22 Mar
2020

Daily coronavirus updates, ICANN 67 takeaways, draft EUIPO guidance on new marks, 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.

Top stories

In light of current events, we have put all WTR coverage relating to Covid-19 and the coronavirus epidemic in front of our paywall this week, making all future stories, as well as our back catalogue of content on the topic, free to view. (Read more here.) This includes our live IP office piece, which we have been updating daily with the latest communications from registries around the world as they implement new measures in response to the outbreak and the growing issues facing applicants. To keep up to date with developments in your jurisdiction, read more here. Gang Hu, director of the international trademark department at CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office, based in Beijing, also spoke to us earlier in the week about the current situation in China, where steps are finally being taken for firms to return to business, but progress will undoubtedly be slow. (Read more here.)

Overcoming the obstacles, ICANN 67 took place earlier this month as the first all-virtual public ICANN meeting. Reflecting on the key takeaways from the event, an exclusive guest post by Brian J Winterfeldt and Griffin Barnett of the Winterfeldt IP Group, provided an update on everything brand owners need to know about new developments on WHOIS data access, domain abuse and rights protection mechanisms. For rights holders, there has never been more important time to be engaged in ICANN. (Read more here.)

Meanwhile, the EUIPO has released draft guidance that is likely to form the best practice for examining absolute and relative grounds for invalidity and refusal of new types of trademark at the office. While the documents bring clarity on what will probably be accepted and rejected for sound, motion, multimedia and hologram mark applications, some practitioners are concerned about inconsistencies. (Read more here.)

Headline news

The Chilean National Institute of Industrial Property has introduced several ambitious initiatives to tackle gender misrepresentation in the field of intellectual property of late. On Monday, Director General Loreto Bresky outlined the most groundbreaking of these. (Read more here.)

Nestled within 50,000-strong business-to-business software company Salesforce is a tiny trademark team. WTR sat down with Kiran Belur and Kristin de la Vega to see how they manage the tech giant's portfolio. (Read more here.)

The US Supreme Court postponing sessions, a Gibson and Heritage guitar spat and Canada squeezing in the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement before the suspension of parliament were among the stories that we covered on Tuesday. (Read more here.)

In a glimpse of what is to come in the next issue of WTR magazine, we published ANSYS’s three-step guide to segmenting trademarks and ensuring a watertight filing strategy. (Read more here.)

With Mexico depositing its instrument of accession to the Hague Agreement at WIPO earlier this month, we asked whether this could be a game changer for international design protection. (Read more here.)

On Friday, we highlighted the key findings of a recent study into the emotions of consumers, which has revealed that, when it comes to buying fake goods, fear of embarrassment is a major detriment. (Read more here.)

We put filing data under the microscope, suggesting that ongoing efforts at the IP Office of Singapore has made the country’s goal of achieving top-tier status as a hub of innovation and intellectual property a lot more attainable. (Read more here.)

Uber versus Uber, INTA going virtual and Roger Federer buying the RF logo from Nike were among the stories featured in our end-of-the-week news round-up. (Read more here.)

Legal updates and international reports

Plus, we published 10 legal updates and two international reports examining key trademark decisions and developments from around the globe:

Victoria Arnold

Author | Senior Editor, IP Editorial

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Victoria Arnold