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A beer coloured trademark, Changsha IP court opens, and Kosovo registry launches digital database: news round-up
In today’s edition, we look how the so-called Beast from the East closed the UK IPO Office this week, the European Commission stepping up its battle against illegal content online, a new IP court opens for business in China, and controversy in Australia over a trademark application for a football chant.
More empathy needed in trademark enforcement, says café owner who labelled Coca-Cola a “corporate bully”
A New Zealand café owner who hit the headlines after branding Coca-Cola a “corporate bully” has said that she felt “backed into a corner” when she received a threatening cease-and-desist letter late last year. Speaking to World Trademark Review about the potential lessons from her dispute with the multinational corporation, Claire Rientjes suggested that trademark owners show more empathy and take a cooperative approach when enforcing their rights against small businesses.
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.
Fighting fakes over the festive period: anti-counterfeiting activity steps up as shopping season begins
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.
With the prospect of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the UK government should have unilateral trademark provisions on standby
UK Prime Minister Theresa May spoke again this week of the possibility of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a negotiated deal, and dismissed joining the European Economic Area as an option for the country. With the outcomes favoured by most brands and IP professionals unlikely in such a scenario, it is crucial for the United Kingdom to formulate an approach to EU trademarks in the event of a 'hard' Brexit.
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.
New anti-counterfeiting best practice for landlords issued; doubts over willingness to cooperate with brand owners
A new paper from the International Chamber of Commerce’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy addresses a number of challenges that landlords face in stemming the flow of counterfeit products. It also encourages increased cooperation between landlords and brand owners. However, market experts have expressed scepticism over the prospect of landlords becoming proactive partners in the fight against fakes.
A new study into the economic importance of trademarks in five Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries has provided compelling evidence that trademark-intensive industries make a vital contribution to gross domestic product, employment and productivity in the region. The report, commissioned by the International Trademark Association, highlights the role played by technology brands in regional economies.
Most used counterfeit trade routes revealed as pressure on enforcement authorities continues to rise
New research has revealed that counterfeiters are using Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore as their main global trading hubs, importing containers of fake goods which are then sent by post or courier in smaller consignments. While providing useful intelligence for rights holders and enforcement officials, the report also highlights a worrying conundrum facing Customs authorities.
The Global Innovation Index 2017 has revealed the world’s most innovative countries. While the top 10 is comprised of the same jurisdictions as last year, high innovation performance among Sub-Saharan African countries, relative to development, is a notable trend. However, given the report's wide scope, the specific trademark lessons are limited.
Pernod Ricard and Bacardi’s battle over HAVANA CLUB trademark erupts again after call for renewal U-turn
A bipartisan congressional delegation has called on the Trump Administration to reverse a US Office of Foreign Assets Control decision to grant a licence allowing Cubaexport to renew the HAVANA CLUB trademark registration in the United States. Slamming the licence as “misguided”, the group has catapulted the long-running dispute between Pernod Ricard and Bacardi back into the political arena.
The World Trademark Review Yearbook provides legal professionals worldwide with a simple, easy-to-use guide on the structure of trademark regulations in key jurisdictions across the globe. The 10th edition, which includes an interactive online comparison tool which allows practitioners to directly compare trademark procedures in up to four countries, is now available online.
It has been a busy first few days for US President Donald Trump, with a number of executive orders issued, cabinet appointments unveiled and January 20 (the date of his inauguration) proclaimed as ‘National Day of Patriotic Devotion’. In the midst of all this activity are some key policy changes that could have a significant effect on the trademark community both in the United States and internationally.
The Brazilian government has confirmed that it intends to join the international trademark system by mid-2018. While the country’s move towards the Madrid Protocol will be seen as positive by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, one expert argues that the country’s trademark office is far from ready even claiming that its progress could be stifled as a result of Madrid.
A panel of trademark experts have written what is claimed to be the first full-length legal and policy analysis of the IP aspects of regulatory measures affecting the packaging of certain health-related goods. Talking to World Trademark Review, a co-author of the work says that the tobacco industry’s fight against plain packaging is on the verge of defeat, and that IP associations must rethink their lobbying approach against similar measures.
Rights holders shouldn’t hold their breath over significant progress on Asia-Pacific trademark protection
Improvement of the regional trademark protection landscape was a key discussion point during the 13th China-ASEAN Expo, which draws to a close today in the Chinese city of Nanning. But in spite of the promising overtures from registration and enforcement agencies, heightened geopolitical tensions could hinder any attempts at progress.
A coalition of international brand and trade groups has sent a letter to senior figures at Alibaba Group highlighting continued concerns around the implementation of effective anti-counterfeiting measures on its platforms. While the letter includes scathing criticisms of some of the currently available tools decrying the processing of non-good faith notices as “woeful” it offers a number of practical recommendations on how the online giant could improve.
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce that it will be hosting Brand Protection Greater China, a new high-level event for brand protection professionals, in Shanghai on December 7 2016.
Last week, the European Court of Justice confirmed that operators of physical marketplaces could be held liable for the sale of counterfeit and other illicit goods by market traders. While deemed a significant win for IP owners, the decision also demonstrates the effectiveness of joint-party legal actions with experts telling World Trademark Review that they strongly encourage more precedent-setting collaborations.
“Our only choice is to join forces”; Alibaba launches new anti-counterfeiting platform, urges more collaboration
Barely a week after IP experts told World Trademark Review that they want a clearer indication of the anti-counterfeiting measures that Alibaba insists it is developing, the e-commerce giant has unveiled a new IP Joint-Force System that claims to “streamline” the takedown of infringing listings with a spokesperson telling us that the launch is proof of the proactive efforts the company is taking in collaboration with brand owners.
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