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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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The $20 million Annual Meeting, Amazon’s everyday heroes and Smurfs make an appearance: INTA 2018 day two report
As well as often being the busiest day for attendees, with proceedings having kicked off on Saturday, the Monday of the INTA Annual Meeting marks the halfway point of the event. Trying to keep up with the rapid pace of activities (and maintain energy levels), the World Trademark Review editorial team presents some of their highlights from the second jam-packed day of the event.
Fake press passes, ‘.sucks’ gun violence debate and the Annual Meeting heads to Singapore: INTA 2018 day one report
The great and the good of the trademark industry have descended on Seattle for INTA’s 2018 Annual Meeting. The World Trademark Review team is on the ground, and we will be presenting a daily round-up of event highlights and observations. Here’s what caught our attention on the first full day of proceedings.
In our latest round-up, we look at a number of trademarks that appear to be related to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the USPTO unveiling a new resource center, a look at Facebook takedown numbers in the second half of 2017, and how the Toys-R-Us brand is now on the market.
MEME mark refused, Trump trademark snag for Israeli club and WHOIS working group set to disband: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at a MEME trademark related to serial filer Michael Gleissner, how an Israeli football team adding ‘Trump’ to its name could land the club in trademark hot water, a call for improved IP laws in Nigeria and how the IP portfolio of a UK fashion brand is up for sale.
ICANN has published its Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data in a bid to ensure WHOIS compliance with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, while maintaining the existing WHOIS system to the greatest extent possible. Subject to further revision prior to a board vote, the model proposes the establishment of a mechanism to allow contact with domain name registrants while cloaking their identity.
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