USPTO fees proposals backlash; online brand protection takeaways; Amazon pushes back over anti-counterfeiting criticism; Ethiopia’s counterfeiting hotspots; 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 14th October

In an exclusive guest post, IP expert Erik Pelton explained how the proposed fee increases being mooted by the USPTO could have a severe impact on small businesses. Read more here.

In the latest edition of our regular series on marketplaces around the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we headed to Argentina. Read more here.

TUESDAY 15th October

WTR held its inaugural Brand Protection Online Europe in London this week, which featured speakers from a range of industry-leading brands. We share a variety of takeaways from the day, taking in a City of London Police commendation for Alibaba, how to enlist consumers in the fight against infringers, what to expect from the ongoing new gTLDs rights protection mechanisms review, the opportunity for brands in data privacy laws, and much more. Read more here.

In our Tuesday news digest, we look at Saks partnering with Authentic Brands to acquire Barneys, the Consortium for Common Food Names being granted observer status at WIPO, the UK IP Office publishing advice on IP rights after Brexit, and much more. Read more here.

WEDNESDAY 16th October

Amazon has issued a strongly worded response to the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s call for a number of its non-US platforms to be included in the next Office of the US Trade Representative’s Notorious Markets List. The document, obtained by WTR, also provides useful insight into the numbers behind the tech giant’s brand protection programmes. Read more here.

The USPTO has received hundreds of letters in relation to its proposal to change various trademark fees. Many originate from the Trademark Watch Dawgs group, although one attorney claims that it is the result of an astroturfing campaign. Read more here.

The International Bar Association released a groundbreaking study on bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession earlier this year. This week WTR caught up with the project's leader, Kieran Pender, to explore how firms can better approach internal reporting and response. Read more here.

After WIPO published its World Intellectual Property Indicators 2019, charting the growth of global IP filing for 2018, we presented key takeaways from the trademark data. Read more here.

THURSDAY 17th October 

Advocate General Tanchev has handed down his opinion in the highly anticipated Sky v Skykick case. If followed by the CJEU, market experts predict that the enforcement of existing trademark registrations could become riskier, while application strategies would have to be reviewed. Read more here.

Inngot has announced that it is staffing up following two research project commissions relating to the stimulation of IP-backed lending. The UK government is not the first to make a play to encourage IP financing, and there will be challenges ahead, especially in ensuring that both the supply and demand conditions are correct. Read more here.

In the 20th instalment in our series on marketplaces around the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we headed to Ethiopia. Read more here.

FRIDAY 18th October

Earlier this month, British multinational Tesco’s CEO Dave Lewis announced that he would depart from the company. In this week’s data analysis, we explored how the brand has changed over the past five years, and what traditional grocery retailers need to focus on to keep on par with high-growth discounters. Read more here.

Alibaba’s Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance closing in on 200 members, Apple, Google and Amazon topping a new brand ranking, Nominet bringing in new experts to its Domain Resolution Service, and much more, featured in our Friday news digest. Read more here.

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

  • Peruvian Criminal Court issues important precedent on IP rights (Peru). Read more here.
  • Broader protection for GIs used on agricultural products (South Africa). Read more here.
  • No remedy for failure to prove bad faith at time of domain name registration (International). Read more here.
  • General Court confirms invalidity of trademark consisting of 2D depiction of shape of goods that performs a technical function (EU). Read more here.
  • Federal Circuit withdraws ruling on trademark preclusion of ITC determinations (US). Read more here.
  • Lost in translation? Board of Appeal should have considered Italian and Spanish-speaking public (EU). Read more here.
  • Patent and Trademark Office issues new guidelines for examination of trademark applications (Turkey). Read more here.
  • Mattel Inc overcomes obstacle to BARBIE trademark registration (Ukraine). Read more here.
  • Angular lines of Zhejiang scooter distinguish design from classic Vespa LX scooter (EU). Read more here.
  • Brazil’s accession to the Madrid Protocol – what you need to know (Brazil). Read more here.

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