Baker McKenzie leads law firm brand index; cross-border focus highlighted

Market analysis from Acritas has found that the most successful law firm brands come from global firms focusing on Germany at a time when much domestic growth has stalled.

Baker McKenzie leads law firm brand index; cross-border focus highlighted
23 Oct 2019

Six counterfeit hotspots in Cambodia that brand owners should be aware of

In the latest edition of our series on marketplaces that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to the Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia.

22 Oct 2019

Fake news trademark stunt, Chile extends all IP matters, and Lichtenstein joins TMview: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Kanye West being denied a trademark for the term ‘Sunday Service’, adidas prevailing in Japan, the UK Intellectual Property Office notifying users of planned maintenance after Brexit, and much more.

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23 Oct
2019

EBAY recorded as a well-known trademark in Turkey

Following an unfavourable first-instance decision, the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office Re-examination and Evaluation Board has recognised on appeal by eBay Inc that the trademark EBAY is well known in Turkey. Read more

23 Oct
2019

General Court considers requirements for proving that coexistence is based on absence of likelihood of confusion

In Wanda Films v EUIPO, the EU General Court has found that the applicant had failed to prove that the parties’ marks coexisted peacefully on the relevant market and that such coexistence was due to an absence of a likelihood of confusion. Read more

22 Oct
2019

Applicants, agencies and IP authorities under scrutiny as China steps up fight against bad-faith filings

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation has released new provisions on the regulation of trademark applications, expanding on how bad-faith filings will be defined and tackled. Read more

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21 Oct 2019

Don’t miss your chance to win a free delegate place at an upcoming WTR event

Take two minutes to nominate the world's best in-house professionals and teams – and be in with a chance to win a free place at an upcoming WTR event. Read more

20 Oct 2019

USPTO fees proposals backlash; online brand protection takeaways; Amazon pushes back over anti-counterfeiting criticism; Ethiopia’s counterfeiting hotspots; plus much more.

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

18 Oct 2019

Facebook brand value falls, Pringles and Prosecco battle, and Alibaba’s AACA member update: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the US and Singapore IP regimes being recognised in a new index, the most visible brand logo online, Netflix being accused of trademark dilution by Mossack Fonesca, and much more. Read more

16 Oct 2019

Amazon hits back at AAFA notorious markets submission with rare public rebuttal

Amazon has issued a strongly worded response to the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s call for a number of its non-US platforms to be included in the next Office of the US Trade Representative's Notorious Markets List. Read more

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22 Oct 2019

Call for Google to step up de-indexing as study reveals prevalence of counterfeits in search results

A new study from Incopro has revealed the regularity of sites selling counterfeits being included in Google search results. The company is now calling on the search engine giant to comply with de-indexing requests for such sites. Read more

22 Oct 2019

Are major brands stealing expressions of folklore in Mexico?

News outlets have focused on the use of expressions of folklore by fashion brands. In this guest post, a local expert argues that, with companies currently operating on the right side of the law, protecting these expressions against misuse belongs to the state. Read more

21 Oct 2019

Crafting cross-company collaboration: exclusive interview with Uber’s Rafa Gutierrez 

While a relatively young brand, Uber faces the gamut of IP risks – from phishing to genericism. Rafa Gutierrez explains how he keeps the platform’s IP fully protected. Read more

18 Oct 2019

A new dawn for grocery stores: how major brands are changing to counter low-cost rivals

The departure of Tesco’s CEO signifies the retailer’s successful turnaround, but this is just the beginning as long-time players overhaul businesses to stay in the game. Read more

Legal updates

22 Oct 2019

DURAX case: Uruguayan mark cancelled due to reputation of Argentinean brand and owners’ bad faith

The successor of an Argentinean company that manufactured glassware under the marks DURAX and DURAX TODA LA VIDA has obtained the cancellation of the Uruguayan mark DURAX for identical goods. Read more

22 Oct 2019

Meso v Liberty: Bombay High Court upholds ‘common to the trade’ defence

In Meso Private Limited v Liberty Shoes Ltd, the Division Bench of the Bombay High Court has dismissed Meso’s appeal against the single judge’s refusal to issue an injunction preventing Liberty from using the marks LEGEND and FLIRT for perfumes. Read more

21 Oct 2019

Likelihood of confusion: new determining factor is brought into play

Argentina’s Civil and Commercial Federal Chamber of Appeals has developed a jurisprudence that changes the way in which the courts address the issue of likelihood of confusion. Read more

21 Oct 2019

Applicants for PINKIES trademark could not put a ring on it

The appointed person has upheld an appeal against a decision of the UKIPO hearing officer in which the latter had found that there was no likelihood of confusion between the mark PINKIES in Class 14 and the earlier mark PIMKIE in Classes 9, 14 and 35.  Read more

18 Oct 2019

Angular lines of Zhejiang scooter distinguish design from classic Vespa LX scooter

The EU General Court has dismissed an appeal by Piaggio, the manufacturer of the Vespa LX scooter, which had applied for a declaration of invalidity of Zhejiang Zhongneng Industry Group's registered Community design for its scooter. Read more

Insight

30 Sep 2019

ECJ case law displays nuanced understanding of comparative advertising

A case from the European Court of Justice offers invaluable guidance for what is acceptable in comparative advertising, especially when it comes to comparing the prices of goods sold in different types and sizes of outlet. Read more

30 Sep 2019

China's Anti-unfair Competition Law: cracking down on malicious infringement in advertising

Recent amendments to China’s Anti-unfair Competition Law have seen legal compensation rise from Rmb3 million to Rmb5 million, which goes some way to addressing the significant cost of stopping infringement. Read more

30 Sep 2019

Building an effective enforcement strategy to fight unfair competition in advertising

In the fight against unfair marketing practices, businesses operating in Russia would be well advised to understand the correlation between unfair advertising and unfair competition and to take account of the relevant legal provisions so as to build up an effective enforcement strategy. Read more

30 Sep 2019

Unfair competition in Mexico: how to play by the rules in advertising’s commercial battles

Competitive advertising strategies should prompt healthy commercial battles and bring out the best in advertising, yet some still use advertising to confuse and mislead customers. Mexico’s unfair competition legislation defends the rights of victims to dubious advertising practices. Read more

Events

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14 October
2019
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Brand Protection Online Europe

After a successful debut in the United States, World Trademark Review (WTR) is bringing Brand Protection Online to Europe this October! Brand Protection Online Europe (14 October, London) will provide a unique forum for in-house counsel to discuss the challenges, opportunities and risks being faced as online and technological environments continue to evolve.

4 December
2019
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IPBC Latin America 2019

In its second year, IAM’s IPBC Latin America heads to São Paulo to showcase and explore winning strategies for managing the IP lifecycle to maximise corporate value. Rights holders from Latin America and beyond will delve into the best practices, enforcement techniques and monetisation options that can be utilised to craft world-class IP management and value creation programmes.

28 January
2020
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Managing Trademark Assets Europe 2020

WTR’s Managing Trademark Assets Europe will bring together trademark counsel and brand experts from a variety of industries. It will provide a space in which to benefit from new insights, discuss best practice and share cutting-edge strategies for cost-effectively building and protecting brands.

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