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A law firm commissioned by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to explore the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on publicly available WHOIS data has recommended a temporary ‘layered access’ solution be adopted. While this will buy time to engage in further talks with authorities on the future of WHOIS, it notes that such a layered approach is problematic for rights holders seeking to process data to investigate IP infringements. In short, the protection of trademark rights looks set to become more burdensome.
Google’s rising brand value, Gleissner’s filing drive, and Netflix’s “super classy” letter: our 2017 most-read list (Blog)
With 2017 drawing to a close, and the World Trademark Review Daily email service taking a short break, it’s time to take a look back at the stories which received the most reads from the past year. Our list includes the news that Google had wrestled the ‘Most valuable brand’ crown from Apple, analysis of a groundbreaking study that suggested trademark count is a better predictor of corporate innovation that patent numbers, and coverage of the savvy enforcement strategies being adopted by major brands.
Trump's USPTO nominee confirmed, victory for Louboutin, and significant changes at Nigerian IP registry: news round-up (Blog)
In our latest news round-up we report why Louboutin's red sole mark has been declared ‘well known’ by the Delhi High Court, consider upcoming changes at Nigeria’s registry of Trademarks, Patents and Design, and scrutinise research that reveals the power of colour in brand identity. Coverage this time from Trevor Little (TL), Tim Lince (TJL), and Adam Houldsworth (AH).
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 this edition, we look at the European Parliament’s document on IP issues related to three-dimensional printing, a landmark decision for Manuka honey protection and an IP lawyer calling for an improved IP system in Nigeria.
Plain packaging in Korea, UKIPO’s 12 fake days of Christmas and Bud Light infringer gets Super Bowl invite: 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 another creative cease and desist, a company’s “secret battle” with North Korea over counterfeit goods and the sharp rise in UK lawyers registering in Ireland in an effort to prepare for Brexit.
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.
Trading Standards versus Facebook: fakes on social media in the spotlight as issue rises up UK policy agenda (Blog)
To coincide with the buying frenzy surrounding Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a report in the Sunday Times this weekend states that “the biggest investigation in Britain into fake goods on social media has identified tens of thousands of listings for counterfeit products on Facebook”. The article has been picked up by numerous outlets and comes at a time when counterfeiting on social media is rising up the UK policy agenda.
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.
New figures released by Nominet reveal that the number of ‘.uk’ domain name suspensions doubled over the last 12 months, with enforcement takedowns topping 16,000. The UK Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has been a major contributor to this rise, accounting for more than 13,500 requests for action.
“The results were mind-blowing”: study reveals widespread problem of domain name combosquatting (Blog)
Recent research has provided new insights into the little-understood phenomenon of domain name ‘combosquatting’. Revealing that the scale of the problem is far greater than previously imagined, the study is a wake-up call for online brands that see their trademarks being used to lure internet users to malicious websites. As well as underscoring the difficulties with tackling these activities, the study’s authors have hinted at some of the possible responses that brand owners might adopt.
The Slants trademark registered, fake poppies seized and Jared Kushner visits notorious Silk Street Market: 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 the latest edition, we look at video game developer Activision being sued for its use of humvees in Call of Duty games, Qatar launching an electronic trademark registration system and an artist causing a stir by selling a fully-functional toilet made of authentic Louis Vuitton bags.
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.
Heather Forrest has been elected as chair of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ Generic Names Supporting Organisation Council, the first time that an IP Constituency councillor has taken on the role.
As Marks & Clerk battles copycat site, new data uncovers prolific rise of Chinese filers at the UKIPO (Blog)
World Trademark Review has learned of a prolific filer of trademark applications at the UK Intellectual Property Office, operating under the name Champion Intellectual Property Management, which has copied the website of leading IP law firm Marks & Clerk. The discovery comes as new data reveals a UK filing spree on the part of previously unobserved Chinese entities with one expert warning that western firms are “looking in the wrong place” when seeking to attract the new wave of applications emanating from China.
At this week’s Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers meeting, representatives from e-commerce giant Amazon received a hostile reception from the Governmental Advisory Committee while seeking to reach a compromise over its stalled ‘.amazon’ generic top-level domain application. In a session on Monday afternoon, the company was told that it had blown an opportunity to reach a compromise and that allowing the application to proceed would open a “Pandora’s box”.
KIPO calls out Chinese plagiarism, USPTO rule making, reality show trademark protection and pugs in Prada: news round-up (Blog)
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 Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has come under fire for excluding the full community in its exploration of the General Data Protection Regulation’s impact on the WHOIS system. ICANN stated that the regulation could affect its ability to maintain a single global WHOIS system, and this week two generic top-level domains withdrew public access to registrant information. Trademark counsel should follow the issue closely, as it could lead to the end of WHOIS in its current form and the ability to identify easily (and cost-effectively) the owners of infringing domains. Whatever the outcome, policing activities are set to harden.
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