Innovation at the EUIPO: spotlight on digital tools and services

In the latest in our series on IP innovation, the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) shares the innovative digital tools and services it has launched or is developing for the future.

Innovation at the EUIPO: spotlight on digital tools and services
Innovation at the EUIPO: spotlight on public outreach and value-add services
20 Oct 2020

Innovation at the EUIPO: spotlight on public outreach and value-add services

In this second part of exclusive insights from the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the agency shares more of its value-add tools and services, how it is raising awareness of IP, and reveals plans for the future.

Microsoft phishing problem; USPTO unveils acting chief policy officer; Danone brand review – news digest
20 Oct 2020

Microsoft phishing problem; USPTO unveils acting chief policy officer; Danone brand review – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the co-founders of Sortify.tm naming and shaming a trademark squatter, the cloud gaming industry on the cusp of IP growth, and much more.

Featured

20 Oct
2020

Bad news for WhatsApp as Board of Appeal refuses to register logo

This case shows the crucial importance of providing adequate supporting documentation when seeking to prove that a mark has acquired distinctiveness through extensive use on the Norwegian market. Read more

20 Oct
2020

Companies with weakly distinctive marks must accept that competitors may use similar signs

This decision of the EU General Court demonstrates that, although a company is free to choose a mark with a low degree of distinctiveness, it must accept that competitors are equally entitled to use marks with similar or identical descriptive components. Read more

19 Oct
2020

“The ultimate impact of covid-19 on trademarks has yet to be felt”: industry leaders look to the future

The cyclical nature of IP financial planning means that the impact of the pandemic on trademarks may not yet have been fully felt, with industry leaders citing budgets as the number one concern in the coming months. Read more

News

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19 Oct 2020

Major new quarterly research project to track industry trends and outlook launches

WTR is pleased to announce the launch of a new research project that will track trademark trends and outlooks on a quarterly basis, providing brand professionals with unique insight direct from a panel of industry leaders. Read more

18 Oct 2020

Behind the scenes at EUIPO and USPTO; WIPO ADR services; WTR Connect week-two highlights; 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

17 Oct 2020

From the WTR archive: inside technology brands

For our latest delve into WTR’s unrivalled archive of trademark content, we present a selection of articles focused on technology brands. Read more

16 Oct 2020

Korean IP Office counterfeit crackdown; Trump fakes memo; Trinidad and Tobago joins Madrid System – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Nestle beginning a water brands sale, the Pakistan IP Office publishing a list of prospective geographical indications, and much more. Read more

Analysis

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19 Oct 2020

Corsearch to acquire Marketly, integrates anti-piracy tools into brand protection offerings

Corsearch will officially announce the acquisition tomorrow, in what is another step by the service provider to broaden its offerings beyond the trademark sphere. Read more

16 Oct 2020

As Royal Enfield sets its sights on EU and US markets, will the Indian company revitalise the vintage UK brand?

If it can pull off the move, it will be a rare example of a heritage brand that went out of fashion in its original market, only to come back to life decades later. Read more

15 Oct 2020

Innovation at WIPO: spotlight on alternative dispute resolution at IP offices

An exclusive guest post on how WIPO has been working with global IP offices to promote the advantages of alternative dispute resolution services. Read more

12 Oct 2020

One year of Madrid in Brazil – IP office claims success, local experts voice concerns

The Brazilian Intellectual Property Office has described last year’s implementation of the Madrid Protocol as "successful"– but local experts claim a number of issues remain for domestic and foreign brand owners. Read more

Legal updates

19 Oct 2020

General Court issues decision in ‘blade of grass in a bottle’ saga

The General Court has issued its latest decision in the dispute between CEDC International and Underberg AG over the use of a blade of grass in a bottle, which has spanned almost two decades. Read more

19 Oct 2020

Board of Appeal refuses to register UMAMI for food and drink goods and services

The Board of Appeal has overturned a decision of the Icelandic IP Office finding that the mark UMAMI - a Japanese word for what has come to be known as the fifth taste - was distinctive for food and drink-related goods and services. Read more

16 Oct 2020

Family of former FIFA vice-president fails to prevent broadcast of TV series depicting 2015 corruption scandal

The court of appeal in Buenos Aires has confirmed the dismissal of a petition for a preliminary injunction filed by the son and daughter of former FIFA vice-president Julio H Grondona seeking to prevent Amazon Prime from streaming the series El Presidente. Read more

16 Oct 2020

Dispute over ‘rhumsaintbarth.com’: the UDRP may not be the appropriate forum

This case appeared to be part of a wider dispute relating to national trademark law and business law, and the panel found that this should be decided by a forum with appropriate jurisdiction and competence. Read more

15 Oct 2020

Time to face the MUSIKISS

This decision of the General Court in opposition proceedings involving the mark MUSIKISS and earlier KISS marks provides helpful comments regarding the role and dominance of marks containing “ordinary words”. Read more

Insight

23 Sep 2020

Copyright’s revenge on designs: Italian Supreme Court applies CJEU Cofemel ruling

An Italian Supreme Court decision concerning the layout of Kiko make-up stores is a welcome sign of the harmonising effect of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s Cofemel ruling, but could open the door to the protection of 3D designs with little originality or that are mainly functional. Read more

23 Sep 2020

How to determine the best form of protection for a product’s appearance

Trade dress may be the go-to choice for protecting a product’s appearance or configuration, but other IP rights have plenty to offer. Read more

23 Sep 2020

Getting creative: when to protect trade dress under trademark or competition law

In the absence of trade dress-specific legislation, rights holders in China must manoeuvre around the Trademark Law and the Anti-unfair Competition Law if they are to protect their unique designs effectively. Read more

23 Sep 2020

The pros and cons of industrial designs, trademarks and trade dress

Having a distinct look is the best way for a product to stand out from the competition, but as Mexico awaits further guidance on new trade dress provisions, how should brand owners choose the right protection for their designs? Read more

Events

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27 October 2020

Brand Strategy Southeast Asia 2020

With global trade tensions showing no signs of abating, Southeast Asia looks set to benefit as manufacturers shift strategic facilities into the region - further boosting the burgeoning tech and R&D sectors. However, this growth will place unprecedented pressures on an already uneven IP landscape and rights-owners, both international and home-grown, will need to navigate with care.

Against this background, IAM is pleased to announce the return of our combined programme: IPBC Southeast Asia, hosted by IAM, and Brand Strategy Southeast Asia, presented by World Trademark Review, to the Grand Hyatt Singapore on 27 October 2020.

23 November 2020

Brand Strategy Australasia 2020

Structured as a single, market-leading, one-day event, with a central registration, exhibition and networking area, the sessions will be split into two dedicated streams: IPBC Australasia – IAM’s patent/technology-led agenda focused on IP value creation – and Brand Strategy Australasia – WTR’s detailed brand management programme providing dedicated coverage of the latest issues in brand protection, management and value creation. The IPBC and Brand Strategy sessions will run concurrently, with delegates able to switch between streams to match their interests.

3 December 2020

Brand Strategy China 2020

Building on the huge success of the event since 2016, World Trademark Review is proud to announce the return of Brand Strategy China to Shanghai on 3 December 2020. As in previous years, this will be a highly focused one-day programme delivering practical, actionable takeaways for professionals tasked with protecting the integrity and maximising the value of their brands across Greater China./technology-led agenda focused on IP value creation – and Brand Strategy Australasia – WTR’s detailed brand management programme providing dedicated coverage of the latest issues in brand protection, management and value creation. The IPBC and Brand Strategy sessions will run concurrently, with delegates able to switch between streams to match their interests.

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