Internet and Online

MARQUES warns of severe consequences of UDRP review “based upon bias, anecdotes and edge-cases”

MARQUES has written to ICANN calling for a data-led review of the UDRP when the process kicks off, stating that “there should be no changes to the UDRP unless such changes are based upon fact”. 

MARQUES warns of severe consequences of UDRP review “based upon bias, anecdotes and edge-cases”
11 Feb 2019

The evolution of Airbnb’s trademark strategy, and what it means for law firm collaborations

Alica Del Valle, lead counsel for IP, marketing, PR and content at Airbnb, expands on the Silicon Valley company’s fast-changing trademark strategy, what it demands from law firm partners and the creation and protection of its Chinese brand, Aibiying.

8 Feb 2019

Irish Whiskey GI protection, no-deal Brexit anti-counterfeiting “travesty”, and Alibaba and eBay on fakes: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Brainbase raising money to bolster its licensing platform, the discovery of fake leukaemia drugs, the EUIPO turning to blockchain to fight counterfeiting, and much more.


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14 Feb 2019

UDRP: don't play with the registration date!

A recent decision by a WIPO panel has highlighted that, under the UDRP, the transfer of a domain name between commonly controlled entities or persons does not generally extinguish rights and legitimate interests that have already accrued. Read more

12 Feb 2019

Is bona fide contemplated use sufficient under the UDRP?

A recent decision under the UDRP shows that legitimate interests in a domain name may be established by the registrant’s bona fide preparations prior to the actual use of such domain name. Read more

11 Feb 2019

New domain name dispute resolution policy to be launched - what you need to know

In a welcome development for trademark owners, a new policy for the resolution of domain name disputes under the ‘.ua’ TLD will be launched on 19 March 2019.   Read more

29 Jan 2019

The Gleissner Files 2019: brand owners warned as IP office reveals staggering number of trademark applications

A major investigation by WTR can reveal that entrepreneur and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner has stepped up his IP activity in recent months, with over 100 applications filed so far this year. Read more


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25 Jan 2019

JPO apologises for data leak, Brunei joins TMview, and Absolut accused of trademark bullying: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Japan Patent Office apologising after an accidental data leak, a sauce company suing Wendy’s, counterfeit fans reacting to Alibaba’s latest Taobao claims, and more. Read more

22 Jan 2019

Amazon named most valuable brand in the world, as streaming giants Netflix and iQiyi see massive growth

Amazon has solidified its position as the world’s most valuable brand in the latest Brand Finance Global 500 report, with Microsoft and Huawei seeing significant year-on-year growth. Read more

14 Jan 2019

Amazon and Toyota CEOs top male-dominated brand ambassador ranking

New study ranks corporate CEOs as brand ambassadors, with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos topping the list. The research highlights the gender disparity that exists at the higher echelons of company management. Read more

11 Jan 2019

MysteryBrand denies selling fakes, T-ara dispute concludes, and Slovakia IPO ditches fax: news digest

In our latest news digest, we look at the USPTO hiring a deputy general counsel, how domain name management is “just as important” as brand protection, the Paraguay IPO pledging more counterfeit enforcement in 2019, and much more. Read more


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21 Jan 2019

UDRP: termination of business does not mean termination of rights in a domain name

A recent decision under the UDRP serves as a reminder that the termination of a business activity does not imply the disappearance of rights to the domain name related to such business. Read more

18 Jan 2019

Restricting keyword advertising can be anti-competitive, holds the FTC

In a case concerning 1-800-Contacts’ approach to curbing competitors’ use of “1-800-Contacts” as an online search keyword, the US Federal Trade Commission has weighed in for the first time on whether restricting the use of trademark keywords is anti-competitive. Read more

17 Jan 2019 down! Respondent found to have engaged in pattern of abusive domain name registration

A recent UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘’ shows that a domain name registrant may be found to engage in conduct that amounts to bad faith even if it is not targeting a specific trademark holder. Read more

15 Jan 2019

UDRP: no change in the status quo is not a legally relevant development

A recent decision under the UDRP highlights important points for complainants contemplating the submission of a refiling. Read more


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13 Oct 2017

As remarkable growth of sports industry continues, exclusive data analysis reveals the key trademark trends

From today, World Trademark Review will be producing a new series of industry-specific data reports. We start with a deep dive into sports and sporting goods. Read more


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28 Feb 2018

Navigating the evolving landscape of social media

Although it is a hard truth that we must learn from our mistakes, it is also equally true that we can learn from the mistakes of others. Thus, it is essential for brands to learn from the failures and successes of the approaches adopted by their competitors in tackling online abuse in the social media environment. Read more

28 Feb 2018

The evolution of internet service provider and host liability

The sheer scope of online counterfeiting and the anonymity that the Internet provides counterfeiters necessitate that brand owners look to internet service providers – whose roles in the world of e-commerce are essential – for assistance in blocking or preventing counterfeiters from using their services.  Read more

1 Jul 2017

Software & Online Services Team of the Year: Twitter

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