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“What I saw in China 8 years ago, I am now seeing in Brazil”: strategic insights from New Balance’s brand protection lead
World Trademark Review speaks to Daniel McKinnon, New Balance’s head of global brand protection, about his approach to trademark enforcement. The WTR 300-featured attorney criticised the “paltry” damages awarded in China and explained his strategy for mitigating the problems posed by “parasite brands” in the country. He also highlighted an emerging problem with Latin American counterfeiting, which he predicts will become more sophisticated in coming years.
Following various far-right accounts being banned from major social media platforms in recent weeks, many users have been migrating to “free speech social network” Gab. Exclusive research from World Trademark Review has found that many major brand names have already been registered by third-parties on Gab, with the related pages sometimes featuring homophobic and racist content.
IP Australia wins digital award, Stephen Colbert talks trademarks, and USPTO seeks new judge: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at UFC star Conor McGregor potentially facing a hefty fine in his latest trademark tussle, the Supreme newspaper promotion reminding us of the power of strong logos, a Minneapolis official who sought registered trademark protection of a blog that criticised her, and a Delhi court getting tough on perjury in a trademark case.
Food delivery marks on the rise, as Starbucks leads the way in restaurant brand filings: exclusive data analysis
In this week’s industry data report we look at the food service industry. With fast food brands leading the way, we reveal that Starbucks has the most robust trademark portfolio in the industry and that flings have generally been on the decline but marks for food delivery have seen a conspicuous rise.
Trademark "reveals" Star Trek series name, T-ARA denied, and PewDiePie responds to “fake” sponsorship: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at a call to boycott a Hawaiian food chain over trademark enforcement, YouTube star PewDiePie hits back over "fake" sponsored video accusation, an analysis of cutting-edge technologies being developed in the fight against counterfeit food, the name for Patrick Stewart’s Star Trek TV series may have been revealed in a trademark application, and much more.
To continue our series of articles providing insights into the work of leading WTR 300-ranked corporate trademark professionals, World Trademark Review spoke to Shama Elliott, IP manager at American International Group (AIG). In an in-depth conversation, she explained the value non-lawyers can add to trademark departments, sheds light on some of the key challenges facing brands in the insurance and financial services sector, and much more.
AI boosts counterfeit seizures in Hong Kong; expert claims focus should be on small package detection
Customs authorities in Hong Kong have managed to increase the seizure rate of fake goods by one-third in the first half of 2018 thanks to the use of artificial intelligence (AI). This report unexpectedly received negative online reactions, with commentators suggesting that customs should instead be focusing on street sellers. However, one expert tells us that this is a step in the right direction although adding that more attention should be given to the movement of counterfeits via small parcels and on greater collaboration between customs and brand owners.
Audi launches anti-counterfeiting campaign, YouTube brand safety fiasco and TMview expands: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at the expansion of the EUIPO’s TMview search platform, Audi launching an anti-counterfeiting awareness campaign, Scotch Whisky attaining GI protection in South Africa, Chinese trademarks continuing rapid growth rate, and much more.
A look at the most popular articles and legal updates we have published over the past 12 months with Amazon overtaking Apple and Google to be named the world’s most valuable brand topping the table.
Spanish filers look to the EUIPO over China, as local trademark market shows signs of stagnancy: exclusive data analysis
In our latest country data report, we turn our spotlight to Spain. We reveal that smaller brands may have an especially tough time flourishing there, examine the performance of the Spanish trademark office, and analyse key filing trends both domestically and abroad.
Defunct NFL franchise trademarks, counterfeiters target Kickstarter and Pinduoduo investigated: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Chinese regulators launching an investigation into e-commerce platform Pinduoduo, how tomato DNA is being used to combat dangerous counterfeits, an IP workshop in Kashmir, the Vega+ games console losing branding rights, reveal the members of the new WHOIS working group and much more.
“Opportunistic filing after a disaster remains an issue” MH370 rights shine spotlight on tragedy marks
World Trademark Review has discovered a registered trademark and domain name related to the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 tragedy being sold for thousands of dollars. The listing is a reminder of how trademark departments have a key role to play in the wake of tragic events, with one expert telling us that defensive filings should be “a primary prevention tool” against opportunists that wish to commercialise terrible events.
In Consolidated Developments Ltd v Cooper, the High Court of England and Wales has refused to admit additional evidence that was not before the hearing officer at the UKIPO. The decision demonstrates the relatively restrictive approach which the court takes to the admission of new evidence.
The Bengaluru City Court has vacated an ex parte injunction preventing the defendants from using the MISS EARTH mark in respect of a beauty pageant. Among other things, the court found that the plaintiff had suppressed material facts including the fact that its registration for MISS EARTH in Class 41 was no longer valid.
Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda each have different legal approaches to the treatment of parallel imports, making generalisations dangerous for trademark owners and importers alike.
Authorities should distinguish between ads and trademarks: exclusive interview with PepsiCo’s Sergio Barragan
Continuing our weekly series of deep-dives into the work of leading WTR 300-featured corporate trademark counsel, World Trademark Review this week caught up with Sergio Barragan of food, snack and beverage giant PepsiCo. In a wide-ranging discussion, we discover his approach to managing the company’s extensive Latin American brand rights portfolio.
In Holland and Barrett v General Nutrition, the Court of Appeal has considered what happens where, within the context of a licensing agreement, the main marks are used but the auxiliary marks are not and, therefore, are liable to be revoked. The decision provides valuable guidance for mark owners who license their main brand as well as a number of sub-brands.
In a decision that "may be a shock to many", the High Court has held that Sony Corporation had failed to prove that its SONY mark was well known in Kenya. The decision has raised concerns that the Kenyan courts are not protecting well-known marks, despite the fact Section 15A of the Trademarks Act specifically provides protection for well-known marks. This update considers whether this concern is justified.
The recent Tempnology decision has raised more uncertainty than it has clarity for trademark licensees and licensors. Parties and their trademark counsel must exercise more caution than ever when drafting trademark licence agreements to avoid unintended consequences in the event of a party’s bankruptcy.
The Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) recently decided, without any warning, to modify the power of attorney requirements, making them very burdensome. In addition, and contrary to the principle of fairness, the PTO established that the new requirements would also apply to past cases. This led to administrative chaos and, following intervention by the Ministry of Economic Development, the PTO is now having to backtrack.
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