What the future holds in store for brand professionals: exclusive insights from the 2019 INTA president

David Lossignol, the new president of INTA, outlines the association’s priorities for the coming year and calls on the trademark community to facilitate positive change in the brand ecosystem.

What the future holds in store for brand professionals: exclusive insights from the 2019 INTA president
16 Jan 2019

What the UK government’s Brexit deal defeat means for trademark owners

The UK government suffered a catastrophic defeat on Tuesday night after the House of Commons firmly rejected its Brexit deal. We take a look at what the result means for trademark owners, including a claim that rights holders are “back at square one".

15 Jan 2019

Supermac’s trademark victory over McDonald’s is a “warning” to major brands

In a landmark judgment, Irish fast food chain Supermac’s has prevailed in a dispute with McDonald’s over the use of the BIG MAC trademark.

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17 Jan
2019

World-class speaking line-up revealed for upcoming WTR conferences in Chicago

WTR is pleased to announce the first set of speakers for the upcoming Brand Protection Online and Managing Trademark Assets USA events, which take place on consecutive days in March.  Read more

17 Jan
2019

Blackhawks.com down! Respondent found to have engaged in pattern of abusive domain name registration

A recent UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘blackhawks.com’ shows that a domain name registrant may be found to engage in conduct that amounts to bad faith even if it is not targeting a specific trademark holder. Read more

17 Jan
2019

Amended German trademark law comes into force - key changes highlighted

The Trademark Law Modernisation Act, which aims to transpose Directive 2015/2436 into German law, has come into force. This update reviews the changes that will have the greatest impact on mark owners. Read more

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15 Jan 2019

New Zealand opens GI nominations, INTA 2019 president, and Netflix CYOA dispute: news digest

In our latest digest, we look at INTA keeping the plain packaging battle alive, cannabis use legalised in South Africa, the liability of freight forwarders in Singapore, and much more. Read more

14 Jan 2019

Clarivate Analytics announces $4.2bn merger deal; reveals plans for public listing  

Public investment vehicle Churchill Capital Corp and Clarivate Analytics have announced an agreement to merge, with the combined company – Clarivate – to become publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Read more

14 Jan 2019

Amazon and Toyota CEOs top male-dominated brand ambassador ranking

New study ranks corporate CEOs as brand ambassadors, with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos topping the list. The research highlights the gender disparity that exists at the higher echelons of company management. Read more

11 Jan 2019

MysteryBrand denies selling fakes, T-ara dispute concludes, and Slovakia IPO ditches fax: news digest

In our latest news digest, we look at the USPTO hiring a deputy general counsel, how domain name management is “just as important” as brand protection, the Paraguay IPO pledging more counterfeit enforcement in 2019, and much more. Read more

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15 Jan 2019

Jurisdiction in domain name disputes: cutting through the fog

Legal practitioners, registrants and brand owners are often forced to navigate the online landscape in low visibility. Once you acknowledge the foggy conditions, you can adjust your approach to avoid any wrong turns.  Read more

14 Jan 2019

Gateway to fakes? Reps4You marketplace revealed as new threat to fashion brands

A major new online marketplace selling counterfeit goods launched last week, with some claiming the Reps4You platform could be a “good gateway” for users to buy fake goods for the first time. Read more

11 Jan 2019

Johnson & Johnson data focus: inside the world’s biggest trademark portfolio

In the first of a new series, we shed light on how this pharmaceutical giant's trademark holdings have contributed to its business strategy. Read more

11 Jan 2019

Battling online counterfeiters: four key considerations for litigation

While litigation against counterfeiters on e-commerce sites can have distinct benefits over other methods of enforcement, it is not a one-size-fits-all option.  Read more

Legal updates

16 Jan 2019

Sky skewers Samsung in 'Q' case

The UK Intellectual Property Office has upheld an opposition filed by Sky, the owner of a figurative mark intended to be seen as ‘Q’, against the registration by Samsung of a mark representing the letter ‘Q’. Read more

16 Jan 2019

Blow for Horlicks as Delhi High Court rules in favour of Heinz in comparative advertising case  

The Delhi High Court has dismissed Horlicks’ application for an interim injunction against Heinz India, holding that an advertiser is allowed to make a comparison with other products as long as such comparison is true. Read more

15 Jan 2019

UDRP: no change in the status quo is not a legally relevant development

A recent decision under the UDRP highlights important points for complainants contemplating the submission of a refiling. Read more

15 Jan 2019

Court of Appeal deviates from 'first to register' rule and protects foreign brand owner

In a significant victory for brand owners, Nigeria’s Court of Appeal has deviated from the ‘first to register’ rule and held that the true owner of the mark KASEA was a Chinese company which was not a party to the proceedings. Read more

14 Jan 2019

Mediation now mandatory for monetary-related IP disputes

Mediation is now mandatory in Turkey for actions relating to commercial receivables, which cover certain types of IP disputes.  Read more

Insight

8 Jan 2019

Protecting and enforcing design rights: United States

The grant of a design patent entitles the owner to exclusive rights to that design, such that the owner may bring suit against an infringer. In order to assess whether a design patent has been infringed, the scope of protection available to the allegedly infringed design must be properly determined. Read more

8 Jan 2019

Protecting and enforcing design rights: United Kingdom

There is a clear legal distinction between the ‘monopoly right’ in a registered design and the ‘right to prevent copying’ of an unregistered design. Read more

8 Jan 2019

Protecting and enforcing design rights: Turkey

Designs are protected by the new Industrial Property Law (6769), which entered into force on 10 January 2017. According to the new law, both registered and unregistered design protection is available for new and distinctive designs. Read more

8 Jan 2019

Protecting and enforcing design rights: Switzerland

Swiss design is characterised by its hybrid status – it is influenced by the German tradition of functionalism and the Italian radical design of the 1960s. Swiss design lies somewhere between ‘form follows function’ and ‘anything goes’ – it is functional yet rich; linear while unexpected; practical and refreshing. Read more

Events

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28 Jan
2019
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Managing Trademark Assets Europe 2019

This event will provide insights and best practice for cost-effectively managing trademark portfolios. Attendees will hear senior in-house counsel from a range of industries discuss how best to manage risk and communicate the value of brands to the business.

5 Mar
2019
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Brand Protection Online 2019

This will be a unique forum for in-house counsel to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and risks they face, as well as the latest cutting-edge strategies for online brand protection, including an examination of both successes and failures in this ever-changing environment.

6 Mar
2019
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Managing Trademark Assets USA 2019

WTR’s fourth annual Managing Trademark Assets USA will provide attendees with a platform for senior counsel to share real-world insights at a time when it is more important than ever to integrate innovative and disruptive strategies into your trademark operations.

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