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This week, Alibaba’s Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance (AACA) announced the creation of a brand advisory board to facilitate greater collaboration between the ecommerce giant and AACA members on the protection of intellectual property rights. One brand protection leader for a major international company has welcomed the development, but hopes that “truly new” approaches to anti-counterfeiting are the result rather than extensions of current programmes.
Netlix and Escobar family’s trademark tussle, registration fall in new gTLDs and IP in Westeros: news round-up (Blog)
In today’s news round-up, we look at the trademark dispute between the Escobar family and Netflix, a lawsuit between two Fish IP firms, Gene Simmons’ pledge to trademark oxygen and the significant proportion of new gTLDs that have seen a drop in registrations in the past 12 months.
Current approaches to online counterfeiting ineffective, international harmonisation needed, WIPO study suggests (Blog)
A major new study of approaches to online trademark infringement has highlighted significant limitations in prevailing responses to the issue. Underscoring the manifold difficulties of tackling counterfeiting in a borderless online environment, it argues that only a more harmonised approach, based on consistent legal and technical standards, can make significant headway against the problem.
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Major changes to Canada’s system of geographical indication (GI) rights come into force this week as a result of amendments to the country’s Trademarks Act. The range of goods eligible for GI rights will expand significantly, and compliance with the new protections will become more onerous. While playing to the advantage of famous regional producers, the reforms create risks and liabilities for many food businesses previously unaffected by GI rules.
“Not bloody easy” Czech IPO president urges EU Commission and IP5 to take stronger action against trademark invoice scams (Blog)
Czech Republic Industrial Property Office President Josef Kratochvil has issued a strong warning about the “very dangerous” activities of entities sending fraudulent solicitations to trademark applicants. Speaking to World Trademark Review, the respected IP expert urged the EU Commission to include the issue on its list of crimes, and for more joint action from leading IP offices.
“Super classy” Netflix cease-and-desist letter shows how to boost goodwill while tackling infringement (Blog)
A cease-and-desist letter sent by Netflix to a bar that was using its trademark without permission has drawn effusive praise from online media outlets. The streaming service adopted a good-humoured approach and, in doing so, has shown how large brands can avoid accusations of trademark bullying when enforcing their rights.
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In the latest edition, we look at the Office of the US Trade Representative reviewing Thailand’s IP status, Canada's advance towards introducing plain packaging, a luxurious approach to generic top-level domain pricing and a scramble for the Amiga trademark.
Argentina trademark fees set to increase upwards of 50% as government attempts to curb inflation (Blog)
Brand owners wishing to protect their trademark rights in Argentina should prepare for increased costs, as the country’s IP office recently implemented a two-stage set of fee rises. The changes, which will be fully implemented from October 1, see some filing fees rise by over 50%.
New study claims Slender Man is in the commons, argues assertion of trademark rights “chills creativity” (Blog)
A new academic paper studying the IP status of internet folklore argues that online community-created works are in the commons. It suggests that claims of ownership under both copyright and trademark law harm the public by depriving it of more creative works. The research focuses primarily on Slender Man and predicts that the release of a major Hollywood movie next year could lead to entities seeking to “exclusively own” the horror character.
Lady Gaga sues Radio Gaga, Olympic legend to speak at IP event, UrWork hits out at WeWork: 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 the latest edition, we look at trademarks filed in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, a three-time Olympic gold medallist speaking at an IP event and Lady Gaga stoking online anger with a Radio Gaga lawsuit.
New report reveals most consumers cannot identify fake food products; brand owners urged to do more (Blog)
A new report has revealed that few consumers have had personal experience with counterfeit food goods, as three-quarters admitted that they would not be able to identify such fake products. The problem is so bad that the head of the National Food Crime Unit told us that “there is little” consumers can do to protect themselves from fake food and drink products.
Full speaker line-up for next month’s Managing Trademark Assets conference in Chicago revealed (Blog)
The full session-by-session line-up for the upcoming Managing Trademark Assets conference is now live online. The early bird booking deadline for the event, being held in Chicago on October 17, expires tomorrow. Book now to save $100 and guarantee your place at the event, where attendees will be able to hear from and share best practice with senior experts representing organisations such as Amazon, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Thermos, Toyota, Under Armour and Wells Fargo.
Amazon calls for end to ‘.amazon’ gTLD stand-off; demands prompt action to end dispute with governments (Blog)
Amazon has called on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to “immediately approve” its application for the ‘.amazon’ generic top-level domain, noting that prompt action is necessary because “there is no sovereign right under international or national law to the name ‘Amazon”’, with an Independent Review Process Panel having previously ruled that ICANN acted in a manner inconsistent with its bylaws when rejecting the company’s application. The move to end the stand-off over the string is one that all brands should monitor.
Blow for Squire Patton Boggs in battle over its name in China; firm voices confidence it will eventually “prevail” (Blog)
Five months after we reported on the ongoing legal battle for its name in China, international law and lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs hit another hurdle after losing a crucial domain name dispute decision. While a representative told us that the firm is adamant that it will “prevail” in the end, a source at the Chinese company operating under the Squire Patton Boggs name was critical of the international firm seeking to use the dispute to make a pitch to its clients.
Kodi calls out “trademark trolls”, UAE fakes clampdown, pressure builds in Havana Club dispute: 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 upswing in China's overseas IP revenues, the latest in the long-running Havana Club dispute, the US politicians calling on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to introduce tighter generic top-level domain regulations and a software company's angry response to so-called 'trademark trolls'.
Over the past few days media reports have focused on the case of an individual seller who saw his Amazon.com store shut down over an alleged IP-related violation lodged by a bogus law firm. His call for more considered investigations of complaints highlights the challenge facing the e-commerce giant, which is also under pressure to ensure speedy takedowns when infringement occurs.
Study suggests “huge potential” for economic growth in Latin America through trademark promotion (Blog)
Trademark-intensive industries across Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Peru account for 18.5 million jobs and $2,390 of value per capita a year, according to research commissioned by the International Trademark Association and Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property. For those working in such industries, salary premiums of up to 25% were observed.
Major initiative launches to combat illicit trade, aims to unite anti-counterfeiting and supply chain innovators (Blog)
A new private sector initiative, the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade, was unveiled this week with a mandate to “stop the significant and growing economic and social damages caused by illicit trade”. Director General Jeffrey P Hardy told World Trademark Review that anti-counterfeiting efforts will be just one work stream, with the organisation aiming to foster a cross-sectorial effort against illicit trade in all of its guises.
McDonald’s sticky situation, Taylor Swift overreactions, USPTO’s Irma notice and Brexit reaction: Friday round-up (Blog)
To accompany our usual analysis and commentary, we bring you the latest news updates from around the trademark world. From the outcry over Taylor Swift’s latest trademark applications to industry reaction to the EU Commission position paper on IP rights post-Brexit, here are the developments that we think are worth having on your radar.
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