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As Canada legalises marijuana, research finds majority of Canadians want branded packaging for cannabis products
The Canadian parliament passed legislation yesterday 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.
Ambush marketing may steal the headlines but new study shows brand benefits of official event sponsorship
New research the first of its kind in assessing the impact of on-site activation at live sporting events for improving brand recognition has found a strong link between the impact of certain types of sponsorship assets and intangible rights on raising brand awareness.
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.
New research has highlighted the beneficial effect of trademark ownership for start-up companies. One of the first studies to explore the relationship between brand rights and a firm’s financial performance, it demonstrates that fledgling companies with more trademarks achieve higher valuations, attract greater investment and perform better after IPOs.
UDRP complaint unlikely to succeed without proof of bad-faith registration, even if respondent's subsequent use is questionable
In a recent decision under the UDRP, a panel has denied the transfer of a domain name that was confusingly similar to the complainant's trademark as it had been registered some 12 years before the complainant had adopted such mark. The case makes it clear that it is crucial to prove both registration and use in bad faith under the UDRP, even where the respondent’s subsequent use of the domain name is questionable.
During a session at last week’s ECTA Annual Conference, experts made some bold often startling predictions on where they see the trademark industry in 10 years. While some were unsurprising, such as how artificial intelligence and automation will improve efficiency, there were some unexpected suggestions, including how the role of law could change in the future.
Despite the potential of the Middle East, excessive fees are leading to a shrinking trademark market: exclusive data analysis
In this week’s country data report, we examine the state of the trademark market and the leading brands in the Middle East, taking an in-depth look at filing trends in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE in particular.
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.
AI and big data will drive the future of trademark services but prosecution work applications are a long way off
AI and big data continue to generate a significant buzz in the IP world, with industry experts confident that demand for advanced data analytics will continue to rocket. However, in terms of substantive prosecution work, there is no expectation that such services will replace the work of attorneys any time soon.
In a recent decision under the UDRP, a three-member panel has refused to order the transfer of a domain name incorporating the complainant's trademark in its entirety. Interestingly, one panel member dissented, finding that the respondent did not have rights and legitimate interests in the domain name, even though it had not registered and used it in bad faith.
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.
New Andean Tribunal of Justice ruling on prejudicial interpretations - why the trademark community should take note
The Andean Tribunal of Justice has issued a ruling regarding requests for a prejudicial interpretation which allows the parties involved to participate in the process. Rights holders should take note of this development, as the mechanism of prejudicial interpretation concerns industrial property in the countries of the Andean Pact.
UDRP panel finds that respondent had competing legitimate interests - but dissenting panellist disagrees
In a recent decision under the UDRP, the majority of a three-member panel has denied the transfer of a domain name identically reproducing a complainant's trademark as the respondent had competing legitimate interests. However, a dissenting panellist was of the view that the respondent had failed to provide credible evidence in connection with a legitimate interest in the domain name.
Growth of food and drink brands remains flat, but Chinese register sees explosion in filings: exclusive data analysis
In our latest industry data report, we inspect the food and beverage sector, finding that brand growth has been limited in this dynamic and challenging market. We also take a close look at overarching application trends and reveal that China is the major target for filing activity in this sector.
In this guest blog, Brian J Winterfeldt, principal of the Winterfeldt IP Group and president of ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency, and Phil Marano, senior associate at the Winterfeldt IP Group, identify five tools that can be utilised in the absence of public WHOIS data. Crucially, they also explain how rights holders can make their voices heard as the ICANN community seeks to formulate a longer term, GDPR compliant model for WHOIS access.
World Cup ambush marketing warning, muppet lawyer speaks out, and brands urged to get political: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Velcro Companies releasing a new music video, a law professor fighting to keep Rapunzel trademark public, the Germany whisky that may sound too Scottish, a warning about counterfeit electrical products, and a study that finds the vast majority of consumers want brands to speak up about political and social issues.
South Korea rockets to top of customs ranking; illicit trade report reveals countries that need to do more
The Global Illicit Trade Environment Index, launched simultaneously in Hong Kong, Brussels and Panama City, scores 84 economies on the extent that they enable or prevent illicit trade. While taking a broad look at illicit trade, the report contains useful insight on the anti-counterfeiting landscape.
As of 1 June 2018, the Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property has been amended, giving the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) new responsibilities and expanding the authority of the Benelux Court of Justice. Among other things, it is now possible to file cancellation actions before the BOIP and all appeals against BOIP decisions must be filed before a newly installed Second Chamber of the Benelux Court of Justice.
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.
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