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Snoop Dogg swats away Gleissner mark, Nestlé sells brands, and artificial nose identifies fake cheese: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner’s mixed week at the UKIPO, another Conor McGregor trademark fight, the “artificial nose” that can identify authentic and fake Parmesan cheese, the most expensive domain name sale of 2018 so far, and much more .
“E-commerce platforms make huge efforts to protect brands’ rights ”: exclusive interview with Groupon’s Pablo Rodriguez
Coinciding with the launch of our enhanced 2018 WTR 300 list of leading corporate trademark professionals, World Trademark Review spoke this week to Pablo Amat Rodriguez, one of the in-house experts featured in this year’s guide, about his work as senior IP counsel (EMEA) for e-commerce brand Groupon. In a far-ranging conversation he explained how he seeks to meet the distinctive IP challenges Groupon faces as an online marketplace, stressing the importance of rigorous checks on both vendors and products.
Piggyback marketing, Alibaba expands on anti-counterfeiting efforts, and brands urged to use memes: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at China kicking off an online infringement campaign, Helly Hansen launching a trademark lawsuit against an Italian streetwear brand, a detailed look at the Cockygate story, research into so-called ‘piggyback marketing’, and much more.
Legislation was tabled last week in the US House of Representatives calling for the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), following a week in which over 100 elected officials declared their support for dismantling the organisation. It sparked a reminder that the agency plays a crucial role in the fight against counterfeits, with a leading trademark lawyer describing the calls for ICE’s complete abolition as “short-sighted”, warning that such a move would damage brand rights enforcement as well as other positive functions it serves.
Chanel takes eBay seller to court, Richemont pulls ‘.brands’, and STORMY DANIELS mark refused: news round-up
In our latest news round-up, we look at the World Cup teams fined for displaying unauthorised commercial branding, the Philippines IP Office expanding its trademark application fee waiver programme, the EPO and EUIPO’s event to improve the IP ecosystem, and the most trustworthy brands according to young people.
In our latest round-up, we look at how there has been a worldwide flurry of trademark applications for the name of the deadly nerve agent Novichok, Kenya is stepping up its anti-counterfeit efforts, Cornish pasties are getting a new authentication scheme and in the run-up to England’s World Cup semi-final match a UK gift shop has filed a trademark application for the term “it’s coming home”.
Brazil IP Office shuts for World Cup game, role of testosterone in brands, and Kitty Pryde owns X-Men mark: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at trademark application filings at the USPTO rising significantly in the first half of 2018, INTA looking to the leaders of tomorrow, the world’s first bank-grade QR code solution for fighting fakes, and how consumers overestimate their ability to spot counterfeit watches online, and much more.
T-ARA trademark refused, Japanese toymakers fight fakes and the cost of defending plain packaging: news round-up
In our latest edition, we look at MBK Entertainment's trademark application for T-ARA being refused following an earlier controversy, India’s largest consumer goods company turning up the heat on infringers, how to avoid genericism, the decline in electronic counterfeits reports and Nominet reveals ‘.uk’ dispute statistics.
More evidence of the economic benefits of trademark ownership has emerged, with new research from the US Patent and Trademark Office revealing that registered trademark protection helps companies to grow, employ more people and innovate. Along with a slew of similar research findings to surface in recent months, the study reinforces efforts to communicate the benefits of trademark rights; not only to businesses, but to consumers and policy-makers.
Positive ‘Swissness’ results, IACC and EURid partner up, and the first family of counterfeit hunting: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at a new law in China that could boost the fight against fakes, a comedian seeking over $100 million in trademark infringement damages, a leaked email revealing “efforts to trademark Clean Meat”, and the Kenyan government announcing a new anti-counterfeiting crackdown on online e-commerce platforms.
Brexit concerns raised, parody Trump Hotel sparks IP debate, and Jaden Smith in trademark suit: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we take a look at the 'chocolate crisis' in Belgium due to fake and misleading confectionery products, how brands are embracing robot influencers, an insight into combating malicious imposters and how Chinese customs have stopped another load of World Cup counterfeits.
Cuba issues first consumer protection rules, IHOB “a flop”, and cost of a country rebrand: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Alibaba and Kantar teaming up to redefine brand building in China, how the trademark in fake Italian goods costs Italy billions, Ukraine developing an institution of IP inspectors, and a hip-hop artist has been ordered to pay $2 million for infringing on an independent rapper’s trademark.
Toys-R-Us brand auction, EUIPO targets scammers and China’s crackdown on World Cup fakes: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Harry Potter fans' upset at cease-and-desist letters related to fan festivals, the Benelux trademark reform that has come into force, how China is cracking down on World Cup fakes and the changing value of food brands.
New research has highlighted the beneficial effect of trademark ownership for start-up companies. One of the first studies to explore the relationship between brand rights and a firm’s financial performance, it demonstrates that fledgling companies with more trademarks achieve higher valuations, attract greater investment and perform better after IPOs.
ICANN steps up GDPR clarity bid, Squire Patton Boggs resolves China dispute, and insights from ECTA 2018: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at various insights from ECTA’s 37th annual conference, Squire Patton Boggs resolving a dispute in China over use of its name and related domain name, a potential disagreement between Jack Daniel’s and a Chambord estate, the Financial Times winning a trademark dispute, and how domain registrations for sports betting are on the rise.
Levi’s labelled trademark bully, Swiss shop holds IHOB mark and call for independent Rwandan IP office: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at why Levi’s is accused of being “one of the world’s biggest trademark bullies”, the South African health minister's plea for plain packaging on tobacco products, the calls for an independent, standalone IP office in Rwanda and the sale of Nine West Holdings' intellectual property.
World Cup ambush marketing warning, muppet lawyer speaks out, and brands urged to get political: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Velcro Companies releasing a new music video, a law professor fighting to keep Rapunzel trademark public, the Germany whisky that may sound too Scottish, a warning about counterfeit electrical products, and a study that finds the vast majority of consumers want brands to speak up about political and social issues.
A new IP law will come into force in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos this weekend, introducing trademark opposition procedures to the country for the first time. The new law stipulates the creation of a new digital platform for brand rights and expands the range of images eligible for trademark protection in the jurisdiction, among other things.
Bayer retires Monsanto brand, cocky trademark struck down and Nigeria kit attracts counterfeiters: news round-up
In our latest news round-up, we look at the World Cup football kit which has attracted a scourge of fakes, why Bayer has decided to retire the Monsanto brand name, how Kenzo is prevailing in a trademark lawsuit and how the Kenya Revenue Authority is destroying millions worth of fake alcohol, among other things.
USPTO proposes paperless future, law firm inequality and liquid crystal anti-counterfeiting: news round-up
In our latest trademark industry news round-up, we look at a notice of proposed rulemaking from the USPTO, Twitter prevailing in a trademark dispute and research exploring law firm gender inequality.
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