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IP Australia wins digital award, Stephen Colbert talks trademarks, and USPTO seeks new judge: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a Minneapolis official who sought registered trademark protection of a blog that criticised her, a Delhi court getting tough on perjury in a trademark case, and much more.

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High Court provides guidance on admissibility of new evidence on appeal from registrar

The decision of the High Court of England and Wales in Consolidated Developments Ltd v Cooper demonstrates the relatively restrictive approach which the court takes to the admission of new evidence.

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MISS EARTH case: ex parte injunction vacated as plaintiff suppressed material facts

An Indian court has vacated an ex parte injunction preventing the defendants from using the mark MISS EARTH as a title in respect of a beauty pageant.

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Court of Appeal provides salutary lesson to mark owners who license their trademark portfolios

The decision of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in Holland and Barrett v General Nutrition provides valuable guidance for mark owners who license their main brand as well as a number of sub-brands.

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High Court Sony decision: are well-known marks really protected?

In a decision that "may be a shock to many", the Kenyan High Court has held that Sony Corporation had failed to prove that its SONY mark was a well-known mark in Kenya.

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Amazon, Brexit, GDPR, Gleissner, Novichok, Trump: our most-read stories of 2018 so far

A look at our most popular articles and legal updates over the past 12 months – featuring content about Crocs, Google, Prada, Starbucks, WHOIS and much more.

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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 how tomato DNA is being used to combat dangerous counterfeits, the Vega+ games console losing branding rights, and much more.

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GDPR “unmitigated victory” for scammers, Thunderpussy support and World Cup fakes crackdown: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at questions that arose over whether US President Donald Trump violated Deere’s trademark rights, registrations rising for UK spirit marks, Interpol celebrates collaboration, and much...

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Court gives Nestlé appeal the finger in long-awaited KitKat shape mark decision

​​​​​​​The Court of Justice of the European Union has dismissed appeals brought in the high-profile ‘4 Finger KitKat’ case, ruling that the EUIPO must reconsider whether the three-dimensional shape can be retained as an EU trademark.

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Know your rights: grounds for ownership and opposition under a Mexican trademark licence

Mexican law follows international standards with regard to trademark licensing, and licensors can benefit from a licensee’s use of their mark even where the agreement has not been recorded.

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Protection of GUIs under the Designs Act

Graphical user interfaces (GUIs) are interfaces that allow users to interact and exchange information with electronic devices. Since GUIs are increasingly key to success in the market for software products, their protection has become more important than ever.

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Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Chile

Two frameworks are applicable to pharmaceutical marks in Chile. The Industrial Property Law and its regulation set out the rules for the registration and use of trademarks; the Sanitary Code and Decree 3/2010 regulate the pharmaceutical product marketing authorisation...

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Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Canada

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...

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How brands should prepare for the big changes coming to Canada’s trademark market: exclusive data analysis

In our latest 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, take a look at filing and litigation trends, and much more.

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Argentina’s emergency trademark law amendments and reassuring filing figures; exclusive data analysis

World Trademark Review examines the IP profile of Argentina, exploring the potential impact of the new emergency decree on trademark law, while providing a thorough breakdown on filings at the Argentine register.

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More information about Gleissner trademark activity emerges as business owner voices frustration

Business owners have spoken to World Trademark Review about their anger and confusion over the mysterious trademark activity of entrepreneur Michael Gleissner.

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Big changes in the pharmaceutical sector as leading brands flourish: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s data report, we turn the spotlight on the sprawling pharmaceutical sector. We look at how the sector is being affected by political pressures, and identify the developments that are driving change.

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