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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.
Burberry under fire over ‘anti-counterfeiting’ product destruction; will other brands face scrutiny?
An online outcry has erupted after media outlets reported that Burberry destroyed almost £30 million worth of finished goods over the past year in a bid to protect the luxury fashion brand from counterfeiting. The furore shines the spotlight on a widespread industry practice, with other brands now likely to come under scrutiny.
Piggyback marketing, Alibaba expands on anti-counterfeiting efforts, and brands urged to use memes: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at China kicking off an online infringement campaign, Helly Hansen launching a trademark lawsuit against an Italian streetwear brand, a detailed look at the Cockygate story, research into so-called ‘piggyback marketing’, and much more.
In the first of a new regular opinion column, the onward march of plain packaging is examined. In the face of seemingly unstoppable momentum, now is the time to consider whether brands will remain on the sidelines or make their voices heard.
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 WTR Industry Award’s Retail Team of the Year was Starbucks, which has experienced an uptick of infringement across the globe. Its expert senior counsel reveals how the company approaches the resulting enforcement challenges.
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.
Alibaba boasts “significant progress” in IP protection efforts; development of API urged to allow third-party takedowns
Alibaba has revealed what it describes as “significant progress” in IP protection in 2017, with data showing significantly faster processing time for takedowns and a 42% decline in notice-and-takedown requests. While the results show that the Chinese marketplace giant is confident that its efforts are garnering positive results, people we spoke to still report huge volumes of fakes with one urging Alibaba to develop an API to allow third-party takedowns.
As Alibaba’s Anti-counterfeiting Alliance grows, is Amazon now the primary battleground in the war against fakes?
Alibaba Group has confirmed that membership to its Anti-counterfeiting Alliance has climbed to over 100 brands, a significant rise from the original 30 when the initiative launched in January 2017. While brand support for Alibaba appears to be growing, exclusive survey data reveals the Chinese giant is still a significant challenge for rights holders tackling fakes but respondents also claim that Amazon is “less and less willing to help brand owners”.
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.
Following a wave of warning letters and proceedings against retailers which used the wording 'Black Friday' for their offers in Germany, the Patent and Trademark Office has held that the trademark BLACK FRIDAY is descriptive for goods and services in Classes 9, 35 and 41 and therefore must be kept free for use by competitors. The owner of the mark is expected to appeal.
The WTR Industry Awards 2018 which will be presented at an exclusive ceremony at the Seattle Art Museum honour leading trademark teams and individuals across a range of sectors. We reveal the shortlist.
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.
Although branding on online sales platforms remains a relatively new concept, the significance of this phenomenon should not be overlooked.
China’s online sales platforms do not follow a one-size-fits-all model and companies should think carefully about how best to establish a brand’s online presence.
Plain packaging in New Zealand, JD.com in “counterfeit scandal” and WHOIS future remains uncertain: news round-up
In our latest news round-up, we look at how trademark lawyers must sometimes “take one for the team” in order to protect corporate clients, how the future of WHOIS remains uncertain, US President Donald Trump's interest in $30 billion Chinese tariffs as part of an IP theft crackdown and how New Zealand is implementing plain packaging on tobacco products.
Battle of the polo logos: 'clean break' is safest course when amending sign in attempt to avoid infringement
In Lifestyle Equities CV v Santa Monica Polo Club Limited, the High Court has held that the defendants’ one-horse logos and two-horse logo infringed the UK and EU registrations for the BEVERLY HILLS POLO CLUB logo, and that use of these signs amounted to passing off. The defendants’ three-horse logo was also found to infringe on the basis of dilution and unfair advantage.
The IP adjudicator has upheld Guccio Gucci SpA’s opposition to the registration of the figurative mark GUCCITECH for various kitchen and cooking appliances in Class 11 under Sections 8(2)(b), 8(4) and 8(7)(a) of the Trademarks Act. Among other things, the adjudicator found that there was a likelihood that an average consumer might assume that the applicant's goods came from a source that was economically linked to the opponent.
Analysing more than 30 trademark portfolios of mid-size to large multinationals carrying out business in the European Union reveals a surprising number of illogical filings, errors and gaps. The resulting checklist will support effective portfolio review.
An analysis of recent decisions illustrates an evolving desire by China’s courts to take decisive action against infringers. However, there are a number of strategies that rights holders need to implement to maximise their chances of brand protection success.
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