Trump riffs on Game of Thrones (again), INTA gives back, and rise of heritage brands: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at how a slew of fake Amazon reviews are boosting brands, the Martha Stewart brand selling, KIPO assisting in IP crime enforcement, EU judges getting darknet training, and much more.

Trump riffs on Game of Thrones (again), INTA gives back, and rise of heritage brands: news digest
19 Apr 2019

‘.inc’ TLD prepares for general availability with high price point, as details emerge of brand registrations

The ‘.inc’ new gTLD is currently in sunrise with a $2,499 annual retail price, a price point that may deter cybersquatters, but a number of large brands – including Apple, BMW, Google and Marriott – have moved to protect brand-related terms.

18 Apr 2019

Notre Dame misinformation highlights brand protection challenge for media organisations

There have been numerous reports of fake media accounts spreading conspiracy theories around the Notre Dame Cathedral fire. Such activity around major events is a reminder of the significant challenge that IP practitioners face. 

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18 Apr
2019

Alma Capital decision reflects nuanced approach to UDRP

In a recent decision under the UDRP, the panel has refused to order the transfer of a domain name consisting of the complainant's registered trademark in its entirety as the leading element of the disputed domain name.  Read more

18 Apr
2019

The right to be heard and the right to be told that one has made a mistake

The decision of the EU General Court in Prim SA v EUIPO is likely to influence how the errors and/or omissions of opposing parties will be handled, knowing that keeping quiet about such issues in EUIPO proceedings may ultimately backfire. Read more

18 Apr
2019

Federal Circuit clarifies commercial use evidence requirements at USPTO’s request

The court last week made precedential a January 2019 opinion it issued on the type of website specimens required to prove commercial use. The move follows a request by the US Patent and Trademark Office, which argued that it would provide clarity and reduce the chances of future litigation. Read more

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18 Apr 2019

Latest free-to-view intelligence on protecting brands in the online environment now available

WTR has published the sixth edition of Online Brand Enforcement: Protecting Your Trademarks in the Electronic Environment. Available now, the free-to-view publication offers the latest guidance on brand management best practice. Read more

16 Apr 2019

Trump rebrand advice, INTA to offer free trademark legal services, and P&G sells two brands: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the USPTO unveiling details of its World IP Day event, the IP Office of the Philippines seeking to amend the country’s IP code, a ranking of most relevant brands, and much more. Read more

12 Apr 2019

Fake Tequila auction, ICANN to decide fate of ‘.amazon’, and EUIPO releases short movie: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at a Wine Label IP Directory being launched, AB InBev being sued by a clothing brand for trademark infringement, The PCT Network going global, and much more. Read more

10 Apr 2019

Exclusive: new details emerge of proposed Trademarkia and LegalForce sale, as founder eyes exit

Trademarkia founder Raj Abhyanker has written to the shareholders of Trademarkia and LegalForce Inc to confirm his intention to exit from the entities and provide more detail on the prospective sale. Read more

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17 Apr 2019

Speediest trademark examination in the world? Italy fast-track system sees publication in just two days

The Italian Trademark and Patent Office recently introduced a fast-track system for the examination of Italian trademark applications, with one expert claiming it could be the quickest trademark examination process in the world.  Read more

16 Apr 2019

US trademark litigation levels predicted to be stable through 2019

Data reveals that 863 trademark litigation actions were filed in the United States in the first quarter of 2019, up significantly year on year. However, that upward trajectory is not expected to continue. Read more

15 Apr 2019

“You need to be willing to stay the course”: brand management insights from Coty Inc’s Joseph Conklin

In an exclusive interview with WTR, Joseph Conklin, senior vice president and global deputy general counsel for beauty company Coty Inc, has revealed how he approaches brand rights enforcement and ensures cross-company collaboration. Read more

12 Apr 2019

Serial trademark filer Ikuhiro Ueda speaks out: “I am the best troll”

Yesterday we reported on notorious trademark filer Ikuhiro Ueda, who has personally filed over 100,000 trademark applications. Today, in an exclusive interview with WTR, Ueda claims his filings are part of an ambitious plan to overhaul the global IP system. Read more

Legal updates

17 Apr 2019

Ethiopia introduces online trademark filing system  

The Ethiopian Intellectual Property Office has officially adopted an online trademark filing system. It is expected that the new system will change the culture of doing business and obtaining trademark registrations in the country. Read more

17 Apr 2019

CJEU considers consequences of inconsistency between classification of trademark and its graphic representation

Following a request for a preliminary ruling, the Court of Justice of the European Union has considered the requirements relating to the graphic representation of a sign and those relating to the distinctive character of a colour mark. Read more

16 Apr 2019

Success for New Balance as court prevents Apex Shoe Company from using NEW BALANCE mark

In a dispute between New Balance Athletics Inc and Apex Shoe Company Pvt Ltd, the Delhi High Court has ruled in favour of New Balance and issued a permanent injunction preventing Apex from using the mark NEW BALANCE. Read more

16 Apr 2019

BMW takes the fast lane to victory

In Bayerische Motoren Werke AG v BMW Telecommunications Ltd, the existence of an infringing company name on the UK companies register was sufficient for BMW to be granted summary judgment in its claims for passing off and trademark infringement. Read more

15 Apr 2019

A LIP TATTOO too easily erased? LVMH successfully defends suit against its use of DIOR ADDICT LIP TATTOO

LVMH has defeated an action brought by local cosmetics manufacturer Shinzens, owner of the mark LIP TATTOO, against LVMH’s use of the mark DIOR ADDICT LIP TATTOO in Malaysia. Read more

Insight

14 Mar 2019

Online brand protection strategies for the Russian market

New challenges in a digital world dictate the necessity of adapting brand protection strategies. In the past, it was enough to deal with infringements on a case-by-case basis. However, today it is impossible to handle thousands of online infringements manually and more efficient tools (online brand protection solutions) are required. Read more

14 Mar 2019

India’s upcoming data protection regime

India is on the cusp of enacting its first comprehensive legislation on data protection, a natural fallout of the nine-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court recognising the right to privacy as a fundamental right in the historic judgment Justice KS Puttaswamy v Union of India (24 August 2017). Read more

14 Mar 2019

Online brand enforcement in Italy: urgent remedies, ISP liability and arbitration

Online trademark infringement disputes in Italy are handled by the specialised judges of the IP courts, which are based in all Italian regions with the exception of Valle d’Aosta. The specialised IP courts are highly efficient, particularly in Milan and Turin, and generally allow trademark owners to obtain sound protection in a matter of a few weeks. Read more

14 Mar 2019

China’s new E-commerce Law

China’s new E-commerce Law (which entered into effect on 1 January 2019) regulates a wide array of matters, including antitrust, data protection, consumer protection, payment and delivery services, among others. However, the law’s provisions on IP protection seem to have attracted the most attention – both positive and negative. Read more

Events

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16-18 June
2019
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