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Following a wave of media coverage and a developer community outcry over its attempts to prevent others from using CANDY with respect to online games, King, publishers of the popular game Candy Crush Saga, has filed to abandon its CANDY trademark at the USPTO. While the move is being characterised as the prevailing of common sense, for King there are some distinct pluses to come out of the furore.
For decades universities, like their commercial counterparts, have been expanding their trademark portfolios, with the $4.6 billion industry for licensed merchandise an important revenue stream. However, one academic sector voice has accused such higher education institutions of misusing trademark law, going too far in a bid to create licensing revenue.
The latest issue of World Trademark Review is now available online to subscribers in PDF and digital edition formats. The cover story presents exclusive analysis of the 2014 Brand Finance Global 500, which identifies the world’s most valuable brands. For the first time, the methodology incorporates a trademark audit, allowing counsel to correlate their efforts directly to the bottom line.
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.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative’s latest Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets report, which identifies both online and physical marketplaces engaging in commercial-scale IP infringement, has been published. Designed to help the United States and foreign governments to prioritise enforcement of intellectual property rights, the report serves as useful reminder of some key physical markets that brand owners may wish to police.
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.
A trademark battle between a UK comedy club and an international entertainment studio has been ruled on by the High Court of England and Wales. While initially daunted by the prospect of taking on such a battle, the comedy club owner told WTR that confusion on social media proved important when evidencing confusion.
In December, WTR asked whether AdWord disputes could be back on the litigation agenda after UK cosmetics company Lush took Amazon to the High Court of England and Wales, claiming trademark infringement in a dispute centred on search terms. While this week’s decision in the case was fact-specific, it offers some important guidance on online advertising practices and could impact how retailers use related trademarks in instances where they don’t actually stock a particular brand.
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.
The new era of cybersquatting appears to have begun, with reports suggesting that cybersquatters have wasted no time in grabbing brand-related domains in newly-released gTLD strings. For trademark counsel, the policing challenge is very much alive.
The decision of the ECJ in Blomqvist v Rolex SA (Case C-98/13), issued this morning, could significantly enhance the rights of trademark owners to seize goods. However, its true impact will only become apparent when national courts apply the theory to the facts.
The second edition of the GIPC International IP Index, conducted by the US Chamber of Commerce, provides a snapshot of 25 countries’ IP environments and is targeted at policy makers. While an interesting read, there are no real surprises in the country rankings. However, the document does provide clues as to the governments that may come under renewed political pressure to improve their trademark regimes.
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.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has charged four individuals for their alleged roles in piracy groups engaged in the illegal distribution of copies of copyrighted Android mobile device applications, the first time it has charged members of a mobile device app piracy group. It is positive that the DOJ is alive to potential infringement in this arena, but the problem is not a new one and the sheer scope of app infringement is set to rocket.
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.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes has arguably never been more popular. From CBS’s Elementary, to recent Hollywood blockbusters and the BBC’s hugely successful Sherlock, the world has gone mad for the fictional super sleuth. However, a recent dispute over the SHERLOCK trademark is one that counsel and rights owners should follow with interest if considering whether to trademark a title.
Content-sharing social network Pinterest begins 2014 with the prospect of being forced to change its name in Europe in order to resolve a trademark dispute with British start-up Premium Interest. Whatever the outcome of its dispute, it remains a site for trademark counsel to monitor, especially given its latest acquisition.
It has been reported by several media outlets that the key to fashion designer Stella McCartney’s victory in a trademark dispute against a Chatswood-based cosmetics company and subsidiary of Melilea International was that the mark would cause confusion when said in a “lazy” Australian accent. While this is perhaps a novel argument, according to one commentator it is a bit of a red herring.
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