Chinese entities accused of using deceased attorney details; WWE reveals Amazon enforcement strategy; 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
WIPO’s Denis Croze charts the rise of the Madrid System, revealing some of the changes planned for the years ahead.
Monday 29 August
A groundbreaking study suggests that US legislation may need a rethink when it comes to trademark tarnishment.
Tuesday 30 August
The USPTO accuses four Chinese entities of using the details of a deceased US attorney on thousands of trademark applications.
Thailand holds a counterfeit ‘destruction ceremony’, media outlets warn of fake Microsoft software, Vans wins punitive damages in a Chinese OLD SKOOL suit, and more.
- The existence of ‘zombie’ marks forces brand owner back to court (New Zealand)
- Malaga Court of Appeal requires first-instance court to specify bases to establish defendant’s civil liability in counterfeit clothing case (Spain)
Wednesday 31 August
The USPTO secures a number of registered trademarks in what director Kathi Vidal describes as “another important step in our comprehensive effort to curtail trademark fraud”.
Two Russian and US candidates go head to head in the election to become the next secretary general of the UN International Telecommunication Union – with significant implications for brands.
- Venice Court rules out lawfulness of forum shopping in trademark infringement cases (Italy)
- Biscuit packaging appeal crumbles (United Kingdom)
Thursday 1 August
International arbitration may be key to resolving metaverse and NFT disputes, a panel of experts advise, but lawyers must keep up.
WWE’s vice president of intellectual property reveals the strategy behind a recent collaboration with Amazon that led to joint lawsuits being filed against 13 online counterfeiters.
We uncover the counterfeit hotspots in Cyprus that rights holders should be monitoring.
- Court considers issue of jurisdiction in cancellation actions (Argentina)
- Delhi High Court restrains use of PUMA for GPS and anti-theft devices (India)
Friday 2 August
Nike settles its John Geiger infringement suit, Taiwan cancels the COCOELLA mark, Bed Bath & Beyond cuts private label brands by a third, and more.
The prospect of allowing third-party app providers to compete on equal terms under the Open App Markets Act creates both opportunities and risks for brands.
- Infringers in paint sector kept in check during Peruvian independence celebrations (Peru)
- Don’t dew it: Second Circuit cans likelihood of confusion argument (United States)
Saturday 3 August
The benefits of increasing platform liability for online trademark infringement outweigh the risks, argues a Mewburn Ellis senior professional support lawyer in this week’s Saturday opinion.
WTR Special Report: a data deep dive into the trademark landscape
WTR’s latest Special Report presents a data deep dive into the trademark landscape – revealing the biggest portfolio owners, insight from our annual benchmarking survey and US litigation patterns.