Sky v Skykick latest; Mercado Libre exclusive; Olympic brand protection; 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.

The Long Read

Geographical indication, protected designation of origin or traditional speciality guaranteed? Traditional European food and drink producers have a buffet of IP rights to choose from. Baker McKenzie’s Claire France and Jessica Le Gros provide a straightforward guide to making the right selection. Read more

Monday 26 July

Red Points’ Daniel Shapiro shared tips on how brand owners can detect and mitigate the risk posed by the three most prolific brand impersonation methods. Read more

WTR spoke to Mercado Libre head of brand protection Juan Cichero to find out what more the company is doing to differentiate its services and combat evolving counterfeit activity. Read more

The UK Court of Appeal handed down an “emphatic win” for Sky in the latest round of its ongoing dispute with Skykick. Read more


Tuesday 27 July

Tuesday’s news digest saw Facebook and Microsoft take an IP diversity pledge, the USPTO publish its new Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure, Sony sell the Crackle platform trademarks, and much more. Read more

We caught up with Gordon Samson, former head of Clarivate Asia-Pacific and now president of the IP group, to hear more about his ambitions for a single Clarivate and how further growth is shaping company strategy. Read more

A number of brand owners have run into problems when filing applications through a subsidiary or associated company in Egypt. Marwan Farid, IP legal counsel at Shield Advocates, provided a clear strategy to avoid refusals. Read more


Wednesday 28 July

Cannabis brand parodies and a new bad-faith standard featured among this quarter’s Legal Updates from the Americas that you may have missed. Read more

In “an ambitious landmark”, a parliamentary panel in India called for urgent revival of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board. Read more

We unpicked the ever-evolving Olympic brand protection strategy as Jayne Durden, vice president, law firm strategy at Anaqua, revealed what actions the International Olympic Committee, sponsors and advertisers should take through every stage of the four-year cycle. Read more


Thursday 29 July

Recent Legal Updates from Africa and the Middle East saw The Gambia accede to the Banjul Protocol, an Israeli district court hold that an imported Schweppes drink did not infringe the SCHWEPPES mark and the Uganda High Court issue a first-of-its-kind permanent injunction, among other headlines. Read more

The Thai Department of Intellectual Property entered a new lockdown phase due to rising covid-19 infections. Read more

In an exclusive guest post, Remfry and Sagar partner Samta Mehra assessed the rapidly changing regulations for influencer advertising in India. Read more


Friday 30 July

Success for Lindt’s golden bunny, the 75th anniversary of the Lanham Act and the Philippines joining TMclass – Friday’s news round-up had a lot to celebrate. Read more

Analysis of trademark data revealed the top industries in which SMEs thrive. Read more


Saturday 31 July

In our latest opinion column, we reflected on the contrasting coverage surrounding Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson’s billionaire space race. Read more

WTR Special Report: Inside in-house operations

WTR’s latest Special Report, “Inside in-house operations: how to build world-class trademark functions and portfolios”, takes a deep dive into portfolio, brand and in-house team management – with insight from experts at companies including Facebook, FIFA, Novartis, Verizon and Vodafone. Read more

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