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European Commission unveils plans for IP Market Watch List, a major new tool in the fight against fakes
The European Commission has presented a series of measures designed to ensure that IP rights are better protected, in a bid to spur innovation and creativity in EU-based companies. The package of initiatives includes plans for a watch list similar to the Office of the US Trade Representative's Notorious Markets List, providing brand owners with a new tool for pressuring physical and online actors to do more to fight the trade in counterfeits around the world.
MARQUES has laid out a series of recommendations for the treatment of IP rights in a post-Brexit world. In addition to calling for the harmonisation of rights to continue, it expressed frustration over the UK government’s “complete silence” on the issue and the absence of exploratory discussions between the UKIPO and EUIPO.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has come under fire for excluding the full community in its exploration of the General Data Protection Regulation’s impact on the WHOIS system. ICANN stated that the regulation could affect its ability to maintain a single global WHOIS system, and this week two generic top-level domains withdrew public access to registrant information. Trademark counsel should follow the issue closely, as it could lead to the end of WHOIS in its current form and the ability to identify easily (and cost-effectively) the owners of infringing domains. Whatever the outcome, policing activities are set to harden.
António Campinos, executive director of the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), has been elected as the next president of the European Patent Office (EPO). He will serve a five-year term from July 1 2018. Speculation is already mounting about his possible replacement in the EUIPO top spot, with a source telling World Trademark Review that his move to the EPO has been regarded as a fait accompli for some time.
In just under a week, the second swathe of provisions resulting from the EU reforms package will go live. Practitioners and applicants should be aware of a number of changes not least the axing of the graphical representation requirement for EU trademarks and, with it, the introduction of the ‘multimedia mark’.
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.
Exclusive data compiled by World Trademark Review has revealed the top corporate and representative filers at the EU Intellectual Property Office for the year to June 2017. L’Oréal sits in top spot, with a number of Asian technology brands close behind. While international brand powerhouses continue to utilise European-wide protection, the office experienced volatility in filing levels last year, which it attributed in part to the Brexit vote.
Positive news for luxury brands as advocate general paves way for tighter control of online distribution
In an opinion on a case before the European Court of Justice, Advocate General Wahl has stated that a supplier of luxury goods may prohibit authorised retailers from selling its products on third-party platforms such as Amazon or eBay. If the opinion is followed by the court, it will significantly strengthen the ability of luxury brands to control the exclusivity and market placement of their products.
World Trademark Review is seeking user views on the EU Intellectual Property Office’s operations and performance levels in the past 12 months, as well as perspectives on some of the bigger issues impacting European trademark practice. The survey closes on Wednesday (19 July) so act now to have your voice heard.
As EUIPO navigates volatile filing environment, research project aims to measure performance and user sentiment
This month, the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) published its 2016 Annual Report, which noted that demand for European trademarks and designs is expected to be volatile going forward. This comes at a time when the office has experienced a significant and growing workload, and is wrestling with a new financial reality. Against this backdrop, filers are being invited to participate in World Trademark Review’s annual EUIPO user survey.
ECJ delivers blow to Rubik’s Cube; fears raised that decision paves the way for increased counterfeits
The European Court of Justice has handed down its long-awaited decision on the Rubik’s Cube 3D mark, annulling the EU Intellectual Property Office decision which confirmed registration of the shape in question as an EU trademark. The company has characterised today’s decision as “a damaging precedent”; while one legal commentator, who regards the decision as “bad news” for both brand owners and consumers, warns that it could pave the way for an increase in knock-offs and counterfeits on the market.
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The European Court of Justice has ruled that posting a hyperlink to works protected by copyright and published without the author’s consent does not automatically constitute a ‘communication to the public’, as long as the person posting the link does not seek financial gain and acts without knowledge that those works have been published illegally.
The EU IP Office and Europol have joined forces to launch the IP Crime Coordinated Coalition, which will provide operational and technical support to law enforcement agencies. The move comes shortly after a new study revealed the diversity of business models being used by infringers online.
The latest polls indicate that a British exit or Brexit could be the result of the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership. The impact of such a vote on the trademark community has not featured in the political debate. Yet if next week’s vote comes down in favour of Brexit, there will be significant implications for trademark owners and law firms.
This week the EU Intellectual Property Office released both its 2015 annual report and its Strategic Plan 2020. The former reveals that trademark applications at the office jumped by 11% last year. However, as the strategic plan notes, while demand is not expected to lessen any time soon, the office faces a number of financial challenges as it seeks to maintain service levels.
The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that the new EU directive on tobacco products is valid, meaning that the extensive standardisation of packaging, the future EU-wide prohibition on menthol cigarettes and upcoming special rules for electronic cigarettes are lawful. However, tobacco industry commentators have hit back, arguing that the ruling does not necessarily give the green light to plain packaging.
The good, the bad and the stubborn: study highlights challenge posed by attitudes towards fake goods
The EUIPO has released new research into attitudes to piracy and counterfeiting among young consumers. The research, which comes in at 248 pages, contains a wealth of information but not all of it is easy reading for those tasked with winning over hearts and minds in the fight against counterfeit goods.
Yesterday OHIM closed its doors, to allow time for staff to install the necessary system upgrades to adapt the website and its online application tools in light of the requirements of EU Regulation 2015/2424. Today the office re-opened for business, albeit with a new identity.
With the first changes due to take effect in less than three weeks, in the latest episode of the World Trademark Review podcast we talk to a range of industry experts on what counsel should be doing now to prepare for the new EU trademark regime.
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