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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.
Sweden considering prison for infringers, EUIPO switches banks and cops brandishing fake firearms: news round-up
In our latest news round-up, we look the Qatari government continuing its counterfeit crackdown, a cheese stand-off between the European Union and Mexico, how multimedia trademarks could transform the video game industry and reports of police in Pakistan using counterfeit firearms.
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Gleissner activity called “biggest scam in IP history”, Samsung speculation and USPTO love song: news round-up
In today’s news round-up, we look at heavy metal band Iron Maiden pursuing a group of counterfeiters, the significant changes at the top of the new gTLD leaderboard, and a call for a “flexible IP regime” in Africa.
The Maasai Intellectual Property Initiative which represents the Maasai tribe of Kenya and Tanzania in efforts to gain control over commercial uses of its cultural ‘brand’ recently secured royalty payments on the proceeds from Koy Clothing’s Maasai-inspired attire. While the deal is not based on formal IP rights, the negotiator behind the agreement describes it as a “stake in the ground”, telling World Trademark Review that his vision is for other fashion houses capitalising on the tribe’s heritage to follow suit.
Scientology trademarks, Brazil’s backlog impact and Leason Ellis victorious against solicitation scammer: news round-up
In our latest news round-up, we look at the law firm which was told it doesn’t have exclusive rights to its initials, the impact of backlog measures in Brazil, the pros and cons of China’s rocketing trademark trajectory and a new victory against trademark scammers.
USPTO director makes first public comments, Louboutin dismisses media speculation, and ‘.com’ rises: news round-up
In our latest news round-up we look at the first public comments from the USPTO’s new director, the Japanese government’s partnership with Nigeria to tackle fakes, further details on trademarks after Brexit, and much more.
In our latest news round-up we look at how the Zimbabwe government is hiring a technology company to tackle counterfeit goods, the brands being accused of using “underhand tricks” to fool consumers and a new report looking at the leading Chinese brands.
Scotch Whisky toasts trademark renewal, fake toy epidemic, and IACC looks back on 2017: news round-up
In our latest news round-up we look at the US Senate’s announcement that nominated USPTO director Andrei Iancu will be voted on next week, Costco Korea losing a design infringement suit, ICANN extending its GDPR consideration window, and the retirement of the Swaziland trademark registrar.
Demise of Chief Wahoo shows how challenging Redskins brand was “successful legal failure”, expert claims
It has been announced that the Cleveland Indians baseball team will remove the controversial Chief Wahoo logo from its uniform next year. A prominent IP lawyer has told World Trademark Review that the move may have happened only because of the high-profile legal challenge against the Washington Redskins brand, claiming that it helped to create the shift in attitudes which led to the Ohio team’s branding shift.
In our latest news round-up we look at the European Commission beginning a public consultation for its global counterfeit and piracy watch-list, another new innovation in anti-counterfeiting, a flurry of trademark activity related to the Super Bowl and an initiative by the International Trademark Association which helped homeless people in New York.
Pharma brands warned not to be ‘trademark bullies’, Turkey on top, and world’s oldest mark: news round-up
In our latest news round-up we look at Turkey moving to the top of the European trademark filing league, Activision prevailing in a lawsuit in China, a British football club being mocked for its new logo, and the search for the world’s oldest registered mark. Coverage this time from Tim Lince (TJL), Adam Houldsworth (AH) and Timothy Au (TA).
In our latest news round-up, we look at an education initiative from the UKIPO which has received some criticism, Canada Goose’s attempt to tackle a network of unnamed counterfeiters and a three-time Super Bowl champion’s efforts to tackle fakes on social media.
Controversy over MeToo application, Myanmar IP overhaul, and California cannabis marks: news round-up
In our latest news round-up we look at California accepting state-wide trademarks for cannabis-related goods and services, Myanmar moving a step closer to an IP overhaul, and a controversial trademark application seemingly linked to the MeToo movement. Coverage this time from Trevor Little (TL), Tim Lince (TJL), and Adam Houldsworth (AH).
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.
Escobar ends Netflix feud, F1 logo issues, and brands warned of cryptocurrency cybersquatting: news round-up
In our latest news round-up we look at the significant changes to Vietnam’s IP laws that came into force this week, a Russian state-owned company’s vodka triumph, how the Formula 1 rebrand may have hit a speed bump and a warning to brand owners over cryptocurrency-related cybersquatting.
In our latest news round-up we look at the announcement of a new IP minister in the UK, INTA welcomes its new president, the latest development in the long-running Havana Club dispute, and the Vegas Golden Knights have addressed a trademark opposition by the US Army. Coverage this time from Trevor Little (TL) and Tim Lince (TJL).
A WIPO UDRP panel has rejected CPA Global’s attempt to gain ownership of a domain name being used by a law firm which is preparing a potential class action suit against the patent renewals company. After the panel described the complaint as an ”abuse of the administrative proceeding”, the firm which owns the site welcomed the confirmation that it had a legitimate interest in using CPA’s name as part of online litigation efforts.
In our latest news round-up, we look at a brand protection technology company closing a $12 million investment round, an author seeking registered trademark protection for a steamy National Hockey League team name, the EU Intellectual Property Office no longer accepting applications by fax and a new warning about brand misuse on app stores.
USPTO urged to address mobile issues, Malawi to establish national office, and bootleg fashion all the rage: 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 US Patent and Trademark Office being urged to improve its mobile capability, the new Trademarks Bill introduced in Malawi and the impending deadline to apply for the EU Intellectual Property Office’s top job.
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