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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 programme, the EPO and EUIPO’s event to improve the IP ecosystem, and the most trustworthy brands according to young people.
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.
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.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has today issued its decision in Louboutin v Van Haren Schoenen BV (Case C-163/16), ruling that it cannot be held that a sign consists of a shape where the registration did not seek to protect that shape but rather sought to protect the application of a colour to a specific part of a product. The move has been welcomed by the fashion house, which notes it strengthens the protection of the company’s red soles mark.
The EUIPO has released a new report, compiling research since 2013, to present a comprehensive and updated picture of the scope and impact of IP rights infringement in the European Union.
Bayer retires Monsanto brand, cocky trademark struck down and Nigeria kit attracts counterfeiters: news round-up
In our latest news round-up, we look at the World Cup football kit which has attracted a scourge of fakes, why Bayer has decided to retire the Monsanto brand name, how Kenzo is prevailing in a trademark lawsuit and how the Kenya Revenue Authority is destroying millions worth of fake alcohol, among other things.
Two trade associations in the United States have spoken publicly about their concerns over the Trump administration’s recent steel and aluminium tariffs on the European Union. Talking to World Trademark Review, a representative for one of those associations claims targeting trade allies rather than partnering with them “weakens” the ongoing battle against the scourge of fake goods.
USPTO proposes paperless future, law firm inequality and liquid crystal anti-counterfeiting: news round-up
In our latest trademark industry news round-up, we look at a notice of proposed rulemaking from the USPTO, Twitter prevailing in a trademark dispute and research exploring law firm gender inequality.
New research has revealed that the sellers of counterfeit cosmetic goods are increasingly utilising social media to attract and dupe consumers. Importantly, the study has revealed that half of the consumers polled expect brands to take responsibility for protecting them from fakes.
Bitcoin trademark sparks anger, new Corsearch partnership and media decries Ivanka Trump marks: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Hasbro being granted a registered mark for the smell of Play-Doh, a Kenyan lawyer blasting proposed anti-counterfeiting legislation, a UK company obtaining a mark for BITCOIN, and media coverage of trademarks from China linked to Ivanka Trump.
Released today, Apple, Mars and Procter & Gamble head up the 2018 edition of the WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals. Now in its second edition, this community-led research project identifies the individuals deemed to be the leading lights of the corporate trademark world.
Burberry targets Target, Google launches GDPR-ready WHOIS records and battle of the cat hotels: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at why Burberry is filing suit against discount retailer Target, Kenya’s president's warning about counterfeiting damage, how Google changing its WHOIS records in time for the upcoming GDPR enforcement date and much more.
Supreme most searched counterfeit brand, IACC training programme and massive confectionery brand portfolio sold: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Under Armour launching a trademark suit against a competitor, how online searches for fake fashion is soaring, the massive portfolio of confectionery brands that has been sold off and details of the IACC’s latest training programme.
The WTR Industry Awards 2018 which will be presented at an exclusive ceremony at the Seattle Art Museum honour leading trademark teams and individuals across a range of sectors. We reveal the shortlist.
WIPO reveals strong growth in Madrid applications; L’Oreal, Novartis and Abercrombie feature in top filers list
The World Intellectual Property Organisation has released filing statistics on use of its various international IP protection systems, including the Madrid System for trademarks. The data reveals strong growth for international marks, with those originating in China, Russia and the United Kingdom showing significant rises.
USPTO goes after the fakers; experts praise initiative to combat improper specimens, call for further action
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched a pilot programme to help combat improper specimens on trademark applications. The move comes in the wake of a World Trademark Review investigation which discovered numerous fake specimens by Chinese applicants, with the USPTO confirming there had been a “dramatic increase” in illegitimate filings. This initiative has been welcomed, although one expert calls for the office to go even further.
Expert wonders if adidas enjoys “hyperprotection” as sportswear giant prevails in EU three stripes battle
The EU General Court has ruled that two parallel stripes on footwear infringes the 'three stripes' trademark rights of adidas. Reflecting the recognition acquired by the footwear giant’s branding, the decision also shows the power of non-traditional marks according to one IP attorney; however, another has questioned whether it is an example of a brand enjoying “hyperprotection”.
USPTO director makes first public comments, Louboutin dismisses media speculation, and ‘.com’ rises: news round-up
In our latest news round-up we look at the first public comments from the USPTO’s new director, the Japanese government’s partnership with Nigeria to tackle fakes, further details on trademarks after Brexit, and much more.
In our latest news round-up we look at the European Commission beginning a public consultation for its global counterfeit and piracy watch-list, another new innovation in anti-counterfeiting, a flurry of trademark activity related to the Super Bowl and an initiative by the International Trademark Association which helped homeless people in New York.
Controversy over MeToo application, Myanmar IP overhaul, and California cannabis marks: news round-up
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).
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