25 Aug
2019

Trademark Company returns; US counterfeit seizures; Colombia fake hotspots; regional e-commerce platforms; colour marks; 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 19th August

The Trademark Company, which ceased offering trademark registration services in 2017 after founder Matthew Swyers resigned from practising before the USPTO, has relaunched as a legal services provider. In an exclusive interview, Swyers explained the new business model and why traditional law firms need not be concerned. Read more here.

Our series highlighting markets that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods continued with Colombia. We looked at why the Latin American country is a challenge for rights holders tackling fake goods and identified the key locations to police. Read more here.

TUESDAY 20th August

New data has revealed that the suggested retail price of fake goods seized by US authorities last year increased to nearly $1.4 billion and has identified the industries that have been most affected. We took a deep dive into the statistics. Read more here.

North Korea establishing an IP institute, Amazon’s intangibles tax win, the retail companies leading a ‘brand health’ survey and the New York Times delving into the world of counterfeit books all featured in our Tuesday news digest. Read more here.

We investigated what qualities those at the top of the IP profession feel make for an elite-level trademark professional. Read more here.

WEDNESDAY 21st August

New e-commerce marketplaces are springing up at an increasing rate. As these regional platforms develop, infringers have swarmed to them in response to the growing anti-counterfeiting efforts of global platforms. We explored how rights holders can fight back. Read more here.

IP owners are increasingly turning to non-conventional colour marks to protect the colours associated with their brands against use by competitors. Although colour marks remain difficult to obtain, brand owners can take certain steps to enhance their chances of success. Read more here.

THURSDAY 22nd August

An IP expert in Canada reveals six locations in the Great White North that rights holders should have on their counterfeit enforcement radar. Read more here.

We revealed the stellar speaking faculty for WTR’s upcoming Brand Protection Online Europe event, taking place in London on 14 October 2019. Amongst the latest names revealed are experts from Daniel Wellington, Dyson, PayPal, Thomas Cook and Tommy Hilfiger. Read more here.

FRIDAY 23rd August

IP Key Latin America seeks to bridge an IP knowledge gap between the European Union and the host of diverse countries in Latin America. WTR spoke to Pedro Duarte, head of IP Key Latin America, for insight into the project’s successes. Read more here.

In our Friday round-up of news, we looked at what could be the world’s largest trademark application, the Office of the US Trade Representative opening up comments for the next Notorious Markets List, Hasbro acquiring the owner of Peppa Pig, and much more. Read more here.

In our latest exclusive data analysis, we find that Chinese technology giant Tencent’s brand is critical to building partnerships with foreign companies and its trademark portfolio shows that it is rapidly expanding around the world. Read more here.

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

  • New Zealand v Australia: battle over rights to the name of the modern Olympic Games’ founder, Pierre de Coubertin (International). Read more here.
  • Delhi High Court: vacancies at Intellectual Property Appellate Board should not affect its functioning (India). Read more here.
  • When parody misses the mark (Canada). Read more here.
  • 1st AMERICAN mark deemed distinctive as a whole (EU). Read more here.
  • Federal Administrative Court confirms that MERCI lacks distinctiveness (Switzerland). Read more here.
  • UDRP complainants take note: trademark reputation must be evidenced (international). Read more here.
  • General Court partially annuls Board of Appeal’s decision in TROPICAL case. Read more here.
  • Encouraging news for owners of products with famous shapes. Read more here.
  • Federal Court of Justice: all representations of a design must show the same embodiment of the product. Read more here.
  • Lego has been successful in invalidating a competitor’s EU design registration for a toy figurine. Read more here.

Tim Lince

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Tim Lince