15 Sep
2019

Zippo’s approach to enforcement; counterfeiting hotspots in Brazil; creating law firm diversity programmes; WTR Industry Awards nominations window opens; 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 9th September

Major players in the tobacco industry are pulling out all the stops to diversify their brand portfolios, expanding geographically as well as investing in and buying up other businesses. In our exclusive data analysis, we assessed the brand and trademark landscape, and how companies can maintain competitive edge. Read more here.

In the first of a two-part edition of our series on physical marketplaces around the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we headed to Brazil – commencing with counterfeit hotspots in the north of the country. Read more here.

TUESDAY 10th September

In the second part of our focus on counterfeiting hotspots in Brazil, we identified the locations that brand owners should have on their enforcement radar in the central and southern regions of the country. Read more here.

In our latest news digest, we look at New Zealand joining TMclass, the Singapore IP office bolstering innovation ties with Kazakhstan, a geographical indications deal between Switzerland and Georgia coming into force, and much more. Read more here.

WEDNESDAY 11th September

After almost a decade working in-house, Stephen Coates has left Amazon to start his own boutique IP practice. He spoke to WTR on how to pull off such a move and how he is seeking to rewrite the law firm rulebook. Read more here.

From informal initiatives to formal programmes, diversity activities can take many forms at law-firm level. We asked Andrew D Price and Andrew B Hales of Venable to talk through some of the options. Read more here.

Intellectual Property India has issued a notice calling on rights holders to notify it of errors on historical trademark certificates. We investigated the problem and spoke to one market expert who told us of the headaches that some rights holders have faced due to errors. Read more here.

THURSDAY 12th September

We announced that the nomination window for the WTR Industry Awards 2020 and next edition of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals has opened. The community is therefore invited to help us ensure that the important work undertaken by in-house professionals across the globe receives the recognition that it deserves. Read more here.

WTR sat down with Beth Seals, general counsel at Zippo, to get the inside track on how her team ensures that the company’s products have real-world legal protections – and how these are brandished to fend off infringers. Read more here.

FRIDAY 13th September

The evolution of the air travel industry has blurred the line between premium and cost-conscious brands, and there are a number of challenges facing companies in the sector. In our latest data analysis, we explored the brand and trademark filing strategies of some of the industry’s biggest players. Read more here.

Speaking exclusively with WTR, The CEO of Chinese shopping agent Superbuy has vowed to work with brand owners to crack down on counterfeit goods. The pledge follows evidence that Superbuy is linked to another platform, WeGoBuy, that helps shoppers buy fake goods from China. Read more here.

An Iranian phishing campaign targeting university intellectual property, a ruling on the legality of website data scraping, the status of Ohio State’s application for the THE mark and a Māori uproar over an Air New Zealand trademark application were just some of the stories we covered in our Friday news digest. Read more here.

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

  • EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and how it affects trademarks, GIs and enforcement (Vietnam). Read more here.
  • Federal Court clarifies limitation of own name defence (Australia). Read more here.
  • CJEU: single clinical trial not sufficient for genuine use (EU). Read more here.
  • Taking the Pisco: protecting regional products (Australia). Read more here.
  • Blow for Puma as Danish court confirms dismissal of invalidity action (Denmark). Read more here.
  • Travel portal to face trial in criminal proceedings for trademark infringement (India). Read more here.
  • AUDI v AUDITRAINING: misunderstanding the concept of dilution of notorious trademarks (Colombia). Read more here.
  • Chanel loses Chinese trademark infringement case involving ‘double C’ logo (China). Read more here.
  • Figurative mark RIMI GOODLIFE found to be similar to word mark GOODLIFE (Lithuania). Read more here.
  • Defensive trademark registrations: the adidas and Mastercard cases (EU). Read more here.

Trevor Little

Editor | World Trademark Review

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London