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.
The Long Read
Firm Forward LLC’s Elyssa LeFevre Chayo presents 11 steps to build your firm’s brand and win more clients.
Monday 6 September
Fiji’s first new Trademarks Act in 90 years is celebrated for its “potential to be amongst the best in the world for a country of its size”.
We present a rundown of the online marketplaces in China that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars.
A USPTO report fails to answer central questions on state infringement but highlights the extent of enforcement challenges for rights holders.
- High Court allows two ‘Luke’s’ restaurants to co-exist (Singapore)
- Third Circuit orders second look at delays and disgorgement of profits (United States)
Tuesday 7 September
Five hundred pieces of counterfeit Cartier jewellery, Superdry’s new action against Asos, McDonald’s ‘McDuck’ registration, and much more feature in Tuesday’s news round-up.
Chief trademark counsel Sharon Sorkin explains how she has been realigning legal with Ford’s renewed brand priorities in her first two years on the job.
- Stihl successfully invalidates infringer’s colour combination mark (China)
- Delhi High Court: adoption of ‘Delhi Public School’ marks by purported “permitted users” prima facie invalid (India)
Wednesday 8 September
In the second of a two-part interview, Sharon Sorkin reveals how Ford is redefining itself – starting with legacy trademarks.
Two mysterious new Black Lives Matter trademark applications cause headaches for applicants and representatives in the United States.
IP solutions provider Questel completes its acquisitions of PAVIS and Novagraaf, deepening its brand offerings while integrating NovumIP behind its master brand.
- Stricter WHOIS rules come into force in Denmark (Denmark)
- Kazakhstan to introduce mandatory digital labelling of footwear (Kazakhstan)
Thursday 9 September
The Korean IP Office submits a W669.5 billion budget to the country’s national assembly in a bid to reinforce IP protection efforts and facilitate further coronavirus recovery and response.
36% of UK consumers have knowingly purchased counterfeit goods in the past 12 months – Gowling’s Kate Swaine highlights the major online marketplaces for brand owners to monitor.
- WICKED v WICKED SISTER: Full Court confirms no statutory infringement by a party that has not used, but has authorised use of, a trademark (Australia)
- Huge raid carried out against clandestine workshop of counterfeit H&S shampoo (Peru)
- Why the Mexican government is redistributing counterfeit goods (International report: Mexico)
- Non-profit trademark use upheld by Taiwan Supreme Court (International report: Taiwan)
Friday 10 September
Friday’s round-up discusses the backlog of unexamined applications at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, a new rapid authentication test for whisky, Puma partnering with Nintendo, and much more.
Data analysis reveals how a major strategy shift in the early 2000s unleashed Marvel’s IP potential.
- Texas Hammer nails trademark infringement appeal (United States)
- General Court’s (e)message is loud and clear on law and practice applicable to invalidity assessment (European Union)
Saturday 11 September
The Washington Football Team should stick with its temporary name, argues Saturday’s opinion column.
WTR Special Report: Inside in-house operations
WTR’s latest Special Report, “Inside in-house operations: how to build world-class trademark functions and portfolios”, takes a deep dive into portfolio, brand and in-house team management – with insight from experts at companies including Facebook, FIFA, Novartis, Verizon and Vodafone.