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This week ICANN representatives met with the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), seeking clarity over the future of WHOIS in light of the GDPR. With the enforcement date of May 25 fast approaching and registries rolling out different policies in a bid to be compliant, the US government and INTA have expanded on their concerns with the WP29 guidance with the latter warning that “a WHOIS blackout on May 25 will result in a field day for bad actors to purchase and misuse domain names at the public’s expense”.
Lucasfilm trademark scuffle, Breaking Bad beer battle and Tanzania launches counterfeit campaign: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at how half of cybercrime revenues come from illicit online marketplaces, the Brexit-related trademark ruffling feathers, how cryptocoin names are often inspired by movies and books, and why Lucasfilm is being sued for trademark infringement.
Preparing for the next round of new gTLDs: ICANN insider reveals key issues brand owners need to be aware of
World Trademark Review sits down with Jeff Neuman, co-chair of ICANN’s Subsequent Procedures Working Group and SVP for Com Laude for the USA. With the former’s initial report imminent, he confirms that the recommendation will be that the next new gTLDs application window be formatted as a “round”, and identifies the key issues that brand owners need to be alive to.
Kit Kat blow, Comey trademark abandoned, and Russian IP office pledges blockchain support: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at the advocate general’s latest Kit Kat opinion, INTA’s call for more research on illicit trade, Liverpool Football Club embroiled in a dispute, strong start for the ‘.app’ new gTLD, and advice on building a fashion retail brand in 2018.
“Generic drug-making is a fast-track business”: Sandoz trademark head reveals approach to IP management
For the latest in World Trademark Review’s series of interviews with WTR 300-listed corporate counsel, we met up with David Lossignol, INTA’s president-elect and global head of trademarks for Sandoz. He explained how he overcomes the challenges of managing pharmaceutical brand rights across many jurisdictions and addressed the growing threat of brand restrictions.
In a recent decision under the UDRP, a WIPO panel has denied the transfer of a domain name consisting of an identical reproduction of the complainant's trademark followed by the name of the country in which the complainant operated. It found insufficient evidence that the domain name was registered and used in bad faith in order to take advantage of the complainant's rights.
The formation of a new brand safety network that will enable agencies to share information when brands appear next to objectional content has been unveiled by 4A’s. However, a commentator we spoke to had doubts about the impact these efforts will have.
WHOIS access charges, NGOs take aim at watch list plans and INTA applauds ‘Brand India’: news round-up
Every Tuesday and Friday, World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In our latest edition, we look at a registry’s plans to charge trademark owners for access to WHOIS data, the war of words over the European Commission’s plans for an IP markets watch list and a blow for Apple in the Norwegian courts.
WIPO has issued a press release revealing that cybersquatting cases in 2017 reached an all-time high. While the expansion of the domain name system has contributed to an increase in cybersquatting activity, in 2017 disputes relating to new gTLDs represented only 12% of all cases filed with WIPO. As in previous years, ‘.com’ remains the TLD with the highest number of disputed domain names.
Groundbreaking paper suggests neuroscience could transform trademark strategies both inside and outside the courtroom
A new research paper foresees a future in which brain scans fundamentally transform the current understanding of trademarks. The paper, released last month, predicts that so-called 'neuromarks' a neural map unique to each brand could become crucial sources of evidence in trademark disputes and provide a biological baseline for the basic questions at the heart of trademark law.
Trademark activity dwindles as values rise in the engineering and construction industry: exclusive data analysis
In this week’s industry data report, World Trademark Review analyses the engineering and construction sector. We examine key trademark-related data and explore the positions of the leading brands in this space to find that General Electric’s dominance continues to wane while Chinese brands remain in the ascendant.
Nepal launches collective tea mark, HP ramps up anti-fakes efforts and new CITMA president: news round-up
Every Tuesday and Friday, World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In our latest edition, we look at the election of a new president at CITMA, how HP is stepping up its anti-counterfeiting outreach, Sri Lanka’s plans to ban colour on cigarette branding and a decision on ownership of the BLACK FRIDAY mark.
The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party has written to ICANN to provide guidance on its proposed interim model for ensuring that the treatment of WHOIS data is compliant with the GDPR. While welcoming ICANN’s efforts to date, it raised a number of concerns with the proposed approach and did not address the request for a moratorium on enforcement.
In a recent decision under the UDRP, a three-member panel not only denied the transfer of the domain name ‘ktg.com’, failing it on all three requirements, but also found reverse domain name hijacking. The case illustrates how difficult it may be, in the absence of any very well-established registered or unregistered trademark rights, to recuperate a valuable three-letter domain name.
How the legal profession underutilises paralegals: exclusive interview with Deborah Hampton of Chemours
In the latest of our series of exclusive interviews with leading, WTR 300-ranked in-house professionals, The Chemours Company’s Deborah Hampton reflects on the underutilisation of paralegals in trademark management and about her approach to stewarding the company’s global brand rights. Crucially, she contends that companies often underestimate the substantive work that paralegals can undertake and are missing out on unique insights into brand management.
Call for more robust online RPMs, Alibabacoin hits back and getting legal advice from a robot: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at a trademark infringement lawsuit involving much-loved US TV sitcom I Love Lucy, the experts calling for more robust rights protection mechanisms, how Alibabacoin is hitting back at the Alibaba lawsuit and how the Smiley trademark owner is targeting the Indian market.
Half of companies have lost revenue to online counterfeits, as darknet infringement predicted to rise
New research from MarkMonitor reveals that almost half of the companies it surveyed had lost sales revenue to online counterfeits. Equally worrying was the finding that almost a third had no online brand protection plan in place. Despite increasing infringement levels, cost and resources continue to prove elusive for those keen to fight fakes and that situation is unlikely to improve any time soon.
This year’s Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey reveals that in-house trademark counsel are increasingly looking for outside support thanks to a rise in flexible pricing and higher standards of work.
Trump, Brexit and Korean reunification: the political issues weighing on the minds of trademark practitioners
New research from World Trademark Review has revealed the key political issues that trademark counsel say could significantly impact enforcement efforts, both now and in the future. Leading the way are the policies of US President Donald Trump, the potential implications of the UK’s exit from the European Union, and the possible reunification of the two Koreas.
Tim Hortons brand reputation slides, brand name tattoos, and The Weeknd in Starboy dispute: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at how fonts should be front-of-mind when looking at a brand’s image, the significant number of brands who now conduct influencer marketing, musician The Weeknd’s trademark dispute over a STARBOY trademark application, and a survey which reveals the number of consumers that would get a brand name permanently tattooed on their body.
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