New specialised IP courts in Poland should make EU and domestic case law consistent

Five specialised IP courts open this month but question marks remain over staffing and training.

New specialised IP courts in Poland should make EU and domestic case law consistent
Increased need for disability support in IP profession, shows IP Ability survey
8 Jul 2020

Increased need for disability support in IP profession, shows IP Ability survey

Chris Clarke takes a look at the results of IP Ability’s inaugural industry survey and the extent of issues faced by those in the IP profession.

Diversity and inclusion: in-house perspectives and challenges
8 Jul 2020

Diversity and inclusion: in-house perspectives and challenges

In-house counsel from a range of industries and jurisdictions provide their insight into the diversity landscape of the trademark world, reflecting on their personal experiences and offering further steps towards a truly inclusive working environment.

Featured

8 Jul
2020

Board of Appeal decision highlights difficulty of proving that mark has become generic

This decision of the Icelandic Board of Appeal emphasises the strict requirements for proving the alleged degeneration of a registered trademark under the relevant provisions of the Trademarks Act. Read more

8 Jul
2020

Beijing Higher People's Court issues new guidelines for assessment of damages in IP cases

The Guiding Opinion issued by the Beijing Higher People’s Court on 21 April 2020 should provide valuable guidance to IP rights holders when seeking damages from infringers. Read more

8 Jul
2020

EUIPO top filers, China litigation data, diversity in trademarks, and much more: WTR’s summer edition now available

The summer issue of WTR is now available to subscribers; and includes an exploration of how private investigators are being employed by rights holders, analysis on the IP effects of the covid-19 pandemic, and much more. Read more

News

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7 Jul 2020

Singapore implements plain packaging; Nike most visible brand; Zoom feeling the heat – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Authentic Brands Group picking up another bankrupt apparel brand, Aurify Brands purchasing Le Pain Quotidien, the Philippines IP Office seeking more social media powers, and much more. Read more

6 Jul 2020

Keep calm and carry your brand through the covid-19 crisis

Claire Jones, senior trademark attorney at HGF, provides insight into how trademark teams should focus their activities at a time when brand protection is more important than ever. Read more

6 Jul 2020

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

5 Jul 2020

Booking.com sparks range of reactions; ICANN 68 puts key issues under the spotlight; Sky v Skykick rages on; 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

Analysis

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7 Jul 2020

Counterfeit hotspots in Madagascar 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 the island nation of Madagascar. Read more

3 Jul 2020

What we learnt about INTA’s website and Annual Meeting plans from CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo

WTR presents insights from INTA on the association’s digital transformation strategy, plans for this year’s combined Annual and Leadership Meeting, and how virtual offerings may play into future association events – including San Diego 2021. Read more

2 Jul 2020

Key takeaways for trademark professionals from ICANN’s latest policy forum

In this guest analysis, experts from Winterfeldt IP Group present key takeaways from ICANN 68, including on issues related to rights protection, Domain Name System abuse and WHOIS. Read more

2 Jul 2020

As tobacco brands suffer amid covid-19 pandemic, cannabis brands thrive – despite USPTO restriction

As the tide continues to turn for the cannabis market, we investigate how long federal trademark legislation will lag behind this rapidly growing market. Read more

Legal updates

7 Jul 2020

Bombay High Court grants ex parte relief against defendant’s use of pharma mark

In a case involving the use of identical marks for prescription-only medicines and non-prescription products, the Bombay High Court has found that there was a clear case of trademark infringement and passing off. Read more

7 Jul 2020

Reform of the Trademark Act transposing Directive 2015/2436: key amendments and new possibilities

Following the reform of the Trademark Act (the second part of which came into effect on 20 May 2020), national trademarks may become a more attractive prospect for applicants developing their portfolio strategies. Read more

6 Jul 2020

Taiwan courts grant broad protection to foreign trademark licensor

In cancellation proceedings against the mark DADA SUPREME, the  Taiwanese courts have imposed strict criteria for the cancellation of a trademark registration based on the improper use of the mark by a local licensee. Read more

6 Jul 2020

Green with envy? Energy Beverages fails to revoke Frucor’s mark for colour green

Under threat of trademark infringement proceedings, Energy Beverages LLC has unsuccessfully challenged Frucor Suntory’s trademark registration for the colour green in New Zealand. Read more

3 Jul 2020

Just desserts for MR. WHIPPY on appeal

This decision in UK opposition proceedings suggests that genuine use may be found where the evidence relates to a precursor of the goods covered by the specification, rather than the goods themselves. Read more

Insight

6 Jul 2020

How to take counterfeiters down (cheaply) during a pandemic

The economic crisis following covid-19 has pushed rights enforcement down company agendas, while unwary online consumers in lockdown make easy prey for counterfeiters. With litigation slow, costly and unlikely to succeed, there are quick and easy ways to thwart the fakers. Read more

6 Jul 2020

Challenging times: anti-counterfeiting in the age of covid-19

Locked-down consumers with heightened health worries could be easy prey for fast-acting counterfeiters. Legal authorities have foreseen some of the risks, but is the European Union sufficiently prepared for an influx of fake medicines and equipment? Read more

6 Jul 2020

Supreme People’s Court opinion directs judges to protect owners’ rights

A wide-ranging opinion recently issued by the Supreme People’s Court provides guidance on how the courts can better protect IP owners’ rights and promises to support trademark owners’ anti-counterfeiting actions. Read more

6 Jul 2020

Can we overcome counterfeiting without tackling the mindset behind it?

Trademark owners have a mountain to climb if they want local judges to grant orders to seize counterfeit goods in Turkey. Things are better at the border, but changes to judicial processes are required. Read more

Events

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Oct 6-15
2020

WTR Connect 2020

WTR Connect has been purpose-built for trademark and brand protection experts globally. From 6-15 October, WTR will be hosting more than 20 individual interactive digital sessions, designed to facilitate discussion, benchmarking and the sharing of best practice around key topic areas and challenges facing trademark and brand leaders.

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