Register tracker: North America and Europe

The first of a new series reveals the key data points of major registers across Europe and North America

Register tracker: North America and Europe
Rule-breaking influencers named: UKIPO Brexit deadline reminder; Ice Cube likeness claim dismissed – news digest
18 Jun 2021

Rule-breaking influencers named: UKIPO Brexit deadline reminder; Ice Cube likeness claim dismissed – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Norton Rose Fulbright appointing a global head of intellectual property, a final reminder over ‘.eu’ domain names, Mattel’s latest licensing deal and much more.

“Volume of activity does not equate to success”: IPSecure CEO expands on mission to redefine approach to online brand protection
17 Jun 2021

“Volume of activity does not equate to success”: IPSecure CEO expands on mission to redefine approach to online brand protection

This month, IPSecure, a pure software-as-a-service brand protection platform for brands, law firms and e-commerce managers, landed a multimillion-dollar initial funding round.

Featured

18 Jun
2021

Supreme People’s Court issues new interpretation on punitive damages in IP cases

The Chinese Supreme People’s Court’s recently issued interpretation, which provides clarity and consistency as to how punitive damages can be applied and assessed, is expected to act as stronger deterrent against IP infringement. Read more

18 Jun
2021

Trading in domain names is not per se bad faith

This decision highlights the intrinsic value that short domain names may have, such value being determined not by a UDRP panel, but by supply and demand in the marketplace. Read more

17 Jun
2021

Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis

As the novel coronavirus epidemic continues to spread across the globe, WTR provides an updated look at measures that national IP offices have launched in response. Read more

News

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15 Jun 2021

South Korea reports record trademark applications; Selfridges for sale; Right Guard under new ownership – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at OpSec Security introducing a new integrated authentication label, the Portuguese IP office launching an anti-counterfeiting site for kids, and much more. Read more

13 Jun 2021

Corsearch acquires Incopro; mascots and cancel culture; Corona crowned top beer brand; and 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

11 Jun 2021

Crocs calls out Skechers; LegalZoom gears up for initial public offering; SurveyMonkey rebrands as Momentive – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at INTA updating its anti-counterfeiting best practices, the American Apparel & Footwear Association joining a campaign against illegal trade, Amazon and HanesBrands teaming up, and much more. Read more

10 Jun 2021

Concern voiced as low-cost filer Trademark Terminal launches new platforms

Recently-launched low-cost trademark filing offerings ‘Trademark Kingdom’ and ‘Trademark Nations’ appear to be linked to controversial platform Trademark Terminal, WTR can reveal. Read more

Analysis

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16 Jun 2021

Womble Bond Dickinson US shares best practices for workplace inclusion

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP’s Sarah Keefe and WBD Pride affinity group co-chairs Tara Cho and Kevin Hall share a number of best practices for building an inclusive work environment in an effort to make the legal profession a more equitable place for all. Read more

14 Jun 2021

How a hands-on approach helps FSC IP counsel push sustainable brand message

In an exclusive interview, Ugreson Maistry, trademark and IP counsel at the Forest Stewardship Council, reveals why teaming up with industry players not only benefits the environment, but also helps raise the profile of sustainability groups. Read more

14 Jun 2021

Counterfeit hotspots in South Africa that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest instalment in our regular series on marketplaces around the globe that are reportedly notorious for being counterfeit havens, we head to South Africa. Read more

8 Jun 2021

Call for reform as trademark survey formats criticised for suppressing crucial information

A new study criticises widely-used methodology used on trademark survey evidence, claiming it is prone to showing only “weakly-held mistaken beliefs”, and suggests changes to “reveal the true extent of consumer uncertainty”. Read more

Legal updates

17 Jun 2021

Blow for Heineken in fight over RADLER mark

Heineken has been dealt a blow by the Chisinau Court of Appeal in its long-running dispute with local company Efes Vitanta Moldova Brewery SA. The conflict’s outcome is extremely important given its implications for the Moldavian beer market. Read more

17 Jun 2021

Andean Court of Justice issues new guidelines on what is bad faith and how to assess it

Crucially, the Andean Court of Justice provided a new, specific standard to assess bad faith based on “reasonable indicia”, which creates a shift from the current - and arguably unattainable - evidentiary standard. Read more

16 Jun 2021

General Court annuls EUIPO decision in HISPANO SUIZA case

The General Court found that the EUIPO was wrong to rule out, as a matter of principle, the relevance of the ‘market practice’ criterion in its examination of the similarity of the goods. Read more

16 Jun 2021

Israeli court decides that Schweppes drink imported from Ukraine does not infringe SCHWEPPES mark

An Israeli district court has held that, despite the different sources of origin of the goods, a Schweppes drink imported from Ukraine did not infringe the trademark SCHWEPPES, owned by an Israeli drinks manufacturer. Read more

15 Jun 2021

Long-running dispute over STOLICHNAYA and MOSCOVSKAYA vodka marks reignited

Ownership of these vodka brands has been hotly contested since proceedings began in 2004. The Full Court of the Australian Federal Court recently allowed an appeal by two Russian state entities, reviving the battle between the parties. Read more

Insight

26 May 2021

How Christian Louboutin is breaking IP boundaries: exclusive interview with group general counsel

Christian Louboutin group general counsel Xavier Ragot reveals how the legal department at one of the world’s most famous luxury brands has spent the past decade improving education and awareness in the IP space to fight counterfeiting and protect its iconic red sole mark. Read more

11 May 2021

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Canada

In 2020, for the second consecutive year, there was a significant increase in the number of detained shipments by the Canada Border Services Agency (Customs), including several containers of counterfeit merchandise destined for global distribution. Read more

11 May 2021

Fighting the menace of criminal counterfeiting

The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) had intended for 2020 to be a year of great celebration for ACG members. For 40 years we have been fighting the menace of criminal counterfeiting and our successes over this time have been huge. Read more

11 May 2021

Customs seizure based on trademark rights

Japanese Customs can seize imported goods that infringe trademark rights. If a trademark owner wishes Customs to seize infringing goods, the owner should record its trademark rights with Customs by filing a request for import seizure. Read more

Events

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21-22 October
2021

ECTA Annual Conference

SAVE THE DATE - ECTA’s 39th Annual Conference will be held on 21 and 22 October 2021 in Vienna in a hybrid format. You will share two days of intensive networking and learning opportunities on the latest trends in trade mark, design law and beyond with numerous professionals and officials from all over the world. We hope to welcome many friends and colleagues, physically and virtually at this event. ECTA members can participate at a reduced fee! More information about the programme and registration will follow in due course.

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