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A new study from cyber-operations platform Endgame has revealed at least one major typosquatting campaign, targeting hundreds of the world’s leading brands, using Oman’s national top-level domain, ‘.om’. The research, which looked at thousands of the most visited domains, also reveals that most brand-related ‘.om’ domains remain unregistered and are therefore vulnerable to use in malicious typosquatting operations.
Industry legend voices frustration that cigars ‘tarred with same brush’ as cigarettes in plain packaging debate
As part of World Trademark Review’s fact-finding trip to the Dominican Republic last week, we spoke with a number of representatives from the country’s premium cigar industry. The key message they communicated was that legislators misunderstand how cigars are consumed, and that plain packaging is significantly more damaging to premium cigar brands than cigarette brands due to the industry’s reliance on IP as part of the consumer experience.
The government of the Dominican Republic invited a small group of journalists to the country last week in an attempt to highlight what it feels are the as-yet ignored negative effects of plain packaging legislation. While officials expressed confidence that the World Trade Organisation will rule against Australia’s plain packaging regime, the government has clearly decided that public opinion matters as much as legal.
The USPTO has confirmed to World Trademark Review that it is considering suspending trademark applications that would previously be refused as disparaging as it awaits the Supreme Court review of In re Tam. In light of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decision in December, which ruled that the prohibition on disparaging marks is unconstitutional, a US resident has also revealed he is interested in re-applying for a trademark that was previously refused on those grounds in 2013.
The CEO of one of the biggest e-sports organisations has revealed how trademarks have allowed it to commercialise its brand and expand around the world. In this fledgling sector, such a proactive approach to IP is rare; but major e-sports teams should be more aware of the importance of their brands - both for their own growth and for the credibility of the industry.
World Trademark Review has learned of an unprecedented move by the Dominican Republic trademark office (ONAPI), which has filed suit against the country’s own Court of Appeal after it overturned an ONAPI decision regarding the registration of a trademark.
Sparked by a perceived decline in the standard of media reporting of trademarks, a number of industry organisations have pledged to collaborate on research and education efforts. In fact, the International Trademark Association has even set up a new sub-committee dedicated to direct engagement with the media.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sent a letter to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that claims the term MORMON is “generic” due to it being the only way to describe people who follow or are part of that religious community. If one trademark of a religious organisation is being accused of genericism, other similar religious marks, such as SCIENTOLOGIST, could also be at risk.
As New Zealand looks to join plain packaging ranks, World Health Organisation steps up global awareness efforts
The New Zealand government is reportedly “pressing ahead” with plain packaging on tobacco products. The move will see the country join Australia, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom in introducing legislation that would remove trademarks from tobacco packaging. As momentum for plain packaging continues to grow, the World Health Organisation has revealed a new plain packaging PR push to coincide with World No Tobacco Day on May 31.
Pledges by technology companies to rigorously enforce their trademarks are usually met with hostility and criticism online. However, a statement from the developers behind open source software Kodi vowing to crack down on trademark infringement, and even asking its community for help in this effort, has largely been welcomed, thanks to transparent engagement and a proactive social media strategy
There is just over a week left to add your input into the eighth annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey, our yearly study designed to measure the pulse of the industry and analyse global trademark activities from the perspective of both in-house trademark professionals and external counsel.
Growing use of technology based on the Bitcoin protocol will transform the fight against counterfeiting, claims one industry expert, who suggests that it could also help to rebuild consumer trust in luxury brands.
Fake ‘Minecraft’ app puts spotlight on coding marketplaces that are “fuelling pirate community on app stores”
A new trend of sellers on online marketplaces offering customisable code for programmers to easily reskin popular phone apps is on the rise, and should be on the radars of all trademark counsel who enforce marks that are represented on app stores. The good news is that, as one industry expert notes, taking down one infringing customisable code could potentially stop hundreds of infringing apps from entering the app store environment.
A YouTube comedy channel with 14 million subscribers has been forced to reverse plans to license the format of its popular ‘reaction’ videos and apply for trademarks for the names of its shows due to a huge online backlash. The dramatic loss of subscribers suffered by the Fine Brothers in the aftermath of its original announcement illustrates the very real impact that a backlash can have due to a change in IP strategy.
We are calling on trademark professionals to contribute their views and insights on the current state of the trademark industry for the eighth annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. Participation is free of charge and is designed to measure the pulse of the industry, as well as to provide a benchmark for global trademark activities from the perspective of both corporate trademark professionals and law firm counsel.
OAPI suspends law firm; suspended agent alleges ‘dictatorship’ OAPI is stifling anti-Madrid Protocol sentiment
The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) has suspended two IP attorneys in Cameroon, and in turn prohibited parties from using their law firm for any IP services in proceedings before it, in what one of the lawyers contends is a continuation of a bitter battle between the organisation and a group of agents who claim that its accession to the Madrid Protocol was implemented illegally.
Creator of viral sensation ‘Be like Bill’ “shocked” by trademark application; pledges “aggressive” enforcement
The latest viral internet hit ‘Be like Bill’ has garnered over 1.5 million ‘likes’ on Facebook in the past few weeks, which means it is serious business to creator Eugeniu Croitoru. Following the discovery of a third-party UK trademark application for BE LIKE BILL, World Trademark Review has been told of his dismay at the filing and a pledge to crack down on misuse in the future.
International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright is in an ongoing legal battle in China against an entity that is specialising in IP services while using the ‘Norton Rose Fulbright’ name. This same organisation also appears to have registered domain names and trademarks of at least three other law firms and, even more curiously, plans to offer a Norton Rose Fulbright-branded funeral service sometime in the future.
“This is how you screw up your reputation”: Sony trademark fallout highlights challenge of online backlashes
A trademark filing by Sony for the term LET’S PLAY has caused a storm of negative PR for the tech giant. One prominent trademark attorney, who is usually a staunch defender of trademarks in the face of public backlashes, tells World Trademark Review that this is one example that he cannot defend. The angry reaction highlights the reputational challenges that can be faced when a passionate online community is stirred into action.
As with any organisational rebrand, OHIM faces a host of challenges as it prepares to change its name. One is the registration of (and subsequent transition to) new domains. Research conducted by World Trademark Review has revealed that a number of third parties have already purchased ‘EUIPO’ related domains - though some plan on using them to promote awareness about the EU trademark reforms.
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