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Following various far-right accounts being banned from major social media platforms in recent weeks, many users have been migrating to “free speech social network” Gab. Exclusive research from World Trademark Review has found that many major brand names have already been registered by third-parties on Gab, with the related pages sometimes featuring homophobic and racist content.
A look at the most popular articles and legal updates we have published over the past 12 months with Amazon overtaking Apple and Google to be named the world’s most valuable brand topping the table.
“Opportunistic filing after a disaster remains an issue” MH370 rights shine spotlight on tragedy marks
World Trademark Review has discovered a registered trademark and domain name related to the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 tragedy being sold for thousands of dollars. The listing is a reminder of how trademark departments have a key role to play in the wake of tragic events, with one expert telling us that defensive filings should be “a primary prevention tool” against opportunists that wish to commercialise terrible events.
UK’s Conservative Party accused of selling "knock-off” Love Island goods as part of political campaign
A new campaign by the Conservative Party in the UK has sparked debate over possible IP infringement due to its use of terms and items related to the TV show Love Island. One expert tells World Trademark Review that the campaign, which offers free “Love Island water bottles”, could face issues related to trademark infringement and passing off.
“Don’t panic” new entrants to Madrid Protocol give mixed feedback on their experience since accession
Law firm practitioners in jurisdictions that have adopted the Madrid Protocol in recent years including Colombia, Israel, Mexico, OAPI and Thailand have shared their experience of the system in an exclusive survey from World Trademark Review. While most praise the resulting trademark environment, some are scathing about the impact Madrid has had on their practice.
A groundbreaking new study has found that most consumers feel “moral disgust” and “revulsion” from using counterfeit goods, with a warning that this feeling can be extended to genuine goods that are often copied. The research is a reminder of the tremendous brand harm such illicit activity causes, with the study suggesting a new form of damage in trademark cases.
Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, LeBron James to LA Lakers: the brand perspective on major sporting moves
The last week has seen two of the biggest sporting moves in history, with NBA legend LeBron James joining the LA Lakers and football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo heading to Italian club Juventus. Reports on both moves have focused on the massive money involved in the deals, but experts say that the power of the players’ brands will justify the big dollars being spent by the respective teams.
Millionaire and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner has lost another opposition decision at the UK Intellectual Property Office, this time for the term TRUMP TV. Of particular note is the scathing language used by the hearing officer, with the entrepreneur blasted for having “a disdainful disregard for the opposition costs of the other side” and was ordered to pay £15,000 to a company related to US President Donald Trump.
After over a decade of discussion, Brazil looks increasingly likely to accede to the Madrid system within the coming year. To get a sense of the sentiment on the ground, we reached out to local law firm practitioners to ask how it is expected to impact their own practice and the wider trademark scene and whether predictions of imminent accession are actually realistic.
In a landmark ruling, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has upheld Australia’s tobacco plain packaging regime as being consistent with the WTO’s trade obligations. The response has been mixed. While the Canadian Cancer Society has told World Trademark Review it gives a “big boost” to plain packaging momentum, INTA has voiced its disappointment and is regrouping on the issue.
Justice Anthony Kennedy of the US Supreme Court announced his imminent retirement on Wednesday, meaning that US President Donald Trump will now have a second opportunity to nominate a justice. With the prospect of a more right-thinking Supreme Court bench, leading IP attorneys are split over what it means for trademark cases.
Trump administration tariffs “could help legitimise fake goods”: trade associations join up to sound alarm bells
A number of major US trade associations have joined forces to send a letter to two members of the House Ways and Means Committee warning that the Trump administration’s recent trade tariffs are having a harmful effect on the battle against counterfeit goods. The strongly worded letter, seen by World Trademark Review, claims that the tariffs place “significant barriers on the fight against harmful fakes” and calls for an urgent rethink.
Data from CompuMark has revealed the leading trademark filers at the USPTO last year. In previous years, the top filer has been a major company, but in 2017 it was a New York-based doctor who filed over 300 marks at the USPTO. We spoke with the representative behind these marks, as well as a CompuMark expert who suggests that “trademark league tables might not be dominated by large corporations in the future”.
An investigation from World Trademark Review has explored the evolving tactics of misleading and often malicious websites that pose as articles from well-known news outlets. Common trends include the use of cryptocurrency and Elon Musk to lure in users, with one expert telling us that tackling hoax articles targeting brands or public figures can feel like “a game of whack-a-mole”.
As Canada legalises marijuana, research finds majority of Canadians want branded packaging for cannabis products
The Canadian parliament has passed legislation which will allow the recreational use of marijuana nationwide. The law could pave the wave for hundreds of new brands, and a new survey suggests that two-thirds of consumers in Canada would prefer branded rather than generic or plain packaging for this new market of marijuana products.
During a session at last week’s ECTA Annual Conference, experts made some bold often startling predictions on where they see the trademark industry in 10 years. While some were unsurprising, such as how artificial intelligence and automation will improve efficiency, there were some unexpected suggestions, including how the role of law could change in the future.
“I wish the US president had opposed my trademark” applicant of registered Trump mark on treating IP as art
A popular author and professional speaker has successfully registered a trademark for GRABBA THE TRUMP in the UK, a combining of terms related to both US President Donald Trump and a character from the Star Wars universe. Talking to World Trademark Review, the applicant states that he hoped Trump would oppose the mark and that he enjoys provoking major brands with his trademark applications.
Two trade associations in the United States have spoken publicly about their concerns over the Trump administration’s recent steel and aluminium tariffs on the European Union. Talking to World Trademark Review, a representative for one of those associations claims targeting trade allies rather than partnering with them “weakens” the ongoing battle against the scourge of fake goods.
The European Union’s GDPR legislation, which came into force last Friday, has caused ongoing and significant concern around access to WHOIS data. To take the pulse of how brand protection service providers are dealing with the changes, and what it means for their customers, we spoke with three industry experts and the feedback to the regime was decidedly mixed.
Alibaba boasts “significant progress” in IP protection efforts; development of API urged to allow third-party takedowns
Alibaba has revealed what it describes as “significant progress” in IP protection in 2017, with data showing significantly faster processing time for takedowns and a 42% decline in notice-and-takedown requests. While the results show that the Chinese marketplace giant is confident that its efforts are garnering positive results, people we spoke to still report huge volumes of fakes with one urging Alibaba to develop an API to allow third-party takedowns.
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