1 Dec

Intel’s diversity move; Instagram urged to verify advertisers; counterfeit hotspots; Expedia exclusive; 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 25th November

Gauri Kumar joined INTA to take on the role of India consultant in June 2015. In an exclusive in-depth interview with WTR, she highlighted the policy issues that brands should be tracking in the country. Read more here.

In the latest edition of our regular series on physical markets that need to be on the policing radars of rights holders, we headed to Vietnam. Read more here.

Playing an integral role in managing Expedia Group's expansive portfolio is Jennifer Bollen, senior paralegal, who spoke to WTR abut the challenges of managing a secret rebrand. Read more here.

TUESDAY 26th November

In our Tuesday round-up of trademark news from across the globe, we reported on INTA electing its 2020 president, US Customs confiscating nearly 20,000 fake watches, JA-Z settling a high profile IP dispute, a change at the Palestine registry, WIPO marking its 1.5 millionth international registration, and much more. Read more here.

According to the European Commission, the Czech Republic is the world’s seventh worst offending region when it comes to the export of counterfeit goods to the EU bloc. With that in mind, we asked local experts to reveal the physical markets that need particular focus in policing programmes. Read more here.

WEDNESDAY 27th November

Following the recent ICANN meeting in Montreal, we presented the key takeaways and discussion points for brand owners. Read more here.

Earlier this month, the EU Trademark Directive was implemented in France. We published an exclusive guest post explaining why international brands should be aware of the potentially “huge” impact of these changes. Read more here.

THURSDAY 28th November

Intel’s executive vice president and general counsel has officially announced a new rule which – from 2021 – will see the company work with only law firms that are “above average in terms of diversity”. Read more here.

Social media platforms are suffering a significant rise in illicit activity, as counterfeiters are taking advantage of the Black Friday buzz. Instagram has been cited as one such target, with calls for the platform to verify advertisers. Read more here.

The European Union has officially begun the accession process to the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement. This development has stirred debate over the United Kingdom’s international position on geographical indications if and when it leaves the European Union. Documents leaked this week point to a different potential strategy in order to appease a US trade deal. Read more here.

FRIDAY 29th November

Casablanca has been termed “the Eldorado of counterfeiting”. We presented insight into how rights holders can better combat fake goods and revealed the physical markets to focus on. Read more here.

A recent scandal affecting the British royal family has served as a reminder that, while savvy strategies can build an everlasting brand, it is always at the risk of reputational damage. Read more here.

A widening field of candidates for WIPO’s director general role, the return of the IP Office of the Philippines’ arbitration service, a warning over misleading invoices, a CJEU advocate general opinion in a dispute between Coty and Amazon, and much more were covered in our Friday news digest. Read more here.

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

  • SoulCycle obtains registration of SOUL mark on appeal (Paraguay). Read more here.
  • Against the grain? General Court finds that SIR BASMATI RICE is descriptive (European Union). Read more here.
  • Unregistered designs – how to disclose and save novelty (United Kingdom). Read more here.
  • Turkey withdraws declaration made under Article 14(5) of Madrid Protocol (Turkey). Read more here.
  • Compassion for well-substantiated evidence in UDRP proceedings (International). Read more here.
  • OUTSOURCE 2 INDIA case: purely descriptive terms may not always be registered by other traders (European Union). Read more here.
  • Product ID labelling becomes mandatory (Russia). Read more here.
  • Shanghai court innovates with punitive damages for trademark infringement: IP owners can aim higher (China). Read more here.
  • Recent design law changes: key points highlighted (South Korea). Read more here.
  • Sanrio fined for restricting cross-border sales of licensed Hello Kitty merchandise (European Union). Read more here.
  • Trademark Law amends, High Court guidelines and their impact on bad-faith marks (China). Read more here.
  • External online threats to your brands (Domain name security and threat intelligence). Read more here.

Trevor Little

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Trevor Little