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Kit Kat blow, Comey trademark abandoned, and Russian IP office pledges blockchain support: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at the Advocate General’s latest Kit Kat decision, INTA’s call for more research on illicit trade, Liverpool Football Club embroiled in a dispute, strong start for the ‘.app’ new gTLD, and advice on building a fashion retail brand in 2018.
“Generic drug-making is a fast-track business”: Sandoz trademark head reveals approach to IP management
For the latest in World Trademark Review’s series of interviews with WTR 300-listed corporate counsel, we met up with David Lossignol, INTA’s president-elect and global head of trademarks for Sandoz. He explained how he overcomes the challenges of managing pharmaceutical brand rights across many jurisdictions and addressed the growing threat of brand restrictions.
The formation of a new brand safety network that will enable agencies to share information when brands appear next to objectional content has been unveiled by 4A’s. However, a commentator we spoke to had doubts about the impact these efforts will have.
Groundbreaking paper suggests neuroscience could transform trademark strategies both inside and outside the courtroom
A new research paper foresees a future in which brain scans fundamentally transform the current understanding of trademarks. The paper, released last month, predicts that so-called 'neuromarks' a neural map unique to each brand could become crucial sources of evidence in trademark disputes and provide a biological baseline for the basic questions at the heart of trademark law.
Nepal launches collective tea mark, HP ramps up anti-fakes efforts and new CITMA president: news round-up
Every Tuesday and Friday, World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In our latest edition, we look at the election of a new president at CITMA, how HP is stepping up its anti-counterfeiting outreach, Sri Lanka’s plans to ban colour on cigarette branding and a decision on ownership of the BLACK FRIDAY mark.
The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party has written to ICANN to provide guidance on its proposed interim model for ensuring that the treatment of WHOIS data is compliant with the GDPR. While welcoming ICANN’s efforts to date, it raised a number of concerns with the proposed approach and did not address the request for a moratorium on enforcement.
Trademark trolls in Canada? Data reveals rise in “suspicious” applications are nearly all related to millionaire Gleissner
There have been recent reports of a steep rise in so-called 'trademark trolls' in Canada, following fears that the impending overhaul of the Canadian Trademarks Act could lead to an increase in nefarious activity on the register. However, new research suggests the vast majority of the “suspicious” applications over the past year are related to notorious trademark filer Michael Gleissner leading to calls for the Canadian IP Office to “take action”.
How the legal profession underutilises paralegals: exclusive interview with Deborah Hampton of Chemours
In the latest of our series of exclusive interviews with leading, WTR 300-ranked in-house professionals, The Chemours Company’s Deborah Hampton reflects on the underutilisation of paralegals in trademark management and about her approach to stewarding the company’s global brand rights. Crucially, she contends that companies often underestimate the substantive work that paralegals can undertake and are missing out on unique insights into brand management.
Call for more robust online RPMs, Alibabacoin hits back and getting legal advice from a robot: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at a trademark infringement lawsuit involving much-loved US TV sitcom I Love Lucy, the experts calling for more robust rights protection mechanisms, how Alibabacoin is hitting back at the Alibaba lawsuit and how the Smiley trademark owner is targeting the Indian market.
Half of companies have lost revenue to online counterfeits, as darknet infringement predicted to rise
New research from MarkMonitor reveals that almost half of the companies it surveyed had lost sales revenue to online counterfeits. Equally worrying was the finding that almost a third had no online brand protection plan in place. Despite increasing infringement levels, cost and resources continue to prove elusive for those keen to fight fakes and that situation is unlikely to improve any time soon.
Trump, Brexit and Korean reunification: the political issues weighing on the minds of trademark practitioners
New research from World Trademark Review has revealed the key political issues that trademark counsel say could significantly impact enforcement efforts, both now and in the future. Leading the way are the policies of US President Donald Trump, the potential implications of the UK’s exit from the European Union, and the possible reunification of the two Koreas.
Tim Hortons brand reputation slides, brand name tattoos, and The Weeknd in Starboy dispute: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at how fonts should be front-of-mind when looking at a brand’s image, the significant number of brands who now conduct influencer marketing, musician The Weeknd’s trademark dispute over a STARBOY trademark application, and a survey which reveals the number of consumers that would get a brand name permanently tattooed on their body.
“Flat is the new increase”: Adobe’s J Scott Evans on budget management, trademark risks and the future of WHOIS
J Scott Evans has managed brand rights for a number of high-profile, high-tech companies such as Yahoo! and now Adobe Systems as well as serving as the 2015 president of INTA. As part of our ongoing series of interviews with WTR 300-featured corporate trademark counsel, we spoke to him about his work as director of trademark and advertising law at Adobe Systems, as well his thoughts on the challenges created by budget cuts, the importance of risk management, and the future of the WHOIS database.
Counterfeits in Casablanca, Kuwait upgrades online filings, and legal blow for Lindsay Lohan: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at a warning about counterfeit make-up in China, Alibaba launching legal action against a cryptocurrency company, and Moroccan city Casablanca being labelled the “Eldorado of counterfeiting”.
An exclusive guest analysis on the implications of last month’s announcement that China’s patent and trademark offices will merge. Two experts from Chang Tsi & Partners claim the move should be seen by trademark practitioners as a positive, with increased remedies and enhancements to IP enforcement and the prospect of more reliable rights in China.
Australian trademark law amendments, WHOIS fears, and EUIPO launches anti-counterfeit prize: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look the end of a heated legal dispute over an Icelandic chant, fears increase of future WHOIS access, Major League Soccer confirms it won’t trademark the name of a Los Angeles team rivalry, and the Australian government has published a draft version of an IP law amendment bill.
Cooperation, imagination and perseverance: insights into Western Digital’s global brand protection efforts
Cynthia Tregillis, vice president of global brand protection and trademarks at Western Digital Corporation, was brought on board to establish the company’s trademark group from scratch in late 2012. Starting off as the digital storage company’s sole brand protection attorney, she has subsequently presided over the expansion of the organisation’s in-house trademark team and spearheaded its global anti-counterfeiting efforts.
A trademark application for the term SERIAL, filed by the creators of the popular podcast of the same name, has been refused by the TTAB. The decision comes as research by World Trademark Review reveals that many of the most popular podcasts, including The Joe Rogan Experience, Welcome to Night Vale and Chapo Trap House, have not secured registered trademark protection.
BARCELONA collective mark rejected, battle for Prudential name and Philippines fakes crackdown: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at the Philippines government's pledge to crackdown on counterfeit goods, Scotch Whisky legal dispute figures, the rejection of the BARCELONA collective mark and a national IP office’s anti-fakes video featuring a naked man atop a tortoise.
A number of industry associations including INTA, CITMA, ECTA and MARQUES have teamed up to publish a joint statement on the Brexit negotiations. The paper signals that the user community is not yet ready to accept the European Commission’s recently published withdrawal agreement as the last word when it comes to the future treatment of trademarks.
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