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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.
NBA star to deliver USPTO event keynote, Frida Kahlo lawsuit, and Google named most loved US brand: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at the keynote speaker at the USPTO National Trademark Expo in July, a Canadian lawyer rallying against changes to the country’s trademark law, the brands named the most loved by American consumers, and how Amazon’s Alexa has been named the “biggest challenge for brands since the Internet”.
Burberry targets Target, Google launches GDPR-ready WHOIS records and battle of the cat hotels: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at why Burberry is filing suit against discount retailer Target, Kenya’s president's warning about counterfeiting damage, how Google changing its WHOIS records in time for the upcoming GDPR enforcement date and much more.
Supreme most searched counterfeit brand, IACC training programme and massive confectionery brand portfolio sold: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Under Armour launching a trademark suit against a competitor, how online searches for fake fashion is soaring, the massive portfolio of confectionery brands that has been sold off and details of the IACC’s latest training programme.
Plain packaging in South Africa, Alibaba cryptocurrency blow and a trademark tour of Seattle: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at research which found that many beverage brands are idle on Twitter, Pfizer’s counterfeit enforcement stats, Apple’s purchase of a non-registered Chinese mark and the South African government’s comment period on plain packaging.
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.
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.
In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, the general manager of IP Australia’s innovation and technology group, Rob Bollard, expands on how the office’s digital transformation will help users and reveals that the organisation is exploring the establishment of a Centre of Excellence to encourage intangible asset lending in Australia.
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.
Australian trademark law amendments, WHOIS fears, and EUIPO launches anti-counterfeit prize: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look the end of a heated legal dispute over an Icelandic chant, fears increase of future WHOIS access, Major League Soccer confirms it won’t trademark the name of a Los Angeles team rivalry, and the Australian government has published a draft version of an IP law amendment bill.
Kanye trademark battle labelled “fake news”, effective banking brands, and ‘.app’ gTLD sunrise: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Canada being criticised for how it tackles counterfeits, the USPTO announcing the exhibitors for its upcoming National Trademark Expo event, research into what makes a more effective digital banking brand, and the launch of the ‘.app’ new gTLD.
US Customs head confirmed, Latvia trims WHOIS data and trademark offers Cambridge Analytica clues: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at how a trademark scammer has rebranded, Latvia's plans to cut back on WHOIS data collection, how India’s anti-counterfeiting efforts are under scrutiny and how a trademark may offer clues about the company that has hit headlines across the world Cambridge Analytica.
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.
Tesla overtakes rivals in brand value, a Wakanda trademark, and Amazon files anti-counterfeit lawsuits: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Amazon partnering with two brands to file several federal lawsuits against parties accused of selling fake goods, how brands got creative on International Women’s Day, and how the success of Marvel’s Black Panther movie has led to a number of trademark applications.
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.
Privacy advocates hail the new General Data Protection Regulation as a big step forward in the protection of personal data against misuse and abuse by commercial interests. The regulation confirms, they assert, that each natural person interacting on the worldwide web has “the right to be forgotten”. But how does our increasingly global internet-based society deal with bad actors, including criminals, in the face of these new privacy protections?
No Brexit talk between IP offices, Scooby Doo infringement and Syria establishes trademark court: news round-up
In the latest news round-up, we look the latest IP case data from Saudi Arabia, the latest report from the EUIPO on the economic impact of IP infringement, the establishment of a trademark court in Syria and warnings over counterfeit security certificates.
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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