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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.
MEME mark refused, Trump trademark snag for Israeli club and WHOIS working group set to disband: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at a MEME trademark related to serial filer Michael Gleissner, how an Israeli football team adding ‘Trump’ to its name could land the club in trademark hot water, a call for improved IP laws in Nigeria and how the IP portfolio of a UK fashion brand is up for sale.
ICANN has published its Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data in a bid to ensure WHOIS compliance with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, while maintaining the existing WHOIS system to the greatest extent possible. Subject to further revision prior to a board vote, the model proposes the establishment of a mechanism to allow contact with domain name registrants while cloaking their identity.
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 Confederation of All India Traders has stepped up pressure on the Indian government to pass a new Consumer Protection Bill which contains provisions designed to hold brand ambassadors liable for misleading endorsements. While there have been fears that the move could significantly impact brand and marketing strategies in the country, close reading of the bill suggests that the clampdown may not be as severe as it appears at first sight. In fact, responsible brands and celebrities could both benefit.
The Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services has made significant amendments to the ‘.za’ Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations, including a mandatory informal mediation service to be run by the ‘.za’ domain name authority. Many of the amendments are generally welcomed, although there is some uncertainty as to how they will work in practice.
At this week’s Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers meeting, representatives from e-commerce giant Amazon received a hostile reception from the Governmental Advisory Committee while seeking to reach a compromise over its stalled ‘.amazon’ generic top-level domain application. In a session on Monday afternoon, the company was told that it had blown an opportunity to reach a compromise and that allowing the application to proceed would open a “Pandora’s box”.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has come under fire for excluding the full community in its exploration of the General Data Protection Regulation’s impact on the WHOIS system. ICANN stated that the regulation could affect its ability to maintain a single global WHOIS system, and this week two generic top-level domains withdrew public access to registrant information. Trademark counsel should follow the issue closely, as it could lead to the end of WHOIS in its current form and the ability to identify easily (and cost-effectively) the owners of infringing domains. Whatever the outcome, policing activities are set to harden.
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at the Japanese company suing Apple over use of the name Animoji, the latest World Intellectual Property Organisation report on Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy figures, a counterfeiting case which led to allegations of attorney misconduct and a brand expert urging more use of social media by law firms.
As remarkable growth of sports industry continues, exclusive data analysis reveals the key trademark trends
From today, World Trademark Review will be producing a new series of industry-specific data reports. We will be looking at a select industry’s performance in recent years and its outlook for the future, consider key areas of concern and opportunities, and provide insight into the trademark and brand-related activities of the leading companies in the field. We start with a deep dive into sports and sporting goods.
Previous Alibaba critic has positive words as e-commerce giant seeks removal of Taobao from notorious markets list
The public comments received by the US Trade Representative (USTR) in the run-up to this year’s Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets have been published, with Alibaba contending that none of its platforms engage in or facilitate counterfeiting. The USTR will make the final decision on whether any of its sites make the list, but the e-commerce giant will be heartened by the comments of a previously critical brand association, which expresses a more positive understanding of the challenges Alibaba faces.
While the community waits to see what impact a Donald Trump presidency has on the IP ecosystem in the US, the US government’s gears are still turning and this week it released the 2017-2019 US Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement. The report signals the key focus areas for federal government agencies over the coming few years. While welcomed by IP stakeholders, there have been accusations that the plan represents an effort to introduce shadow regulation for the online world.
New research from The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse has revealed the extent of identity squatting targeting this year’s presidential election candidates, as well as members of the US Congress and Senate.
A new report from the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights has found that over 1,600 brands placed online advertisements on sites suspected of copyright infringement during its six-week study. The result is that companies could be helping to fund the very sites that their counsel are battling against.
The Federal Trade Commission has issued an enforcement policy statement clarifying its approach to deceptively formatted advertisements. The long-awaited guidance on native advertising is welcome, although it remains to be seen just how impactful it will be in practice.
The Office of the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets for 2015 has identified the online marketplaces that reportedly facilitate substantial online piracy and counterfeiting. While sites owned by the Alibaba Group were not listed, the USTR highlighted concerns over its enforcement programmes. By apparent coincidence, in the same week, Alibaba announced that it was bolstering its anti-counterfeiting efforts, starting with the appointment of a new head of global IP enforcement.
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