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KIPO calls out Chinese plagiarism, USPTO rule making, reality show trademark protection and pugs in Prada: news round-up
In our final news round-up of the week, we look at the IP fallout from Kid Rock’s latest tour announcement, how the Korean Intellectual Property Office is speaking out on behalf of infringed domestic brands, the status of trademarks in space and the US Patent and Trademark Office’s planned abolition of interference proceedings.
The blunt approach: New Zealand attorney’s innovative strategy to trademark education following public outrage
After public outrage over a trademark infringement dispute, a New Zealand-based attorney has penned a column claiming that New Zealanders are “unsophisticated and naive” in their attitude towards IP rights. The move is unique in its blunt tone to readers, but it may prove to be an effective approach to educating the public when misleading or hyperbolic trademark stories go viral.
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.
A new report from the EU Intellectual Property Office has revealed that the phenomenon of e-shops marketing infringing goods via previously used brand-related domain names as observed in Denmark is also occurring in Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain. Worryingly, the study claims that it is occurring to a higher degree than expected.
eBay launches new authentication programme as it seeks to remain ‘gold standard’ platform for rights protection
Leading online marketplace eBay has launched an innovative new programme to verify high-priced fashion and luxury goods. While it will not lead to a significant reduction in the overall volume of online counterfeiting, experts tell World Trademark Review that the service could have a significant impact on the most damaging form of illicit internet sales those where consumers who intend to buy an authentic product unwittingly end up with a fake.
Monster mashed, Golden Knights saga continues, and the complicated relationship between brands and musicians: news round-up
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 Monster Energy’s difficult opposition in Singapore, the rise in partnerships between brands and independent musicians, and increased trademark fees in Egypt and Russia.
Skoda has been banned from using the car model name ‘Monte Carlo’ in India following allegations of infringement by a local fashion brand. The dispute underscores the crucial importance of thorough trademark searches in all jurisdictions and the growing vigilance of domestic brands in protecting their rights against multinational corporations.
Bad news for Louis Vuitton, UKIPO wants your ideas, Trump unveils ITC nominations and adventures of a ‘knock-off brand’: news round-up
In this week’s round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere, we look at US President Donald Trump’s two nominations for the US International Trade Commission, a writer’s experience as the face of a well-known ‘knock-off' brand and a title that Louis Vuitton will not welcome.
WIPO considers Azerbaijan office, Caribbean nations urged to monetise intellectual property and India ponders packaging law change: news round-up
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 the Indian government is considering a change to packaging laws following pressure from European brands, the World Intellectual Property Office mulling over a new office in Azerbaijan and much more.
Jamie Oliver dispute highlights certification risks; experts say new EU right creates opportunities for canny brands
British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver hit the headlines this week when his online recipes were accused of infringing a US gluten-free certification mark. The lawsuit coincides with the recent introduction of EU certification rights. While an increased risk of similar infringement suits could stir up concern among European brands, lawyers are confident that the opportunities offered by the new EU marks far outweigh the risks.
IP attorney rock stars, NFL partners with London Police and French protesters see orange over plain packaging: news round-up
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 fourth country to bring into force plain packaging on tobacco products, a trademark technology start-up’s 3 million in new funding, the Ugandan government’s recent counterfeit crackdown and an unusual protest against plain packaging in France.
Previous Alibaba critic has positive words as e-commerce giant seeks removal of Taobao from notorious markets list
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.
UKIP “ripping off” Premier League logo, Greece warns of fake GIs, US brands in the age of Trump: news round-up
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 latest brand value ranking table, research into US brands in the Trump era, a darknet seller arrested on his way to a beard competition and the death of a notorious cybersquatter and “news satirist”.
Netlix and Escobar family’s trademark tussle, registration fall in new gTLDs and intellectual property in Westeros: news round-up
In today’s news round-up, we look at the trademark dispute between the Escobar family and Netflix, a lawsuit between two Fish IP firms, Gene Simmons’ pledge to trademark oxygen and the significant proportion of new generic top-level domains that have seen a drop in registrations in the past 12 months.
“Super classy” Netflix cease-and-desist letter shows how to boost goodwill while tackling infringement
A cease-and-desist letter sent by Netflix to a bar that was using its trademark without permission has drawn effusive praise from online media outlets. The streaming service adopted a good-humoured approach and, in doing so, has shown how large brands can avoid accusations of trademark bullying when enforcing their rights.
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In the latest edition, we look at the Office of the US Trade Representative reviewing Thailand’s IP status, Canada's advance towards introducing plain packaging, a luxurious approach to generic top-level domain pricing and a scramble for the Amiga trademark.
Lady Gaga sues Radio Gaga, Olympic legend to speak at IP event, UrWork hits out at WeWork: news round-up
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In the latest edition, we look at trademarks filed in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, a three-time Olympic gold medallist speaking at an IP event and Lady Gaga stoking online anger with a Radio Gaga lawsuit.
A new report has revealed that few consumers have had personal experience with counterfeit food goods, as three-quarters admitted that they would not be able to identify such fake products. The problem is so bad that the head of the National Food Crime Unit told us that “there is little” consumers can do to protect themselves from fake food and drink products.
Kodi calls out “trademark trolls”, UAE fakes clampdown, pressure builds in Havana Club dispute: news round-up
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 upswing in China's overseas IP revenues, the latest in the long-running Havana Club dispute, the US politicians calling on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to introduce tighter generic top-level domain regulations and a software company's angry response to so-called 'trademark trolls'.
Major initiative launches to combat illicit trade, aims to unite anti-counterfeiting and supply chain innovators
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.
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