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The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) the lobby group that was at the forefront of advocating for trademark owner interests in the run up to the new gTLDs programme is again pushing for amendments to US anti-cybersquatting laws in light of the country’s new Republican-dominated government.
Merchandise produced in anticipation of a Cleveland Indians victory in the US baseball World Series will be destroyed rather than donated to communities in poorer countries, in a break with what has become standard procedure for US sports associations. While Major League Baseball (MLB) seem to have cited trademark and reputation issues as the reason, the new direction could negatively impact on the MLB brand and those of its teams.
Criticism of the availability of counterfeits on Amazon has been turned up a notch after Apple suggested that as much as 90% of items being sold as genuine Apple products by the e-tailer are fakes. The claim was made in a lawsuit filed by Apple in the Northern District of California this week, in which it accuses a company named Mobile Star LLC of trademark infringement.
Birkenstock leaves Amazon "to counterfeiters, fake suppliers and unauthorised sellers" as IP concern mounts
German footwear maker Birkenstock has decided to quit the Amazon marketplace in protest at what it perceives to be a lax approach to counterfeiting on the part of the online retailer.
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.
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.
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...
The ‘cronut’ a cross between a croissant and a doughnut has taken the US patisserie world by storm. The growth in popularity of the pastry has been so rapid that it has already been widely imitated, highlighting the need for a nimble approach to trademark protection early in product development.
The Executive Office of the President of the United States released its 2013 strategic plan for IP enforcement yesterday. Following the release last year of the US Department of Commerce study into the impact of IP-intensive industries, the White House promises a regular, annual report into the economic benefits of IP and calls for enhanced public engagement on the issues of counterfeiting and piracy.
The US Supreme Court decided last week to take on a case that could have wide-ranging implications for brand owners in the country. Supreme Court justices have agreed to hear printer manufacturer Lexmark’s appeal against an earlier ruling that it had engaged in false advertising by claiming that a company which manufactures components for refurbished printer cartridges had infringed on its patents.
Software company Fortres Grand’s claim that a fictional product appearing in Warner Bros film The Dark Knight Rises infringes on its trademark rights has been dismissed by a Northern District of Indiana court. However, the potential problem of fictional product names that are the same or similar to real-life brand names could arise for any trademark owner and the dispute offers a number of takeaways.
The 85th Academy Awards (this week formally rebranded as The Oscars) will take place this weekend. The ceremony will be held in the Dolby Theatre, the venue that has hosted it for the past 11 years albeit under a different name. But will Kodak continue to benefit from some of the reflected glory?
Kraft Foods which produces Cracker Barrel cheese is suing Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for trademark infringement as the rustic restaurant chain prepares to sell its name-brand products outside of its own stores for the first time. The dispute highlights how extensions into new categories can bring similar brand names that have previously coexisted peacefully into conflict.
The US craft beer craze has seen its fair share of trademark disputes. One recent incident - as reported on Denver’s Westword news site stood out because of the amicable agreement reached between Verboten Brewing and Weyerbacher Brewing, which owns the federal trademark to the Verboten name for beer. While sensible settlements are something to be welcomed, might the particulars of such an arrangement lead to difficulties for the parties further down the line?
A number of retailers have made formal complaints to US state authorities regarding Wal-Mart’s use of price comparison in advertising during the busy pre-Christmas period. While highlighting the difference in price point with close competitors can be a highly effective marketing tool, there is much to consider from a legal perspective.
Capital One’s rebranding of ING Direct (USA), which it acquired last year, has been met with criticism from some existing ING customers. The challenge that Capital One now faces is one that other companies may encounter when acquiring part of the business of another well-known brand. It also indicates the difficulty of acquiring goodwill and the value that consumers attach to trademarks.
This month saw the release of Flight, a film that tells the story of an alcoholic airline pilot. Throughout the movie, the protagonist can be seen indulging in a range of brand-name alcoholic beverages. The depiction of real-life brands in the film raises the issue of how much influence rights holders have over use of their marks in artistic works and provides pointers for filmmakers to avoid costly disputes with trademark owners.
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has revised its guidelines on marketing environmentally friendly products and services. While the FTC rulebook will help the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) to combat applicants attempting to mislead consumers, brand owners with genuine green claims will also have to be mindful of the shift in examination practice.
Data revealed at last week’s Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, gave some interesting food for thought regarding the moral fibre of a minority of IP professionals and trademark practitioners in particular.
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