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Lucasfilm trademark scuffle, Breaking Bad beer battle, and Tanzania launches counterfeit campaign: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at how half of cybercrime revenues comes from illicit online marketplaces, the Brexit-related trademark ruffling feathers, how cryptocoin names are often inspired by movies and books, and Lucasfilm being sued for trademark infringement.
Kit Kat blow, Comey trademark abandoned, and Russian IP office pledges blockchain support: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at the advocate general’s latest Kit Kat opinion, INTA’s call for more research on illicit trade, Liverpool Football Club embroiled in a dispute, strong start for the ‘.app’ new gTLD, and advice on building a fashion retail brand in 2018.
“Generic drug-making is a fast-track business”: Sandoz trademark head reveals approach to IP management
For the latest in World Trademark Review’s series of interviews with WTR 300-listed corporate counsel, we met up with David Lossignol, INTA’s president-elect and global head of trademarks for Sandoz. He explained how he overcomes the challenges of managing pharmaceutical brand rights across many jurisdictions and addressed the growing threat of brand restrictions.
In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, the general manager of IP Australia’s innovation and technology group, Rob Bollard, expands on how the office’s digital transformation will help users and reveals that the organisation is exploring the establishment of a Centre of Excellence to encourage intangible asset lending in Australia.
Call for more robust online RPMs, Alibabacoin hits back and getting legal advice from a robot: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at a trademark infringement lawsuit involving much-loved US TV sitcom I Love Lucy, the experts calling for more robust rights protection mechanisms, how Alibabacoin is hitting back at the Alibaba lawsuit and how the Smiley trademark owner is targeting the Indian market.
Tim Hortons brand reputation slides, brand name tattoos, and The Weeknd in Starboy dispute: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at how fonts should be front-of-mind when looking at a brand’s image, the significant number of brands who now conduct influencer marketing, musician The Weeknd’s trademark dispute over a STARBOY trademark application, and a survey which reveals the number of consumers that would get a brand name permanently tattooed on their body.
Counterfeits in Casablanca, Kuwait upgrades online filings, and legal blow for Lindsay Lohan: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at a warning about counterfeit make-up in China, Alibaba launching legal action against a cryptocurrency company, and Moroccan city Casablanca being labelled the “Eldorado of counterfeiting”.
An exclusive guest analysis on the implications of last month’s announcement that China’s patent and trademark offices will merge. Two experts from Chang Tsi & Partners claim the move should be seen by trademark practitioners as a positive, with increased remedies and enhancements to IP enforcement and the prospect of more reliable rights in China.
Australian trademark law amendments, WHOIS fears, and EUIPO launches anti-counterfeit prize: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look the end of a heated legal dispute over an Icelandic chant, fears increase of future WHOIS access, Major League Soccer confirms it won’t trademark the name of a Los Angeles team rivalry, and the Australian government has published a draft version of an IP law amendment bill.
BARCELONA collective mark rejected, battle for Prudential name and Philippines fakes crackdown: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at the Philippines government's pledge to crackdown on counterfeit goods, Scotch Whisky legal dispute figures, the rejection of the BARCELONA collective mark and a national IP office’s anti-fakes video featuring a naked man atop a tortoise.
A number of industry associations including INTA, CITMA, ECTA and MARQUES have teamed up to publish a joint statement on the Brexit negotiations. The paper signals that the user community is not yet ready to accept the European Commission’s recently published withdrawal agreement as the last word when it comes to the future treatment of trademarks.
Argentina’s emergency trademark law amendments and reassuring filing figures; exclusive data analysis
In our latest data report, World Trademark Review examines Argentina's IP profile, exploring the potential impact of the new emergency decree on trademark law, while providing a thorough breakdown on filings at the Argentine register and delving into the performance of the trademark office.
Plain packaging in New Zealand, JD.com in “counterfeit scandal” and WHOIS future remains uncertain: news round-up
In our latest news round-up, we look at how trademark lawyers must sometimes “take one for the team” in order to protect corporate clients, how the future of WHOIS remains uncertain, US President Donald Trump's interest in $30 billion Chinese tariffs as part of an IP theft crackdown and how New Zealand is implementing plain packaging on tobacco products.
The Venezuelan Patent and Trademark Office has suspended payment of official fees by foreign applicants for the foreseeable future. The situation, which has resulted in services including renewals and changes of ownership grinding to a halt for many brand owners, has been described by one local attorney as “lacking legal basis” and leaving IP owners “in limbo”.
In shock move, China reveals patent and trademark offices are to consolidate: what it means for brand owners
As part of a huge government-wide shuffle announced this week, China’s patent and trademark offices in addition to a number of other agencies are to be combined and housed under one roof. While a significant change in terms of oversight of the country’s IP landscape, according to one market expert it is unlikely that this will affect either office's functions going forward.
Jamaica approves protection of GIs, Montenegro joins TMView and United Kingdom ratifies Hague Agreement: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at the latest predictions for the next round of gTLDs, a tale of two O’Keefe law firms, the IP Office of the Philippines reporting on counterfeit seizures in 2017 and the United Kingdom’s IP Crime Unit urging the public to “treat mum right” by avoiding fakes.
Former OAPI head accused of wrongdoing while in office; court reverses suspensions related to anti-Madrid collective
The former director general of the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI), Paulin Edou Edou, has been accused of signing his own accreditation to be an OAPI trademark agent while still in office, World Trademark Review understands. The allegation surfaced in the same week that OAPI’s High Commission of Appeal annulled a 2016 decision by Edou Edou which suspended two IP attorneys due to their suspected involvement with a group protesting OAPI’s accession to the Madrid Protocol.
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.
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.
Alibaba reveals law enforcement tip-offs, importance of logos questioned and a new design for designs: news round-up
In our latest news round-up, we look the Federal Trade Commission leaving out trademark solicitation scams in its annual report of complaints, Alibaba revealing the number of law enforcement tip-offs it gave last year and a marketing expert questioning whether logos matter in today’s climate.
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