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Groundbreaking study suggests extraterritorial application of US trademark law “burdens” rights holders (Blog)
A first-of-its-kind empirical study into the territorial scope of US trademark law has concluded that much of the conventional wisdom regarding extraterritorial rights “is questionable, if not incorrect”, with its author declaring that “the current over-extension of the Lanham Act must be curbed”. Crucially, the research provides insights that could aid US brand owners in future enforcement endeavours.
Leading e-sports players must take trademark protection seriously or risk losing ownership of their gamertags (Blog)
The e-sports industry is growing at a rapid pace and its most successful professional teams are starting to form effective brand protection strategies. However, two IP lawyers in the space warn that many individual players are ignoring the risks posed by the failure to protect their gamertags.
Alibaba calls out persistent IP abusers receives criticism for "blaming the victims" (updated) (Blog)
Alibaba Group has taken a hard line against users that file false or misleading IP infringement complaints, claiming that 24% of all complaints it receives are deemed “malicious” and “a drain on the group’s efforts to stamp out counterfeits”. Highlighting its strong stance on the matter, it confirmed it had barred one company from lodging complaints due to repeated misuses of its complaints platform. However, one commentator claims that the problem is of the ecommerce giant’s own making.
Trademark implications of Brexit, Trump and Samsung Note 7 crisis feature in our most-read list of 2016 (Blog)
As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the blogs which received the most reads in the past 12 months. Our list includes the brand value hit of Samsung’s Note 7 crisis, Alibaba’s spat with Chinese ecommerce rival JD.com and trademark applications attempting to commercialise the Panama Papers, Brexit and the once-popular ‘meme’ Be Like Bill.
Trademark filings in Kurdistan have been suspended until further notice due to “administrative and management issues” at the office, World Trademark Review understands. Those seeking to secure registrations that cover the entirety of Iraq which has had two self-autonomous trademark offices since 2011 will likely have to wait until early next year for operations to resume. The development could cause headaches for brand owners seeking to enforce rights in the region, including US president-elect Donald Trump, with a ‘Trump Fish’ restaurant recently opening in the Iraqi city of Duhok.
Media brands can’t rely on Facebook and Google to fight the reputational risks posed by fake news (Blog)
There have been growing calls in recent weeks for Facebook and Google to tackle content published by fake news websites. This follows accusations that both provided a platform for the sharing and promotion of misinformation during the recent US election. What is being less discussed is the responsibility that major media companies have to stop such sites specifically those that use the branding of popular news outlets as a way to add legitimacy to their hoax articles.
“Help us help you”: international trade groups lay out anti-counterfeiting demands to Alibaba (Blog)
A coalition of international brand and trade groups has sent a letter to senior figures at Alibaba Group highlighting continued concerns around the implementation of effective anti-counterfeiting measures on its platforms. While the letter includes scathing criticisms of some of the currently available tools decrying the processing of non-good faith notices as “woeful” it offers a number of practical recommendations on how the online giant could improve.
The WTR Premium Daily email will be taking a summer break over August, with the full blog and Premium Daily email service for subscribers recommencing on Tuesday August 30. Meanwhile, here’s a look at the most popular articles and legal updates in the first seven months of 2016 on World Trademark Review.
A new generation of IP-aware YouTubers? Online video creators urged to embrace positives of brand protection (Blog)
A couple of months ago, YouTube reached the milestone of 2,000 channels with over 1 million subscribers. Despite the commercial nature of many of those offerings, a significant number lack any trademark protection for their names or logos although that could change, with one expert predicting that “in a couple of years you won't be able to find popular YouTubers who don't have a trademark”.
ECJ intermediary decision is a victory for brand owner collaboration; REACT reveals more to come (Blog)
Last week, the European Court of Justice confirmed that operators of physical marketplaces could be held liable for the sale of counterfeit and other illicit goods by market traders. While deemed a significant win for IP owners, the decision also demonstrates the effectiveness of joint-party legal actions with experts telling World Trademark Review that they strongly encourage more precedent-setting collaborations.
“Our only choice is to join forces”; Alibaba launches new anti-counterfeiting platform, urges more collaboration (Blog)
Barely a week after IP experts told World Trademark Review that they want a clearer indication of the anti-counterfeiting measures that Alibaba insists it is developing, the e-commerce giant has unveiled a new IP Joint-Force System that claims to “streamline” the takedown of infringing listings with a spokesperson telling us that the launch is proof of the proactive efforts the company is taking in collaboration with brand owners.
An internet security company’s trademark filings for the brand name of a rival organisation has caused an uproar in the technology community. While the company has now abandoned the applications, the PR storm surrounding the initial filings exacerbated by its CEO”s “patronising” comments on the company’s public message board demonstrates the need for effective messaging around trademark strategies.
Disputes over the use of third-party trademarks by campaigners in the run-up to this week’s UK referendum on EU membership have been widely reported. But a trademark for BREXIT has also been secured; and the owner tells World Trademark Review that rather than an attempt to cash in on the ubiquitous term he acted in a bid to prevent someone else from acquiring the mark and using it to stifle debate.
Domain-squatting epidemic; “critical” brand owners get to grips with IP protection in sanctions-free Iran (Blog)
New research conducted by World Trademark Review suggests that a high proportion of the world’s leading brands have seen their trademark-related domain names in Iran’s national top-level domain, ‘ir’, registered by unaffiliated registrants. The revelation serves as a reminder that IP protection in Iran which recently benefited from the lifting of many economic and financial sanctions should not be overlooked.
The final day of the 2016 INTA Annual Meeting has arrived and thousands of bleary-eyed lawyers will shortly be making their way back home. However, there are still many interesting insights to gather, including debate over scandalous marks, a call for IACC members to be polled on the future of the organisation and rumours on where future INTA Annual Meetings will be held.
Hashtag disputes, speed networking and skunks at the garden party: INTA 2016 day three report (Blog)
In this update, the World Trademark Review editorial team present some of the highlights from the third day of the 2016 INTA Annual Meeting, including complaints about graphic imagery on exhibition stands, insights into the true scale of app store infringement, heated debate over trademark protection for hashtags and an interview with the law firm that is so intent on spreading its message that it booked two exhibition stands.
IACC suspends Alibaba, but confirms Jack Ma will still speak at its conference later this week (Blog)
Two days after an anonymous letter was circulated to the management of the International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition laying out a number of allegations about the organisation’s operations, the board of directors has responded by suspending the newly formed General Membership category leading to the suspension of a number of its members, including Alibaba.
The most “intense” client relationship and “squirrelly” witnesses - observations from Trademark Litigation: Practical Strategies (Blog)
Last week, World Trademark Review hosted its inaugural Trademark Litigation: Practical Strategies conference in New York. The event benefited from a diverse, enthusiastic mix of attendees, providing unique insights on how to maximise the chances of success in litigation. We provide some selected highlights.
A Munich-based marketer has applied for a trademark in Germany for the term ‘The Panama Papers’, with plans to write a movie and sell merchandise related to the unprecedented leak of 11.5 million files from the database of law firm Mossack Fonseca. An IP expert tells us that if the application progresses to the opposition stage, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists will need to rely on unregistered rights if it seeks to prevent its registration by a third party.
Leading e-sports team Fnatic: it is “imperative” that the industry takes trademarks seriously (Blog)
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.
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