2 Feb

Corsearch announces brand protection acquisition, SkyKick decision reaction, Michael Gleissner latest, INTA president interview, 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.

MONDAY 27 January

WTR sat down with Ayala Deutsch, executive vice president and deputy general counsel at NBA Properties and the new INTA president, to discuss her plans for the future and how the association will address the challenges facing the trademark industry. Read more here.

The Department of Homeland Security has issued its long-awaited report on fake goods. The paper offers a range of best practices that e-commerce platforms should implement – and threatens action should they fail to do so. Read more here.

TUESDAY 28 January

We revealed exclusive data on the controversial portfolio-building exercise of multi-millionaire entrepreneur Michael Gleissner in Latvia and spoke with local counsel about the hardships that this activity has caused for a number of businesses forced into costly legal battles. Read more here.

As firms become wise to the drastic toll that poor mental health takes on the legal workforce, what are they doing to tackle the problem directly? We examined EIP’s mental health first-aider scheme and caught up with Dentons’ chief mindfulness officer. Read more here.

The Japan Patent Office launching Trademark Fist, Pablo Escobar’s intellectual property being put up for sale, Malta joining DesignClass, the Tajikistan IP Office giving its annual trademark update, and much more featured in our Tuesday news digest. Read more here.

WEDNESDAY 29 January

After the Court of Justice of the European Union handed down its long-awaited decision in Sky v SkyKick, we spoke with multiple industry experts to get their take on the impact of this important decision. Read more here.

Senior in-house and law firm brand professionals convened in London this week for our latest Managing Trademark Assets Europe event. We presented a selection of highlights and practical takeaways from the day’s sessions. Read more here.

We reminded readers that there is not long left to participate in WTR’s annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey, which aims to discover the ways in which trademark practices are evolving to new opportunities and threats. Read more here.

THURSDAY 30 January

The winners of the second Global IP Awards, which recognise law and attorney firm excellence in the fields of trademark and patent work, were announced at a gala dinner in London. Read more here.

With Corsearch acquiring its second brand protection service in a year, we explained how the purchase of Pointer Brand Protection for an undisclosed sum strengthens Corsearch’s brand protection offerings on the legal service provider market. Read more here.

Denis Dorotenko, senior legal counsel at Yandex, has analysed recent Russian court practice on domain disputes and identified various factors to ensure that brand owners get the maximum compensation in Russia. Read more here.

In what could be the end of the oldest pending two-stripes legal case in the European Union, H&M has been victorious against adidas in a trademark dispute in the Netherlands, with one attorney describing it as a “far-reaching decision”. Read more here.

FRIDAY 31 January

In this week’s data analysis, we took a deep-dive into Saudi Aramco’s holdings, the company having taken the global market by storm. Its impressive IPO has helped boost its brand value, but the business may face some challenges as it looks to build its reputation. Read more here.

INTA issuing an Annual Meeting update in light of the coronavirus emergency, praise for the US administration’s stance on GIs, Greta Thunberg applying for trademarks to protect the climate change message, and much more, featured in our Friday round-up. Read more here.

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

  • INDECOPI publishes new draft legislation on IP rights enforcement (Peru). Read more here.
  • Blow for JTI as application for figurative IJTI mark is upheld as valid (European Union). Read more here.
  • Barcelona Court of Appeal upholds criminal sentence for possession of handbags infringing well-known registered design (Spain). Read more here.
  • easyJet v easyBet - hosting provider ordered to take down infringing website (Switzerland). Read more here.
  • No luck for Cambridge University’s challenge against CAMBRIDGE NEUROTECH (United Kingdom). Read more here.
  • Ferrero Rocher: registration of packaging denied (Singapore). Read more here.
  • Rotkäppchen-Mumm successfully defends its MM and MUMM marks (European Union). Read more here.
  • Corporate criminal liability gets first test for IP crimes (Vietnam). Read more here.
  • CENTRAL PARK case: Delhi High Court rejects 'common to the trade' plea (India). Read more here.
  • Coty v Cosmopolitan Cosmetics: decoded products may be counterfeits (United States of America). Read more here.
  • Suzuki Motor's multiple invalidation claims against SUZUKI for kitchen appliances rejected (Russia). Read more here.

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