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In the wake of yesterday’s announcement that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations have been completed, it has emerged that an exemption in the ISDS mechanism for tobacco products has been agreed. While a blow to plain packaging opponents, the battle over the TPP is far from over.
Donald Trump, adult domain names and the battle over the Kit Kat shape all feature in our most-read blogs
While a story focused on the latest developments in the gTLD space was the most-read World Trademark Review blog last month, the top 10 ran the full gamut of trademark-related topics, touching on the worlds of politics, law, counterfeiting, the internet and marketing.
In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, Ambassador Iman Pambagyo, Indonesia’s deputy permanent representative to the WTO, has expanded on the country’s opposition to Australia’s plain packaging regime for tobacco products. He has also responded to allegations that Indonesia’s consideration of plain packaging for alcoholic products is a retaliatory move.
The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights has released its latest study into the economic cost of IP rights infringement, revealing that the clothing, footwear and accessories sector loses approximately 26.3 billion of revenue annually due to the presence of counterfeit products in the EU market. It is the related finding that government revenues are being hit to the tune of 8.1 billion annually that will resonate with law and policy makers.
The District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has delivered another blow to the Washington Redskins, denying Pro Football Inc’s challenge to the constitutionality of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act on the grounds that it violates the First Amendment and confirming that the REDSKINS marks should be removed from the USPTO’s principal register. However, Judge Gerald Bruce Lee was keen to emphasise that the team can continue to use the marks in commerce.
On September 1 2015 the British Virgin Islands’ new Trademarks Act 2013 and Trademarks Rules 2015 will come into effect. However, in some instances it will be advantageous for trademark owners to register marks in the jurisdiction now, rather than wait for the new regime to be implemented.
For our latest podcast, we focus on the issue of disparaging marks and speak to Simon Tam, founder of Asian American dance-rock band The Slants, and Anne Gilson LaLonde, author of Gilson on Trademarks, about the band’s efforts to secure a trademark registration for its name, and the wider implications of its battle.
Philip Morris has stepped up its battle against the UK’s decision to give the green light to plain packaging for tobacco products, filing suit in the English High Court and stating that the regime would violate EU trademark law. The move comes as, according to World Trademark Review sources, the World Trade Organisation prepares to hear oral arguments in the challenges against Australia’s plain packaging regime.
Earlier this week, we reported on a letter from Vox Populi Registry, the company behind ‘.sucks’, challenging the referral of the IPC's concerns over its pricing policies to the US Federal Trade Commission and Canada's Office of Consumer Affairs. In response, the president of the IPC has told WTR: “I for one do not intend to be muzzled”. Meanwhile, in DC a US Congress judiciary committee hearing has given stakeholders a forum to discuss the string.
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.
Last year we reported on calls for official publication of investigations into allegations against the serving director-general of WIPO, Francis Gurry, and disagreement over the firing of a WIPO staff member. Our story followed previous reports on the growing pressure for a full investigation of accusations of improper conduct levelled at Gurry by James Pooley, a deputy director general of the UN body. Our sister title IAM has reported on the latest developments in this dispute and called for an independent investigation into the charges.
This week The Washington Post’s Frances Stead Sellers spoke to linguistic expert Geoffrey Nunberg, who argued that linguistic analysis of big data could make an important contribution to analysis of when a term is also a slur. However, linguistics is just one dimension of the debate over the Washington Redskins team name, posing the question of whether trademark law, marketing considerations, social justice concerns, economics or political pressure will ultimately prove persuasive in the battle for change.
MARQUES has slammed proposals to introduce three permanent new expenses in the OHIM budget, arguing that the move, being discussed as part of the European trademark reforms, represents “a distortion of the very nature of the fees paid by the users and risks reducing the well functioning of OHIM to the detriment of users”.
The UK government has today outlined measures to reform the groundless threats regime, responding to the proposals published by the Law Commission last year.
OHIM has published its Strategic Plan 2020: Guiding Principles and Outline, setting out its proposed vision for the next five years. Now is the time for users to have their say and time is running out to do so.
The Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) has released its 2015 GIPC International IP Index, identifying those countries that are leading the pack in terms of IP protection, and those it feels could do much better.
Political pressure is building over the REDSKINS trademark with the introduction of new legislation designed to retroactively cancel any existing federal trademarks for the term. The move follows the recent Justice Department announcement that is to intervene in the lawsuit currently centred on the NFL team’s trademark.
The UK IPO has published the findings of its study into the IP implications of 3D printing, identifying a number of related concerns that brand owners should be addressing now.
Yesterday the Australian IP Office posted a warning to users that an entity named World Intelligent Property Office is sending unsolicited letters to the holders of international registrations and their representatives, inviting them to pay fees for registering/publishing their trademarks and using a similar name, logo, address and contact details to those of WIPO. This is just the latest in a spate of recent trademark solicitation mailings, illustrating the need for increased action.
India’s IPR Think Tank has made a series of recommendations designed to establish the country as, in the words of its proposed national slogan, ‘Creative India; Innovative India’. Making these plans a reality will require both political momentum and, crucially, significant funding.
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