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 20 September
Brand activity propels South Korea up WIPO’s 2021 Global Innovation Index as China edges nearer to the top 10.
We examine the online marketplaces in Indonesia that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars.
- EURid extends citizenship criteria and gives last chance to UK registrants (European Union)
- New precedential judgment: offering product for sale through ‘hidden link’ is presumed unlawful (Israel)
Tuesday 21 September
Volkswagen drops its ‘.brand’ new gTLD, Ice Cube loses claims over misuse of his likeness for the second time, Watercress is added to the UK GI list, and much more in Tuesday’s news digest.
The IP Office of the Philippines announces plans to form new IP task forces in the wake of WIPO’s innovation report.
The USPTO sanctions another attorney for signing off trademark applications from China without conducting the proper checks.
- New rules strengthen fight against illegal counterfeit goods (Norway)
- Confusing similarity v likelihood of confusion standards under the Anti-cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (United States)
Wednesday 22 September
Electronics customers are most likely to cut ties with an official brand online after accidentally purchasing a fake product, Smart Protection research reveals.
The Canadian IP Office provides an exclusive update on efforts to address ongoing delays in examination, but admits more needs to be done.
- When can a claim that a trademark is well known be introduced? (European Union)
- Patent and Trademark Office updates trademark examination guidelines – what you need to know (Turkey)
Thursday 23 September
The clean-up operation to register meme-currency Dogecoin offers valuable lessons for creators that receive unexpected attention.
Victoria’s Secret is on the up, while General Motors grapples with a recall challenge in the latest WTR Brand Elite analysis.
The IP offices of Paraguay and Venezuela reflect on their achievements over the course of the covid-19 pandemic.
- Addition of house mark inconsequential if sub-brand is similar to earlier mark and functions as trademark (India)
- Copyright provides basis to challenge trademark ownership (New Zealand)
- Recent UDRP cases reveal trademark applications are being targeted by cybersquatters (Industry report: Domain name policing and enforcement)
- Appeals court rejects Steiff’s claims of infringement on bear mark (International report: Germany)
- How to accelerate your patent application at Mexico’s IP office (International report: Mexico)
- Sazerac EAGLE RARE prevails in the war of the whiskeys (International report: United Kingdom)
- Texas social media bill may speed resolution of trademark complaints (International report: United States)
- Seven rules for overcoming provisional refusal based on relative grounds in Serbia (International report: Western Balkans)
Friday 24 September
Amazon bans hundreds of Chinese brands, the UK Intellectual Property Office celebrates a record-breaking year and Netflix acquires the rights to Roald Dahl’s stories in Friday’s news round-up.
JD.com leverages its relationship with LVMH to boost its own reputation, according to WTR data analysis.
- A different finding by the Full Court: PROTOX found to infringe BOTOX mark (Australia)
- Federal Circuit: TTAB judicial appointments are constitutionally sound (United States)
Saturday 25 September
Whether it is a full free trade agreement or the United Kingdom joining the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, geographical indications will be a defining factor in talks with the United States, our Saturday opinion piece argues.
WTR Special Report: Inside in-house operations
WTR’s latest Special Report, “Inside in-house operations: how to build world-class trademark functions and portfolios”, takes a deep dive into portfolio, brand and in-house team management – with insight from experts at companies including Facebook, FIFA, Novartis, Verizon and Vodafone.