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Legislation was tabled last week in the US House of Representatives calling for the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), following a week in which over 100 elected officials declared their support for dismantling the organisation. It sparked a reminder that the agency plays a crucial role in the fight against counterfeits, with a leading trademark lawyer describing the calls for ICE’s complete abolition as “short-sighted”, warning that such a move would damage brand rights enforcement as well as other positive functions it serves.
How brands should prepare for the big changes coming to Canada’s trademark market: exclusive data analysis
In our latest country data report, we delve into Canada’s trademark landscape. We examine how a major overhaul of its trademark laws may lead to a clogged up register, assess the impact cannabis legalisation might have on rights holders and take a close look at filing and litigation data.
Trump administration tariffs “could help legitimise fake goods”: trade associations join up to sound alarm bells
A number of major US trade associations have joined forces to send a letter to two members of the House Ways and Means Committee warning that the Trump administration’s recent trade tariffs are having a harmful effect on the battle against counterfeit goods. The strongly worded letter, seen by World Trademark Review, claims that the tariffs place “significant barriers on the fight against harmful fakes” and calls for an urgent rethink.
The EUIPO has released a new report, compiling research since 2013, to present a comprehensive and updated picture of the scope and impact of IP rights infringement in the European Union.
Counterfeiting is a priority policy issue for the International Trademark Association (INTA). Counterfeit goods are reaching consumers in all corners of the world and have permeated the online marketplace.
Compared to other forms of artistic expression such as literature, music, films and theatrical works fashion designs are left with limited IP rights and protection.
Canada adopted a new border enforcement system on January 1 2015, which empowers Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials to act ex officio to detain suspected counterfeit or pirated product.
US law offers a full arsenal of weapons that trademark owners can employ to combat counterfeiting at every step.
US government ranks Canada’s border enforcement on same level as China; Special 301 adds Saudi Arabia and UAE
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has published the 2018 Special 301 Report, the second released during the Trump administration. Canada has been added to the Priority Watch List this year due to “a failure to resolve key longstanding deficiencies in protection and enforcement of IP” meaning all eyes will now be on the country’s newly-announced Intellectual Property Strategy.
adidas takes anti-counterfeiting fight to Instagram sellers, highlights enforcement challenge faced by brands
In a lawsuit filed last week on behalf of adidas and Reebok International in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the sports brands took aim at 53 sellers of alleged counterfeit goods on social media and e-commerce sites (ie, eBay.com, Bonanza.com, iOffer.com and Instagram.com). For those not yet monitoring the platform, the action provides a reminder that Instagram should be a part of policing strategies.
Trademark counsel have had their say on the efficiency of customs authorities across the globe with some of the largest importers of counterfeit goods giving cause for continued concern.
In Klipsch Group Inc v ePRO E-Commerce Ltd the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has rejected a party’s position that penalties must be proportional to either the value of the evidence uncovered by remedial measures or the ultimate value of the case. The court upheld discovery sanctions that amounted to more than 100 times the district court’s appraisal of the likely damages.
Sweeping amendments to the Trademarks Act are expected to be implemented in 2019. The amendments will fundamentally affect the way in which all trademark owners will need to approach their selection, clearance and registration strategies, and the pharmaceutical industry is no exception.
WTR Pharmaceutical-Trademarks 2018 - Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: United States
Clearing and registering pharmaceutical trademarks in the United States are often more complex and challenging than in other countries. This is due in large part to the requirement that the Food and Drug Administration approve all pharmaceutical trade and generic names, the latter of which cannot be subject to trademark protection.
US government report finds staggering ratio of fakes on major e-commerce sites: calls for agencies to step up
A new report published by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that US agencies could be doing significantly more to tackle the growing threat of counterfeit goods. In doing so, the GAO revealed the staggering ratio between authentic and fake goods on e-commerce sites.
In our latest news round-up we look at how the Zimbabwe government is hiring a technology company to tackle counterfeit goods, the brands being accused of using “underhand tricks” to fool consumers and a new report looking at the leading Chinese brands.
A week-long spat between Alibaba and the Office of the US Trade Representative has turned into a full-blown diplomatic issue after the Chinese government publicly questioned the credibility of the Notorious Markets List. China’s Ministry of Commerce has also claimed that the report lacks “solid evidence” to include the nine Chinese marketplaces accused of engaging in rampant IP infringement a move that appears to call into question the accounts of brand owners tackling fake goods in China.
Alibaba on the offensive: warns brands not to trust Notorious Markets List, undecided on future cooperation
Alibaba Group continues to talk tough in the wake of its online marketplace Taobao remaining on the Office of the US Trade Representative’s latest Notorious Markets List. Talking to World Trademark Review, an Alibaba spokesperson claims that brand owners should no longer trust the list and revealed that the company may not submit evidence for future reports.
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has released the latest edition of its annual Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, in which it highlights marketplaces that it claims facilitate substantial intellectual property infringement. Alibaba Group's Taobao remains on the list, and in response, Alibaba has labelled itself “a scapegoat for the USTR to win points in a highly-politicised environment” and claims that it "not only met but dramatically exceeded" last year's recommendations.
While consumers enjoy the low prices offered on Black Friday, the sales period is a significant challenge for trademark practitioners especially for protecting shoppers from online scams. Exclusive research looks at how well-known fashion and retail brands have utilised (or not) key new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), including ‘.blackfriday’ and ‘.shop’. We find that few brands are taking advantage of new gTLDs for marketing purposes and, unsurprisingly, numerous examples of cybersquatting and unusual examples of brand hijackings.
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