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Monday 10 January
Com Laude's Nick Wood and Hayath Hussein offer four predications on what to expect from domain names in 2022.
A US district court ruling confirming that ‘gruyere’ is a generic style of cheese rejects a “blatant European market-share grab”, according to the National Milk Producers Federation.
- Be careful what you wish for: potential pitfalls in takedown requests (Canada)
- Eurasian design system enters into force in Tajikistan; EAPO to serve as ISA and IPEA (International)
Tuesday 11 January
Nike is crowned the most valuable global apparel brand, the China Trademark Association approves two new committees, Take-Two buys Zynga, and much more.
Brand enforcement campaigns lead to a surge in US design patent injunctions.
- Cancellation case provides warning to appellants to the General Court (European Union)
- OAPI: widespread changes come into effect (International)
Wednesday 12 January
E-commerce platforms team up with brand owners and the government to fight online counterfeiting in Thailand.
Canadian filing data reveals significant growth despite examination delays.
The USPTO records an unprecedented year of filings and pendency levels.
- Delhi High Court: invisible use of trademark as keyword in Google AdWord amounts to use and infringement (India)
- Evidence of targeting is not merely a plus (International)
Thursday 13 January
Intellectual property and licensing remain a top concern for the rapidly growing e-sports industry.
IP offices in India, Hong Kong and Peru respond to a surge in covid-19 cases.
- CNIPA’s Criteria for Determination of General Trademark Violations: key points, concerns and missed opportunities (China)
- ‘Cacao de Caripito’ protected as a geographical indication by the Venezuelan state (Venezuela)
- Figures reveal early pandemic rush for covid-related trademarks (Market Insight: Africa)
- Fresh case may force IMPI to reconsider stance on e-signatures (Market Insight: Mexico)
- Quality no longer affects assessment of trademark recognition in Polish courts (Market Insight: Poland)
- The relationship between retail services and identified goods on trademark applications (Market Insight: Taiwan)
- Nike and Converse reach settlement with former employee in custom-shoe case (Market Insight: United States)
Friday 14 January
The UK Intellectual Property Office seeks design views, INTA files an amicus brief on exhaustion, Lego delays its Activision Blizzard partnership, and much more.
Singapore introduces the IP Amendment Bill to streamline processes and improve legislative clarity.
- No trademark or unfair competition law protection for traditional Oslo restaurant’s name and logo, confirms Supreme Court (Norway)
- Russia to join Geneva Act of Lisbon Agreement, further integrating into global IP system (Russia)
Saturday 15 January
Unilever faces investor criticism over sustainability focus, highlighting the balancing act that brands face.
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