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Following European ‘trilogue’ discussions yesterday, the European Parliament, Council and Commission have announced a provisional agreement on the European trademark package, meaning that the reforms are a significant step closer to being realised. While many aspects have been welcomed by user associations, the lack of detail on crucial aspects means that the ‘thumbs up’ remains a tentative one.
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2015 WTR Industry Awards. Amongst the corporate teams featured on this year’s shortlist are those from adidas, Apple, BMW, Cencosud, Chanel, eBay, FIFA, GlaxoSmithKline, Google, Intel, Jaguar Land Rover, Kate Spade & Company, L'Oréal, Microsoft, Nike, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Twitter and Yum! Brands.
US Customs and Border Protection and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations have released their fiscal year 2014 intellectual property rights and seizure statistics, revealing a 5% drop in seizures. However, the figures shouldn’t be read as an indicator that the scourge of counterfeit goods is abating.
New research has found that nearly 10% of total sales of cosmetics and personal care products in the European Union are falling into the hands of counterfeiters.
Europol’s latest report, Exploring Tomorrow’s Organised Crime, looks at criminal activity in all its guises, but has plenty to say that will be of interest to trademark counsel. Worryingly, as organised crime gets less organised, the message for brand owners is clear: detection is about to get harder.
Following the online furore surrounding trademark applications filed by pop star Taylor Swift, our analysis of her IP strategy which sparked possibly the first trademark protest song was our most-read blog last month.
This week the Blacksmith Group launched the world’s first compact 3D printer that can also scan items into digitised models. The move represents another significant step in the rise of 3D printing, a technology that J Scott Evans, president of the International Trademark Association, predicts will be as revolutionary and innovative to trademark law as the Internet was in the 1990s.
The fifth edition of Pharmaceutical Trademarks A Global Guide, which provides trademark professionals with comprehensive guidance on the key issues involved in the protection, enforcement and marketing of pharmaceutical brands, is now available, and free to view, online.
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the launch of the first WTR podcast, in which we talk to J Scott Evans, 2015 president of the International Trademark Association, about all things brand - spanning new gTLDs, 3D printing, plain packaging for tobacco products and the need for the trademark community to accentuate the positive.
The 2015 edition of World Trademark Review 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals is now available online. As well as illustrating the depth of expertise available to brand owners as they seek to protect their brands, the guide serves as the definitive tool to locate the best trademark professionals worldwide.
As 2014 draws to a close and the World Trademark Review Daily email service prepares to take a short break, it’s a natural time to look back at the WTR blogs which received the most reads over the past 12 months.
The most-read story on the World Trademark Review blog last month (posted in October but making its second straight appearance in the monthly top 10) centres on the cease and desist letter sent by Instagram to an individual who registered ‘slutsofinstagram.com’, and our interview with the site owner over his unusual response.
There is still time to nominate the leading in-house trademark departments, groups and individuals for recognition at the 2015 WTR Industry Awards.
New research has suggested that those companies actively engaged in litigation and enforcement against counterfeit sellers are receiving a tangible payback for their efforts.
While the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s efforts against IP rights violations may not garner the same media coverage as its other enforcement activities, IP theft falls firmly under its white collar crime remit. Speaking at this week’s INTA Leadership Meeting in Phoenix, one agent expanded on why some reported violations lead to active cases and some don’t.
The most-read story on the World Trademark Review blog last month concerned a federal complaint filed by an app developer against Google. The complaint focused on the whack-a-mole phenomenon as it relates to trademark infringement in the app store environment. While a straight trademark dispute, our interview with the attorney raised the question of whether more needs to be done when operators are aware of repeated trademark infringements related to a particular term in their app stores.
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce that the nomination process for the 2015 WTR Industry Awards is now open.
Proving the link between trademarks and corporate innovation has been a challenge that the trademark community has grappled with for some time. In the latest edition of World Trademark Review, now available online to subscribers, we present the results of a major in-depth study of Community trademarks and Benelux trademarks which confirms a strong link between the two. In the latest edition we also speak to an attorney-adviser at NASA about how the organisation manages its portfolio of rights both on Earth and beyond and preview the findings of the 2015 edition of the WTR 1000.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has published research assessing how a range of major online platforms treat trademark complaints. While the overall results were positive, the picture remains incomplete and absent additional data means that the trademark bullying narrative continues.
Inaccuracy in WHOIS records has long been a concern for trademark owners and law enforcement agencies tasked with tackling domain name disputes and alleged infringement online. At this week’s ICANN meeting, the initial findings of a WHOIS pilot accuracy report have been revealed. There was also a call for brand owners to make their voices heard on future efforts to heighten WHOIS accuracy.
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