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Trademark "reveals" Star Trek series name, T-ARA denied, and PewDiePie responds to “fake” sponsorship: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at a call to boycott a Hawaiian food chain over trademark enforcement, YouTube star PewDiePie hits back over "fake" sponsored video accusation, an analysis of cutting-edge technologies being developed in the fight against counterfeit food, the name for Patrick Stewart’s Star Trek TV series may have been revealed in a trademark application, and much more.
A look at the most popular articles and legal updates we have published over the past 12 months with Amazon overtaking Apple and Google to be named the world’s most valuable brand topping the table.
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.
GDPR “unmitigated victory” for scammers, Thunderpussy support and World Cup fakes crackdown: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at the questions that arose over whether US President Donald Trump violated Deere’s trademark rights, registrations rising for UK spirit marks, Interpol celebrates collaboration, GDPR being labelled “an unmitigated victory for spammers and scammers” and much more.
Plain packaging for bank loans, Honduras to appeal WTO ruling and legality of Burberry burning: news round-up
In our latest edition, we look at how the TTAB has sided with Italian fashion brand Gucci in a dispute with a family member of Gucci’s founder, Kazakhstan's new IP law amendments, how young people are seeking purpose-driven brands, how Aldi walks the lookalike line, and much more.
Snoop Dogg swats away Gleissner mark, Nestlé sells brands, and artificial nose identifies fake cheese: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner’s mixed week at the UKIPO, another Conor McGregor trademark fight, the “artificial nose” that can identify authentic and fake Parmesan cheese, the most expensive domain name sale of 2018 so far, and much more.
“E-commerce platforms make huge efforts to protect brands’ rights”: exclusive interview with Groupon’s Pablo Rodriguez
Coinciding with the launch of our enhanced 2018 WTR 300 list of leading corporate trademark professionals, World Trademark Review spoke to Pablo Amat Rodriguez, one of the in-house experts featured in this year’s guide, about his work as senior IP counsel (EMEA) for e-commerce brand Groupon. In a far-ranging conversation he explained how he seeks to meet the distinctive IP challenges Groupon faces as an online marketplace, stressing the importance of rigorous checks on both vendors and products.
In a recent decision under the UDRP, a panel has refused to order the transfer of a domain name consisting of a three-letter acronym without addressing whether the complainant had unregistered trademark rights under the same acronym. Among other things, the fact that the respondent offered the domain name for sale at a price in excess of its out-of-pocket costs was not indicative of its awareness of the trademark value of the domain name.
The recent ICANN meeting in Panama saw the impact of the European General Data Protection Regulation on WHOIS access and the policing headache this has caused for rights holders take centre stage. In this exclusive guest post, Brian J Winterfeldt, principal of the Winterfeldt IP Group and president of ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency, discusses the key takeaways for trademark owners.
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.
A panel has denied the transfer of a domain name that matched the complainant’s trademark and declared that the complaint constituted an abuse of the UDRP proceeding. The panel found that the complainant had deliberately filed a complaint without any proper basis, as the complaint was "thoroughly deficient and consisted of less than half of one page in submissions in support of the complainant's case".
Chanel takes eBay seller to court, Richemont pulls ‘.brands’, and STORMY DANIELS mark refused: news round-up
In our latest news round-up, we look at the World Cup teams fined for displaying unauthorised commercial branding, the Philippines IP Office expanding its trademark application fee waiver programme, the EPO and EUIPO’s event to improve the IP ecosystem, and the most trustworthy brands according to young people.
A UDRP panel has refused to order the transfer of a domain name that matched a complainant’s mark because the complainant failed to prove that the respondent registered and used the domain name in bad faith. The decision shows that, in cases where a complainant is relying on a mark that consists of an acronym, dictionary word, common phrase or common surname, the complainant has a heavier burden to establish that the domain name was registered and used in bad faith.
The European Data Protection Board has responded to ICANN’s call for guidance to enable the development of a GDPR-compliant model for access to personal data processed in the context of WHOIS. However, the eight-page document largely takes a broad-brush approach to guidance, raising the prospect that a more conservative approach to WHOIS data publication will result.
T-ARA trademark refused, Japanese toymakers fight fakes and the cost of defending plain packaging: news round-up
In our latest edition, we look at MBK Entertainment's trademark application for T-ARA being refused following an earlier controversy, India’s largest consumer goods company turning up the heat on infringers, how to avoid genericism, the decline in electronic counterfeits reports and Nominet reveals ‘.uk’ dispute statistics.
Last week we reported on a session at the ICANN meeting in Panama, in which the Government Advisory Committee heard from rights holders who have faced significant enforcement challenges following the enactment of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation. As the week went on, it became clear that those frustrations will continue for some time yet, despite government calls for urgent action.
At this week’s ICANN meeting in Panama, the Government Advisory Committee heard from rights holders who have faced significant enforcement challenges following the enactment of the GDPR. Among the concerns of brand owners are the difficulties in investigating potential infringement, the lack of response to legitimate data access requests and registers not engaging with the UDRP process.
Phishing attacks from domain name homographs represent a major threat to brand owners, new research reveals. A cyber security expert involved in the research has warned that this affects brands of all sizes and the threat is more overwhelming than that of counterfeiting, adding that those who ignore the findings “would have to be living in a fantasy land”.
Cuba issues first consumer protection rules, IHOB “a flop”, and cost of a country rebrand: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Alibaba and Kantar teaming up to redefine brand building in China, how the trademark in fake Italian goods costs Italy billions, Ukraine developing an institution of IP inspectors, and a hip-hop artist has been ordered to pay $2 million for infringing on an independent rapper’s trademark.
An investigation from World Trademark Review has explored the evolving tactics of misleading and often malicious websites that pose as articles from well-known news outlets. Common trends include the use of cryptocurrency and Elon Musk to lure in users, with one expert telling us that tackling hoax articles targeting brands or public figures can feel like “a game of whack-a-mole”.
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