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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“I wish the US president had opposed my trademark” applicant of registered Trump mark on treating IP as art
A popular author and professional speaker has successfully registered a trademark for GRABBA THE TRUMP in the UK, a combining of terms related to both US President Donald Trump and a character from the Star Wars universe. Talking to World Trademark Review, the applicant states that he hoped Trump would oppose the mark and that he enjoys provoking major brands with his trademark applications.
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.
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.
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.
Research conducted by World Trademark Review reveals that, for the third year in a row, Manchester United boasts the most trademarks of any club in the English Premier League. Our data analysis also examined filing activity amongst the world’s most valuable football clubs and players, with FC Barcelona pulling ahead of arch-rivals Real Madrid, while Lionel Messi overtook former teammate Neymar Jr.
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.
NBA star to deliver USPTO event keynote, Frida Kahlo lawsuit, and Google named most loved US brand: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at the keynote speaker at the USPTO National Trademark Expo in July, a Canadian lawyer rallying against changes to the country’s trademark law, the brands named the most loved by American consumers, and how Amazon’s Alexa has been named the “biggest challenge for brands since the Internet”.
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 brand logos which appear the most on Instagram and Twitter posts have been revealed, with sports brands adidas and Nike leading the pack. The results, which are included in a new report by Brandwatch, are a reminder of the challenge that rights holders face in controlling their intellectual property on social networks and the need for brand protection practitioners to continually evolve their practice in the online space.
Jack Daniel’s sues rival, Amazon “awash” with fakes, and Lionel Messi lifts trademark dispute trophy: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at a call for an annual Trademarks Day, the Chilean and Jordan IP offices joining TMview, Jack Daniel’s suing a whiskey rival, and China pledging to step up IP protection efforts.
A new study from BillerudKorsnäs has found that a significant proportion of consumers would pay extra for sustainable packaging and would even change brands to do so. However, talking to World Trademark Review, a BillerudKorsnäs representative suggests that one challenge could be the sheer number of certification trademarks that exist with so-called “label-mania” making it difficult for brands to effectively communicate sustainability credentials to consumers.
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