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Singapore trademark rise; USPTO adds executives to leadership team; La Liga giants seek crypto mark – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Authentic Brands Group preparing a takeover of luxury brand Ted Baker, Hong Kong Customs seizing counterfeit luxury goods, and much more.

16 August 2022

One day in July: the trademark specimens challenge still faced by the USPTO

A WTR investigation identifies ongoing trends in specimens of use being filed at the USPTO from China-based trademark applicants.

16 August 2022

Tableware designer gets heavenly results on its pearly plates

In this copyright and trade dress dispute between rival tableware companies, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has reversed a district court decision finding that the plaintiff had not established that its unregistered trade dress had acquired secondary meaning.

16 August 2022

Federal Administrative Court finds that Nemiroff bottle is distinctive

The court found that the sign had sufficient distinctive character due to the presence of the element ‘Nemiroff’ written in relief on the bottle.

16 August 2022

Backward step for Louboutin in complaint against Amazon

Advocate General Maciej Szpunar’s opinion suggests that, if it is made clear to the reasonably well-informed and reasonably observant internet user that goods are offered by a third party, an intermediary platform may not infringe an owner's EU trademark rights.

15 August 2022

Cape Verde accedes to the Banjul Protocol

Cape Verde is the third country to join the Banjul Protocol in as many years.

12 August 2022

Illustrious former Beijing IP Court president investigated, as IP department comes under scrutiny

Chi Su is being investigated for suspicions of “serious violations of discipline and law”.

10 August 2022

USPTO lowers the bar for genericness refusals

In a clear departure from longstanding practice, Examination Guide 1-22 asserts that “there is no statutory basis for applying a heightened standard”.

10 August 2022

First judgment to test e-commerce platform liability for IP infringement in Thailand

The IP & IT Court has issued a landmark judgment finding that Alibaba was not liable for a third party’s alleged IP infringement on its platforms.

09 August 2022

What KIPO’s new examination guidelines mean for virtual goods

Examination revisions in South Korea could have a significant impact on how brand owners approach trademark applications, especially in relation to digital products.

08 August 2022

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