3 Nov
2019

Havarti GI backlash; NCAA position change; DNS abuse concern; warning over AI; plus 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 28th October

Last week, the European Commission entered the name ‘Havarti’ onto the register of protected geographical indications. The ensuing backlash serves as a microcosm of the emotive political discourse that surrounds this form of IP protection. Read more here.

Boeing is under scrutiny and pressure following recent incidents involving its 737 Max fleet. The company’s experience and response strategy offer a number of takeaways for any brand owner preparing for crisis management.  Read more here.

TUESDAY 29th October

A new study examining how AI is used by IP offices has warned that “the seductive appeal of the all-seeing algorithm should be resisted” due to current limitations. Read more here.

In our Tuesday news round-up, we looked at INTA bringing the Unreal Campaign to Lima, the UAE IP office forgoing certain fees, Stan Lee’s daughter suing POW! Entertainment, the UK Intellectual Property Office pausing its Brexit preparations, and much more. Read more here.

WEDNESDAY 30th October

The governing board of the National Collegiate Athletic Association has voted unanimously to permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness. The move could be a boon for law firms and major brands. Read more here.

A group of domain name registries and registers has developed a framework to fight abuse in the domain name system (DNS). In an exclusive guest analysis, two IP experts welcomed the development but expressed concerns over the narrow definition of DNS abuse. Read more here.

A joint study from INTA and the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property has compared trademark-intensive industry activity across 10 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The findings are promising but highlight room for growth, with INTA’s CEO calling on policy makers to now accelerate efforts. Read more here.

THURSDAY 31st October

The USPTO is seeking public comment on the possible impact of AI on trademarks, copyright and other forms of intellectual property. The move is part of a concerted push by the office to take a leadership position on emerging technologies. Read more here.

We noted that there is still time to nominate the industry’s leading lights for recognition in the WTR 300 and to be in with a chance to win a free place at an upcoming WTR event. Read more here.

FRIDAY 1st November

In the latest edition of our series on marketplaces around the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods we head to the nation of Indonesia. Read more here.

Collaboration between eight brand protection and cybersecurity agencies and Scamadviser, a call for plain packaging for fireworks, plans for an EU trademark court seminar, a new warning over misleading invoices, and much more featured in our Friday news digest. Read more here.

In this week’s exclusive data analysis, we shone the spotlight on Israel. While the start-up nation’s register is dominated by foreign applicants, as the government throws its weight behind maturing businesses, strong branding will help companies to become a feature of the economy. Read more here.

SATURDAY 2nd November

Major Chinese online marketplace DHgate has published a stringent defence of its anti-counterfeiting efforts, and – following the discovery of a possible link to Superbuy – has denied any relationship with the Chinese shipping agent. Read more here.

Plus, we published 10 Legal Update articles, examining key trademark decisions from across the globe:

  • Blow for Puma as General Court confirms likelihood of confusion between MG PUMA and GINMG in Class 33 (European Union). Read more here.
  • INDECOPI publishes draft guide for influencers (Peru). Read more here.
  • Venezuela’s National Telecommunications Commission publishes first official domain name regulation (Venezuela). Read more here.
  • Russia's Constitutional Court gives a boost to well-known trademarks (Russian Federation). Read more here.
  • UDRP proceedings: evidence of targeting is crucial (International). Read more here.
  • McDonald's triumphant in MC DREAMS opposition (European Union). Read more here.
  • China releases new measures to regulate bad-faith applications (China). Read more here.
  • Trademarks and "style names" – can you tell the difference? (Australia). Read more here.
  • Good news for trademarks owners: trademark office may now issue declarations of notoriety (Costa Rica). Read more here.
  • Never underestimate the importance of DUNGEONS in Dungeons & Dragons (European Union). Read more here.

Trevor Little

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Trevor Little