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UKIP “ripping off” Premier League logo, Greece warns of fake GIs, US brands in the age of Trump: news round-up
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 latest brand value ranking table, research into US brands in the Trump era, a darknet seller arrested on his way to a beard competition and the death of a notorious cybersquatter and “news satirist”.
The China Trademark Association (CTA) held its annual Trademark Festival in the last week, with domestic and international representatives attending in their thousands. We spoke with various attendees about their observations and highlights from the event, including the positive development that the CTA has welcomed its first foreign member and the curious news that counterfeit products were spotted in the exhibition hall.
New anti-counterfeiting coalition aims "to lead” in lobbying Trump administration to step up fight against fakes
The Precious Metals Association of North America has announced the formation of a national coalition to “protect IP rights against foreign counterfeiting operations”. A representative tells World Trademark Review that the organisation has already begun discussions with influential members of Congress and the Trump administration to strengthen federal efforts to tackle foreign counterfeit operations.
Food brands in India abandoning registered rights to avoid “trademark tax”; expert decries short-sighted reaction
Reports have emerged of a number of food traders in India giving up their registered trademarks to avoid a newly implemented 5% goods and services tax. One senior IP expert confirmed to World Trademark Review that this new tax affects both domestic and international companies, but accused companies giving up trademark registrations as taking a “myopic outlook” as the benefits of a trademark far outweigh a 5% tax outlay.
The long-awaited Supreme Court decision in Matal v Tam was handed down yesterday and immediately caused heated debate. Following our coverage of the decision, we approached a number of trademark experts to obtain their analysis of the wider implications and what it practically means.
Going it alone: Cayman Islands to create local trademark registry, further calls to join Paris Convention
The new Cayman Islands trademarks law will be implemented on August 1, transforming how international brand owners attain protection in the Caribbean jurisdiction. Previously, a UK or EUIPO registration was required to attain trademark rights on the island, but this practice will end, with only national applications filed by local agents being accepted. However, there are claims the changes don’t go far enough, with one commentator calling for the country to join the Paris Convention.
As UK election day looms, trademark lawyers prepare for change while political parties barely give intellectual property a glance
After one of the more divisive election campaigns in recent history, the UK electorate heads to the polls this Thursday. While social policies and national security have jostled with Brexit as the most important issue for voters, two new studies demonstrate that the UK’s move to leave the European Union remains a key concern for rights holders around the world. However, while some are adapting their filing strategies in preparation, many remain “perplexed” about what to do.
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is stepping up its aggressive pursuit of trademark solicitation scams with the creation of a “first of its kind” roundtable event. Talking to World Trademark Review, USPTO Trademark Commissioner Mary Boney Denison confirmed that the agency is “increasingly concerned” about fraudulent trademark invoices and revealed plans to work with international counterparts to combat the problem more effectively.
Trump Administration's first Special 301 Report slams Canada and Mexico for inadequate border enforcement against counterfeits
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has published the 2017 Special 301 Report, the first released under the Trump administration. While Pakistan and Spain are complimented for “positive momentum” behind their IP regimes, the report knocks a number of jurisdictions including neighbours Canada and Mexico for what it deems to be ineffective border enforcement against fakes.
OAPI in “period of transition” as new director general appointed; anti-Madrid collective “goes into hiding”
The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) has confirmed to World Trademark Review that its director general, Paulin Edou Edou, will be leaving at the end of July, with his successor beginning in August. This comes as the collective formed to challenge OAPI’s accession to the Madrid Protocol disbands due to a fear of being banned from IP practice, although a former member reveals that it may regroup later in the year.
The United Kingdom government officially triggered Article 50 at lunchtime today, beginning the two-year process of negotiations that will lead to the UK leaving the European Union. While uncertainty still reigns, the impact on trademarks and designs could be significant and with Brexit now a certainty, brand owners should ensure they know exactly what rights could be affected once ‘leaving day’ arrives.
Professor slams ‘pro plain packaging for alcohol’ media reports, calls for more research into warning labels
A new study which looks at the effectiveness of warning labels on alcoholic products has slammed media reports claiming that it is advocating for plain packaging. Talking to World Trademark Review, Matthew Field, a professor of psychology at the University of Liverpool, claims the study has been ‘misrepresented’ by the media and voiced doubt that plain packaging would ever be implemented on alcoholic or sugary products.
DIP senior official's painting theft goes viral; fallout leads to loss of “asset to Thailand’s IP community”
Reports of the arrest of a senior official from Thailand’s Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) for stealing paintings from a hotel went viral last week, with thousands of messages posted to the office’s social media channels. The official has since resigned from his role and apologised for damaging the integrity of the DIP. But one leading IP law firm tells us of its regret that the fallout from the incident has resulted in the office losing a well-respected figure.
The Italian Patent and Trademark Office has launched a tender for granting funds to support the “revival and economic exploitation” of Italian brands deemed to “represent a piece of history”. One commentator tells World Trademark Review that the move is “significant”, but questions whether certain parts of the fund will be necessary for companies that have been trading for over 50 years.
It has been a busy first few days for US President Donald Trump, with a number of executive orders issued, cabinet appointments unveiled and January 20 (the date of his inauguration) proclaimed as ‘National Day of Patriotic Devotion’. In the midst of all this activity are some key policy changes that could have a significant effect on the trademark community both in the United States and internationally.
Protecting brand reputation and managing the possible legal fallout from crisis situations are some of the main responsibilities of an in-house trademark department. One recent element that has created headaches for numerous brands in that regard is the tweeting habit of US president-elect Donald Trump, and specifically his regular calling out of companies and brands. As he prepares to take office on January 20, we take a look at how brands can react should they be the unwitting target of a Trump Twitter tirade.
Taobao returns to USTR's Notorious Markets list; Alibaba CEO speaks of "disappointing moment for all of us"
After a four year absence, an Alibaba Group platform has re-appeared on the annual Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets list and its CEO subsequently sent a strongly-worded email to staff, seen by World Trademark Review, urging stakeholders to continue undeterred in the “all-out war against counterfeits”.
Trademark implications of Brexit, Trump and Samsung Note 7 crisis feature in our most-read list of 2016
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.
Breakthrough in fight against trademark solicitations? Lessons from New Zealand’s $600,000 refund success
The constant flood of trademark solicitation scams has been a blight to the IP community for a number of years now. But a recent success in New Zealand has led to over NZ$600,000 in refunds being paid to affected parties. Expert commentators are hopeful that this positive outcome could be repeated in other jurisdictions and may serve as a deterrent to other trademark solicitation operators.
The Brazilian government has confirmed that it intends to join the international trademark system by mid-2018. While the country’s move towards the Madrid Protocol will be seen as positive by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, one expert argues that the country’s trademark office is far from ready even claiming that its progress could be stifled as a result of Madrid.
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