Analysis: Legal

A “spectacular outcome” for H&M as Dutch Supreme Court rules in decades-long dispute with adidas

The Dutch Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by adidas, ending a decades-long dispute with H&M Hennes & Mauritz over its use of a two-stripe mark.

11 October 2021

Nigeria’s counterfeiting epidemic: expert outlines what brands can do to fight back

The co-author of a new study into Nigerian counterfeits reveals what international brand owners and IP associations can do to improve the situation.

07 October 2021

New rules for filing trademark applications and opposition procedures: key points highlighted

Ministerial Decree No 119/2021, which entered into force on 9 September 2021, amended the Implementing Regulations of the Industrial Property Code. This update reviews the key points of interest for trademark owners and practitioners.

06 October 2021

Changes to border measures and IP crimes: what you need to know

A reform of Ecuador’s IP laws came into force on 27 August 2021, providing greater efficiency in prosecuting IP crimes and correcting previous flaws in the border measure system.

05 October 2021

Large seizure of fake toys and party decorations in exclusive Lima City district

A large amount of party decorations and toys, including Lego and Paw Patrol, were seized in a raid against a shop located in the upscale district of Santiago de Surco.

30 September 2021

China endorses good-faith commitment when applying for well-known status

In continuation of China’s fight against bad-faith applications, applicants and their trademark agents are now required to sign a commitment of good faith when applying for well-known trademark status.

29 September 2021

Facebook ruling could open floodgates for state-law claims against internet companies

A Third Circuit decision allowing a US news anchor to sue Facebook for the unauthorised use of her image could lead to a wave of state-law claims against internet companies and online platforms, legal experts warn.

28 September 2021

Why your TTAB judgment may fall flat in court

Parties must be aware of the vital differences between TTAB administrative proceedings and federal court civil litigation highlighted by a recent Third Circuit decision.

28 September 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.

22 September 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.

21 September 2021

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