Enforcement and Litigation

Observatory paper highlights good practices for social media companies to consider in fight against fakes

A new discussion paper from the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights has taken a deep dive into the challenges faced by IP owners, law enforcement authorities and tech companies in tackling infringement on social media.

Observatory paper highlights good practices for social media companies to consider in fight against fakes
South Korea reports record trademark applications; Selfridges for sale; Right Guard under new ownership – news digest
15 Jun 2021

South Korea reports record trademark applications; Selfridges for sale; Right Guard under new ownership – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at OpSec Security introducing a new integrated authentication label, the Portuguese IP office launching an anti-counterfeiting site for kids, and much more.

“The Second Circuit got it right”: FTC decision reversed in trademark agreements dispute
14 Jun 2021

“The Second Circuit got it right”: FTC decision reversed in trademark agreements dispute

The Second Circuit has reversed a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decision which held that a series of trademark agreements between online contact lens company 1-800 Contacts and its competitors focusing on keyword advertising restrained competition.


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16 Jun 2021

General Court annuls EUIPO decision in HISPANO SUIZA case

The General Court found that the EUIPO was wrong to rule out, as a matter of principle, the relevance of the ‘market practice’ criterion in its examination of the similarity of the goods. Read more

16 Jun 2021

Israeli court decides that Schweppes drink imported from Ukraine does not infringe SCHWEPPES mark

An Israeli district court has held that, despite the different sources of origin of the goods, a Schweppes drink imported from Ukraine did not infringe the trademark SCHWEPPES, owned by an Israeli drinks manufacturer. Read more

15 Jun 2021

Long-running dispute over STOLICHNAYA and MOSCOVSKAYA vodka marks reignited

Ownership of these vodka brands has been hotly contested since proceedings began in 2004. The Full Court of the Australian Federal Court recently allowed an appeal by two Russian state entities, reviving the battle between the parties. Read more

15 Jun 2021

Refusal of application for RING upheld on appeal

The Icelandic Board of Appeal has confirmed the partial refusal of the application for the mark RING on the ground that it was descriptive of certain goods in Class 9, including doorbells. Read more


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13 Jun 2021

Corsearch acquires Incopro; mascots and cancel culture; Corona crowned top beer brand; 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. Read more

11 Jun 2021

Crocs calls out Skechers; LegalZoom gears up for initial public offering; SurveyMonkey rebrands as Momentive – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at INTA updating its anti-counterfeiting best practices, the American Apparel & Footwear Association joining a campaign against illegal trade, Amazon and HanesBrands teaming up, and much more. Read more

10 Jun 2021

Concern voiced as low-cost filer Trademark Terminal launches new platforms

Recently-launched low-cost trademark filing offerings ‘Trademark Kingdom’ and ‘Trademark Nations’ appear to be linked to controversial platform Trademark Terminal, WTR can reveal. Read more

9 Jun 2021

Assessing the online brand protection landscape; WTR needs your views

WTR is asking the trademark community to share its experience of the online brand protection environment, in an effort to identify emerging threats and how practice is evolving to counter them. Read more


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14 Jun 2021

Counterfeit hotspots in South Africa that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest instalment in our regular series on marketplaces around the globe that are reportedly notorious for being counterfeit havens, we head to South Africa. Read more

8 Jun 2021

Call for reform as trademark survey formats criticised for suppressing crucial information

A new study criticises widely-used methodology used on trademark survey evidence, claiming it is prone to showing only “weakly-held mistaken beliefs”, and suggests changes to “reveal the true extent of consumer uncertainty”. Read more

7 Jun 2021

EU detentions tumble but value of seized goods unchanged as infringers shift product focus

Newly released data from the EUIPO reveals that detentions of IP-infringing goods at the EU border and within the EU market tumbled by over a fifth in 2019 – although the overall value of detained goods remained largely the same. Read more

7 Jun 2021

Combat, compete or cooperate? New Zealand kiwifruit co-operative looks to brand deal to tackle unauthorised plantings

New Zealand kiwifruit co-operative Zespri is asking growers to explore a deal to address unauthorised plantings in China. Read more


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18 Dec 2020

China trademark litigation: all the statistics you need to know

In a new annual article, we delve into infringement data to track trends and identify key figures Read more

16 Sep 2020

As US trademark application levels bounce back stronger, litigation filings continue to plummet

Andrei Iancu, director of the USPTO, has identified a V-shaped recovery in trademark applications after a drop earlier this year. However, litigation filings are continuing their downward spiral. Read more

21 Feb 2020

Football: a game where every brand wins

Football teams and corporates are cashing in on brand value, but a changing industry means clubs need to use new methods to continue strengthening their presence and engagement levels. Read more

4 Oct 2019

As rivals take aim, McDonald’s eyes big tech to drive growth

The fast-food powerhouse has turned to machine learning tech in a bid to personalise the brand experience - however, its rivals have demonstrated that personality is as powerful as technology. Read more


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14 Jun 2021

How a hands-on approach helps FSC IP counsel push sustainable brand message

In an exclusive interview, Ugreson Maistry, trademark and IP counsel at the Forest Stewardship Council, reveals why teaming up with industry players not only benefits the environment, but also helps raise the profile of sustainability groups. Read more

26 May 2021

How Christian Louboutin is breaking IP boundaries: exclusive interview with group general counsel

Christian Louboutin group general counsel Xavier Ragot reveals how the legal department at one of the world’s most famous luxury brands has spent the past decade improving education and awareness in the IP space to fight counterfeiting and protect its iconic red sole mark. Read more

11 May 2021

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Canada

In 2020, for the second consecutive year, there was a significant increase in the number of detained shipments by the Canada Border Services Agency (Customs), including several containers of counterfeit merchandise destined for global distribution. Read more

11 May 2021

Fighting the menace of criminal counterfeiting

The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) had intended for 2020 to be a year of great celebration for ACG members. For 40 years we have been fighting the menace of criminal counterfeiting and our successes over this time have been huge. Read more