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Chanel takes eBay seller to court, Richemont pulls ‘.brands’, and STORMY DANIELS mark refused: news round-up
In our latest news round-up, we look at the World Cup teams fined for displaying unauthorised commercial branding, the Philippines IP Office expanding its trademark application fee waiver program, the EPO and EUIPO’s event to improve the IP ecosystem, and the most trustworthy brands according to young people.
In our latest round-up, we look at how there has been a worldwide flurry of trademark applications for the name of the deadly nerve agent Novichok, Kenya is stepping up its anti-counterfeit efforts, Cornish pasties are getting a new authentication scheme and in the run-up to England’s World Cup semi-final match a UK gift shop has filed a trademark application for the term “it’s coming home”.
Millionaire and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner has lost another opposition decision at the UK Intellectual Property Office, this time for the term TRUMP TV. Of particular note is the scathing language used by the hearing officer, with the entrepreneur blasted for having “a disdainful disregard for the opposition costs of the other side” and was ordered to pay £15,000 to a company related to US President Donald Trump.
Brazil IP Office shuts for World Cup game, role of testosterone in brands, and Kitty Pryde owns X-Men mark: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at trademark application filings at the USPTO rising significantly in the first half of 2018, INTA looking to the leaders of tomorrow, the world’s first bank-grade QR code solution for fighting fakes, and how consumers overestimate their ability to spot counterfeit watches online, and much more.
T-ARA trademark refused, Japanese toymakers fight fakes and the cost of defending plain packaging: news round-up
In our latest edition, we look at MBK Entertainment's trademark application for T-ARA being refused following an earlier controversy, India’s largest consumer goods company turning up the heat on infringers, how to avoid genericism, the decline in electronic counterfeits reports and Nominet reveals ‘.uk’ dispute statistics.
More evidence of the economic benefits of trademark ownership has emerged, with new research from the US Patent and Trademark Office revealing that registered trademark protection helps companies to grow, employ more people and innovate. Along with a slew of similar research findings to surface in recent months, the study reinforces efforts to communicate the benefits of trademark rights; not only to businesses, but to consumers and policy-makers.
In a landmark ruling, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has upheld Australia’s tobacco plain packaging regime as being consistent with the WTO’s trade obligations. The response has been mixed. While the Canadian Cancer Society has told World Trademark Review it gives a “big boost” to plain packaging momentum, INTA has voiced its disappointment and is regrouping on the issue.
Positive ‘Swissness’ results, IACC and EURid partner up, and the first family of counterfeit hunting: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at a new law in China that could boost the fight against fakes, a comedian seeking over $100 million in trademark infringement damages, a leaked email revealing “efforts to trademark Clean Meat”, and the Kenyan government announcing a new anti-counterfeiting crackdown on online e-commerce platforms.
Justice Anthony Kennedy of the US Supreme Court announced his imminent retirement on Wednesday, meaning that US President Donald Trump will now have a second opportunity to nominate a justice. With the prospect of a more right-thinking Supreme Court bench, leading IP attorneys are split over what it means for trademark cases.
Trump administration tariffs “could help legitimise fake goods”: trade associations join up to sound alarm bells
A number of major US trade associations have joined forces to send a letter to two members of the House Ways and Means Committee warning that the Trump administration’s recent trade tariffs are having a harmful effect on the battle against counterfeit goods. The strongly worded letter, seen by World Trademark Review, claims that the tariffs place “significant barriers on the fight against harmful fakes” and calls for an urgent rethink.
At this week’s ICANN meeting in Panama, the Government Advisory Committee heard from rights holders who have faced significant enforcement challenges following the enactment of the GDPR. Among the concerns of brand owners are the difficulties in investigating potential infringement, the lack of response to legitimate data access requests and registers not engaging with the UDRP process.
Brexit concerns raised, parody Trump Hotel sparks IP debate, and Jaden Smith in trademark suit: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we take a look at the 'chocolate crisis' in Belgium due to fake and misleading confectionery products, how brands are embracing robot influencers, an insight into combating malicious imposters and how Chinese customs have stopped another load of World Cup counterfeits.
Data from CompuMark has revealed the leading trademark filers at the USPTO last year. In previous years, the top filer has been a major company, but in 2017 it was a New York-based doctor who filed over 300 marks at the USPTO. We spoke with the representative behind these marks, as well as a CompuMark expert who suggests that “trademark league tables might not be dominated by large corporations in the future”.
Cuba issues first consumer protection rules, IHOB “a flop”, and cost of a country rebrand: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Alibaba and Kantar teaming up to redefine brand building in China, how the trademark in fake Italian goods costs Italy billions, Ukraine developing an institution of IP inspectors, and a hip-hop artist has been ordered to pay $2 million for infringing on an independent rapper’s trademark.
As Canada legalises marijuana, research finds majority of Canadians want branded packaging for cannabis products
The Canadian parliament has passed legislation which will allow the recreational use of marijuana nationwide. The law could pave the wave for hundreds of new brands, and a new survey suggests that two-thirds of consumers in Canada would prefer branded rather than generic or plain packaging for this new market of marijuana products.
Opportunities, values and a proportional response: six enforcement tips from award-winning in-house experts
Over the past week, World Trademark Review has been publishing a series of exclusive interviews with this year’s WTR Industry Award winners, presenting exclusive insight into the creation and protection of market-leading brands.
Toys-R-Us brand auction, EUIPO targets scammers and China’s crackdown on World Cup fakes: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Harry Potter fans' upset at cease-and-desist letters related to fan festivals, the Benelux trademark reform that has come into force, how China is cracking down on World Cup fakes and the changing value of food brands.
ICANN steps up GDPR clarity bid, Squire Patton Boggs resolves China dispute, and insights from ECTA 2018: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at various insights from ECTA’s 37th annual conference, Squire Patton Boggs resolving a dispute in China over use of its name and related domain name, a potential disagreement between Jack Daniel’s and a Chambord estate, the Financial Times winning a trademark dispute, and how domain registrations for sports betting are on the rise.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway in Russia today, and major brands sponsors and non-sponsors alike have already kicked off efforts to benefit from the buzz surrounding the tournament. Meanwhile, the authorities have commenced policing for infringement, with the Federal Antimonopoly Service having initiated cases centred on the misuse of FIFA’s marks.
Levi’s labelled trademark bully, Swiss shop holds IHOB mark and call for independent Rwandan IP office: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at why Levi’s is accused of being “one of the world’s biggest trademark bullies”, the South African health minister's plea for plain packaging on tobacco products, the calls for an independent, standalone IP office in Rwanda and the sale of Nine West Holdings' intellectual property.
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