INTA calls for racial equality; ‘.amazon’ added to DNS; Deus Ex Machina trademark dispute – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a trademark application for an indigenous people’s name being criticised in Japan, Scratch and Skratch coming to blows, a Ford Mustang seized for alleged infringement, and much more.

INTA calls for racial equality; ‘.amazon’ added to DNS; Deus Ex Machina trademark dispute – news digest
Europol seizes double illegal pesticides in annual sting: how brand organisations help make the difference
3 Jun 2020

Europol seizes double illegal pesticides in annual sting: how brand organisations help make the difference

Europol has conducted its most successful exercise against counterfeit pesticides. WTR spoke with the ECPA to learn about the role that its member companies played in the operation.

Study calls for shake-up of geographical indications to forge path towards universal trademark system
3 Jun 2020

Study calls for shake-up of geographical indications to forge path towards universal trademark system

In conversation with WTR, the academic behind the research says a shake-up of indications of geographical origin could be the first step towards the “high ideal” of a universal trademark system.


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3 Jun 2020

Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis

As the novel coronavirus epidemic continues to spread across the globe, WTR provides an updated look at measures that national IP offices have launched in response. Read more

1 Jun 2020

Brexit, post-coronavirus events, and influencing policy: interview with ECTA’s incoming president

WTR sits down with the new president of the European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA) to get the inside track on ECTA’s priorities and how the organisation is maintaining its mission in a covid-19 world. Read more

31 May 2020

Dismantling unconscious biases, practising intentional diversity, making the business case for intellectual property, 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

29 May 2020

Robert De Niro’s USPTO petition granted; Verizon prevails in UDRP; Facebook scam exposed – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the UFC filing trademark applications for UFSEA following a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver segment,  Trademark Engine’s covid-19 donation, WIPO taking its AI discussion virtual, and much more. Read more


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28 May 2020

Going to the dogs: the Ninth Circuit’s erosion of trademark rights – exclusive guest post

In this guest post, it is argued that the VIP Products LLC v Jack Daniel’s Properties Inc ruling, as it presently stands, is alarming and opens the floodgates to widespread theft of goodwill under the guise of the First Amendment. Read more

28 May 2020

Impact of covid-19 pandemic on grace periods and obligation of use

This update considers the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the grace periods set forth by the Turkish Industrial Property Code, and examines whether the restrictions imposed by the government may constitute a justified reason for non-use of a trademark. Read more

27 May 2020

Impact of covid-19 pandemic on time frames in judicial and administrative matters

Following the declaration of a state of emergency on 12 March 2020, the Slovenian government  imposed several measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. This update focuses on the measures that affected time frames in judicial, administrative and other public law matters. Read more

26 May 2020

Ministry of Communications supports bid to liberalise advertising law in wake of covid-19 pandemic

As the advertising market has been significantly affected by the covid-19 pandemic and its financial fallout, the Russian Ministry of Communications is considering the possibility of liberalising the Law on Advertising to allow for the advertisement of prescription medicines, sport poker and alcohol. Read more


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7 May 2020

Confusing CBD: post-legalisation trademark strategies for food and beverage marks

In this guest piece, Andrea Anderson and Lee Gray offer insight into how the USPTO may approach examination of CBD marks once legal prohibitions are lifted. Read more

29 Apr 2020

“Brexit hasn’t been forgotten”: exclusive interview with newly elected CITMA president

We sat down with Richard Goddard to discuss the organisation’s strategic direction for his two-year tenure, the spectre of Brexit and how the institute is adapting to current conditions. Read more

11 Mar 2020

Call for more cooperation between government and brands to curb counterfeits in Philippines

Joy Belmonte, mayor of Quezon City, has vociferously opposed the alleged distribution of over 1,000 fake trainers to local athletes and, crucially, has taken action to bolster the work of anti-counterfeiting agencies. Read more

6 Mar 2020

How the SHOP SAFE Act might change the e-commerce counterfeiting liability landscape

A new act introduced in the US House of Representatives this week aims to make e-commerce sites more liable for counterfeit products traded by third parties on their platforms. Read more


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9 Sep 2019

No safe bets – what the potential Philip Morris-Altria merger tells us about the tobacco industry

Major players are pulling out all the stops to diversify their portfolios, expanding geographically as well as investing in and buying up other businesses. However, no matter how you look at it, there are significant challenges ahead. Read more

15 Feb 2019

Ireland’s strong domestic market and exports boost GDP, but are brands ready for Brexit?

We analyse the Irish trademark landscape to see if brands are prepared for the planned Brexit exit day in just over a month, and how this market has developed over the past decade. Read more

4 Jan 2019

Trolls on the rise, Brexit disruption and China’s domination: data trends of 2018

Having just rung in the new year, it is the perfect time to look at the trends which have characterised the trademark landscape in 2018, and discuss what is to come in 2019. Read more

26 Jun 2018

Riding the tidal wave: USPTO faces 10% rise in trademark applications

With a 10% rise in trademark applications mostly spurred by Chinese filings flooding the USPTO in 2017, questions have been raised about whether the office can cope with this influx – both now and in the future. Read more


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16 Jan 2020

Turkey tackles online sales of counterfeit goods

According to the Customs Union Report (September 2019), fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly €740 million were stopped by various EU customs authorities in 2018. The number of interceptions of fake goods imported into the European Union increased as a result of the large volume of small parcels sent in the post. Read more

18 Jul 2019

EU offers increasingly interesting market for pharmaceutical trademarks

The European Union offers an increasingly interesting market for pharmaceutical companies, thanks to its growing elderly population, above average expenditure on drugs and robust use of branded drugs over generic equivalents. Pharmaceutical trademarks are a crucial element of this. Read more

17 Jul 2019

Healing confusion – choosing the correct name for pharmaceutical trademarks

Similarity among prescription drug names should be avoided, as the potential confusion carries a risk to consumer health. Bringing the best pharmaceutical trademark to market can be arduous, but it will assist in the safe prescription of medication. Read more

17 Jul 2019

Infrequent pharmaceutical disputes have far-reaching consequences in Malaysia

While disputes over pharmaceutical trademarks are few and far between, decisions can have a significant effect on product manufacturing and public health. Read more