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More empathy needed in trademark enforcement, says café owner who labelled Coca-Cola a “corporate bully” (Blog)
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.
A week-long spat between Alibaba and the Office of the US Trade Representative has turned into a full-blown diplomatic issue after the Chinese government publicly questioned the credibility of the Notorious Markets List. China’s Ministry of Commerce has also claimed that the report lacks “solid evidence” to include the nine Chinese marketplaces accused of engaging in rampant IP infringement a move that appears to call into question the accounts of brand owners tackling fake goods in China.
Alibaba on the offensive: warns brands not to trust Notorious Markets List, undecided on future cooperation (Blog)
Alibaba Group continues to talk tough in the wake of its online marketplace Taobao remaining on the Office of the US Trade Representative’s latest Notorious Markets List. Talking to World Trademark Review, an Alibaba spokesperson claims that brand owners should no longer trust the list and revealed that the company may not submit evidence for future reports.
We have previously reported on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its potential impact on rights holders’ access to WHOIS data. In this guest blog, Brian J Winterfeldt, president of the The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN's) Intellectual Property Constituency, expands on the potential threat and why it is important for brand owners to engage at ICANN to ensure that GDPR compliance does not become an excuse to shut off access to WHOIS data.
Escobar ends Netflix feud, F1 logo issues, and brands warned of cryptocurrency cybersquatting: news round-up (Blog)
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.
"INTA can serve as the connector": new president on the association’s expanded anti-counterfeiting role (Blog)
Last week INTA officially announced the election of Tish Berard as its 2018 president and chair of the board of directors. In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, she expands on the co-ordination role the association can play in the global fight against counterfeiting and the need for trademark professionals to embrace change in all of its guises.
“Now we can step on the gas”: Corsearch CEO reveals future plans after private equity deal completion (Blog)
On January 5 Corsearch announced the closure of its sale to Audax Private Equity. The latest in a series of high-profile acquisitions of trademark solutions companies, the move has resulted in a newly independent entity. In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, Corsearch President and Chief Executive Officer Tobias Hartmann has revealed the company’s product and growth plans.
Class action law firm welcomes implications of UDRP decision in bitter dispute with CPA Global (Blog)
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.
Havana Club hostility, new UK IP minister, and General Mills 'logo trolls’ Kellogg’s: news round-up (Blog)
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).
The Office of the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) has released the latest edition of its annual Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, in which it highlights marketplaces that it claims facilitate substantial intellectual property infringement. Alibaba Group's Taobao remains on the list, and in response, Alibaba has labelled itself “a scapegoat for the USTR to win points in a highly-politicised environment” and claims that it "not only met but dramatically exceeded" last year's recommendations.
USPTO pledges to hire “substantial number” of examiners following record year of trademark activity (Blog)
New figures show that the US Trademark and Patent Office (USPTO) received over 440,000 new trademark applications in 2017, a rise of more than 13% year on year. Writing for World Trademark Review, USPTO Trademark Commissioner Mary Boney Denison has promised that a “substantial number” of examiners would be hired in 2018 to ensure that the office can handle the increase in application volume effectively.
IP technology company LawPanel has called on national trademark offices to develop software tools that open up data to third-party developers. In comments to World Trademark Review, the company’s chief financial officer claims that through the introduction of application programming interface-driven architecture, such innovation could “fundamentally change the working life of trademark attorneys”. However, he acknowledges that the challenge will be to convince all stakeholders to embrace such change and foresees an opportunity for the International Trademark Association to facilitate the process.
Chinese brands rise, app store warning and K-pop fans furious over T-ARA trademark: news round-up (Blog)
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.
Trademark litigation slump continues; the law firms capitalising on dispute-related work revealed (Blog)
In November we reported that the decade-long downward trend in US trademark litigation actions showed no sign of correction. The latest tracker data from Lex Machina confirms that the slump continued in 2017, with the 3,782 cases filed representing a nine-year low. With competition for the litigation dollar intensifying, the data also reveals the firms which are leading the representation rankings.
Bodies representing IP solicitors, barristers and chartered trademark and patent attorneys have teamed up to urge the UK government to address key IP concerns related to Brexit urgently. While limiting its list to five key areas of concern, the document warns that a multi-year transitional period will likely be required to reach a suitable solution.
More information about Gleissner trademark activity emerges as business owner voices frustration (Blog)
Business owners have spoken to World Trademark Review about their anger and confusion over the mysterious trademark activity of entrepreneur Michael Gleissner. One, who recently prevailed against Gleissner in a 16-month trademark dispute, claims that he has yet to be paid legal costs and calls on IP offices to address “malicious action against legitimate trademarks” urgently.
USPTO urged to address mobile issues, Malawi to establish national office, and bootleg fashion all the rage: news round-up (Blog)
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.
Just days after California started legally selling recreational marijuana, the Trump administration has signalled a U-turn on the federal marijuana enforcement policy, bringing it into conflict with a number of states. Experts tell World Trademark Review that the move also creates further uncertainty about the prospects for brands in the sector.
“There’s a new sheriff in town”: LegalForce founder reveals motivation behind lawsuits against competitors (Blog)
LegalForce RAPC Worldwide, the firm behind Trademarkia, has initiated a number of lawsuits against competitor online trademark filings portals, with shareholder Raj Abhyanker telling World Trademark Review that “this is just the start”. With more litigation filings expected, he contends that the regulation he adheres to as a law firm is restricting his ability to operate on a level playing field with some competitors. As such, he argues that his end goal is a resolution that benefits the entire legal trademark profession.
New research has examined how religious signs are increasingly used in trade, and revealed how misappropriation by nefarious sellers can be harmful to the identity and preservation of religious cultures. To that end, the study’s author tells World Trademark Review that governments “should do more” to protect religious signs and that religious organisations must engage in commercial activities in order to fight back against misappropriation.
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