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In our latest industry data report we shine a light on the global media and entertainment industry. While digital and streaming content currently offer companies in the space the best prospect of navigating a challenging economic environment, we reveal that filings for new tech remain low.
Brexit update, plain packaging begins in Ireland, and first trademark ruling in Barbados: news round-up
In this round-up edition, we look at the latest Brexit developments from a trademark perspective, news on another solicitation scam, Hershey’s hawkish eye over the marijuana industry, and the result from the first ever trademark dispute in Barbados.
The death knell for bulk domain enquiries? Rights holders voice concern as ICANN reveals proposed WHOIS model
ICANN’s efforts to ensure that the WHOIS function complies with the General Data Protection Regulation have moved to the next stage, with details of its proposed convergence model emerging. However, IP experts have seized on gaps in the model, claiming that it could create significant roadblocks to effective enforcement efforts.
No fan site for tribute band: use of mark in domain name created implied affiliation with complainant
A UDRP panel has ordered the transfer of a domain name that matched the name of a famous pop group and belonged to a tribute band. The decision shows that genuine fan sites conferring a legitimate interest on the holder of a domain name which is identical, or confusingly similar, to a complainant's trademark are quite rare especially when the domain name is identical to the trademark, thus creating an implied sense of affiliation.
The International Trademark Association has released its 2017 Annual Report in which it reveals its global footprint, with 191 countries represented across its membership body. Further analysis reveals that, with growth in North America largely flat over the past four years, the demographic make-up of the association’s membership is undergoing a transformation.
As national IP registries are encouraged to become innovation agencies and to offer non-core tools and services, we once again identify those leading the way and the offices trailing behind
Sweden considering prison for infringers, EUIPO switches banks and cops brandishing fake firearms: news round-up
In our latest news round-up, we look the Qatari government continuing its counterfeit crackdown, a cheese stand-off between the European Union and Mexico, how multimedia trademarks could transform the video game industry and reports of police in Pakistan using counterfeit firearms.
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becoming enforceable on May 25 2018, all eyes are on its potential impact on rights holders’ access to accurate and reliable WHOIS data. One industry expert warns of the “absurd” policies that could result from incorrect analysis of the regulations adding that cybercriminals “anywhere in the world” could soon become the biggest fans of GDPR.
Democratising trademark data: ambitious call to create non-profit to develop global e-filing standards
In an exclusive guest post for World Trademark Review, the chief executive of IP docketing technology company Alt Legal urges IP offices to work towards, and adopt, universal standards in trademark data and electronics filings. To achieve this, he is calling for the creation of a non-profit organisation tasked with promoting and developing industry best standards in relation to e-filings and trademark databases.
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Gleissner activity called “biggest scam in IP history”, Samsung speculation and USPTO love song: news round-up
In today’s news round-up, we look at heavy metal band Iron Maiden pursuing a group of counterfeiters, the significant changes at the top of the new gTLD leaderboard, and a call for a “flexible IP regime” in Africa.
Brands risk “destructive” reputational damage from lack of transparency about influencer marketing, study warns
A new study has revealed that the majority of UK consumers have a very poor understanding of the regulations surrounding influencer marketing, with brands failing to capitalise on the public’s desire to remain informed. However, the report also warns that failure to do so could have a destructive impact on brand reputation.
Scientology trademarks, Brazil’s backlog impact and Leason Ellis victorious against solicitation scammer: news round-up
In our latest news round-up, we look at the law firm which was told it doesn’t have exclusive rights to its initials, the impact of backlog measures in Brazil, the pros and cons of China’s rocketing trademark trajectory and a new victory against trademark scammers.
Jones Day has been named the strongest law firm brand in the United States for the second year running. According to the Acritas US Law Firm Brand Index 2018, Jones Day extended its lead in the table, while second place Skadden strengthened its brand over the past year. Bubbling below the surface, though, is the rising threat to traditional law firms from alternative legal service brands.
Following the release of Brand Finance’s Banking 500 2018 report last week, which identifies the brand value and strength of the world’s 500 largest bank brands, World Trademark Review attended the Brand Finance Banking Forum, a follow-up event that elaborated on the report’s findings and illuminated the most pressing issues banks are facing. Below are some of the key takeaways.
A UDRP panel has denied the transfer of a domain name identically reproducing a complainant's trademark for failure to show bad-faith registration, and also made a finding of reverse domain name hijacking for failure to disclose prior communications with the respondent. In the panel's view, the complainant’s actions suggested that the filing of the complaint was "plan B" following several failed attempts to purchase the domain name.
In World Trademark Review’s latest industry data report, we explore the thriving and evolving healthcare industry. In our in-depth analysis we identify the trends driving this evolution, while also analysing key trademark filing statistics and scrutinising the leading brands in this space.
USPTO director makes first public comments, Louboutin dismisses media speculation, and ‘.com’ rises: news round-up
In our latest news round-up we look at the first public comments from the USPTO’s new director, the Japanese government’s partnership with Nigeria to tackle fakes, further details on trademarks after Brexit, and much more.
A recently launched trademark solicitation campaign is offering to publish trademark registrations in a private database for up to $2,800. Further investigation into this entity offers clues about how these platforms are set up and the means used to solicit payments. Meanwhile, there are renewed calls for IP offices to offer “more clarity and simplicity” in an effort to make warnings about misleading invoices more visible.
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