Enforcement and Litigation

Michael Gleissner: massive scope of trademark and domain portfolio revealed in exclusive data

A major new investigation from WTR has identified over 6,800 trademarks and 6,900 domain names that appear to be related to multi-millionaire and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner.

Michael Gleissner: massive scope of trademark and domain portfolio revealed in exclusive data
USPTO seeks anti-counterfeiting comments; Diageo hunts for premium brands; Smashburger dispute – news digest
24 Nov 2020

USPTO seeks anti-counterfeiting comments; Diageo hunts for premium brands; Smashburger dispute – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at MarkMonitor becoming a licensed domain name registrar in China, INTA announcing the recipients of its President’s Awards, and much more.

INTA Annual Meeting highlights; IP office think tank report; USPTO fee changes; and much more
22 Nov 2020

INTA Annual Meeting highlights; IP office think tank report; USPTO fee changes; 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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24 Nov 2020

CJEU gives first ruling on Article 8(3) of Regulation 2017/1001

This decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union should provide some comfort to trademark owners as to the extent of protection of their marks when faced with misuse and unconsented EUTM applications by an agent/representative. Read more

24 Nov 2020

Upcoming improvements to Uzbekistan’s IP rights protection system: what you need to know

The president of Uzbekistan has recently announced various measures aiming to improve the system of IP rights protection in the country - including an initiative intended to protect well-known international brands against copycat applications. Read more

23 Nov 2020

Sticky situation? Circumstantial evidence can support intent to confuse in trade dress claims

This decision of the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit shows that a party seeking to protect its trade dress should try to show not just intentional copying, but intentional copying with the intent to confuse consumers about a product’s origins. Read more

23 Nov 2020

Appeal court finds no likelihood of confusion between TREK and OUTTREK

This decision of the Danish Eastern High Court underlines the importance of determining the relevant public correctly. Read more


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21 Nov 2020

From the WTR archive: e-commerce and social media platforms expand on IP protection efforts

For our latest delve into WTR’s unrivalled archive of trademark content, we present updates that take readers inside the IP protection efforts of e-commerce and social media platforms. Read more

20 Nov 2020

ARIPO elects new director general; INTA elects 2021 president; Mars acquires Kind brand – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at João Negrão being appointed president of the Boards of Appeal at the EUIPO, GoDaddy launching a new IP tool, and much more. Read more

19 Nov 2020

Inclusion in the IP profession; removing formalities requirements; UKIPO on Brexit – INTA 2020 update

As the INTA 2020 Annual Meeting draws to a close, WTR presents observations from the numerous sessions that have taken place over the past few days. Read more

17 Nov 2020

Embracing change; global blockchain trademark register; approaching brand valuation – INTA 2020 update

Over 3,000 IP professionals from across the globe are this week attending this year’s virtual INTA Annual Meeting, and WTR presents some highlights from the opening few days of the event. Read more


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19 Nov 2020

Inside the growing complexity of counterfeit networks, and how to uproot them

Rooting out these networks requires a canny appreciation of how bad actors work with business models akin to their legitimate counterparts. Read more

13 Nov 2020

Amazon sues influencers over fakes, renews call for social media companies to step up

Amazon has filed a lawsuit against 13 individuals and businesses for promoting and facilitating the sale of counterfeit luxury goods in its store. Read more

10 Nov 2020

Amazon and Facebook in crosshairs as USTR submissions highlight US platforms

A number of submissions to the Office of the US Trade Representative have identified US platforms for possible inclusion in the next Notorious Markets List. Read more

9 Nov 2020

With US filings breaking records and litigation levels falling, the outlook for 2021 is uncertain

While the latest data suggests that US litigation levels will hit a 12-year low this year, filings continue their upward trajectory. Read more


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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

27 Sep 2019

DC Comics’ day one appreciation of characters sets it up for sustained success

Age-old brands prove yet again to be a key asset as streaming wars heat up, but Batman is bigger than the digital era. Read more


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23 Apr 2020

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Canada

Unsurprisingly, 2019 also saw the increase of shipments detained destined for fulfilment centres associated with e-commerce third-party marketplaces. Read more

23 Apr 2020

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Panama

Customs authorities are empowered to inspect and seize merchandise that is subject to customs procedures and which may violate Panama’s IP laws, regardless of its final destination. Read more

23 Apr 2020

Controlling the zone

Along with the recent global proliferation of Free Trade Zones has come increasing vulnerability to a wide range of abuses by criminals. Read more

23 Apr 2020

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Turkey

Turkey is a party to a number of international conventions, including the Paris Convention, the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights and the Berne Convention. Read more

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