“A problem for any company that operates in the US”: rise in trademark hijacking predicted after USPTO targeted

The USPTO is warning users of efforts to corrupt the US trademark register in an effort to game third-party brand registries. One legal expert tells WTR that the USPTO must urgently review its system security.

“A problem for any company that operates in the US”: rise in trademark hijacking predicted after USPTO targeted
22 Oct 2018

On the up Down Under – IP Australia lays out ambitious trademark plans

A senior representative from IP Australia reveals to WTR that the office is “exploring emerging technology solutions such as APIs” to ensure it is at the cutting edge of innovation in the years ahead. 

22 Oct 2018

Battle lines drawn, skirmishes commence: ICANN community debates future of WHOIS access

As the ICANN community gathers in Barcelona, efforts to develop permanent policy on the treatment of WHOIS data in light of the GDPR are high on the agenda – with battle lines being drawn and debate becoming increasingly combative.

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22 Oct
2018

General Court: variations in use altered distinctive character of earlier word mark TACK

In LA Superquimica SA v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that the applicant had failed to show use of the earlier mark TACK in the form under which it had been registered or in a form that could be regarded as acceptable. Read more

22 Oct
2018

Can London-based The Ritz Hotel Limited register RITZ PARIS mark?

The Russian Chamber of Patent Disputes has reversed a decision of the Patent Office in which the latter had refused to register the mark RITZ PARIS in the name of London-based Ritz Hotel Limited. Read more

19 Oct
2018

Facebook’s WHOIS access woes, DPMA’s IP workshop for refugees, and Santa-Cruz leaves INAPI: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the Croatian president talking up nation branding, Gucci voicing “reluctance” to work with Alibaba and JD.com, brand owners readying themselves for motion marks, and much more. Read more

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17 Oct 2018

Amazon overtakes Microsoft to top intangible value ranking; research calls for “revolution” in accounting

Amazon.com has overtaken Microsoft as the company boasting the highest level of intangible value. However, the picture is different when only disclosed intangible value is considered. Read more

16 Oct 2018

Louis Vuitton takedown spree, Poundland relaunches Twin Peaks bar, and a proposal for next round of ‘.brand’ TLDs: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a Malaysian minister promoting the Madrid Protocol, food conglomerates moving to revamp their portfolios, and more. Read more

12 Oct 2018

Coca-Cola dispute sparks censorship debate, Alfred Dunhill scores big in China, and Belt and Road IP cooperation: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at how brands should share bad news, why Chinese companies have been accused of “poor branding”, Silk Road member states strengthening IP cooperation, and more. Read more

12 Oct 2018

Access the latest brand protection and management strategies for China

World Trademark Review is pleased to unveil the programme for the third annual Brand Strategy China event, which takes place in Shanghai on 3 December 2018. Read more

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19 Oct 2018

China establishes first 'trademark protection office' to assist brands as they go global

A ‘trademark protection office’ has been established in Shanghai to provide local brands with legal support and international know-how – a notable development in the Chinese government's drive to take local brands onto the global stage. Read more

18 Oct 2018

“Leveraging the law is not the whole solution”: interview with Philip Morris’ Herman Cheung

In an exclusive interview, the tobacco giant's Manager of Illicit Trade Prevention talks to WTR about the importance of anti-counterfeiting efforts as the company transitions to a smoke-free future. Read more

18 Oct 2018

Russia pushing ahead with geographical indications; expert highlights opportunities and pitfalls of draft bill

A draft bill has been introduced in Russia that will establish geographical indications protection in the country. If passed, the law will be a significant win for the producers of region-specific goods. Read more

18 Oct 2018

Can anonymous internet comments be used as evidence in trademark litigation?

While the role of anonymous confusion is still somewhat muddied by inconsistent approaches, parties should be prepared to handle concerns as to relevance, hearsay and authentication. Read more

Legal updates

19 Oct 2018

Success for H&M as Delhi High Court issues injunction against HM Megabrands

In the dispute between H&M and HM Megabrands over the use of the letters ‘H’ and ‘M’, the Delhi High Court has ruled in favour of H&M and issued an injunction against Megabrands.   Read more

19 Oct 2018

Good news for mark owners: recordal of certain changes exempted from payment of official fees

The Peruvian Trademark Office has recently started to apply Article 6(6) of Legislative Decree 1310, which means that the recordal of certain changes is now exempted from the payment of official fees. Read more

18 Oct 2018

CJEU considers legal standing of bodies for collective representation of trademark owners

The Court of Justice of the European Union has considered whether an organisation for the collective representation of trademark owners could bring proceedings in its own name to seek remedies to protect its members’ interests. Read more

18 Oct 2018

Prioritising trademarks in business: the Nigeria Air saga

The failed launch of Nigeria Air by the country’s federal government shows the importance of securing a trademark registration prior to commencing branding and marketing efforts. Read more

17 Oct 2018

Success for Deckers as court rules that UGG is not generic for type of boot

In Deckers Outdoor v Australian Leather, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has held on summary judgment that the defendant had failed to prove that UGG was generic for a type of sheepskin boot.   Read more

Insight

12 Sep 2018

The future of trademarks

Global brand owners face increasing challenges in protecting, managing and enforcing their IP rights. These include challenges arising from new technologies, new business models and new markets. Read more

12 Sep 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Japan

 The Examination Guidelines for Trademarks also play an important role in the examination of trademark applications at the Japan Patent Office (JPO). The most recent revisions to the examination guidelines took place in April 2017, which include clarifying the criteria for judging the similarities between trademarks. Read more

12 Sep 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Italy

Italy has a first-to-file system, therefore unregistered trademarks enjoy a lesser degree of protection than registered trademarks. Only in exceptional circumstances can an unregistered trademark prevail over a later registered trademark. Read more

12 Sep 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Israel

While the Trademark Ordinance predominantly provides protection for registered trademarks, it also protects unregistered well-known trademarks. Read more

Events

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25 Oct
2018
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IPBC Australasia 2018

Built on IAM’s extensive relationships within the Australian and NZ IP communities, IPBC Australasia is specifically designed for senior IP executives at the region’s leading corporates, research institutions and governmental agencies, plus emerging companies from across the industry spectrum.

2-4 Dec
2018
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IPBC Asia 2018

The Asia-Pacific region is cementing its position as the focus point for the international IP market as its rapid development drives deal making, IP investment and litigation trends. Against this background, IAM is pleased to be returning to Shanghai for the sixth IPBC Asia, hosted at the Ritz-Carlton Pudong on December 2 to 4 2018.

28 Jan
2019
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Managing Trademark Assets Europe 2019

As brands grow, new markets open up, the online world expands and social media presence is enhanced, both opportunities and infringement result. But while responsibilities grow, for many resources and budgets do not. World Trademark Review’s Managing Trademark Assets Europe will provide insights and best practice for cost-effectively managing trademark portfolios.

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