Top five challenges facing Global IP Award winners – then and now

Earlier this year we asked a selection of the 2020 Global IP Award winners to outline the key issues affecting client demands and modern trademark practice, but how will their predictions for the IP industry fare in light of the unforeseen chaos caused by covid-19?

Top five challenges facing Global IP Award winners – then and now
ECTA 2020 postponed; Stone Brewing case update; another Chinese perspective on coronavirus – news digest
31 Mar 2020

ECTA 2020 postponed; Stone Brewing case update; another Chinese perspective on coronavirus – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at counterfeit Rolex watches being seized in Philadelphia, WIPO giving an update on World IP Day, preparing for a trademark filing flurry linked to Harry and Meghan, and much more.

Coronavirus and fakes: brand owners warned of stark rise in online counterfeits and fraudulent ads
30 Mar 2020

Coronavirus and fakes: brand owners warned of stark rise in online counterfeits and fraudulent ads

New research has found a huge increase in use of social media platforms in recent weeks, with further findings revealing that counterfeiters are taking advantage of the covid-19 crisis.


31 Mar

adidas v H&M: H&M did not cross the line with its two-stripe sign

Following a 23-year-long trademark dispute between adidas and H&M, the Court of Appeal of The Hague has ruled that H&M’s use of a specific two-stripe sign on its sports clothing did not infringe adidas’s three-stripe mark. Read more

31 Mar

Indonesian IP office and other government bodies limit operations due to covid-19

Pursuant to a notification issued on 23 March 2020 regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, the Indonesian Directorate General of Intellectual Property has closed its physical counters while optimising online channels for IP matters. Read more

30 Mar

Questions remain over likely impact of Greece’s new trademark law

A new trademark law has been introduced in Greece, with local trademark professionals expressing concern over the implementation of some of the law’s provisions, specifically on hybrid jurisdictions and renewal periods. Read more


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30 Mar 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

29 Mar 2020

Counterfeiters capitalise on coronavirus fears, impact of AI on trademarks, WTR Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey 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

28 Mar 2020

From the WTR archive: interviews with trademark industry leaders

To kick off this new regular series looking back through our archive of world-class trademark content, we present five exclusive interviews with corporate brand leaders. Read more

27 Mar 2020

AIPLA leadership change; filings fall; UKIPO service update – news digest

In our latest news digest we look at how brands are getting in on the Covid-19 conversation with social distancing logos, Tom Brady’s latest trademark dip, signs that filing levels may be starting to fall in response to the coronavirus, a change to filing fees in Angola, and much more. Read more


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25 Mar 2020

Jones Day at the top of a shuffled pack in new Acritas US Law Firm Brand Index

Jones Day has maintained its position for the fourth year in a row. Below the number one spot, however, the 2020 Acritas US Law Firm Brand Index reveals a changing landscape. Read more

20 Mar 2020

Research finds that embarrassment is a key deterrent against purchasing fake goods

A recently released study has looked at the emotions of consumers before they purchase counterfeit and second-hand goods. The findings reveal that, when it comes to buying fake goods, fear of embarrassment is a major detriment. Read more

19 Mar 2020

Mexico joining the Hague System; a game changer for international design protection?

Earlier this month, Mexico deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Agreement at WIPO. The move is significant in WIPO’s aim to create a global system for the protection of industrial designs. Read more

18 Mar 2020

Key brand protection takeaways from the all-virtual ICANN 67 meeting

ICANN 67 took place from 7 to 12 March 2020 as the first all-virtual public ICANN meeting, and in this exclusive guest post, Brian J Winterfeldt, principal of the Winterfeldt IP Group, provides an update on everything brand owners need to know. Read more

Legal updates

30 Mar 2020

Amendments to the Industrial Property Act come into force – what you need to know

Amendments to the Industrial Property Act, which were adopted by the Slovenian Parliament on 4 March 2020, came into force on 29 March 2020. This update summarises the key changes for applicants and trademark owners. Read more

30 Mar 2020

EUIPO guidelines: more guidance now available

The EUIPO’s new trademark and design guidelines entered into force as of 1 February 2020. While there are no fundamental changes to the 2017 version of the trademark guidelines, the new guidelines shed light on various aspects of interest for practitioners. Read more

27 Mar 2020

easyGroup v Easyfly: relationship between jurisdiction and targeting in online trademark infringement

In easyGroup Ltd v Easyfly SA, the High Court has provided a helpful summary of the relationship between jurisdiction and targeting in online trademark infringements following claims of infringement, passing off and conspiracy brought by easyGroup against Colombian airline Easyfly. Read more

27 Mar 2020

Success for Cypriot halloumi producers as CJEU sends BBQLOUMI case back to General Court

In opposition proceedings involving the mark BBQLOUMI and the earlier collective mark HALLOUMI, the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled in favour of the Cypriot halloumi producers and referred the case back to the General Court. Read more

26 Mar 2020

WIPO panel finds that Danish start-up Acubit engaged in reverse domain name hijacking

Technology start-up Acubit claimed that Danish trademark rules and practice should assign domain names to the relevant trademark owner. A panel from the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre disagreed, as the UDRP governs in case of reverse domain name hijacking. Read more


17 Mar 2020

Trademark procedures and strategies: Sweden

Establishment through use of a mark will give the same protection as if the mark is registered; however, the bar is set high for demonstrating establishment through use. Read more

17 Mar 2020

Trademark procedures and strategies: Spain

Distinctive signs are principally governed by the Trademark Act (17/2001), which has been partially modified by Royal Decree-Law 23/2018 in order to incorporate EU Directive 2015/2436, and it is complemented by Royal Decree 687/2002. Read more

17 Mar 2020

A more connected world

Susie Harris, general counsel of Plum Guide and chair of MARQUES, explains why small and medium-sized enterprises increasingly require global, integrated systems to help protect their IP rights. Read more

17 Mar 2020

Trademark procedures and strategies: Serbia

All natural or legal persons involved in trade can apply for and own a mark. It is not necessary to prove such activity. Read more


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