to entrepreneur and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner. The total now spans over 4,400 marks across 38 jurisdictions worldwide. As the scope of Gleissner’s extensive filing operation widens, a leading in-house lawyer has called on IP bodies to offer guidance to brand owners affected by this unprecedented activity and to consider whether any action should be taken in response.
USPTO seeks greater cooperation with the Department of Justice in fight against fraudulent solicitation scammers (Blog)
US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Trademark Commissioner Mary Boney Denison has expanded on the office’s proactive efforts to clamp down on fraudulent and misleading trademark solicitation campaigns. Offering assurances that the matter is being dealt with as a priority, she disclosed plans to have USPTO staff members placed in the Department of Justice to aid prosecution efforts.
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