Victoria’s Secret on the up, while General Motors grapples with recall challenge in latest WTR Brand Elite analysis

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Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis
23 Sep 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.

Dogecoin clean-up operation proves it does not pay to wait
23 Sep 2021

Dogecoin clean-up operation proves it does not pay to wait

The creators of meme-currency Dogecoin are facing an uphill battle to register their rights and fend off third-party applications, but other inventors can learn a lot from their troubles.

Featured

23 Sep
2021

Addition of house mark inconsequential if sub-brand is similar to earlier mark and functions as trademark

When faced with a similar prior mark in an availability search, a typical workaround is to add a house mark to the proposed mark. This decision of the Division Bench of the Bombay High Court highlights that such solution may not always work. Read more

23 Sep
2021

Copyright provides basis to challenge trademark ownership

A trademark applicant has learnt the hard way that it is still possible to lose in opposition proceedings even after the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand has thrown out all of the opponent’s evidence. Read more

22 Sep
2021

Canadian IP Office pledges to reduce examination delays: exclusive update

The Canadian IP Office is confident that efforts to address ongoing delays in examination are yielding positive results, but more needs to be done. Read more

News

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21 Sep 2021

Volkswagen drops ‘.brand’ new gTLD; Ice Cube likeness claim fails again; Watercress added to UK GI list – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at how verification sticker labels are reducing counterfeit seed cases in Kenya, Nodwin Gaming acquiring an IP portfolio, and much more. Read more

19 Sep 2021

Microsoft named most intangible company; Emma Raducanu brand issues revealed; USPTO fraudster sentenced; 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

17 Sep 2021

Emma Raducanu trademark misreporting; new INTA resolution; Oreo and Pokémon team up – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at US Customs unveiling a dedicated centralised inspection facility in Los Angeles, the Kroger Co joining Buy Safe America, and much more. Read more

14 Sep 2021

USPTO trademarks on sale as NFTs; thousands of duplicate filings in China; Australia joins DesignView – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Nordstrom trimming its private portfolio to strengthen brands, Firefly becoming the North America licensing agency for Pan Am, and much more. Read more

Analysis

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21 Sep 2021

Philippines IP office seeks to form IP task forces as agencies react to WIPO innovation report

The IPOPHL has published an ambitious call for renewed partnerships between the corporate and academic worlds in the wake of a new WIPO report. Read more

20 Sep 2021

Online marketplaces in Indonesia that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars

In the next instalment in our regular series identifying the digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor as part of their global anti-counterfeiting efforts, we head to Indonesia. Read more

16 Sep 2021

Apple overtakes Amazon as most intimate brand

Apple has overtaken Amazon at the top of MBLM’s annual Brand Intimacy Study, highlighting the power of smartphone brands to build strong emotional ties with consumers. Read more

15 Sep 2021

Online marketplaces in Vietnam that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars

In the next instalment in our regular series identifying the digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor as part of their global anti-counterfeiting efforts, we head to Vietnam. Read more

Legal updates

22 Sep 2021

When can a claim that a trademark is well known be introduced?

This decision of the General Court highlights that the rationale of Article 16(1) of Delegated Regulation 2018/625 is to leave more flexibility - as opposed to opposition proceedings - to supplement the facts, evidence and arguments in support of an application for invalidity. Read more

22 Sep 2021

Patent and Trademark Office updates trademark examination guidelines – what you need to know

In 2019 the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office issued guidelines for the examination of trademark applications in terms of absolute grounds. A new chapter concerning the substantive examination standards for the assessment of confusing similarity has now also been published. Read more

21 Sep 2021

Confusing similarity v likelihood of confusion standards under the Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act

This decision of the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has implications for establishing that a defendant’s domain name is confusingly similar to a mark under the ACPA. Read more

21 Sep 2021

New rules strengthen fight against illegal counterfeit goods

New rules under the Customs Act have entered into force, representing a considerable simplification compared to the old system. This update reviews the three changes that will be of particular significance to IP rights owners. Read more

20 Sep 2021

New precedential judgment: offering product for sale through ‘hidden link’ is presumed unlawful

In a dispute involving Facebook, adidas and an individual who managed a Facebook group promoting branded products, the Tel-Aviv District Court has held that the offering for sale of products through a ‘hidden link’ scheme was unlawful. Read more

Insight

2 Jul 2021

Top tips for how brand owners can work with online platforms to fight counterfeiting

WTR’s Global Leaders set out an eight-point checklist for what rights holders and e-commerce sites can do to take meaningful action against the online trade in fake goods. Read more

1 Jul 2021

“Do not be afraid to take risks”: leading in-house counsel reveal the secrets to their success

WTR’s Global Leaders share personal insights into how they got to where they are today and offer advice to those considering the same career path. Read more

30 Jun 2021

The Chinese IP protection landscape looks bright – but more still needs to be done

Leading trademark practitioners discuss how the Chinese IP regime is improving for brand owners and, crucially, what the key areas of focus should be next. Read more

24 Jun 2021

How to work with Customs – six key tips for brand owners

IP practitioners in Europe, Central America and the United States discuss how brand owners can work with Customs to clamp down on counterfeiting in their region. Read more

Events

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21-22 October
2021

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.

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