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In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, the CEO of the International Trademark Association (INTA) speaks about its increased activity in the anti-counterfeiting arena, and expands on current and future activities in this regard. He also notes that partnerships are being sought with other IP and non-IP organisations, but only when there is “mutual respect” between the parties.
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.
Exercise tracking technology company Fitbit has filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey business which sells discontinued and refurbished products to consumers. In the suit, Fitbit claims the defendant sold ‘counterfeit’ and ‘non-genuine’ versions of Fitbit products a claim staunchly denied, with a representative telling World Trademark Review that Fitbit is engaging in “litigious scare tactics” in response to a lawsuit it had filed a month previously.
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.
Eyewear giant Specsavers has successfully secured registered trademark protection on the term SHOULD’VE, a shortened version of its well-known tagline ‘Should’ve gone to Specsavers’. The initial application at the UK Intellectual Property Office spurred negative media reaction earlier this year, with reports claiming that it demonstrates the overreach of trademark law. However, in exclusive comments to World Trademark Review, Antony Douglass, principal IP counsel at Specsavers, has hit out at the “inaccurate commentary” surrounding the mark.
The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) held its first annual Brand Awards recently, in which cash prizes and trademark filing vouchers were given to local brands judged to be distinctive. Talking to World Trademark Review, OAPI’s director of legal affairs and cooperation, Maurice Batanga, says that the initiative has proved effective and encourages other IP offices to consider a similar approach to promote innovative use of trademarks.
“I’m the Banksy of trademarks” millionaire applicant of NASTY WOMAN regards cease-and-desist from Beyoncé as “great marketing”
Self-proclaimed millionaire Mike Lin, who garnered a significant net worth as an early employee at LinkedIn, has a trove of politically charged trademark applications that have gathered much media attention. In an exclusive discussion, Lin compares himself to street artist Banksy and reveals that he has received oppositions (so far) from parties including Beyoncé Knowles, Kobe Bryant and Disney.
Do corporate trademark lawyers have a “cultural problem”? Debate rages on how commercially-minded counsel should be
Last week’s World Trademark Review event in New York, Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle 2016, spurred many debates throughout the day. Arguably the most passionate focused on the claim that there is a “cultural problem” among in-house legal departments, and the question of whether making money from trademarks should be front-of-mind for those working in the modern corporate IP environment.
Online communities of so-called ‘alt right’ internet users have developed code words to hide bigoted slurs on social media in a bid to avoid perceived censorship. The code uses high-profile brand names, including Google, Yahoo and Skype, to substitute for offensive words to describe ethnic groups including African Americans, Mexicans and Jews. World Trademark Review has spoken to experts about what the affected brand owners can do but in terms of legal remedies, the options appear to be limited.
IP industry maverick Erich Spangenberg, once dubbed the “most notorious patent troll in America”, has told World Trademark Review about the “opportunity” he now sees in trademarks, and to expect Marathon Patent Group to make future investments in the space. His comments follow a recent ‘David versus Goliath’ trademark opposition spat that he advised on, which resulted in a “rare” worldwide co-existence agreement.
Our latest podcast looks at an EU trademark dispute that has slipped somewhat under the radar in recent months. Specifically, it focuses on a dispute surrounding the protection of the Rubik’s Cube shape as a 3D trademark, and the potential implications should that mark be struck down. We talked to two key figures in the case to explore the legal and the business perspectives. Both had strong views on why this case matters for all IP owners.
An investigation by World Trademark Review has uncovered new tactics being implemented by counterfeit sellers in response to more stringent anti-counterfeiting policies on online marketplaces. It is another reminder of the daunting task faced by both brand owners and online marketplaces in the battle to stop fakes and the ever-evolving methods being used by those who sell counterfeit goods.
The low-cost Raspberry Pi computer celebrated the sale of its 10 millionth unit last week, and has been hailed in the technology sector as a transformative device for education and developing nations. For those in the IP space, one attorney tells World Trademark Review that the device could be used to reduce costs and streamline the more common tasks of IP law firms.
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.
Barcelona and Neymar top football trademark rankings; high-flying Leicester need to shore up their defence
Research conducted by World Trademark Review reveals the leading trademark filers in the football world, with FC Barcelona, AC Milan and Manchester United topping the list. It also demonstrates that Leicester City a team that shocked the football fraternity by winning the Premier League title two months ago do not yet have a trademark portfolio that matches its newfound success; although a club spokesperson tells us that it has plans to change that.
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.
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.
In this update, the World Trademark Review editorial team present some of the highlights from the second jam-packed day of the 2016 INTA Annual Meeting, including novel approaches to trademark enforcement, a chilling reminder of the link between counterfeiting and terrorism, how the ongoing US election campaign is affecting IP in some countries and why the Japan Patent Office has not accepted any of the 477 applications for colour trademarks that it has received so far.
Orlando is currently packed to the rafters with trademark lawyers attending INTA’s 2016 Annual Meeting. World Trademark Review reporters Tim Lince, Jacob Schindler and Cassie Lam present some of their highlights from the first full day of the event, including what Taylor Swift can teach us about personal branding, IP anecdotes featuring Harry Potter, Vox Populi's latest '.sucks' INTA marketing stunt and observations from an INTA newbie.
The 2016 INTA Annual Meeting has well and truly begun, and as event co-chairs Peter Dernbach and Rick McMurtry confirmed at today’s opening ceremonies, it is the organisation’s biggest ever. Further analysis of attendance data reveals a sharp rise in corporate attendees compared to last year’s Annual Meeting in San Diego, with many of the world’s biggest brands bringing more counsel this year.
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