Calls for a Nice rethink; Clarivate Analytics’ acquisition of Darts-ip; law firm mentoring programmes; global counterfeiting hotspots; TMView tips; plus 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.

MONDAY 2nd December

Clarivate Analytics announced that it has acquired Darts-ip for an undisclosed sum, bringing case law data and analytics into its suite of products. We assessed the deal and asked the company what it may mean for existing and new customers. Read more here.

An Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) study has revealed the growing problem of counterfeiting in the United Kingdom. One OECD economist told WTR that, in light of the findings, it is important for rights holders and Customs to work more closely together. Read more here.

TUESDAY 3rd December

In an exclusive guest post, the team behind the EUIPO’s flagship platform, TMview, share tips on making the most of its new features – and call for practitioners to give their feedback to ensure that it meets the needs of the trademark community. Read more here.

In the latest edition of our regular series on marketplaces around the world that are reportedly notorious for the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to the African nation of Kenya – revealing what rights holders need to know when undertaking counterfeit enforcement and identifying some of the marketplaces that are particularly problematic. Read more here.

WeChat named the world’s fastest growing brand, Honeywell launching an anti-counterfeiting app, guidance for small and medium-sized entities on fighting parasitic brands, the EUIPO releasing new image recognition technology, and much more featured in our Tuesday news digest. Read more here,

WEDNESDAY 4th December

A detailed look at how the use of Class 9 continues to dominate at trademark offices around the world highlights why there needs to be significant changes to the Nice Classification system to meet the challenges of the modern world. Read more here.

While the value of mentoring is undisputed, it can take many forms, some of which are more fruitful than others. We asked one law firm to provide an inside look at the creation of its mentoring programme and, crucially, how it measures success. Read more here.

THURSDAY 5th December

It is estimated that over $43 billion-worth of counterfeit goods are sold in Russia each year. We reached out to local experts and asked them to reveal the most effective ways to tackle fakes in the country and highlight some of the physical marketplaces that brand owners should be aware of. Read more here.

On Thursday 12 December WTR will be hosting a free-to-access webinar exploring the trends set to affect the e-commerce and IP landscape in 2020, and identifying the key emerging online platforms which are set to disrupt the brand protection space. Read more here.

FRIDAY 6th December

Bipartisan legislation to allow US Customs and Border Protection to seize imported merchandise that infringes a design patent has been introduced by four US senators. The move has received the backing of major brands and associations, and would close a loophole that is being exploited by counterfeiters. Read more here.

Our Friday news digest featured coverage of US President Donald Trump’s trademark activity, a call for brands to step up their anti-counterfeiting messaging, the ‘.new’ gTLD rollout, a major brand acquisition in the pharmaceutical sector, and much more. Read more here.

We posted a reminder that the nominations window for the WTR Industry Awards 2020 closes tomorrow (Monday 9 December). Nominate now to ensure that the work undertaken by in-house professionals around the globe receives the recognition that it deserves. Read more here.

A ruling centred on Nike’s use of the ‘Sport Changes Everything’ slogan highlights the conundrum over when and where to seek registered protection for slogans, and the different approaches adopted by IP offices to ad campaign slogans. Read more here.

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

  • Regulation on Intellectual Property Academy enters into force (Turkey). Read more here.
  • INDAS v INTAS: General Court provides comprehensive guidance on proof of genuine use (European Union). Read more here.
  • No shelter for wilful infringement of distributor’s trademarks (United States of America). Read more here.
  • Nestlé v EUIPO: General Court considers distinctiveness of human figures and power to alter decisions (European Union). Read more here.
  • Delhi High Court declares that PULSE is a well-known mark (India). Read more here.
  • Radiator grilles: Audi remains the lord of the four rings (Germany). Read more here.
  • Exhaustion of trademark rights: Barcelona Court of Appeal rules in Schweppes case (Spain). Read more here.
  • General Court finds that “coffee products” are similar to edible items in Class 30 (European Union). Read more here.
  • Alibaba's DOUBLE 11 trademark: suing China's IP authority (China). Read more here.
  • Providence Island black crab protected as denomination of origin (Colombia). Read more here.

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