Managing Elvis and Marilyn Monroe: acquisition lessons from Authentic Brands Group

WTR sits down with Jay Dubiner, general counsel of Authentic Brands Group, to get insight into brand management of an IP portfolio that includes Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Shaquille O'Neal.

Managing Elvis and Marilyn Monroe: acquisition lessons from Authentic Brands Group
7 Dec 2018

Turkey plain packaging, WIPO praises Pakistan IPO and '.amazon' up in the air: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a tussle over BRENT marks in Singapore, a "worrying trend" of retail fakes in Papua New Guinea, a new UK IP minister, and much more.

7 Dec 2018

Nine takeaways from Brand Strategy China

This week, WTR hosted the third annual Brand Strategy China in Shanghai, and we present best practice takeaways from the attending senior brand protection experts from the corporate and legal worlds.

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7 Dec
2018

Swiss court rules on interaction between 2D and 3D elements with regard to the overall distinctiveness of a sign

The Swiss Administration Court has issued a new judgment, which provides useful guidance on 2D and 3D elements. The court overruled the IP Office’s decision to extend protection of the Nussknackermännchen (nutcracker) trademark to Switzerland. Read more

7 Dec
2018

The sentencing framework of Section 49(c) of the Trademarks Act

A court judgment on fashion retailer’s four-week imprisonment for selling counterfeit shoes has clarified sentencing under the Trademarks Act. Judge affirmed Singapore’s no-nonsense approach to infringement. Read more

7 Dec
2018

Perfect storm for counterfeits: why Brazil needs to be on the international radars

The economic recession has created conditions for a sharp increase in counterfeit products in Brazil’s physical and virtual marketplaces – making policing an urgent requirement for brands. Read more

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5 Dec 2018

“A significant blow for Cadbury” – UK Court of Appeal decision puts purple trademark at risk

According to experts, the decision at the UK Court of Appeal leaves Cadbury's purple trademark “vulnerable” and could spur competitor Nestlé to consider options in terms of cancelling the registration. Read more

4 Dec 2018

Angola brand deadline looms, France and Peru sign IP action plan, and new Chile trademark guidelines: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the United Kingdom’s IP minister seat being vacant once again, question marks over affiliate links on Instagram, puns being encouraged at the Philippines IP office, and much more. Read more

4 Dec 2018

Just one week left to nominate the best of the trademark industry

Your nominations will help us identify the individuals and teams to be honoured in next year’s WTR Industry Awards, as well as in-house practitioners to feature in the third edition of the WTR 300. Read more

30 Nov 2018

Finnish IP office launches chatbot, Lazada signs MOU and JPO fakes campaign: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at luxury brands avoiding Black Friday discounts, Edible Arrangements filing a trademark lawsuit, a huge counterfeit haul in Paraguay, and much more. Read more

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6 Dec 2018

Democratising trademark surveys – academic calls for step-change in distinctiveness evidence gathering

New study calls for a revolution in trademark survey evidence, with an expert telling us he hopes that brand owners will start embracing lower-cost survey alternatives. Read more

4 Dec 2018

AI examinations and a new manual: the JPO end of year review

It has been another busy year for the trademark division at the Japan Patent Office, especially in the development of examinations. Read more

4 Dec 2018

USPTO report pledges to sustain quality amid rising applications – but are fraud issues glossed over?

The USPTO has published its latest strategic plan, which focuses on the need to be equipped to handle the ever-increasing number of trademark filings, with little mention of ongoing fraud issues. Read more

4 Dec 2018

China drives global trademark registrations to new heights; challenges persist for brands

Newly released statistics from WIPO have revealed that 2017 was a record-breaking year in terms of trademark applications, spurred by massive growth in China – which is set to break the 8 million application barrier. Read more

Legal updates

6 Dec 2018

German court asserts that Chinese manufacturer violated BMW’s trademark rights

The District Court of Hamburg has ruled that Chinese manufacturer Ninebot violated BMW’s trademark rights when it released a promotional video containing images of BMW’s MINI cars and logo. Read more

6 Dec 2018

Low distinctive character of a mark does not imply that there is no likelihood of confusion

The General Court has confirmed the EUIPO’s decision that there was a likelihood of confusion between two marks with the similar word element ‘diet’, which both covered the same or similar goods. The court dismissed the applicant’s argument that the dominant figurative elements had been overlooked. Read more

4 Dec 2018

The (copy)cat has been let out of the bag

Primark judgment provides guidelines and clarity for owners of well-known international trademarks after Truworths succeeded in cancelling the PRIMARK trademark on the grounds that it was neither in use nor well known to the relevant sector of the South African public. Read more

4 Dec 2018

Optional pre-grant publication of design patent applications to be introduced in Russia

It has been almost a year since the option of using the international Hague registration was added to the Russian national system of industrial design registration. Foreign companies and designers can now seek design protection through the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs in Russia. Read more

4 Dec 2018

General Court upholds decision rejecting ST ANDREWS marks for being descriptive of geographic origin

The General Court has dismissed St Andrews Links’ appeal of the EUIPO’s rejection of its application for the mark ST ANDREWS in relation to the majority of Class 41 services applied for, including club services, competitions, conferences and events. Read more

Insight

12 Sep 2018

The future of trademarks

Global brand owners face increasing challenges in protecting, managing and enforcing their IP rights. These include challenges arising from new technologies, new business models and new markets. Read more

12 Sep 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Japan

 The Examination Guidelines for Trademarks also play an important role in the examination of trademark applications at the Japan Patent Office (JPO). The most recent revisions to the examination guidelines took place in April 2017, which include clarifying the criteria for judging the similarities between trademarks. Read more

12 Sep 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Italy

Italy has a first-to-file system, therefore unregistered trademarks enjoy a lesser degree of protection than registered trademarks. Only in exceptional circumstances can an unregistered trademark prevail over a later registered trademark. Read more

12 Sep 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Israel

While the Trademark Ordinance predominantly provides protection for registered trademarks, it also protects unregistered well-known trademarks. Read more

Events

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3 Dec
2018
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Brand Strategy China 2018

Building on the huge success of the events in 2016 and 2017, World Trademark Review is proud to announce the return of Brand Strategy China to the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Shanghai, Pudong.

2-4 Dec
2018
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IPBC Asia 2018

The Asia-Pacific region is cementing its position as the focus point for the international IP market as its rapid development drives deal making, IP investment and litigation trends. Against this background, IAM is pleased to be returning to Shanghai for the sixth IPBC Asia, hosted at the Ritz-Carlton Pudong on December 2 to 4 2018.

28 Jan
2019
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Managing Trademark Assets Europe 2019

As brands grow, new markets open up, the online world expands and social media presence is enhanced, both opportunities and infringement result. But while responsibilities grow, for many resources and budgets do not. World Trademark Review’s Managing Trademark Assets Europe will provide insights and best practice for cost-effectively managing trademark portfolios.

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