“Pioneering at a global level” – China approves amendments to tackle bad faith filings

China’s legislature has approved amendments to the country’s trademark law, which includes a raft of changes, including empowering administrative authorities to reject malicious applications and impose fines against bad faith filers and their agents.

“Pioneering at a global level” – China approves amendments to tackle bad faith filings
24 Apr 2019

IP Australia, EUIPO and UKIPO ranked most effective IP offices

A new survey conducted by WTR has found that IP Australia is the IP office most lauded by trademark practitioners around the world. However, users raised concerns with operations at a number of IP offices.

24 Apr 2019

How to effectively measure return on investment in online brand protection – upcoming webinar

On Thursday 2 May, WTR will be hosting a free-to-access webinar focused on measuring the return on investment of online brand protection. Crucially, the exploration will highlight why traditional approaches may not resonate with the C-suite.

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24 Apr
2019

General Court: common figurative elements will make an impression on consumers, despite their weak distinctive character

In Užstato sistemos administratorius VŠĮ v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between two purely figurative marks for recycling-related services. Read more

24 Apr
2019

Another blow for HBO as opposition against GAME OF VAPES fails

Game of Thrones producer HBO has suffered another defeat before the UK Intellectual Property Office: following on from a decision in which registration of GAME OF STONES was allowed for beer, the office has rejected HBO’s opposition against GAME OF VAPES for tobacco products. Read more

23 Apr
2019

Turkey trademark uplift, INPI announces Africa IP adviser, and China counterfeit crackdown: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at INTA and the National Trade Foundation for Education partnering up to spread the anti-counterfeiting message, a study highlights how brands need to showcase their authenticity, and much more. Read more

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19 Apr 2019

Trump riffs on Game of Thrones (again), INTA gives back, and rise of heritage brands: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at how a slew of fake Amazon reviews are boosting brands, the Martha Stewart brand selling, KIPO assisting in IP crime enforcement, EU judges getting darknet training, and much more. Read more

18 Apr 2019

Latest free-to-view intelligence on protecting brands in the online environment now available

WTR has published the sixth edition of Online Brand Enforcement: Protecting Your Trademarks in the Electronic Environment. Available now, the free-to-view publication offers the latest guidance on brand management best practice. Read more

16 Apr 2019

Trump rebrand advice, INTA to offer free trademark legal services, and P&G sells two brands: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the USPTO unveiling details of its World IP Day event, the IP Office of the Philippines seeking to amend the country’s IP code, a ranking of most relevant brands, and much more. Read more

12 Apr 2019

Fake Tequila auction, ICANN to decide fate of ‘.amazon’, and EUIPO releases short movie: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at a Wine Label IP Directory being launched, AB InBev being sued by a clothing brand for trademark infringement, The PCT Network going global, and much more. Read more

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20 Apr 2019

Luxury companies are edging into the travel industry, but a high-end reputation is not everything

LVMH’s purchase of Belmond reflects an ongoing trend in the luxury market towards the travel industry. However, brands must be wise in this transition as there are endless opportunities for reputational damage. Read more

19 Apr 2019

‘.inc’ TLD prepares for general availability with high price point, as details emerge of brand registrations

The ‘.inc’ new gTLD is currently in sunrise with a $2,499 annual retail price, a price point that may deter cybersquatters, but a number of large brands – including Apple, BMW, Google and Marriott – have moved to protect brand-related terms. Read more

18 Apr 2019

Notre Dame misinformation highlights brand protection challenge for media organisations

There have been numerous reports of fake media accounts spreading conspiracy theories around the Notre Dame Cathedral fire. Such activity around major events is a reminder of the significant challenge that IP practitioners face.  Read more

18 Apr 2019

Federal Circuit clarifies commercial use evidence requirements at USPTO’s request

The court last week made precedential a January 2019 opinion it issued on the type of website specimens required to prove commercial use. The move follows a request by the US Patent and Trademark Office, which argued that it would provide clarity and reduce the chances of future litigation. Read more

Legal updates

23 Apr 2019

Last one to use is a rotten egg! Court of Appeal issues its decision in Galway Free Range Eggs Limited v O’Brien

A recent case which went all the way to the Irish Court of Appeal illustrates the difficulties faced by new market entrants when trying to come up with a safe name to avoid potential action from existing market leaders. Read more

23 Apr 2019

Court of appeal confirms cross-sectoral protection of BMW’s famous automotive mark in luxury real estate sector

Following a long-running legal battle between German car manufacturer BMW and a Berlin-based real estate company over the latter’s use of the logo HGHI BMW, BMW has been successful on appeal before the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg. Read more

18 Apr 2019

Alma Capital decision reflects nuanced approach to UDRP

In a recent decision under the UDRP, the panel has refused to order the transfer of a domain name consisting of the complainant's registered trademark in its entirety as the leading element of the disputed domain name.  Read more

18 Apr 2019

The right to be heard and the right to be told that one has made a mistake

The decision of the EU General Court in Prim SA v EUIPO is likely to influence how the errors and/or omissions of opposing parties will be handled, knowing that keeping quiet about such issues in EUIPO proceedings may ultimately backfire. Read more

17 Apr 2019

Ethiopia introduces online trademark filing system  

The Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office has officially adopted an online trademark filing system. It is expected that the new system will change the culture of doing business and obtaining trademark registrations in the country. Read more

Insight

14 Mar 2019

Online brand protection strategies for the Russian market

New challenges in a digital world dictate the necessity of adapting brand protection strategies. In the past, it was enough to deal with infringements on a case-by-case basis. However, today it is impossible to handle thousands of online infringements manually and more efficient tools (online brand protection solutions) are required. Read more

14 Mar 2019

India’s upcoming data protection regime

India is on the cusp of enacting its first comprehensive legislation on data protection, a natural fallout of the nine-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court recognising the right to privacy as a fundamental right in the historic judgment Justice KS Puttaswamy v Union of India (24 August 2017). Read more

14 Mar 2019

Online brand enforcement in Italy: urgent remedies, ISP liability and arbitration

Online trademark infringement disputes in Italy are handled by the specialised judges of the IP courts, which are based in all Italian regions with the exception of Valle d’Aosta. The specialised IP courts are highly efficient, particularly in Milan and Turin, and generally allow trademark owners to obtain sound protection in a matter of a few weeks. Read more

14 Mar 2019

China’s new E-commerce Law

China’s new E-commerce Law (which entered into effect on 1 January 2019) regulates a wide array of matters, including antitrust, data protection, consumer protection, payment and delivery services, among others. However, the law’s provisions on IP protection seem to have attracted the most attention – both positive and negative. Read more

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16-18 June
2019
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