Europol seizes double illegal pesticides in annual sting: how brand organisations help make the difference

Europol has conducted its most successful exercise against counterfeit pesticides. WTR spoke with the ECPA to learn about the role that its member companies played in the operation.

Europol seizes double illegal pesticides in annual sting: how brand organisations help make the difference
Study calls for shake-up of geographical indications to forge path towards universal trademark system
3 Jun 2020

Study calls for shake-up of geographical indications to forge path towards universal trademark system

In conversation with WTR, the academic behind the research says a shake-up of indications of geographical origin (IGOs) could be the first step towards the “high ideal” of a universal trademark system.

Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis
3 Jun 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.

Featured

3 Jun
2020

Where to win the highest damages in Chinese litigation

Exclusive 2019 data reveals the best courts for plaintiffs looking to secure compensation in a trademark dispute. Read more

3 Jun
2020

The limitations of the UDRP in dealing with factually complex cases

A WIPO panel has denied the transfer of the domain name ‘seasatinbygryparis.com’ under the UDRP due to the difficulty in disentangling the respondent's motives given the longstanding and complicated nature of the dispute. Read more

3 Jun
2020

Supreme Court establishes criteria for application of UCPA’s ‘catch-all’ provision

Recent decisions of the Korean Supreme Court relating to K-pop and golf have shed light on the criteria that right holders must fulfil in order to seek redress under the ‘catch-all’ provision of the Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act. Read more

News

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2 Jun 2020

John Oliver Ultimate Fighting Championship trademark brawl; Brighton FC criticised over filing; Nestlé rebrand – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Amazon's latest pharmaceutical trademark bid in Australia, the USPTO and the Japan Patent Office issuing a joint statement, and much more. Read more

1 Jun 2020

Exclusive data analysis debunks myth of local protectionism in China

In-depth analysis of judgments issued by Chinese courts last year suggests that foreign parties may actually have a greater chance of success than domestic parties in almost all venues. Read more

31 May 2020

Dismantling unconscious biases, practising intentional diversity, making the business case for intellectual property, 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

30 May 2020

From the WTR archive: finding the right tools for the job

In this latest edition of our series delving into WTR’s content archive, we present a selection of pieces focused on the technologies available to trademark counsel, and how to make the right decision on which to use (and when). Read more

Analysis

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2 Jun 2020

Actions are more important than words: brands receive mixed marks over #BlackLivesMatter messaging

In our latest opinion column, we look at the brand backlash suffered by companies perceived to be exploiting the Black Lives Matter cause. Read more

1 Jun 2020

Brexit, post-coronavirus events, and influencing policy: interview with ECTA’s incoming president

WTR sits down with the new president of the European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA) to get the inside track on ECTA’s priorities and how the organisation is maintaining its mission in a covid-19 world. Read more

29 May 2020

USPTO warns of fraudulent solicitations as attorneys voice concern over Liberty Legal Firm marketing campaign

The USPTO today warned users about “new kinds of solicitations” involving communications via email and text message, with one recent example involving texts falsely claiming to be a ‘USPTO Trademark Alert’. Read more

29 May 2020

Over half of brands have suffered reputational damage due to bad actors during covid-19 pandemic: report reveals

We present key takeaways from a Red Points study into how the coronavirus pandemic has shifted the priorities of e-commerce businesses. Read more

Legal updates

2 Jun 2020

General Court confirms that Community design for wood-splitting tool is invalid

In Bergslagernas Järnvaruaktiebolag v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that registered Community design representing a wood-splitting tool was invalid on the ground it was devoid of individual character. Read more

2 Jun 2020

How will supply chain and distribution route disruption affect IP managers?

Across the globe, supply chains and distribution routes have been disrupted by the covid-19 crisis. This update highlights the key points that IP managers should bear in mind when dealing with these changes. Read more

1 Jun 2020

Appointed person does not accommodate application for HH HOTELS

Thomas Mitcheson QC, sitting as an appointed person, has dismissed an appeal against a successful opposition to a UK trademark application for the mark HH HOTELS based on the earlier mark NH HOTELS. Read more

1 Jun 2020

Trademark Office issues first opposition decisions since change in law

Argentina’s Trademark Office has issued its first decisions in opposition proceedings since amendments to trademark law and practice were introduced in early 2018. Read more

29 May 2020

CJEU issues preliminary ruling on concept of use in the course of trade

Following a request for a preliminary ruling by the Supreme Court of Finland, the Court of Justice of the European Union has clarified the concept of ‘use in the course of trade’ under Article 5(1) of the EU Trademarks Directive (2008/95/EC). Read more

Insight

23 Apr 2020

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Canada

Unsurprisingly, 2019 also saw the increase of shipments detained destined for fulfilment centres associated with e-commerce third-party marketplaces. Read more

23 Apr 2020

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Panama

Customs authorities are empowered to inspect and seize merchandise that is subject to customs procedures and which may violate Panama’s IP laws, regardless of its final destination. Read more

23 Apr 2020

Controlling the zone

Along with the recent global proliferation of Free Trade Zones has come increasing vulnerability to a wide range of abuses by criminals. Read more

23 Apr 2020

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Turkey

Turkey is a party to a number of international conventions, including the Paris Convention, the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights and the Berne Convention. Read more

Events

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Oct 19-21
2020

IPBC Europe 2020

After 2019’s sell-out event in Paris, IPBC Europe – Europe’s foremost conference about IP value creation – will take place in Dublin from 19 to 21 October 2020. Being held at the prestigious Shelbourne Hotel, the event will once again be Europe’s leading gathering of senior IP professionals from European companies of all sizes.

Aug 30 - Sept 1
2020

IPBC Global 2020

Through thought-provoking plenary addresses, panel discussions, boot camps, masterclasses and more, IPBC Global 2020 attendees will gain a deeper understanding of how industry leaders are tackling the breadth of challenges that keep the IP world awake at night, while continuing to develop world-class value creation strategies.

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