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Burberry under fire over ‘anti-counterfeiting’ product destruction; will other brands face scrutiny?
An online outcry has erupted after media outlets reported that Burberry destroyed almost £30 million worth of finished goods over the past year in a bid to protect the luxury fashion brand from counterfeiting. The furore shines the spotlight on a widespread industry practice, with other brands now likely to come under scrutiny.
The recent ICANN meeting in Panama saw the impact of the European General Data Protection Regulation on WHOIS access and the policing headache this has caused for rights holders take centre stage. In this exclusive guest post, Brian J Winterfeldt, principal of the Winterfeldt IP Group and president of ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency, discusses the key takeaways for trademark owners.
In our latest opinion column, we look at the trend towards creative cease and desist letters, and the risk that consumer sentiment will turn if these are deemed efforts at marketing one-upmanship.
The Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) has voted to recommend that Christian Archambeau, currently the acting general director of the EUIPO, be appointed on a permanent basis. While the recommendation needs to be formalised, this last step is expected to be a formality.
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the publication of the enhanced version of the 2018 WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals list. This community-led research project identifies the individuals deemed to be the leading lights of the corporate trademark world, and now features profiles of many of the industry’s trailblazers.
"No closer to clarity" UK's Brexit White Paper offers clues to future IP approach, but big questions remain
This week the UK government published its much-anticipated blueprint for the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union. While IP rights are specifically addressed in the White Paper, trademark practitioners will be left with several significant unanswered questions.
In the first of a new regular opinion column, the onward march of plain packaging is examined. In the face of seemingly unstoppable momentum, now is the time to consider whether brands will remain on the sidelines or make their voices heard.
The European Data Protection Board has responded to ICANN’s call for guidance to enable the development of a GDPR-compliant model for access to personal data processed in the context of WHOIS. However, the eight-page document largely takes a broad-brush approach to guidance, raising the prospect that a more conservative approach to WHOIS data publication will result.
This week the Wimbledon tennis tournament got underway, with reigning champion Roger Federer already through to the round of 32. However, as well as generating headlines for his play, media reports have noted that Federer “stunned onlookers by turning out on Centre Court in Uniqlo gear”, after his decade-long association with Nike came to an end. The focus then turned to the absence of his often-used RF logo, which is caught up in an ownership wrangle.
Last week we reported on a session at the ICANN meeting in Panama, in which the Government Advisory Committee heard from rights holders who have faced significant enforcement challenges following the enactment of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation. As the week went on, it became clear that those frustrations will continue for some time yet, despite government calls for urgent action.
Shame or litigate? New research argues that more rights holders will turn to ‘self-help’ enforcement
A new academic paper has predicted that content creators and rights holders will increasingly turn to 'self-help' action in cases of infringement rather than initiate litigation. As is noted in the study, such an approach is not without risk.
At this week’s ICANN meeting in Panama, the Government Advisory Committee heard from rights holders who have faced significant enforcement challenges following the enactment of the GDPR. Among the concerns of brand owners are the difficulties in investigating potential infringement, the lack of response to legitimate data access requests and registers not engaging with the UDRP process.
Last night ICANN published its draft Framework Elements for a Unified Access Model for Continued Access to Full WHOIS Data, which outlines how third parties may access non-public WHOIS data in the future. The document kicks off the effort to minimise the impact of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation on those with a legitimate interest in accessing WHOIS data but questions remain, not least over likely costs.
Opportunities, values and a proportional response: six enforcement tips from award-winning in-house experts
Over the past week, World Trademark Review has been publishing a series of exclusive interviews with this year’s WTR Industry Award winners, presenting exclusive insight into the creation and protection of market-leading brands.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway in Russia today, and major brands sponsors and non-sponsors alike have already kicked off efforts to benefit from the buzz surrounding the tournament. Meanwhile, the authorities have commenced policing for infringement, with the Federal Antimonopoly Service having initiated cases centred on the misuse of FIFA’s marks.
The UK Supreme Court has handed down its decision in the Cartier website blocking case, siding with internet service providers (ISPs) and ruling that brand owners should indemnify ISPs for the costs of implementing blocking injunctions. While a blow to rights holders, industry commentators argue that such injunctions remain a key weapon in the fight against online infringement.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has today issued its decision in Louboutin v Van Haren Schoenen BV (Case C-163/16), ruling that it cannot be held that a sign consists of a shape where the registration did not seek to protect that shape but rather sought to protect the application of a colour to a specific part of a product. The move has been welcomed by the fashion house, which notes it strengthens the protection of the company’s red soles mark.
Over the past week, fast food brand International House of Pancakes (IHOP) has been cannily using social media to build up to a rebrand announcement. Yesterday, it unveiled its new IHOb identity, resulting in a level of brand discussion that few marketing budgets could generate. However, industry experts warn that this type of move is not suitable for all companies, with many critical trademark dimensions to be considered.
In this guest blog, Brian J Winterfeldt, principal of the Winterfeldt IP Group and president of ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency, and Phil Marano, senior associate at the Winterfeldt IP Group, identify five tools that can be utilised in the absence of public WHOIS data. Crucially, they also explain how rights holders can make their voices heard as the ICANN community seeks to formulate a longer term, GDPR compliant model for WHOIS access.
South Korea rockets to top of customs ranking; illicit trade report reveals countries that need to do more
The Global Illicit Trade Environment Index, launched simultaneously in Hong Kong, Brussels and Panama City, scores 84 economies on the extent that they enable or prevent illicit trade. While taking a broad look at illicit trade, the report contains useful insight on the anti-counterfeiting landscape.
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