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.
INTA Annual Meeting 2021
The WTR team has been busy attending INTA’s virtual Annual Meeting sessions this week. Below, we present highlights and takeaways from the biggest five days in trademarks:
- Monday – INTA announces that its 2022 Annual Meeting will be held in Washington DC as a physical event with virtual components.
- Tuesday – we reflect on the Annual Meeting’s inspiring opening message on the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Wednesday – we hear Amazon’s plans to extend its Black Business Accelerator programme, a discussion on combatting mental health stigma and a catchy musical message.
- Thursday – Starbucks offers enforcement tips, Mastercard is recognised for bettering society and judges from around the world look to the future.
- Friday – INTA unveils its new Strategic Plan, experts explain how NFTs could revolutionise anti-counterfeiting and INAPI gives an eagerly awaited Madrid Protocol update.
Elsewhere this week…
Monday 15 November
Sheppard Mullin reveals how best to support employees and their families, and why quantitative and qualitative data analysis is vital to an effective diversity and inclusion programme.
- Patent Court holds that ASICS' use of Novak name is not trademark use (South Korea)
- Standing challenge brews trouble in trademark dispute (United States)
Tuesday 16 November
The Cleveland roller derby and Major League Baseball teams reach a settlement over the Guardians name, Nike postpones its Travis Scott collaboration and the Irish Health Service Executive calls for plain packaging on sugary products.
- General Court confirms likelihood of confusion between SYNDICATE marks (European Union)
- Bad news for Deckers as court issues decision in UGG boots case (Serbia)
Wednesday 17 November
The EUIPO publishes best practices for electronic payment service providers to protect their services from misuse by infringers.
The ‘Banksy of trademarks’ retires after numerous high-profile disputes.
- Board of Appeal annuls refusal to register position marks for taxi services (Estonia)
- Supreme Court rules on judges’ discretion to decrease amount of compensation for trademark infringement (Russia)
Thursday 18 November
The Croatia IP Office confirms that covid-19 vaccination passes will be required to enter its headquarters, while the USPTO expands its covid-19 prioritised examination pilot programme.
Time spent on diversity, equity and inclusion will now be credited as billable hours at five prominent Chicago IP firms.
- Highest-ever amount of damages awarded to New Balance in trademark infringement action (China)
- Frida Kahlo: portrait of a woman (European Union)
- How the military coup in Sudan affects trademark rights (International report: Africa)
- Supreme Court sheds light on influencer advertising ahead of new Unfair Competition Act (International report: Germany)
- First to file and first to use – navigating Russia’s blended system (International report: Russia)
- United Kingdom begins work on new post-Brexit exhaustion regime (International report: United Kingdom)
Friday 19 November
Shell drops ‘Royal Dutch’ from its name, a markup of the US INFORM Consumers Act is applauded and the EUIPO adjusts its communication attachment pilot project.
Johnson & Johnson decides bigger is not better when it comes to household brands, WTR data analysis finds.
- Delhi High Court: intent to target Indian market is condition sine qua non to exercise jurisdiction (India)
- Supreme Court recognises need for legal certainty in assignment of IP rights (Slovenia)
Saturday 20 November
INTA moving its 2022 Annual Meeting to Washington DC was no surprise, but the association will be keen to head back to Asia before 2024, our Saturday opinion argues.
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WTR Special Report: Managing the brand balance sheet
WTR’s latest Special Report explores the financial treatment of brands and considers how trademark professionals can carve out a new role when servicing clients.