29 Sep
2019

Suspicious specimens headache continues; building the Batman brand; unauthorised Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion applications; plus much more.

Everything we covered on WTR over the last 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 23rd September

For the next instalment of our series on physical marketplaces around the world that reportedly have a counterfeit goods problem we headed to Paraguay. Read more here.

The Australian government is considering whether to compulsorily acquire the rights to use the Aboriginal flag on public policy grounds. Read more here.

Producing excellent work consistently can’t be achieved by simply hiring impeccable talent. WTR spoke to Winkler Partners' Mark McVicar about what it takes to be an effective team leader and the keys to finding and refining junior talents. Read more here.

TUESDAY 24th September

Kicking off a deep data dive into filing activities at the top Asia-Pacific registries, we revealed how a number of changes to the South Korea trademark system have helped to better protect applicants and brand owners, creating one of the most stable registers in the region. Read more here.

In our Tuesday news digest, we looked at Traeger Grill filing a lawsuit against a rival grill maker, the European Commission reporting on seizures of fakes, how strong emotions are linked to brand perception, and much more. Read more here.

We announced that, following the success of this year’s event, Managing Trademark Assets Europe will be returning to London on 28 January 2020. Among the areas to be explored are budget management, dispute resolution tactics, best practices around diversity and team building, and how to fight counterfeits on a finite budget. Read more here,

WEDNESDAY 25th September

An investigation from WTR found that the issue of fraudulent specimens of use in trademark applications at the USPTO persists, with the challenge facing the office now being to track the latest tactics used to evade detection. To that end, we identified how those submitting suspicious specimens are evolving their approach. Read more here.

The European Union Intellectual Property Office and European Patent Office have launched the third edition of a study that examines the economic impact of IP rights across the EU. We presented the top takeaways. Read more here.

LegalForce RAPC Worldwide has initiated legal action against the USPTO and accused it of “retaliation against political opponents”. While the office has declined to comment, the filing represents a continuation of the conflict between the office and RAPC, with Raj Abhyanker, founder of the latter, also providing WTR with an update on his plans to purchase the Trademarkia platform. Read more here.

THURSDAY 26th September

Two major figures in the climate change activism movement, campaigner Greta Thunberg and protest movement Extinction Rebellion, are facing a legal battle in Germany due to the existence of unauthorised trademark applications. Read more here.

Jennifer McDowell has replaced Deborah Cohn as the director of the INTA Washington DC office. In an exclusive interview she explained her biggest priorities for the office. Read more here.

With Africa proving a particularly lucrative region for brands seeking licensing opportunities, we examine what rights holders need to know about trademark licences in three key jurisdictions: Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. Read more here.

In the second part of our Africa focus, we turned the spotlight to South Africa, revealing what rights holders need to know about the country's licensing regime. Read more here.

We posted a reminder that WTR is seeking nominations for the next edition of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals. Nominate now to ensure that the important work undertaken by your in-house peers and colleagues receive the recognition they deserve. Read more here.

FRIDAY 27th September

Last weekend marked the 80th anniversary of Batman – continuing a busy period for DC Comics. In this week’s data analysis focus we explored how it approaches the protection and enforcement of brand assets that will prove key weapons in the current streaming wars. Read more here.

INTA’s release of a Brands Manifesto, the Paraguay IP Office conducting another counterfeit crackdown, fee changes in New Zealand, Liverpool’s decision not to appeal a UK Intellectual Property’s rejection of an application for the term LIVERPOOL, and much more, featured on our Friday news digest. Read more here.

New research has revealed that, while almost two-thirds of legal services buyers are concerned about being a defendant in IP litigation, a quarter of companies that have a specific IP strategy in place state that it does not deal with litigation threats. Read more here.

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

  • Online infringement of American company’s trademark results in imprisonment of Iranian infringer (Iran). Read more here.
  • The ISETAN TARTAN case: refusal of trademarks that deceive public as to goods’ geographical origin (Singapore). Read more here.
  • IP Court seeks clarification from Constitutional Court as to whether mark can be recognised as well-known retroactively (Russia). Read more here.
  • CLWB TROPICANA mark whammed by appointed person (United Kingdom). Read more here.
  • Dental company’s indemnification claim “bites” (US). Read more here.
  • Peruvian government challenges Chilean mark CUSQUEÑA SOUR as being misleading (Peru). Read more here.
  • BMW's M and M CARS marks (re)confirmed as well known (Romania). Read more here.
  • OTTO v OTTO's: Federal Supreme Court partially upholds Swiss retailer's appeal (Switzerland). Read more here.
  • WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre issues first decision under UA-DRP (Ukraine). Read more here.
  • Intellectual Property Office confirms distinctiveness of Crocs Inc's 3D mark (Ecuador). Read more here.

Trevor Little

Editor | World Trademark Review

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London