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Industrial design protection is progressively being viewed as a core component of IP strategy for many consumer-facing businesses. Trademark counsel have a golden opportunity to add corporate value by taking the initiative on design rights
To welcome in the Year of the Rooster, we take a look back at the biggest Chinese trademark case of the last 12 months and ask whether it could turn out to be one of the most important rulings for brand owners in the country’s history
As resources are stretched to the limit and budgets are frozen, it has never been tougher for the trademark function to get their voices heard. In this environment, outside counsel can play a pivotal role in helping to enhance their in-house colleagues’ internal visibility
Two years after the Beijing IP Court became China’s first specialised IP dispute forum, evidence from its first year of operations suggests that the country is right to push ahead with specialisation
Many brand owners are turning to external corporate investigators in order to follow the tracks of increasingly shrewd and elusive counterfeiters. Hiring an investigator can be a very effective part of an anticounterfeiting strategy and need not cost the earthso long as the brand owner knows what to look for
While investors are well aware of the power of a strong brand, they may have little appreciation of the critical role that trademarks play in building brand value. Trademark counsel can help by framing their work in a way that investors will understand; but to do so requires a step into the unknown for many
Leading officials of the trademark issuing authorities of India and Mexico have offered a riposte to recent criticisms levelled at their offices.
For those INTA attendees who still have enough time and energy in between the almost non-stop client meetings and law firm receptions, Hong Kong presents ample opportunities for doing a bit of hands-on anti-counterfeiting work. You don’t have to travel far in this city before you find knock-offs of all shapes, shades and sizes for sale.
Recent research suggests that online travel agencies are progressively bidding on internet search keywords that incorporate terms trademarked by hotel chains. The findings highlight the pressure on brand owners to monitor increasing online uses of their trademarked terms by third parties.
Pakistan-based online B2B trading platform TradeKey has been found liable for contributory trademark counterfeiting by a California federal court in a case brought by Swiss luxury brand owner Richemont. The court’s decision which includes a permanent injunction against TradeKey illustrates how brand owners can hold overseas-based e-commerce sites accountable for selling fake goods.
Experts highlighted opportunities and trends in brand licensing in the fashion industry during a session at this week’s Brand Licensing Europe convention in London. The insights shared during the session provide some helpful brand strategy pointers for trademark counsel.
Versace is to launch a range of products inspired by knock-off versions of the Italian company’s designs. While the fashion house is keen to portray the collection as highlighting the issue of counterfeits, it waits to be seen whether the impact on anti-counterfeiting efforts proves to be positive or negative.
The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse has responded to concerns that its proposals to strengthen US anti-cybersquatting legislation would give trademark owners an unfair advantage over domainers in disputes regarding domain ownership.
Data shared at last week’s Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) annual meeting in Boston suggests that too few trademark owners are contributing to a united front against counterfeiting.
The Australian trademarks registrar has rejected Melbourne-based microbrewer Thunder Road Brewery’s attempt to wrest control of several heritage beer brands from Carlton & United Brewers (CUB). CUB’s success demonstrates the importance of having a trademark strategy that is fully aligned with the business’ overall commercial objectives.
India's Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion has clarified the government’s position with regard to foreign single-brand retailers’ sale of ‘sub-brands’. Brand owners expanding their presence in India after the relaxation of foreign direct investment rules should review their trademark strategies to ensure they have adequate protection in place to meet this requirement.
Recent research from the Luxury Institute has shed light on the attitudes of affluent consumers towards collaborations between high-end brands. While research participants indicated that they place high value on brand partnerships, they also emphasised the risk of brand dilution. The findings reiterate the key role for trademark counsel in joining forces with third-party brands.
The UK IP Bill proposed legislation that would introduce criminal sanctions for infringement of industrial design rights was passed yesterday by the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the UK Parliament. However, the potential criminalisation of certain instances of designs infringement has met with criticism from some sections of the IP community.
A start-up law firm in the US state of Minnesota is taking legal action against a non-profit organisation that had earlier claimed the legal practice infringed its trademark rights and accusing it of bullying. At a time when lawmakers in the state are considering the introduction of litigation to curb overreaching legislation, the dispute highlights some of the complexities surrounding this divisive topic?
A recent study highlights how social media has rapidly increased in importance to the United States’ biggest brand owners in recent years. That can only mean one thing for trademark counsel...
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