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Puppies, sword-fighting, exploding tapas and upset counterfeiters: INTA 2017 standout moments (Blog)
Last night the WTR Industry Awards celebrated another year of excellence in corporate trademark practice. While we are in the awards mood, we thought we should recognise the standout moments and individuals from this year’s Annual Meeting
USPTO steps up efforts to remove deadwood from the register; proposes “streamlined” cancellation proceedings (Blog)
As part of its efforts to declutter the US trademark register, the United States Patent & Trademark Office is looking to establish a “streamlined version” of the current cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Reaction to the proposal on social media has been broadly positive, with one IP expert further telling World Trademark Review that the move is a “logical” one.
A study from the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in India has revealed that the trade of fake goods in the country rocketed from 2011-2012 to 2013-2014. This confirmation that illicit goods are a pervasive part of the Indian economy estimated to be between 8% and 15% of the country’s total gross domestic product serves as a stark reminder that the global trademark community urgently needs to focus awareness and enforcement efforts in the region.
Business owners slam UKIPO for "not doing anything proactive to defend existing trademark owners" following Gleissner filing spree (Blog)
A number of small business owners have contacted World Trademark Review to criticise the UK Intellectual Property Office’s (UKIPO) handling of trademark applications filed by entities related to entrepreneur and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner. One stinging critique, from the owner of IT support firm Purple Computing, questions why the UKIPO is not providing sufficient protection for existing rights holders and claims that the duty to oppose or seek cancellation of marks is too financially burdensome for most small businesses.
USPTO pledges international approach to combat growing threat of trademark solicitation scams (Blog)
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is stepping up its aggressive pursuit of trademark solicitation scams with the creation of a “first of its kind” roundtable event. Talking to World Trademark Review, USPTO Trademark Commissioner Mary Boney Denison confirmed that the agency is “increasingly concerned” about fraudulent trademark invoices and revealed plans to work with international counterparts to combat the problem more effectively.
The 2017 Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey has revealed mixed fortunes for corporate trademark departments. While one-third reported budget increases over the past year, one-quarter have faced the harsh reality of reduced funding. At the same time, online infringement is increasing, leading many to make hard choices when prioritising their enforcement efforts. We take a look at this, and other findings from our exclusive survey, in our latest infographic.
Trump Administration's first Special 301 Report slams Canada and Mexico for inadequate border enforcement against counterfeits (Blog)
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has published the 2017 Special 301 Report, the first released under the Trump administration. While Pakistan and Spain are complimented for “positive momentum” behind their IP regimes, the report knocks a number of jurisdictions including neighbours Canada and Mexico for what it deems to be ineffective border enforcement against fakes.
A year after we reported on a legal battle between Norton Rose Fulbright and a small Chinese firm using the name for IP legal services, World Trademark Review has discovered that the same entity now appears to be offering trademark and brand protection legal services under the Squire Patton Boggs name. However, with the Chinese firm being granted a trademark registration for the name earlier this month, the international law and lobbying firm may face an uphill battle if it wants exclusive rights to its name in China.
As mysterious Gleissner trademark portfolio grows, insider denies “far-fetched” claim of link to domain acquisitions (Blog)
Over six months after our original reporting into the vast trademark and domain portfolio of entertainment magnate Michael Gleissner, his attorneys are continuing their prolific filing activity. While industry experts speculate that the mysterious filings could be linked to acquiring lucrative domain names, a source related to one of Gleissner’s companies tells World Trademark Review that this claim is “far-fetched” and “gross” and reveals an unusual business strategy involving the ‘farming’ of brands.
OAPI in “period of transition” as new director general appointed; anti-Madrid collective “goes into hiding” (Blog)
The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) has confirmed to World Trademark Review that its director general, Paulin Edou Edou, will be leaving at the end of July, with his successor beginning in August. This comes as the collective formed to challenge OAPI’s accession to the Madrid Protocol disbands due to a fear of being banned from IP practice, although a former member reveals that it may regroup later in the year.
Cyberpunk legend expresses concern over controversial trademark: "I wish someone from CD Projekt Red would contact me" (Blog)
There has been an outcry over trademark applications for the term CYBERPUNK filed by video game developer CD Projekt Red. While much of the negative sentiment has been put to rest after the company released an open letter expanding on the marks, some concern remains including from Bruce Bethke, who originally coined the term ‘cyberpunk’ in 1980.
In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, the CEO of the International Trademark Association (INTA) speaks about its increased activity in the anti-counterfeiting arena, and expands on current and future activities in this regard. He also notes that partnerships are being sought with other IP and non-IP organisations, but only when there is “mutual respect” between the parties.
Survey reveals few indie game developers seek trademark protection; law firms urged to show door is open (Blog)
A poll conducted by World Trademark Review at gaming conference EGX Rezzed last week suggests only a small percentage of independent video game developers consider registered trademark protection during the process of releasing a game. While various reasons were stated, one repeatedly brought up was the daunting prospect of approaching a law firm, with a more bespoke approach suggested in a bid to benefit both communities.
Rise of the Instagram counterfeit educators: Yeezy Busta on exposing celebrities for wearing fakes and why brands should hook up with influencers (Blog)
A new generation of anti-counterfeiting advocates are spreading the word about fake goods on social media, often gaining hundreds of thousands of followers in the process. One of the most respected in this fledgling scene, Yeezy Busta, has spoken to World Trademark Review about the support he’s received from adidas and the need for high-profile brands to work with influencers to “make wearing fakes socially unacceptable”.
As ‘Brexit Day’ arrives, now is the time for brands to identify what IP rights could be affected (Blog)
The United Kingdom government officially triggered Article 50 at lunchtime today, beginning the two-year process of negotiations that will lead to the UK leaving the European Union. While uncertainty still reigns, the impact on trademarks and designs could be significant and with Brexit now a certainty, brand owners should ensure they know exactly what rights could be affected once ‘leaving day’ arrives.
Amazon announces expanded anti-counterfeiting programme, but claims arise of fakes being part of Amazon Marketplace's own inventory (Blog)
E-commerce giant Amazon has confirmed that it is expanding its anti-counterfeiting programme to allow rights holders to register their logos and intellectual property to expedite the removal of counterfeit listings. The move follows criticism over a perceived increase in fakes sold by third parties on the Amazon platform in the last 12 months. However, recent claims have emerged that Amazon itself has counterfeit products as part of its own inventory.
New study reveals young EU citizens buying more counterfeits, becoming less convinced fakes are damaging (Blog)
A new study into the way EU citizens perceive IP rights has revealed a widespread and growing respect for IP across Europe. However, the figures in relation to young people (aged between 15 and 24) make for less positive reading, highlighting a worrying increase in the intentional purchasing of counterfeit goods and a growing acceptability of fakes.
Exclusive survey reveals IACC member sentiment: broadly positive but concerns linger over transparency (Blog)
An exclusive survey, conducted in the past fortnight by World Trademark Review, has revealed that members of the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition have a mostly positive opinion about the organisation and its trajectory. But while its programmes were rated highly by survey respondents especially in regards to training and lobbying efforts concern was expressed around the organisation’s leadership and a perceived lack of transparency.
The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has released its latest filing figures report for international trademark applications. The data reveals a healthy 7.2% growth in 2016, with a significant rise in Chinese applicants using the system. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe this week set in process the ratification of the Madrid Protocol two years after WIPO announced it joined.
“Cure the disease, not the symptom” prominent critic calls for improved YouTube takedown process following questionable trademark claim (Blog)
Popular video game critic Jim Sterling has sparked a fierce online debate about how companies allegedly abuse IP-reporting tools on YouTube to censor criticism. This follows developer STICLI Games filing a trademark takedown request on a video critical of one of its games, basing its grievance solely on a stipulation in its strict end user licence agreement.
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