Apple tops designation ranking as companies eye Vietnam expansion

The Southeast Asian country already had a thriving economy, but it is now directly benefiting from the trade war as companies like Apple consider relocating production lines.  

Apple tops designation ranking as companies eye Vietnam expansion
14 Jun 2019

Counterfeit seizures down, threat up: 5 takeaways from EUIPO Crime Threat Assessment report

A joint report from the European Union IP office and Europol, released this week, sheds new light on emerging trends in the growing counterfeit market across the EU. Here are WTR’s top five takeaways from the assessment.

14 Jun 2019

EUIPO enforcement portal, most cyber-attacked brands, and ACG anti-counterfeiting award winners: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at changes to Canadian registrations occurring next week, Unilever seeing a pay-off from purpose-led brands, brands being reminded to renew marks in Rwanda, and much more.

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14 Jun
2019

Uzbekistan introduces new administrative fines for IP rights infringement

Uzbekistan has adopted a new law which introduces fines for the infringement of copyright and related rights, patents, utility models, industrial designs and company names, and doubles the existing fines for trademark infringement.   Read more

14 Jun
2019

First oral hearing held before TRAB in non-use cancellation appeal

In proceedings involving the ‘Hao Yao Shi’ logo mark, the Chinese Trademark Review and Adjudication Board has agreed for the first time to conduct an oral hearing for an appeal in a non-use cancellation action. Read more

13 Jun
2019

IP insurance boost: Singapore Intellectual Property Office unveils major new scheme

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore has launched a new IP insurance offering, which includes coverage for trademark-related risk. The move is the latest in a trend that is set to continue in the coming months.  Read more

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12 Jun 2019

Brand Protection Online: leading industry experts to gather in London

WTR is pleased to announce that our Brand Protection Online event is heading to London in October. As such, the full programme can now be revealed. Read more

11 Jun 2019

South African police attacked during counterfeit raid, Chile IP office new director, and Airbnb versus Hairbnb: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the 2 millionth trademark application at the EUIPO, a new report finding that UK students are "actively disloyal" to brands, a collection of fake video games released, and much more. Read more

11 Jun 2019

The top trademark hotspots and stories of 2019 so far: a data deep-dive

As we near the halfway point of the year, the WTR platform has had just over 163,000 users. Analysis of the data reveals the regions and cities that are hotspots for interest in trademarks. Read more

10 Jun 2019

Counterfeits on TikTok: IP enforcement best practices

In an exclusive article, digital brand consultant Steven Ustel reveals the scale of counterfeiting on TikTok and its Chinese equivalent Douyin – and recommends ways for brand owners to mitigate the risks on the platforms. Read more

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13 Jun 2019

Gab, Parler, Thinkspot: brands warned of IP risks on new anti-censorship social networks

New social media platforms pledging to be “censorship-free” are garnering significant audiences who seek an alternative to Twitter and Facebook. Research from WTR finds that these platforms could be uniquely challenging for rights holders. Read more

13 Jun 2019

Why CBD-infused food and beverages could be ripe for a labelling class action

Despite the rise in hemp-based cannabidiol food and beverage products, manufacturers looking to enter the market face a number of stumbling blocks when it comes to labelling. Identifying these in advance will be key to avoid marketing that may be interpreted as misleading or false advertising. Read more

12 Jun 2019

Protecting IP in Africa’s free trade environment: a “monumental task” for negotiators

A free trade area spanning the continent of Africa is a step closer to becoming reality, with 7 July announced as the date of official launch. We look at the range of IP challenges this will create. Read more

11 Jun 2019

Huawei versus United States: why trademark professionals must follow this IP technology dispute

Chinese technology giant Huawei is reportedly stepping up development of an alternative operating system. Should it be forced to launch this platform, it could have a direct impact on future trademark enforcement programmes. Read more

Legal updates

13 Jun 2019

Cross-examination and the WOKOZIM case: a new direction for proceedings in Kenya?

A recent decision of the assistant registrar of trademarks within the context of an application for expungement of the mark WOKOZIM shows that, in certain circumstances, a deponent can be asked to appear physically for cross-examination. Read more

13 Jun 2019

General Court: concept of 'bad faith' not confined to limited category of specific circumstances

In Holzer y Cia SA de CV v EUIPO, the General Court has upheld a decision of the EUIPO finding that Holzer y Cia SA de CV had applied for the registration of two ANN TAYLOR marks in bad faith. Read more

12 Jun 2019

Eagle eye on attorneys’ fee award: courts must apportion award based on successful claims

In Alliance for Good Government v Coalition for Better Government, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has addressed the standard of review for attorneys’ fee awards under the Lanham Act. Read more

12 Jun 2019

Success for Crocs as defendant is found to infringe 3D mark for shape of Crocs shoes

Colombia’s Superintendence of Industry and Commerce has found that Evacol SAS infringed Crocs Inc’s 3D mark for the shape of its Crocs shoes by commercialising shoes of a confusingly similar shape. Read more

11 Jun 2019

Supreme Court issues landmark decision on goods in transit

In a case involving a well-known sportswear company, the Serbian Supreme Court of Cassation has held that the trademark holder was allowed to prohibit the transit through Serbia of goods infringing its IP rights. Read more

Insight

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Vietnam

As a part of its World Trade Organisation commitments and its commitments under other trade agreements, Vietnam has introduced a number of laws to better protect IP rights.  In theory, the applicable laws have the highest priority, followed by decrees and circulars. However, in practice, the competent authorities often give higher weight to decrees and circulars as they are usually the most detailed regulations. Read more

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: United States

Grey market goods do not qualify as counterfeit; therefore, distributors and sellers of grey market goods are not subject to criminal penalties. However, rights holders may have other claims against such distributors and sellers based on other intellectual property or contract laws. Read more

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: United Kingdom

While Border Force may seize items suspected of infringing an IP right (including counterfeit, infringing or pirated goods) ex officio, this is quite uncommon (rights holders would still need to submit an ex officio application for action to secure destruction). Border Force will usually seize only such items where a rights holder has a customs application for action in place. Read more

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Ukraine

No laws or regulations deal specifically with counterfeiting in Ukraine. Thus, this type of infringement is dealt with under the Trademark Law. Although that statute contains no definition of ‘counterfeit goods’, the relevant civil and criminal laws contain blanket provisions referring to the Trademark Law, particularly the definition of ‘use of a trademark’. Read more

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16-18 June
2019
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