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Alibaba on the offensive: warns brands not to trust Notorious Markets List, undecided on future cooperation
Alibaba Group continues to talk tough in the wake of its online marketplace Taobao remaining on the Office of the US Trade Representative’s latest Notorious Markets List. Talking to World Trademark Review, an Alibaba spokesperson claims that brand owners should no longer trust the list and revealed that the company may not submit evidence for future reports.
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has released the latest edition of its annual Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, in which it highlights marketplaces that it claims facilitate substantial intellectual property infringement. Alibaba Group's Taobao remains on the list, and in response, Alibaba has labelled itself “a scapegoat for the USTR to win points in a highly-politicised environment” and claims that it "not only met but dramatically exceeded" last year's recommendations.
New figures show that the US Trademark and Patent Office (USPTO) received over 440,000 new trademark applications in 2017, a rise of more than 13% year on year. Writing for World Trademark Review, USPTO Trademark Commissioner Mary Boney Denison has promised that a “substantial number” of examiners would be hired in 2018 to ensure that the office can handle the increase in application volume effectively.
IP technology company LawPanel has called on national trademark offices to develop software tools that open up data to third-party developers. In comments to World Trademark Review, the company’s chief financial officer claims that through the introduction of application programming interface-driven architecture, such innovation could “fundamentally change the working life of trademark attorneys”. However, he acknowledges that the challenge will be to convince all stakeholders to embrace such change and foresees an opportunity for the International Trademark Association to facilitate the process.
Business owners have spoken to World Trademark Review about their anger and confusion over the mysterious trademark activity of entrepreneur Michael Gleissner. One, who recently prevailed against Gleissner in a 16-month trademark dispute, claims that he has yet to be paid legal costs and calls on IP offices to address “malicious action against legitimate trademarks” urgently.
New research has examined how religious signs are increasingly used in trade, and revealed how misappropriation by nefarious sellers can be harmful to the identity and preservation of religious cultures. To that end, the study’s author tells World Trademark Review that governments “should do more” to protect religious signs and that religious organisations must engage in commercial activities in order to fight back against misappropriation.
Continuing our rundown of the trademark personalities of 2017, we look at the final selection of figures that have had a profound impact on the industry this year. Be it those who have influenced public dialogue or caused significant disruption (for good or bad), we have chosen the personalities both individuals and entities that we feel have defined the trademark news agenda in the last 12 months.
International applications at an all-time high as Asia and Africa experience sharp rise in trademark filings
The World Intellectual Property Organisation has released its latest report into global IP activity, revealing a significant rise in trademark filing activity. Most of the growth can be attributed to China’s continued domination of trademark filings, with both Asia and Africa accounting for a majority of the rise. World Trademark Review takes a deep dive into the data to uncover some of the key trademark trends.
As the year draws to a close, World Trademark Review has decided to take a look back and identify the trademark personalities that have had a significant impact in 2017. Be it those who dominated the news agenda, influenced public dialogue or raised the profile of trademarks (for good or bad), a whole host of personalities both individuals and entities have hit the headlines this year.
A warning to prepare for ‘no deal’: EUIPO issues Brexit notice as negotiations move to next stage (updated)
The UK government and the European Commission have announced that an agreement has been struck to move the Brexit negotiations on to trade discussions. The move, heralded as “hard won” after months of uncertainty, comes in a week when the EU Intellectual Property Office issued a notice clarifying the result of a ‘no deal’ scenario a move that one expert says should be seen as a “warning”.
The African Intellectual Property Office (OAPI) has launched a new programme in an ongoing effort to introduce and expand geographical indications (GIs) across its 17 member states. This is the first major project from OAPI’s new director general and could represent a significant step forward in the ability to register GIs in Africa.
“We need to be a true not-for-profit”: INTA to expand corporate social responsibility as CEO gets political
The International Trademark Association (INTA) has vowed to expand its corporate social responsibility activities and better communicate examples of its ethical conduct to address members' misconceptions. The announcement came at the launch of INTA’s latest conference in Berlin, with CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo highlighting the need for corporations and the association itself to adapt to the global backdrop of climate change, a major water crisis and large-scale population displacement.
A well-loved Canadian pastry company got entangled in a PR crisis this week over accusations of perceived trademark enforcement overreach. While the marketing team gave a canny response on social media which appears to have quelled most of the outcry, evidence suggests that the negative impact could have a lasting effect on the brand. It is another reminder of the risks of trademark enforcement and how practitioners must tread carefully in the age of social media.
Fighting fakes over the festive period: anti-counterfeiting activity steps up as shopping season begins
With Christmas less than a month away and Black Friday and Cyber Monday having kick-started the online shopping season, government agencies and associated organisations have stepped up their anti-counterfeiting messaging and enforcement efforts. Leading this push was yesterday’s announcement of the results of a joint action against websites selling counterfeit products facilitated by Europol and Interpol a move that saw a dramatic increase in seized domain names compared to previous years.
While consumers enjoy the low prices offered on Black Friday, the sales period is a significant challenge for trademark practitioners especially for protecting shoppers from online scams. Exclusive research looks at how well-known fashion and retail brands have utilised (or not) key new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), including ‘.blackfriday’ and ‘.shop’. We find that few brands are taking advantage of new gTLDs for marketing purposes and, unsurprisingly, numerous examples of cybersquatting and unusual examples of brand hijackings.
Boycotts, backlashes and Russian bots: Keurig crisis highlights challenge for brands in politically partisan times
It has been a particularly tumultuous week for coffee maker Keurig, with the hashtag BoycottKeurig trending on social media following the company’s public declaration that it was pulling advertising linked to a right-wing news pundit. As one expert tells us, the week’s events highlight the challenge that brands face at a time when partisan tensions are at an all-time high.
US trademark filings from China soar, but law firms struggle to capitalise amid warnings of suspicious activity
New data obtained by World Trademark Review has revealed a startling increase in trademark applications at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that originate in China. Despite this influx of new filings, our investigation highlights how new Chinese applicants are bypassing traditional law firms, with smaller organisations responsible for thousands of applications. The USPTO’s trademark commissioner also notes a “dramatic increase” in illegitimate Chinese filings this year with urgent calls for the office to take action against this “pervasive” problem.
81% of consumers believe “branding on products matters”, as Canadian scepticism of plain packaging highlighted
New research has revealed that eight out of 10 Canadian consumers believe that “branding on products matters” because it provides information and distinguishes goods from one another. The study also suggests that Canadians are sceptical about the introduction of standardised packaging for both tobacco and marijuana products although the government’s consultation paints a different picture of public opinion on the measure.
Thousands more trademarks linked to Michael Gleissner unearthed; leading in-house lawyer calls for action
An expanded investigation by World Trademark Review can reveal nearly 2,000 more trademarks linked to entrepreneur and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner. The total now spans over 4,400 marks across 38 jurisdictions worldwide. As the scope of Gleissner’s extensive filing operation widens, a leading in-house lawyer has called on IP bodies to offer guidance to brand owners affected by this unprecedented activity and to consider whether any action should be taken in response.
As Marks & Clerk battles copycat site, new data uncovers prolific rise of Chinese filers at the UKIPO
World Trademark Review has learned of a prolific filer of trademark applications at the UK Intellectual Property Office, operating under the name Champion Intellectual Property Management, which has copied the website of leading IP law firm Marks & Clerk. The discovery comes as new data reveals a UK filing spree on the part of previously unobserved Chinese entities with one expert warning that western firms are “looking in the wrong place” when seeking to attract the new wave of applications emanating from China.
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