Pharmaceuticals

European Union and United States announce record-breaking counterfeits crackdown; do domain seizures actually train infringers?

This week, both Europol and ICE reported record-breaking numbers in regard to takedowns of domain names selling counterfeit products. One expert tells us that infringers have found an easy solution to this temporary obstacle.

European Union and United States announce record-breaking counterfeits crackdown; do domain seizures actually train infringers?
23 Nov 2018

IPOPHL celebrates record haul, Rospatent promotes benefits of GIs, and emoji-tions run high in China: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at $7 million worth of counterfeit condoms being seized in China, Canada Goose opening an additional office in Beijing, and much more.

20 Nov 2018

“Whatever Brexit looks like, it’s going to cost businesses money”: exclusive interview with Antony Douglass of Specsavers

Antony Douglass, legal director at Specsavers, sits down with WTR to explain the benefits of in-sourced portfolio management, reflects on Brexit, restricted WHOIS, and much more.

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29 Nov 2018

General Court: imperfect recollection of earlier mark imputes likelihood of confusion, even for specialised and highly attentive public

In Asahi Intec Co Ltd v EUIPO, the EU General Court has held that, although the specialist public would pay a high level of attention to the marks, the doctrine of imperfect recollection meant that a risk of a likelihood of confusion could not be ruled out. Read more

20 Nov 2018

Blow for Bayer as it fails to prevent registration of SALOSPIR

In a blow to German pharmaceutical giant Bayer, the EU General Court has confirmed that the figurative mark SALOSPIR in Class 5 was not similar to Bayer's earlier ASPIRIN marks. Read more

13 Nov 2018

Kylie Minogue's trademark dispute regret, licensing case heads to Supreme Court and INTA launches podcast: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we report on INTA's new podcast, Apple's new partnership with Amazon, Kylie Minogue's regrets over her dispute with Kylie Jenner, and much more. Read more

6 Nov 2018

Well-known healer’s name and alias protected to the benefit of his heirs

The Board of Appeal of Estonia has upheld oppositions filed by the heirs of well-known healer and writer Aleksander Heintalu (also known as Vigala Sass) against the registration of ALEKSANDER HEINTALU and VIGALA SASS. Read more

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10 Jul 2018

Novichok trademark flurry, gift shop seeks IT'S COMING HOME mark and IHOb is no more: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the UK gift shop seeking registered trademark protection for "It's coming home", the new Cornish pasties authentication scheme, Kenya stepping up its anti-counterfeit efforts, and much more. Read more

5 Jun 2018

Bayer retires Monsanto brand, cocky trademark struck down and Nigeria kit attracts counterfeiters: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Bayer deciding to retire the century-old Monsanto brand name, Kenzo prevailing in a trademark suit, Kenya Revenue authority destroying millions worth of fake alcohol, and much more. Read more

18 May 2018

The world’s leading corporate trademark professionals revealed

Released today, Apple, Mars and Procter & Gamble head up the 2018 edition of the WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals. Now in its second edition, this community-led research project identifies the leading lights of the corporate trademark world. Read more

19 Apr 2018

WTR Industry Awards 2018: the shortlist revealed

The WTR Industry Awards 2018  honour leading trademark teams and individuals across a range of sectors. We reveal the shortlist. Read more

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26 Oct 2018

A perfect match? How marketing and legal can create a productive partnership

The historical ‘us versus them’ mentality between marketing and legal departments is not an inevitability – with the right approach, the relationship can be productive and mutually beneficial. Read more

24 Oct 2018

“Counterfeiters have no compunction about hurting or killing people”: exclusive interview with Gilead’s Gretchen Stroud

WTR spoke to Gilead's Gretchen Stroud about the fight against fake drugs being sold on social media, the trademark challenges that arise when drugs go off-patent, and much more. Read more

23 Oct 2018

Supreme Court reaffirms that fraud is not essential element of passing off

In Wockhardt Limited v Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited, India’s Supreme Court has reaffirmed that fraud is not required to be proven in order to successfully establish a passing-off claim. Read more

16 Oct 2018

How Canada’s new cannabis regime will impact a range of brands and law firms

With Canada set to legalise recreational cannabis, our latest opinion column looks at why trademark counsel should watch this development closely. Read more

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9 Feb 2018

Healthcare market robust – brands prosper while Chinese filings dominate: exclusive data analysis

In our latest industry data report, we explore the thriving and evolving healthcare industry. Our in-depth analysis reveals the trends driving this evolution, while also analysing key trademark filing statistics in this space. Read more

1 Jan 2018

Big changes in the pharmaceutical sector as leading brands flourish

A deep dive into key data about the pharmaceuticals sector suggests that over-regulation and availability of skills and technology remain key challenges; while the leading brands continue to rise in value, most are still filing in single classes only Read more

24 Nov 2017

Big changes in the pharmaceutical sector as leading brands flourish: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s data report, we turn the spotlight on the sprawling pharmaceutical sector. We look at how the sector is being affected by political pressures, and identify the developments that are driving change. Read more

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13 Mar 2018

Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Chile

Two frameworks are applicable to pharmaceutical marks in Chile. The Industrial Property Law and its regulation set out the rules for the registration and use of trademarks; the Sanitary Code and Decree 3/2010 regulate the pharmaceutical product marketing authorisation procedure. Read more

13 Mar 2018

Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Canada

Sweeping amendments to the Trademarks Act are expected to be implemented in 2019. The amendments will fundamentally affect the way in which all trademark owners will need to approach their selection, clearance and registration strategies, and the pharmaceutical industry is no exception. Read more

13 Mar 2018

Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Brazil

Brazil is a first-to-file jurisdiction, and therefore IP rights are acquired only when an application is filed and registered with the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office. However, pharmaceutical trademarks fall under two separate and independent statutory regimes. Read more

13 Mar 2018

Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: France

In order for a pharmaceutical trademark to be registered, no prior authorisation is needed per se. Unlike in other countries, in France the trademark owner is independent from the party exploiting the trademark and need not possess a particular quality. Read more