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Millionaire and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner has lost another opposition decision at the UK Intellectual Property Office, this time for the term TRUMP TV. Of particular note is the scathing language used by the hearing officer, with the entrepreneur blasted for having “a disdainful disregard for the opposition costs of the other side” and was ordered to pay £15,000 to a company related to US President Donald Trump.
More evidence of the economic benefits of trademark ownership has emerged, with new research from the US Patent and Trademark Office revealing that registered trademark protection helps companies to grow, employ more people and innovate. Along with a slew of similar research findings to surface in recent months, the study reinforces efforts to communicate the benefits of trademark rights; not only to businesses, but to consumers and policy-makers.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has today issued its decision in Louboutin v Van Haren Schoenen BV (Case C-163/16), ruling that it cannot be held that a sign consists of a shape where the registration did not seek to protect that shape but rather sought to protect the application of a colour to a specific part of a product. The move has been welcomed by the fashion house, which notes it strengthens the protection of the company’s red soles mark.
“I wish the US president had opposed my trademark” applicant of registered Trump mark on treating IP as art
A popular author and professional speaker has successfully registered a trademark for GRABBA THE TRUMP in the UK, a combining of terms related to both US President Donald Trump and a character from the Star Wars universe. Talking to World Trademark Review, the applicant states that he hoped Trump would oppose the mark and that he enjoys provoking major brands with his trademark applications.
A new IP law will come into force in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos this weekend, introducing trademark opposition procedures to the country for the first time. The new law stipulates the creation of a new digital platform for brand rights and expands the range of images eligible for trademark protection in the jurisdiction, among other things.
New research from CompuMark reveals that the number of Chinese trademark applications to foreign registers has doubled over the past two years, with Huawei Technologies leading the charge. As a result, the report predicts that China could overtake the US as the world’s leading source of foreign trademark applications by 2020.
Continuing our series of interviews with WTR 300-ranked corporate trademark counsel, World Trademark Review catches up with Jerry Xia, deputy general counsel and chief IP counsel, Asia Pacific, for Fortune 100 conglomerate Honeywell. He shares his insights into how the Chinese brand protection landscape has developed in recent years and offers some practical tips for managing trademarks in the region.
China’s trademark office to drastically reduce filing times; experts confident quality will be maintained
As part of its three-year reform plans, China’s State Intellectual Property Office has revealed that filing review times at the China Trademark Office (CTMO) will be reduced to six months by the end of 2018 and to four months by 2020. Although applications continue to surge at the CTMO, experts are confident that these targets will be hit while predicting that the quality of registrations will also be maintained.
In a much-delayed decision, an appeal against the refusal of a Class 32 UK application for BREXIT has been dismissed. Notably, the decision contrasts with a recent EUIPO board of appeals decision, which gave the green light for a BREXIT mark; the appointed person stated that he did not find the reasoning in the latter case persuasive.
Trademark trolls in Canada? Data reveals rise in “suspicious” applications are nearly all related to millionaire Gleissner
There have been recent reports of a steep rise in so-called 'trademark trolls' in Canada, following fears that the impending overhaul of the Canadian Trademarks Act could lead to an increase in nefarious activity on the register. However, new research suggests the vast majority of the “suspicious” applications over the past year are related to notorious trademark filer Michael Gleissner leading to calls for the Canadian IP Office to “take action”.
In the weeks since World Trademark Review published its investigation into UK oppositions linked to Michael Gleissner, more decisions have been published most of which will leave the multi-millionaire entrepreneur disappointed. One attorney who recently prevailed in an opposition against a Gleissner-linked application recommends that future opponents plead bad faith, and explains how he worked the case “for the good of the system rather than profits”.
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.
The Gleissner Oppositions: investigation reveals serial trademark filer has prevailed in disputes with major brands
A major new investigation by World Trademark Review has collated data from every trademark opposition in the United Kingdom involving entrepreneur Michael Gleissner since January 2017. The information reveals that he has lost a vast majority of decisions, with a number of successful opponents giving their insights into taking on the serial trademark filer. However, he has also scored some notable victories against well-known brands.
USPTO goes after the fakers; experts praise initiative to combat improper specimens, call for further action
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched a pilot programme to help combat improper specimens on trademark applications. The move comes in the wake of a World Trademark Review investigation which discovered numerous fake specimens by Chinese applicants, with the USPTO confirming there had been a “dramatic increase” in illegitimate filings. This initiative has been welcomed, although one expert calls for the office to go even further.
Expert wonders if adidas enjoys “hyperprotection” as sportswear giant prevails in EU three stripes battle
The EU General Court has ruled that two parallel stripes on footwear infringes the 'three stripes' trademark rights of adidas. Reflecting the recognition acquired by the footwear giant’s branding, the decision also shows the power of non-traditional marks according to one IP attorney; however, another has questioned whether it is an example of a brand enjoying “hyperprotection”.
Brexit update, plain packaging begins in Ireland, and first trademark ruling in Barbados: news round-up
In this round-up edition, we look at the latest Brexit developments from a trademark perspective, news on another solicitation scam, Hershey’s hawkish eye over the marijuana industry, and the result from the first ever trademark dispute in Barbados.
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.
"Infamous troll" Michael Gleissner involved in 5% of all live contested trademark cases in United Kingdom
In a decision which one trademark attorney characterises as “good news for brand owners”, the UK Intellectual Property Office has upheld an earlier decision which dismissed entrepreneur Michael Gleissner’s attempt to register the common name ALEXANDER as a trademark. The decision includes the startling reveal that entities related to Gleissner account for 5% of all live contested trademark cases in the United Kingdom demonstrating the unprecedented volume of the millionaire’s filing activity.
K-pop superstars T-ara vow to fight for rights to their name; experts predict bitter legal battle ahead
Members from one of the most popular Korean bands in the world, T-ara, are taking legal action for rights to use the group name following a trademark application by their former management agency, MBK Entertainment. Two attorneys have told World Trademark Review that both parties have viable arguments for legitimate rights over the group name and point out that it is common practice in Korea for music agencies to own the trademark rights to band names as a tactic to ward off rival agencies from poaching talent.
Business owners have spoken to World Trademark Review about their anger and confusion over the mysterious trademark activity of entrepreneur Michael Gleissner. One, who recently prevailed against Gleissner in a 16-month trademark dispute, claims that he has yet to be paid legal costs and calls on IP offices to address “malicious action against legitimate trademarks” urgently.
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