Vehicles & Transport

“This puts a stake in the ground”: why brands must pay attention to the Maasai IP initiative

An initative which represents the Maasai tribe of Kenya and Tanzania in efforts to gain control over commercial uses of its cultural ‘brand’ has recently secured a deal with Koy Clothing. We speak with the negotiator behind the agreement on why it matters for brands.

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Toyota loses appeal against PRIUS trademark registration

The Supreme Court has dismissed Toyota’s appeal against the order of the Division Bench of the Delhi High Court permitting the use of the PRIUS mark by Prius Auto.

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Clarification on stay of infringement proceedings

The Indian Supreme Court has interpreted Sections 107 and 111 of the Trade and Merchandise Marks Act 1958 in the context of the exercise of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board’s jurisdiction relating to stay of infringement proceedings before a court.

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Blow for London Taxi Company in shape mark decision

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has backed a High Court of Justice finding that the three-dimensional (3D) shapes of particular models of taxi were invalid.

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Court of Appeal upholds decision in London Taxi case

The Court of Appeal has upheld the High Court’s ruling in the London Taxi case, finding that the taxi cab shape mark lacks inherent distinctiveness.

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Escobar ends Netflix feud, F1 logo issues, and brands warned of cryptocurrency cybersquatting: news round-up

In our latest news round-up we look at the significant changes to Vietnam’s IP laws that came into force this week, how the Formula 1 rebrand may have hit a speed bump, and much more.

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Barbie setback, Fiji pledges improved IP environment and Coco a success despite trademark backlash: news round-up

In the latest round-up, we look at how Mattel had a trademark opposition setback in Japan, how a pop superstar identified counterfeits of her own merchandise, and much more.

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Alibaba unveils new auto parts policy, industry groups split over anti-counterfeiting efforts

Alibaba has announced the ban of listings offering car airbag components on two of its cross-border e-commerce platforms, a move welcomed by the Automotive Anti-counterfeiting Council.

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Samsung revealed as brand UK consumers are most loyal to; expert warns of Brexit impact on customer loyalty

A first-of-its-kind research project has revealed the brands that UK consumers are most committed and loyal to, with technology giants Samsung and Apple topping the inaugural ranking.

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Vehicles & Transport Team of the Year: BMW

Working for a company operating at the cutting edge of its field, the trademark team at BMW Group often breaks new ground when it comes to protecting IP rights.

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Germany’s hearty trademark scene and stunning courtroom win rates: exclusive data analysis

The latest country data report focuses on Germany. We reveal the European powerhouse’s leading sectors and explain how the country’s robust brands have continued to surge in value.

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Issue 71