Vehicles & Transport

WTR Industry Awards 2018: the shortlist revealed

The WTR Industry Awards 2018  honour leading trademark teams and individuals across a range of sectors. We reveal the shortlist.

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General Court: why motorcycles and automobiles are similar

The General Court has upheld a decision of the EUIPO finding that there was a likelihood of confusion between the word mark CK1 for “motorcycles” and the earlier figurative mark CK for “automobiles”.

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Victory for foreign brand owners: courts rule in favour of Piaggio and Toyota in separate judgments

In two recent judgments, the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal have found in favour of a large international brand owner and against a local company.

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“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...

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Good news for parallel importers: mark owners cannot prohibit import of authentic goods

The Moscow Arbitration Court has held that right holders cannot prohibit the importation of authentic products, even if the goods are imported by unauthorised distributors.

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Philip Morris, Michelin and Electrolux lead UDRP filers list as domain actions hit historical high

UDRP case filings at WIPO continued their upward momentum, with 3,074 cases handled in 2017. While the rise was less pronounced than in previous years, the figure set a new record.

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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 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...

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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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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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Shifting markets and brand positions in a transforming auto industry: exclusive data analysis

We take a deep dive into the trademark landscape of the automotive sector. While Germany remains the home of the most valuable auto brands, Chinese companies are quickly catching up.

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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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