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An Australian senator has led a protest, accompanied by a flock of sheep, against a trademark lawsuit initiated by Deckers Outdoor Corporation. The dispute focuses on the UGG brand of boots, with Senator Nick Xenophon arguing that the term should be protected as a geographical indication.
Previous Alibaba critic has positive words as e-commerce giant seeks removal of Taobao from notorious markets list
The public comments received by the US Trade Representative (USTR) in the run-up to this year’s Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets have been published, with Alibaba contending that none of its platforms engage in or facilitate counterfeiting. The USTR will make the final decision on whether any of its sites make the list, but the e-commerce giant will be heartened by the comments of a previously critical brand association, which expresses a more positive understanding of the challenges Alibaba faces.
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce that it will be hosting Brand Strategy China 2017 in Shanghai on December 7. This is a high-level knowledge-sharing event for professionals tasked with protecting the integrity and maximising the value of their brands in the region.
Brands offered “unique opportunity” to engage with Cambodian government to help shape country's IP system
In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, the goodwill ambassador for the Cambodian Counter Counterfeit Committee, Ainsley Jong, has called on international brands to engage with the Cambodian government to help shape the country’s brand protection environment. The invitation comes at a time of booming economic growth, with more companies expected to enter the market in the coming years.
Trademark-intensive industries across Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Peru account for 18.5 million jobs and $2,390 of value per capita a year, according to research commissioned by the International Trademark Association and Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property. For those working in such industries, salary premiums of up to 25% were observed.
Major initiative launches to combat illicit trade, aims to unite anti-counterfeiting and supply chain innovators
A new private sector initiative, the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade, was unveiled this week with a mandate to “stop the significant and growing economic and social damages caused by illicit trade”. Director General Jeffrey P Hardy told World Trademark Review that anti-counterfeiting efforts will be just one work stream, with the organisation aiming to foster a cross-sectorial effort against illicit trade in all of its guises.
The EU Commission has released its position paper on the treatment of IP rights after the United Kingdom completes its exit from the European Union. While a short document, it provides an important insight into the trademarks regime that EU negotiators want to work towards. However, some aspects could prove divisive.
Last week the US Patent and Trademark Office and Trademark Public Advisory Committee hosted a roundtable to strategise on how to tackle fraudulent solicitations. The in-depth discussion revealed details on how scammers go about duping consumers, and the inter-agency approach that will be required if this new ‘whac-a-mole’ challenge is going to be overcome.
A violation of the First Amendment: Supreme Court issues long-awaited decision on disparagement clause
The Supreme Court has handed down its long-awaited ruling in Matal v Tam, holding that the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. In a unanimous 8-0 opinion, the court states that “the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate’”. In response, the USPTO has confirmed to World Trademark Review that it plans to "issue further guidance" on how it will affect the examination of applications.
On Friday, President Trump unveiled his plans to re-adjust the policy of the United States towards Cuba, announced that he was “cancelling the last administration’s completely one-sided deal” with the country. The move has implications for trademark owners, although in many respects overall strategies shouldn’t change not least when companies are faced with third parties seeking to register their brands.
The Global Innovation Index 2017 has revealed the world’s most innovative countries. While the top 10 is comprised of the same jurisdictions as last year, high innovation performance among Sub-Saharan African countries, relative to development, is a notable trend. However, given the report's wide scope, the specific trademark lessons are limited.
After shock UK election result, possible shift in Brexit approach could have significant impact on trademarks
After last night’s unexpected results in the UK general election, which returned a hung parliament, the uncertain direction of the Brexit negotiations has become a hot political talking point across the continent. While positions will no doubt be carved out in the coming weeks, the likely knock-on effect for the trademark world is less clear than ever before.
After USPTO director's surprise resignation, the trademark credentials of her successor need to be considered
In a surprise move, Michelle Lee, director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, has resigned after four years in the role. The discussion over her replacement will no doubt focus on the patent background of potential candidates. However, it is important that trademarks are not lost in the mix.
Proposed changes to Singapore’s customs regime could aid counterfeiters “looking for enforcement gaps”
Time is running out for rights holders to have their say on proposed changes to the Singaporean customs regime. Designed to increase the country’s attractiveness as a transshipment hub, one industry expert has warned that the proposed amendments to the Customs Act could have the opposite effect, and create enforcement gaps that could be exploited by those engaged in counterfeiting and other illicit activities.
Often the busiest day for attendees, the Monday of the INTA Annual Meeting usually features a full schedule of meetings, sessions, table topics and receptions reaching a crescendo that often goes into the early hours of Tuesday. Trying to keep up with the rapid pace of activities, the World Trademark Review editorial team of Trevor Little, Joff Wild and Tim Lince report on the action.
Daily drama, fakes on the beach, keynote controversy and a canny crocodile: INTA 2017 day one report
The beautiful city of Barcelona is currently packed to the rafters with trademark experts attending INTA’s 2017 Annual Meeting. As ever, the World Trademark Review team is on the ground; reporters Trevor Little, Joff Wild and Tim Lince present some of their highlights and observations from the first full day of the event.
Unjustified threats overhaul receives royal nod, raises prospect of increased weak infringement allegations
With the UK Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act receiving royal assent, clarity on what can be said in pre-action correspondence relating to trademark disputes is a step closer. While the bill has been welcomed, one commentator has warned that the protection from liability afforded to legal advisers could lead to an increase in knowingly weak allegations of infringement.
The landmark emoluments lawsuit initiated by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington seeking to find the president in violation of the emoluments clauses of the Constitution has been updated to include the receipt of “gratuitous Chinese trademarks”. Specifically, the suit aims to link the granting of registrations to President Trump’s affirmation of the ‘One China’ policy.
Three months into his presidency, Donald Trump has revealed his nomination for IP enforcement coordinator. However, with the USPTO hit by a hiring freeze and uncertainty over the future leadership of the agency, the question of what impact his administration will ultimately have on trademarks and the IP ecosystem remains unanswered. So what do we know?
Pernod Ricard and Bacardi’s battle over HAVANA CLUB trademark erupts again after call for renewal U-turn
A bipartisan congressional delegation has called on the Trump Administration to reverse a US Office of Foreign Assets Control decision to grant a licence allowing Cubaexport to renew the HAVANA CLUB trademark registration in the United States. Slamming the licence as “misguided”, the group has catapulted the long-running dispute between Pernod Ricard and Bacardi back into the political arena.
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