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“There are no shortcuts” study claims free trademark tools could be reason for rise in infringement (Blog)
A new study has found that a majority of trademark practitioners rely on free search tools when clearing marks, with a further claim that this growing reliance may be the cause for a rise in infringement. The research highlights the continuing budgetary pressures faced by practitioners, the ongoing improvement of free online search tools, and the increasing need for IP services companies to differentiate themselves from ever-more-sophisticated free alternatives.
Controversy over MeToo application, Myanmar IP overhaul, and California cannabis marks: news round-up (Blog)
In our latest news round-up we look at California accepting state-wide trademarks for cannabis-related goods and services, Myanmar moving a step closer to an IP overhaul, and a controversial trademark application seemingly linked to the MeToo movement. Coverage this time from Trevor Little (TL), Tim Lince (TJL), and Adam Houldsworth (AH).
More empathy needed in trademark enforcement, says café owner who labelled Coca-Cola a “corporate bully” (Blog)
A New Zealand café owner who hit the headlines after branding Coca-Cola a “corporate bully” has said that she felt “backed into a corner” when she received a threatening cease-and-desist letter late last year. Speaking to World Trademark Review about the potential lessons from her dispute with the multinational corporation, Claire Rientjes suggested that trademark owners show more empathy and take a cooperative approach when enforcing their rights against small businesses.
Alibaba on the offensive: warns brands not to trust Notorious Markets List, undecided on future cooperation (Blog)
Alibaba Group continues to talk tough in the wake of its online marketplace Taobao remaining on the Office of the US Trade Representative’s latest Notorious Markets List. Talking to World Trademark Review, an Alibaba spokesperson claims that brand owners should no longer trust the list and revealed that the company may not submit evidence for future reports.
Escobar ends Netflix feud, F1 logo issues, and brands warned of cryptocurrency cybersquatting: news round-up (Blog)
In our latest news round-up we look at the significant changes to Vietnam’s IP laws that came into force this week, a Russian state-owned company’s vodka triumph, how the Formula 1 rebrand may have hit a speed bump and a warning to brand owners over cryptocurrency-related cybersquatting.
Havana Club hostility, new UK IP minister, and General Mills 'logo trolls’ Kellogg’s: news round-up (Blog)
In our latest news round-up we look at the announcement of a new IP minister in the UK, INTA welcomes its new president, the latest development in the long-running Havana Club dispute, and the Vegas Golden Knights have addressed a trademark opposition by the US Army. Coverage this time from Trevor Little (TL) and Tim Lince (TJL).
Chinese brands rise, app store warning and K-pop fans furious over T-ARA trademark: news round-up (Blog)
In our latest news round-up, we look at a brand protection technology company closing a $12 million investment round, an author seeking registered trademark protection for a steamy National Hockey League team name, the EU Intellectual Property Office no longer accepting applications by fax and a new warning about brand misuse on app stores.
Trademark litigation slump continues; the law firms capitalising on dispute-related work revealed (Blog)
In November we reported that the decade-long downward trend in US trademark litigation actions showed no sign of correction. The latest tracker data from Lex Machina confirms that the slump continued in 2017, with the 3,782 cases filed representing a nine-year low. With competition for the litigation dollar intensifying, the data also reveals the firms which are leading the representation rankings.
More information about Gleissner trademark activity emerges as business owner voices frustration (Blog)
Business owners have spoken to World Trademark Review about their anger and confusion over the mysterious trademark activity of entrepreneur Michael Gleissner. One, who recently prevailed against Gleissner in a 16-month trademark dispute, claims that he has yet to be paid legal costs and calls on IP offices to address “malicious action against legitimate trademarks” urgently.
USPTO urged to address mobile issues, Malawi to establish national office, and bootleg fashion all the rage: news round-up (Blog)
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at the US Patent and Trademark Office being urged to improve its mobile capability, the new Trademarks Bill introduced in Malawi and the impending deadline to apply for the EU Intellectual Property Office’s top job.
“There’s a new sheriff in town”: LegalForce founder reveals motivation behind lawsuits against competitors (Blog)
LegalForce RAPC Worldwide, the firm behind Trademarkia, has initiated a number of lawsuits against competitor online trademark filings portals, with shareholder Raj Abhyanker telling World Trademark Review that “this is just the start”. With more litigation filings expected, he contends that the regulation he adheres to as a law firm is restricting his ability to operate on a level playing field with some competitors. As such, he argues that his end goal is a resolution that benefits the entire legal trademark profession.
IACC strikes new partnership, Shenzhen sets up IP court and US DOJ beefs up network: news round-up (Blog)
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at Tanzania's launch of a new online system for trademarks, the removal of Thailand from the Office of the US Trade Representative’s priority watch list, the US Department of Justice's expansion of its IP enforcement network and a former James Bond actor’s registered trademark protection for his name.
With 2017 in the rear-view mirror, the latest edition of World Trademark Review identifies 25 trademark industry developments and trends that you should be mindful of in the months and years ahead.
Google’s rising brand value, Gleissner’s filing drive, and Netflix’s “super classy” letter: our 2017 most-read list (Blog)
With 2017 drawing to a close, and the World Trademark Review Daily email service taking a short break, it’s time to take a look back at the stories which received the most reads from the past year. Our list includes the news that Google had wrestled the ‘Most valuable brand’ crown from Apple, analysis of a groundbreaking study that suggested trademark count is a better predictor of corporate innovation that patent numbers, and coverage of the savvy enforcement strategies being adopted by major brands.
Trump's USPTO nominee confirmed, victory for Louboutin, and significant changes at Nigerian IP registry: news round-up (Blog)
In our latest news round-up we report why Louboutin's red sole mark has been declared ‘well known’ by the Delhi High Court, consider upcoming changes at Nigeria’s registry of Trademarks, Patents and Design, and scrutinise research that reveals the power of colour in brand identity. Coverage this time from Trevor Little (TL), Tim Lince (TJL), and Adam Houldsworth (AH).
As the year draws to a close, World Trademark Review has decided to take a look back and identify the trademark personalities that have had a significant impact in 2017. Be it those who dominated the news agenda, influenced public dialogue or raised the profile of trademarks (for good or bad), a whole host of personalities both individuals and entities have hit the headlines this year.
Comic-Con infringement verdict gives hope to large brand owners facing jury trials, argues expert (Blog)
A jury in a US federal court has rejected claims that the COMIC-CON trademark has become generic, ruling that a Utah-based comic convention’s name infringes the mark owned by San Diego Comic-Con. Although the dispute has been billed as a major test case for questions surrounding genericide, one legal commentator suggests that it will have more of an “atmospheric” than precedential effect.
EUIPO doubles funding for IPC3, Poundland launches Twin Peaks and Birkenstock clashes with Amazon (again): news round-up (Blog)
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at the European Parliament’s document on IP issues related to three-dimensional printing, a landmark decision for Manuka honey protection and an IP lawyer calling for an improved IP system in Nigeria.
Lego clinches another IP victory, police powers for Moldovan IP office, and plain packaged political parties: news round-up (Blog)
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at the IP implications of the European Union and Japan’s finalised trade deal, the brands that are signing a major anti-counterfeiting declaration and another victory for Lego in China.
Startling new research from valuation firm Brand Finance has estimated that the spread of plain packaging to the beverage industry would result in close to $300 billion in brand value losses, with The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo among those with the most value at risk. The report warns that the true economic toll will likely be much higher and comes after a recent call for brands to take a stand against plain packaging.
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