22 Dec

2020 trademark predictions; Trump lawyer responds; demand at Chinese courts; USPTO exclusive; plus much more

Everything we covered onWTR 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.

MONDAY 16th December

As Mary Boney Denison retires from her tenure as USPTO commissioner for trademarks, she reflects on her final year at the office, which involved tackling improper filing behaviours and working to enhance the customer experience. Read more here.

One major challenge facing EU geographical indications in China is conflicts with prior trademarks, sometimes resulting in seemingly insurmountable barriers. However, options are available for rights holders. Read more here.

We reported on the claim from non-partisan watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington that recent trademark activity in Argentina is proof that “President Trump is for sale”.  Read more here.

TUESDAY 17th December

Similar to trademark owners, one challenge facing those overseeing geographical indications is securing protection for translated names. However, there are avenues open for exploitation. Read more here.

A new EU study on the relationship between small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and trademark licences has found that the annual estimated revenue for all SMEs that license their EU trademarks is €1.9 billion. Read more here.

In our Tuesday news round-up, we looked at Scotch Whisky obtaining geographical indication protection in Cambodia, Cuba joining TMview and a Frozen 2 trademark lawsuit. Read more here.

WEDNESDAY 18th December

Reflecting on an eventful year, WTR asked experts around the world for their top takeaways from 2019 and their expectations for the next 12 months. With recent decisions likely to have a significant effect, we took a closer look at the Americas, Europe and Africa. Read more here.

In the latest edition of our regular series on marketplaces around the world that are reportedly notorious havens for fake goods, we turned to Spain. Read more here.

THURSDAY 19th December

As the once-revolutionary Victoria’s Secret cancels its famous fashion show, the lingerie retailer must forget short-term sales and invest in re-building its brand. Read more here.

With the Summer Olympics taking place in Tokyo and the protection for geographical indications on the horizon in Russia, we headed east to determine what experts in Asia and Oceania have learned from the past year and how brand owners in these jurisdictions can best prepare for 2020. Read more here.

FRIDAY 20th December

The world’s most prolific trademark filer, Ikuhiro Ueda, has slowed his activity in recent months, with experts telling WTR that it will “recover reliability” in Japan’s trademark system, but there is uncertainty whether it is permanent. Read more here.

Growth figures for China’s IP litigation are enough to give anyone a case of vertigo, with cases increasing at a faster rate than anywhere else on Earth. WTR talked to experts on how the Chinese courts are coping with that litigation demand. Read more here.

We took a look at what 2019 filing numbers tell us about the US trademark landscape. Read more here.

In our Friday news digest, we looked at a call for examining attorney help, Chanel and Hermès ending a trademark dispute, the Serbian IPO reducing its fees, the Korean IP Office getting a budget boost, US Senators opposing China’s WIPO director general nominee. Read more here.

Plus, we published 10 Legal Update articles examining key trademark decisions and developments from across the globe:

  • General Court confirms that mark representing a bell is not distinctive for Class 9 goods (European Union). Read more here.
  • Vietnam to amend Intellectual Property Law to comply with FTAs (Vietnam). Read more here.
  • General Court confirms that VIBBLE is confusingly similar to VYBE (European Union). Read more here.
  • EUIPO figures reveal that trademark infringement is an expensive business in Denmark (Denmark). Read more here.
  • Victory for Versace as design is rejected on the ground that it constitutes “unauthorised use of an IP right” (Turkey). Read more here.
  • Brand owners take note: Peruvian Customs Office updates customs recordal procedure for IP rights (Peru). Read more here.
  • General Court confirms that there are no formal requirements for proof of use request in opposition proceedings (European Union). Read more here.
  • Board of Appeal reorganisation and changes to trademark-related administrative proceedings: what you need to know (Estonia). Read more here.
  • Shangri-La case: a trademark judgment that will please multinationals. Read more here.
  • Supreme People's Court clarifies conditions for prior trademark use defence. Read more here.

Trevor Little

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Trevor Little