“A never-ending war”: top influencer on what brands should know about fakes in China

In an exclusive interview, the video creator behind the YouTube channel ‘C3 TheCollywoodLife’ explains why he started filming counterfeit goods in Chinese shopping centres.

“A never-ending war”: top influencer on what brands should know about fakes in China
18 Jan 2019

Vietnam to bolster GIs, US shutdown threatens IP, and Ethiopia launches online filing system: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a Japanese delegation visiting the French IPO, the Austrian Patent Office introducing animated marks, Rihanna taking her father to court, and much more.

18 Jan 2019

Domestic trademark filings propel growth in Iran, although international demand stutters

Iran's trademark activity has been spurred on by residential filings, with international companies keeping a distance, according to our exclusive data analysis. 

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21 Jan
2019

UDRP: termination of business does not mean termination of rights in a domain name

A recent decision under the UDRP serves as a reminder that the termination of a business activity does not imply the disappearance of rights to the domain name related to such business. Read more

21 Jan
2019

Critical insight into designs strategies available in new free-to-view guide

The latest edition of Designs: A Global Guide 2019, which provides trademark professionals with comprehensive guidance on the key issues involved in the protection and enforcement of design rights, is now available. Read more

21 Jan
2019

Composite suit for design infringement and passing off is maintainable, holds Special Bench of Delhi High Court

Overruling an earlier decision of the Full Bench in a similar case, a Special Bench of the Delhi High Court has held in Carlsberg Breweries v Som Distilleries that a composite suit for design infringement and passing off may be maintained. Read more

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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 US events, which take place on consecutive days in March.  Read more

17 Jan 2019

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. Read more

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". Read more

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

Analysis

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17 Jan 2019

Four key relationships at the heart of Teva’s pharmaceutical trademark management – exclusive interview

Laurence Rickles, chief trademark counsel at Teva, provides tips for successful pharmaceuticals brand rights management, and the four relationships that success depends on. Read more

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. Read more

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

Legal updates

18 Jan 2019

Restricting keyword advertising can be anti-competitive, holds the FTC

In a case concerning 1-800-Contacts’ approach to curbing competitors’ use of “1-800-Contacts” as an online search keyword, the US Federal Trade Commission has weighed in for the first time on whether restricting the use of trademark keywords is anti-competitive. Read more

18 Jan 2019

Important changes to Irish trademark law – what you should know

Important changes to Irish trademark law came into effect on 14 January 2019. This update highlights a number of key changes that trademark owners and attorneys should be aware of. 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

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

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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