Banksy victory; US midterms; NIS2 Directive; and 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.
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The Long Read
Changes to name, image and likeness rights are reshaping the US college sports landscape, explain Saul Ewing LLP’s Amy Piccola and Levi Schy.
Monday 14 November
We uncover the biggest counterfeit hotspots in Italy.
Amazon, JD and Lazada are among those joining a new e-commerce and pharmaceutical anti-counterfeiting alliance.
- Court of Appeals finds that attempt to obtain sanitary authorisation does not constitute “preparatory act” of use (Argentina)
- Mambo Beach mall loses battle over Mambo Beach domain name (International)
Tuesday 15 November
We reveal what the US midterm election results mean for IP policy.
A Twitter impersonation causes Eli Lilly’s stock to plunge, Red Points receives a funding boost, Rolex enters the metaverse, and more.
Apple reclaims the title of “the world’s most intangible company”, but a 25% drop in global intangible value leads to renewed calls for a rethink of accounting rules.
- Battle of the sangria marks: EU Trademark Court holds that LOLA MOLA does not infringe LOLEA (Spain)
- Blow for Red Bull in dispute with gin distillery (United Kingdom)
Wednesday 16 November
Banksy earns a significant victory as the EUIPO Board of Appeal rules that his monkey image mark is valid.
Brand owners are warned of six counterfeit havens in Pakistan.
- Prior use, concurrent use and concurrent registrations - no defence to trademark opposition in Australia (Australia)
- Supreme Court issues milestone ruling on rebranding of parallel-imported medicinal products (Poland)
Thursday 17 November
The EU Parliament passes the NIS2 Directive, removing a concerning loophole to address access to accurate WHOIS data.
A landmark NFT injunction for Juventus FC paves the way for future metaverse enforcement.
- Caterpillar successfully opposes registration of FUNKY CAT based on its CAT mark (Ecuador)
- New implementing regulations of the trademark law enter into force: what you need to know (Romania)
- Russian IP courts ban ‘ros’ prefix in company name (Market Insight: Russia)
Friday 18 November
Aldi teases adidas with a ‘three stripes’ product range, Meta wins its infinity logo suit, INTA elects its 2023 president, and more.
We outline the latest tools and services at the Chilean IP office.
- The incredible power of notorious trademarks against non-use cancellation (Colombia)
- Up in smoke: TTAB dismisses e-cigarette opposition, provides guidance for effective evidence and testimony (United States)
Saturday 19 November
The US Supreme Court’s decision on Andy Warhol’s use of Prince photos raises unresolved questions about fair use.
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