“Money flushed down the toilet” – customers decry low-cost agency Trademark Plus

Concerns are growing over the operations of long-running low-cost IP agency Trademark Plus, with experts telling WTR that the USPTO should investigate potentially problematic trademark entities.

“Money flushed down the toilet” – customers decry low-cost agency Trademark Plus
Seven takeaways on IP infringement in social media: what the data reveals
17 May 2021

Seven takeaways on IP infringement in social media: what the data reveals

The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights has studied almost 4 million online conversations and revealed that 11% of those focused on physical products could be related to counterfeit goods.

Amazon seizes more than 2 million counterfeits; USPTO announces ID verification pilot; <em>WTR </em>reveals covid-19 impact on law firms; and much more
16 May 2021

Amazon seizes more than 2 million counterfeits; USPTO announces ID verification pilot; WTR reveals covid-19 impact on law firms; 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.


17 May

Court sentences defendants to a total of 42 years in prison following largest-ever raid against online counterfeit golf products sellers

Following the largest-ever raid of counterfeit golf equipment, which was executed by the Shanghai Police in cooperation with the US Golf Manufacturers Anti-counterfeiting Working Group, a court in Pudong district has convicted all 15 defendants. Read more

17 May

The Gambia accedes to the Banjul Protocol – key points and concerns

Just under a year since the accession of Mozambique, The Gambia has also acceded to the Banjul Protocol, bringing the total membership up to 12 countries. However, it is currently doubtful whether ARIPO registrations would be enforceable in the country. Read more

14 May

Chanel loses its way in trademark orientation opposition

French fashion house Chanel has failed to prevent the registration of a figurative mark with two interlaced curves by Chinese technology giant Huawei. Read more


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14 May 2021

Qatar Airways decries VisitQatar.com; Donuts launches anti-phishing tool; INTA to hold free legal clinic – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at brands risking a boycott for poor ad placement, new plans for the Victoria’s Secret brand, and much more. Read more

13 May 2021

New free-to-view anti-counterfeiting and online enforcement intelligence now available

WTR is pleased to announce the publication of the 13th edition of Anti-counterfeiting and Online Brand Enforcement: A Global Guide 2021. Read more

13 May 2021

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

11 May 2021

THE BIG LIE trademark; Gap sells Intermix brand; scammers' preferred TLDs – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at disgust over reports of counterfeit covid-19 medicine in India, Verizon divesting its media division, ICANN unveiling new courses, and much more. Read more


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12 May 2021

Locke Lord diversity chief offers practical tips on creating an effective inclusion strategy

Locke Lord LLP’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, Paulette Brown, shares her insight into why law firms should reassess their history and do away with ‘exclusive’ labels. Read more

11 May 2021

Federal Circuit decision crushes Australian boot maker in long-running politically fraught UGG dispute

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has dealt a blow to a small Australian footwear company in the latest in an ongoing political and legal saga over the genericism of the UGG mark. Read more

7 May 2021

CIPO responds to concerns over new examination measures and assures additional changes are on the way

In an exclusive interview with WTR, a spokesperson for the Canadian IP Office (CIPO) reveals the effects that new measures are likely to have on the timeliness of examinations, as well as the office’s plans to expand the Goods and Services Manual and increase the number of CIPO examiners. Read more

6 May 2021

CIPO takes concrete steps to address examination delays, but applicant frustrations look set to continue for some time

The Canadian IP Office has issued two new practice notices in an effort to tackle the backlog of applications awaiting first examination. While local experts are convinced that the office is doing the best it can, applicants may still have years of waiting ahead of them. Read more

Legal updates

14 May 2021

Ground-breaking Andean Community decision on a "Common Regime for Country Brands"

Decision 876 on a "Common Regime for Country Brands" was published on 23 April 2021 following its approval by the Andean Community countries, making the Andean Community a pioneer in Latin America in this respect. Read more

13 May 2021

adidas successful in phishing case involving branded face masks

adidas has obtained the removal of a website used to carry out a phishing attack involving the ADIDAS trademark. Users were misled into believing that they would receive a free branded mask once that they had completed a survey. Read more

13 May 2021

Traditional Oslo restaurant’s name and logo not protected under trademark or unfair competition law, says appellate court

This case raises interesting questions regarding the threshold of inherent distinctiveness under Norwegian trademark law, and illustrates the complex relationship between trademark and unfair competition law in the country. Read more

12 May 2021

General Court: Board of Appeal erred in finding that relevant public would establish link between VERTI and VERTILIGHT

The Board of Appeal of the EUIPO was found to have erred in concluding that there was a risk that VERTILIGHT would take unfair advantage of the repute of the earlier VERTI mark. Read more

12 May 2021

You want some ‘Metchup’ with that?

In a dispute involving competing condiments consisting of a blend of mayonnaise and ketchup, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has found that Heinz had not infringed the registered mark of an individual. Read more


11 May 2021

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Canada

In 2020, for the second consecutive year, there was a significant increase in the number of detained shipments by the Canada Border Services Agency (Customs), including several containers of counterfeit merchandise destined for global distribution. Read more

11 May 2021

Fighting the menace of criminal counterfeiting

The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) had intended for 2020 to be a year of great celebration for ACG members. For 40 years we have been fighting the menace of criminal counterfeiting and our successes over this time have been huge. Read more

11 May 2021

Customs seizure based on trademark rights

Japanese Customs can seize imported goods that infringe trademark rights. If a trademark owner wishes Customs to seize infringing goods, the owner should record its trademark rights with Customs by filing a request for import seizure. Read more

11 May 2021

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: China

Customs protection is one of the important ways to protect intellectual property. The premise of such protection is simple: a trademark is registered and the owner of that mark applies to the General Administration of Customs for a record. Read more


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May 3-7

2021 Leadership Meeting (Virtual)

As we embark on our 2021 Leadership Meeting, we’re committed to present exceptional educational offerings themed around resilience, growth, and the future.

You will gain insights on a wide range of IP and business topics, have opportunities to pursue a slew of new and exciting Business Development opportunities, reflect on leadership lessons, and now more than ever, in a time of uncertainty, advance the future of the Association’s objectives. Join us and be inspired for the future!

21-22 October

ECTA Annual Conference

SAVE THE DATE - ECTA’s 39th Annual Conference will be held on 21 and 22 October 2021 in Vienna in a hybrid format. You will share two days of intensive networking and learning opportunities on the latest trends in trade mark, design law and beyond with numerous professionals and officials from all over the world. We hope to welcome many friends and colleagues, physically and virtually at this event. ECTA members can participate at a reduced fee! More information about the programme and registration will follow in due course.

18 May

ECTA Webinar - Slogans..but made for branding. A new threshold for registrability of slogans after Oatly?

Carina Gommers, ECTA Second-Vice President, Wiggin (BE) will moderate a distinguished panel of speakers to discuss slogans and the degree of distinctive character required by the EU trade mark law. In particular, has the Oatly decision determined a change of practice in the registrability of slogans? We will address this topic from different perspectives, in and out the legal framework. Detailed information will follow soon.

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