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A team of academics have launched a project to bring scientific rigour to trademark infringement cases, including the development of a computer tool to objectively calculate the ‘similarity score’ between brand names.
Numerous developments have occurred on the Darknet in recent months that brand owners and trademark counsel should be aware of.
A trademark application has been filed at the Benelux Trademarks Office for ‘Je suis Charlie', the slogan adopted by supporters of free speech and freedom of expression in the wake of last week’s Charlie Hebdo magazine massacre in Paris. As World Trademark Review has previously reported, trademark filings following tragic events is not uncommon, but this represents a different approach to those we have covered before the attempted acquisition of a high-profile slogan which has a positive message at its core.
gTLD operator ‘.xyz’ has withdrawn a press release that highlighted a number of brand name-related domain names that were being “released to the public”. The removal followed enquiries from World Trademark Review about the motivation for using trademark terms and highlights the challenge facing those marketing gTLDs to brands.
It should be a time of Christmas cheer, but the brand protection challenge over the upcoming festive period will likely intensify rather than abate. James Corlett, senior manager of legal at fashion brand Karen Millen, offers some pointers on how brands can ensure that monitoring efforts continue while also giving overworked in-house staff a breather.
World Trademark Review looks at the state of 3D printing today, including the size of the market, its projected growth and the numerous IP concerns of brand owners.
A British charity’s dispute with a far-right political party over the use of the red poppy image highlights both the difficulties facing cause-related not-for-profits when their message is politicised and how trademark law could come to the rescue.
The iconic fashion brand, best known for its red-soled high heel shoes, has demonstrated the benefits of making consumers an ally in the fight against fake goods, revealing that thanks to its online initiative Stopfake it is receiving 200 counterfeiting tip-offs a week.
The tension between allowing fans to interact with a brand and harnessing control of corporate identity has only been exacerbated by the rise of social media, with a dispute between Ferrari and two fan page creators just the latest in a line of disputes. For trademark counsel, the key takeaway relates to the scope of partnership agreements.
A federal complaint filed by an app developer against Google focuses on the whack-a-mole phenomenon as it relates to trademark infringement in the app store environment. The attorney representing the app developer tells World Trademark Review that more needs to be done when operators are aware of repeated trademark infringements.
(This article has been updated the new information is italicised at the end of the article) The decision by the UK's Passport Office to reject a passport application because the applicant's signature, which reads 'L Skywalker', infringed a trademark is an unusual incident, and throws up the issue of how stringently passport examiners check trademarks.
Considering what has been described as the “unspoken challenge” of the music industry and other entertainment sectors, one commentator has called for more to be done to help consumers differentiate between official and unofficial goods after research suggested that a significant proportion of branded music merchandise on Amazon is the latter - or just plain counterfeit.
We take a look at the World Customs Organisation’s (WCO) second Illicit Trade Report, which revealed that Nike and Apple are the world's most counterfeited brands, and offer a big-picture look at counterfeiting trends across the globe.
WTR takes a look at which fake brands and products consumers have been proactively searching for using the Google search engine.
The anxiety that 3D printing could lead to a new front in the war against counterfeiting and trademark infringement has increased exponentially this year, and new innovations could ease those worries but there is still much to be done.
The Wimbledon Tennis Championship kicked off this week, and compared to the continuing World Cup in Brazil and the previous Olympics event in London, trademark policing around the event appears to be significantly lower key.
Yesterday’s REDSKINS decision has been reported by at least 1,400 news outlets globally, with many declaring it as a “landmark” decision that will have serious IP and even free speech implications in the United States. However, much of the coverage has been subject to hyperbole and misunderstanding.
The scourge of trademark solicitation scams shows no signs of abating despite industry efforts to clamp down. The ongoing battle to tackle fraudsters, who often create sophisticated disguises that look similar to official IP offices, has been fragmented to date, but a new weapon entered the fray on Monday with the creation of OHIM’s Anti-Fraud Network.
The ruling by the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property that three mobile phone carriers are infringing on the trademark of competitor iFone in regards to their use of ‘iPhone’ in advertising materials provides some concrete takeaways for counsel.
An ongoing case in the US, between yogurt company Chobani and business consultant Dov Seidman, may appear to be a pretty typical trademark dispute, but a key piece of the legal filing highlights the need to tread carefully on social media and to ensure that marketing is on the same page.
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