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Diversity in the legal workplace: interview with the global chair of A&O’s LGBT+ network

This week, Stonewall, an LGBT rights charity, named Allen & Overy one of its Top Global Employers. WTR saw down with Jim Ford, chair of the firms A&Out network, to discusses the importance of LGBT+ diversity and inclusion in law firms.

Diversity in the legal workplace: interview with the global chair of A&O’s LGBT+ network
15 Jul 2019

Reports of law firm phishing attacks serve as reminder of never-ending threat

Recent reports have put a spotlight on phishing directed at law firms and solicitors. While not a new phenomenon, the coverage highlights a significant problem that is not going away, and one that firms must be quick to tackle.

13 Jul 2019

Huawei seeks to weather political storm and extend brand success story

The Chinese tech giant has penetrated the global market and withstood international political pressure, so what has made its brand so resilient?  

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Criminal sentence imposed for commercialisation of infringing souvenirs

The Criminal Court No 15 of Valencia has sentenced the managers of a company in the souvenir industry for committing a crime against IP rights under with Article 273 of the Criminal Code. Read more

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Court of Appeal partially overturns High Court in advertising passing-off case

A recent decision of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales highlights that the One in a Million case does not provide a remedy against cybersquatting per se: claimants must still demonstrate goodwill or reputation in the mark contained in the domain name. Read more

15 Jul 2019

Privacy problems: brand owners should use caution when using privacy service to register domain name

A recent UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘absainsurance.com’ underlines the fact that brand owners should avoid using a privacy service to register domain names unless there are sound business reasons for doing so. Read more

15 Jul 2019

General Court: iconic Gibson V-shaped guitar body invalid as 3D mark

In Gibson Brands Inc v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed the partial declaration of invalidity of a three-dimensional sign representing Gibson’s iconic V-shaped electric guitar body. Read more

12 Jul 2019

Women’s World Cup success reveals major opportunity for canny brands

The final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup was held in France on Sunday 7 July, capping off the most popular tournament in the sport’s history. As women’s football goes from strength to strength, how can brands take advantage of this burgeoning marketing potential? Read more

12 Jul 2019

Ukraine regulates organic food production and labelling

The law regulating organic food production and labelling will enter into force in Ukraine on 2 August 2019. Trademark owners should be cautious when using the word ‘organic’ in product names and trademarks. Read more

12 Jul 2019

FWD VIEW mark sent back to hearing officer

A recent decision of the appointed person serves as a reminder that, while there is a desire for procedural economy in trademark proceedings, taking such measures, if not done correctly, can cause significant delays.   Read more

12 Jul 2019

PepsiCo teams goes defensive to protect brand

The trademark team operating in Latin America is faced with a unique set of challenges – being prepared is the best defence against the high level of infringement it faces Read more

11 Jul 2019

US trademark litigation levels on course to hit four-year high

The latest data from Lex Machina reveals that 2,289 trademark litigation actions were filed in the United States in the first half of 2019, up 12% year-on-year. If current trends continue, it will represent a four-year high. Read more

11 Jul 2019

Strong internal communications, flexibility and diversity make for a winning team at MetLife

Juggling global operations spread out among affiliates can be a daunting task but open communication, company-wide interaction and knowledge sharing allows these trademark professionals to manage an impactful and efficient portfolio.   Read more

11 Jul 2019

Changes to Thailand's trademark registration practices - what mark owners need to know

Minor and sometimes undisclosed changes in the practice of Thailand's Trademark Office have recently been revealed. These changes should be closely monitored as they can have a substantial effect on applicants and the trademark registration process generally. Read more

11 Jul 2019

BRIONI case: qualitative circumstances must be considered to determine whether registration was acquired by “other illegitimate means” under Article 44.1

In a case involving Italian menswear brand Brioni, China’s Trademark Review and Adjudication Board has held the determination of whether a registration has been acquired by "other illegitimate means" must be based on both qualitative and quantitative considerations. Read more

10 Jul 2019

Highest court ends judicial dispute involving Saône-et-Loire department

The Cour de Cassation – the highest French court – has confirmed the Versailles Court of Appeal decision ordering the transfer of three domain names infringing the trademark of the French department of Saône-et-Loire.   Read more

10 Jul 2019

Petition against use of ‘Bharat’ in Bollywood film title dismissed

The Delhi High Court has dismissed a writ petition seeking a stay on the release of Bollywood film Bharat under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act. Read more

10 Jul 2019

Amazon expands Transparency scheme as spotlight falls on anti-counterfeiting efforts

Amazon announces expansion of Transparency, its product serialisation service that “prevents counterfeits at scale”. It comes after a US court decision which considered Amazon as the “seller” in a third-party marketplace transaction. Read more

10 Jul 2019

Intel director of trademarks reveals the key ingredients for successful brand protection

Christopher George, director of trademarks and brands at Technology and Consumer Electronics Team of the Year Intel, has spoken to WTR about the difficulties his team faces when tasked with protecting the brands of so-called ‘ingredient’ tech components, rather than final products.   Read more

10 Jul 2019

How the Mars trademark team is knuckling down on efficiency in transition to e-commerce

The in-house team at food giant Mars continuously adapts its approach to tackle the range of prosecution and enforcement challenges it faces. Although the department is decentralised, strong internal communication keeps the brand’s IP strategy robust and consistent. Read more

10 Jul 2019

Trump criticises left-leaning brand boycotts; how trademark practitioners should prepare

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter yesterday to criticise left-leaning brand boycotts and warned that “two can play that game”. With the threat of brand boycotts on the rise, we look at how trademark counsel should prepare. Read more

9 Jul 2019

Trademark group behind Game of Thrones scoops North America Team of the Year

The WTR North America Team of the Year Award was presented to the team handling HBO’s trademark legal needs, including the TV phenomenon Game of Thrones. Trademark head Judy McCool offers insights into protecting brands connected to the biggest show on Earth. Read more

9 Jul 2019

Last year was big for the Toyota brand: could 2019 be even bigger?

Toyota has taken big strides in the last year, with a 17% increase in brand value in 2018 alone. Managing counsel Theresa Conduah discusses the trademark implications of this busy 12 months. Read more

9 Jul 2019

Appeal court confirms cancellation of TOPPÍS mark in long-running ice-cream war

A ruling from the First Appeal Court of Iceland cancelling the trademark TOPPÍS brings to an end a years-long dispute between two manufacturers of ice cream. Read more

9 Jul 2019

adidas decision: General Court reiterates importance of evidence in trademark disputes

In adidas AG v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that adidas’ three-stripe mark was invalid as a result of its lack of distinctiveness, whether inherent or acquired through use. Read more

8 Jul 2019

UK trademark attorney salaries continue to rise despite Brexit uncertainty

Research reveals that base salaries have risen across the board for UK IP roles. The news will be positively received by those toiling in the trademark trenches while bracing themselves for the possible negative economic impact of Brexit.  Read more

8 Jul 2019

Stranger things: how trademarks helped turn a DVD exchange company into an international brand

Netflix’s human approach on social media extends to its legal team; Ali Buttars and Jeremy Kaufman discuss the difficulties and techniques in running the streaming giant’s trademark section. Read more

8 Jul 2019

Exception to exhaustion of trademark rights principle enforceable for non-luxury marks

The Barcelona Court of Appeal has revoked a first-instance judgment which had dismissed the claims filed by the owner and licensee of the MUSTELA mark against its former distributor and various other companies. Read more

8 Jul 2019

No go for GO-KIDZ mark

The appointed person has upheld a UKIPO decision finding that there was a likelihood of confusion between GO-KIDZ in Classes 3, 5, 10 and 21 and earlier GO marks in Classes 5 and 21. Read more

7 Jul 2019

Monzo doubles value; fintech companies maturing to further disrupt the market

Digital banking giant Monzo announced last month it will be launching in the United States. While this is a significant move for the fledgling company, its trademark portfolio shows it is still well in the start-up phase. Read more

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