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There is just over a week left to participate in the sixth annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. Conducted annually by WTR, the research project is designed to give counsel both in-house and in private practice the opportunity to have their say on the state of the industry, and build up a comprehensive picture of current trends and best practice.
There is still time to participate in the sixth annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. Conducted annually by WTR, the research project is designed to give counsel both in-house and in private practice the opportunity to have their say on the state of the industry, and build up a comprehensive picture of current trends and best practice.
January was a significant month in the online world, with the first new gTLDs exiting sunrise and becoming offered for public availability. Reflecting this, the top 10 list of most-read WTR blogs featured a number of gTLD-related stories with one quickly becoming the fourth most-read WTR blog of all time.
An ECJ ruling confirming that international trademarks that have effect in the European Union are subject to the genuine use requirements under Article 42(2) and (3) of the Community Trademark Regulation (207/2009) topped the list of most-read WTR Premium Updates in January, while decisions relating to Volvo, Steiff and Pinterest also featuring in the top 10.
WTR is calling on trademark professionals to contribute to the sixth annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. Participation in the survey is designed to give counsel both in-house and in private practice the opportunity to have their say on the state of the industry, and to build up a comprehensive picture of current trends and best practice.
Towergate Software has published data which reveals the US law firms most active in TTAB oppositions through 2013. The names are familiar but the resulting top ten lists based on the data build up a multi-layered picture of the oppositions landscape.
CPA Global has announced the acquisition of Nordic IP services provider Patrafee AB. Last year brought a flurry of buy-outs in the IP services sector and WTR understands that CPA Global is looking at other acquisition opportunities. A natural question for users to ask is whether a further wave of acquisitions will follow in the sector, and what impact this would have for trademark counsel.
The most-read WTR Premium Update in December focused on Ferrari’s successful action against an unofficial Ferrari owners' club. Elsewhere, analysis of a decision involving Puma’s leaping cat mark also proved broke into the top five.
As 2013 draws to a close and the WTR 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. Barring a late surge by other blogs, there was a clear winner in the ‘most read’ stakes.
The nomination window for the 2014 WTR Industry Awards closes in one week vote now to ensure that your clients, colleagues and peers receive the recognition they deserve.
The most-read WTR Premium Update in November 2013 noted that a major change to classification examination had come into force in the European Union.
WTR’s most-read blog in November considered new research suggesting that the launch of branded generic top-level domains (gTLDs) may start a decline in the number of brands relying on external social networks.
The UK government has taken what one opposition Member of Parliament terms “a U-turn on a U-turn” and announced a new independent review on the issue of standardised tobacco packaging. Coupled with legislation that would allow the government to bring forward regulations to introduce standardised packaging, plain packaging in the UK could be a reality by 2015.
This week the 60-day sunrise periods for seven new gTLDs officially opened. The strings represent the first Latin scripts open for registration in the new gTLD programme and, as such, sparked a spike in press coverage of new gTLDs as media outlets turned their attention to the availability of new strings. For trademark counsel who have not yet considered their tactics for the expanded space, it’s time to talk budgets.
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There is just two weeks left to nominate clients, colleagues and peers for recognition at the WTR Industry Awards 2014. Vote now to ensure that the work of today’s trademark heroes does not go unnoticed.
OHIM has today published detailed research revealing how European citizens view intellectual property. An important study, there are some concerning figures for trademark counsel, with 6% of the 26,500 individuals surveyed having bought counterfeit goods after being misled over the nature of the goods.
Damrong Maslae and his brother Damras are two independent Thai coffee vendors who have recently become caught up in what has been labelled a ‘David vs Goliath’ battle after their company Starbung was sued by Starbucks for trademark infringement. While the case has now been settled, it highlights the difficulties facing trademark counsel who are concerned that certain enforcement actions could lead to negative publicity.
Recent research suggests that online travel agencies are progressively bidding on internet search keywords that incorporate terms trademarked by hotel chains. The findings highlight the pressure on brand owners to monitor increasing online uses of their trademarked terms by third parties.
The UK High Court’s decision that Zynga's 'Scramble With Friends' word game for mobile devices does not infringe the SCRABBLE trademarks of the world's largest toy manufacturer is the latest court victory for the social games company. Zynga appears to be aggressively policing its trademark rights and its increased proactivity has coincided with a rally in the company’s share price. While a clear link between the two is hard to evidence, the relationship between IP protection and business success should not be underestimated.
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