Rent it or fake it? Groundbreaking study finds counterfeit products harm authentic goods

An ambitious new research paper has found that counterfeiting causes significant harm to the purchase intent of authentic products, and reveals various strategies to combat this effect.

Rent it or fake it? Groundbreaking study finds counterfeit products harm authentic goods
15 Feb 2019

Venezuela trademark warning, IP Australia chatbot success, and triumph for Butlers in the Buff: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a new online service launched by the Swedish IP Office, the Babybel wax-coating trademark being invalidated, scammers filing “fake trademarks” to hijack Instagram accounts, and much more.

15 Feb 2019

Ireland’s strong domestic market and exports boost GDP, but are brands ready for Brexit?

We analyse the Irish trademark landscape to see if brands are prepared for the planned Brexit exit day in just over a month, and how this market has developed over the past decade.

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15 Feb
2019

New Trademark Law: mark owners must be prepared

Myanmar’s Trademark Law was passed by the Assembly of the Union on 30 January 2019. Importantly for mark owners, marks registered under the current system must be re-applied for once the law enters into force, otherwise they will lose their validity.     Read more

15 Feb
2019

CJEU confirms likelihood of confusion between LUBELSKA and LUBECA

The Court of Justice of the European Union has dismissed an appeal brought by the Republic of Poland in opposition proceedings concerning the figurative sign LUBELSKA and the earlier German word mark LUBECA. Read more

15 Feb
2019

Why the Toys “R” Us revival reveals the power of brands

This week, Toys “R” Us officially emerged as a new company. This development serves as an illustration of the power that resides in strong brands; even those that have gone through troubled times. Read more

News

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13 Feb 2019

Not long left to let us know the challenges affecting your trademark practice

For the 11th year in a row, trademark practitioners are invited to participate in our annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey to let us know how practice is evolving to counter new threats and embrace new opportunities. Read more

12 Feb 2019

Jones Day named strongest US law firm brand, as Skadden closes gap

Jones Day has been named the strongest law firm brand in the United States for the third year running. However, on this year’s Acritas US Law Firm Brand Index, Skadden is rapidly closing the gap. Read more

12 Feb 2019

Plain packaging passed in Singapore, cat photo trademarks, and US Senate IP subcommittee: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a new report showing 70% of Kenyans use counterfeit products, a new system developed to identify fake logos, the Spanish football league scoring a piracy win, and much more. Read more

8 Feb 2019

Get valuable trademark litigation know-how from new free-to-view guide

WTR has published the third edition of Trademark Litigation: A Global Guide, which helps rights holders navigate the litigation regimes in key jurisdictions. Read more

Analysis

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14 Feb 2019

How Starbucks is protecting its brand in China – exclusive interview

Batur Oktay, who leads Starbucks’ IP committee, explains how the company is working with Chinese authorities to tackle counterfeiting and provides insights into its changing prosecution strategy. Read more

14 Feb 2019

Anaqua announces new investment as private equity escalates IP sector focus

IP solutions provider Anaqua has announced that it is to receive a significant investment from European private equity firm Astorg – a move the company says will "accelerate Anaqua’s growth in the rapidly expanding IP management space". Read more

11 Feb 2019

MARQUES warns of severe consequences of UDRP review “based upon bias, anecdotes and edge-cases”

MARQUES has written to ICANN calling for a data-led review of the UDRP when the process kicks off, stating that “there should be no changes to the UDRP unless such changes are based upon fact”.  Read more

11 Feb 2019

The evolution of Airbnb’s trademark strategy, and what it means for law firm collaborations

Alica Del Valle, lead counsel for IP, marketing, PR and content at Airbnb, expands on the Silicon Valley company’s fast-changing trademark strategy, what it demands from law firm partners and the creation and protection of its Chinese brand, Aibiying. Read more

Legal updates

14 Feb 2019

UDRP: don't play with the registration date!

A recent decision by a WIPO panel has highlighted that, under the UDRP, the transfer of a domain name between commonly controlled entities or persons does not generally extinguish rights and legitimate interests that have already accrued. Read more

14 Feb 2019

Beijing High Court opens the way for the registration of position marks

In a victory for the French high-end footwear brand, the Beijing High Court has held that Christian Louboutin’s red sole trademark is not a three-dimensional mark, but rather a single-colour trademark designated for use in a specific position. Read more

13 Feb 2019

Hungary amends official fee structure and amounts for trademark-related services

A new fee structure for trademark-related services has entered into force in Hungary. Official fees have decreased for services related to trademarks registered in one class only, but have increased for trademarks registered in two or more classes. Read more

13 Feb 2019

Word mark and sign constituting its acronym judged to be confusingly similar

In a dispute involving the licensing of a famous Italian trademark in the field of strategic business consulting, AMBROSETTI, the Court of Milan has addressed a number of issues relating to distinctiveness. Read more

12 Feb 2019

Is bona fide contemplated use sufficient under the UDRP?

A recent decision under the UDRP shows that legitimate interests in a domain name may be established by the registrant’s bona fide preparations prior to the actual use of such domain name. Read more

Insight

29 Jan 2019

Litigating design disputes: United States

Parties to unfair competition and trademark infringement cases pending before a court, or in proceedings before the TTAB, have the option to participate in alternative dispute resolution procedures, such as arbitration or mediation.  Read more

29 Jan 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: United Kingdom

All parties conducting civil litigation in the United Kingdom should follow the Civil Procedure Rules, which set out how cases should be conducted before and after proceedings have been issued. Read more

29 Jan 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: Turkey

Turkey has no arbitral institutions that specialise in IP disputes. However, it is accepted that, regardless of their nature, trademark disputes that can be settled between the parties may be subject to arbitration. Read more

28 Jan 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: Saudi Arabia

Under Saudi trademark law, there are clear provisions relating to the award of damages in trademark infringement cases. However, the award of damages is dictated by the principles of Islamic ShariaRead more

Events

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5 Mar
2019
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Brand Protection Online 2019

This will be a unique forum for in-house counsel to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and risks they face, as well as the latest cutting-edge strategies for online brand protection, including an examination of both successes and failures in this ever-changing environment.

6 Mar
2019
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Managing Trademark Assets USA 2019

WTR’s fourth annual Managing Trademark Assets USA will provide attendees with a platform for senior counsel to share real-world insights at a time when it is more important than ever to integrate innovative and disruptive strategies into your trademark operations.

16-18 June
2019
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IPBC Global 2019

The leading gathering of global IP decision makers and thought-leaders returns to Boston! As the fourth industrial revolution gathers pace, IPBC Global’s 2019 programme explores the key IP issues this new era of change and innovation presents for corporate leaders, policy makers, investors, the legal profession and third-party service providers.

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