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A letter, co-signed by 21 law professors and practitioners, has slammed the “expansive protections recently demanded by trademark owners”, which they argue “are inconsistent with basic propositions of trademark law”. In response, leading commentators have hit back at the “misleading and inaccurate” arguments made in the letter.
“Cure the disease, not the symptom” prominent critic calls for improved YouTube takedown process following questionable trademark claim
Popular video game critic Jim Sterling has sparked a fierce online debate about how companies allegedly abuse IP-reporting tools on YouTube to censor criticism. This follows developer STICLI Games filing a trademark takedown request on a video critical of one of its games, basing its grievance solely on a stipulation in its strict end user licence agreement.
New call made for plain packaging on high-calorie foods in a bid to fight “small devils in our brains”
A renowned neuroscience professor, unveiled this week as one of the co-winners of The Lundbeck Foundation’s Brain Prize, has stated that efforts need to be made to reduce the attractiveness of unhealthy foods. As the trademark community awaits the predicted fall of the next ‘plain packaging domino’, the focus appears to be shifting to foods and drinks that are high in sugar, fat and salt.
Revealed: full speaker line-up for this month’s Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle Europe conference
With the event just two weeks away, World Trademark Review is pleased to present the session-by-session speaking faculty for Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle Europe. A limited number of delegate places remain for the interactive event which focuses on the creation and exploitation of the value and economic potential that reside in strong brands.
The latest issue of World Trademark Review magazine is now available online to subscribers. In this issue, we undertook an ambitious research project to identify the IP offices around the world that are committed to exploring value-add non-core offerings for its users. The EU Intellectual Property Office topped the final ranking, reflecting its innovative suite of trademark tools and service.
New research conducted by the EUIPO and International Telecommunication Union has revealed that an estimated 45.3 billion ($52 billion) in revenue is lost annually to counterfeit trade in smartphones. Alarmingly for those in the sector, over a third of this revenue is lost in one country, China.
The submissions window for the ninth annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey, which takes the pulse of the industry, tracks industry trends and identifies how practice is evolving to counter new threats and exploit new opportunities, closes on Friday. Participation in the survey is free of charge and designed to give counsel both in-house and in private practice the opportunity to have their say on the state of the industry.
Sustainability is a critical component of brand value in Asia and Chinese companies are falling behind
Asian Correspondent announced the release of the inaugural edition of its CSR50 Index last week, with the new ranking intended to highlight the “environmentally-conscious companies” that have done the most to “promote sustainable practice within the Asia region” in the past year.
It’s that time of year when our sister title IAM invites the global IP community to make its nominations for the IP Hall of Fame’s annual intake. The latest members, selected from your nominees, will be formally inducted at IPBC Global 2017 in Ottawa, Canada, this June.
Leading e-sports players must take trademark protection seriously or risk losing ownership of their gamertags
The e-sports industry is growing at a rapid pace and its most successful professional teams are starting to form effective brand protection strategies. However, two IP lawyers in the space warn that many individual players are ignoring the risks posed by the failure to protect their gamertags.
A study by cybersecurity firm PhishLabs indicates that the volume of phishing attacks grew by almost one-third last year, with cloud storage brands set to overtake financial services as the top targets. Researchers also found that phishing perpetrators are increasingly turning to new gTLDs to dupe internet users.
Trump’s China trademark no big surprise, but in media frenzy one legal dimension has largely gone unreported
This week a trademark application was the subject of rare international media coverage after US President Donald Trump saw a TRUMP mark progress to registration in China. While much speculation has centred on whether the move represents an inexpensive way for China to curry favour with the president, from a legal perspective the registration is unsurprising. And while the focus has been directed at the political fallout from a president being granted such rights, other aspects are worth scrutiny for trademark experts.
The original deadline for INTA’s survey on the impact of new gTLDs on brand owners has been extended, with corporate members now having until Friday February 28 to submit their responses. The study is designed to provide empirical data on the real-world cost of the new gTLD programme on trademark protection and policing activities.
Law firm websites hacked due to WordPress exploit; expert warns of reputational risk of cyber security incidents
Over 100,000 websites were hacked into and defaced in the past fortnight following the discovery of an undisclosed critical vulnerability in the WordPress content management system. Research suggests that recently hacked parties included dozens of law firms, including those specialising in IP law. A security expert tells World Trademark Review that this type of incident can cause significant reputational damage for firms even potentially leading to the loss of clients.
Alibaba Group has taken a hard line against users that file false or misleading IP infringement complaints, claiming that 24% of all complaints it receives are deemed “malicious” and “a drain on the group’s efforts to stamp out counterfeits”. Highlighting its strong stance on the matter, it confirmed it had barred one company from lodging complaints due to repeated misuses of its complaints platform. However, one commentator claims that the problem is of the ecommerce giant’s own making.
India still languishes on US Chamber’s International IP Index, though government policy action earns praise
The US Chamber of Commerce’s Global IP Center has released the latest edition of its annual International IP Index, which ranks the IP systems of 45 countries that account for roughly 90% of world GDP.
There is still time to participate in this year’s Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. Conducted annually by World Trademark Review, 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.
Toll of counterfeiting and piracy predicted to top $2.3 trillion as call made for governments to do more
New research estimates that the global economic value of counterfeiting and piracy could reach $2.3 trillion by 2022, with job losses totalling in excess of 5 million. The research provides important data to policymakers. The challenge now is to ensure that they pay heed to it.
INTA president expects ‘evolution not revolution’ as the association looks to embrace the wider brand community
For the first World Trademark Review podcast of 2017, we speak to Joseph Ferretti, the new president of the International Trademark Association. In a wide-ranging interview, covering such topics as policy around brand restrictions and plain packaging, engagement with the ICANN world, the choice of future event locations and the association’s international expansion, he provides exclusive insight into the future positioning of the organisation.
The latest version of the Brand Finance Global 500, which identifies and ranks the world’s most valuable brands, has seen Google take the number one spot, with Apple dropping to second place after a five-year stint at the top. Despite a substantial jump in its brand value, Amazon.com remains in third place.
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