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“Digitalisation is disrupting the old IP world”: Novagraaf CEO expands on NovumIP service provider plans

In January we reported that Novagraaf and PAVIS had joined forces to create a new IP service provider, NovumIP.  We sat down with Lutgarde Liezenberg, CEO of the Novagraaf Group, to find out how the organisation has adapted to an ever-changing environment.

“Digitalisation is disrupting the old IP world”: Novagraaf CEO expands on NovumIP service provider plans
“The myths can make companies disengage” – exclusive interview with IP Australia’s China representative
27 Oct 2020

“The myths can make companies disengage” – exclusive interview with IP Australia’s China representative

Charlotte Trinh has big ambitions to grow the role and push for more engagement between Australian brand owners and the Chinese IP system.

Corsearch branches into anti-piracy; <em>WTR </em>reveals new panel-based research project; Apple tops Brand Finance intangible value report; and much more
25 Oct 2020

Corsearch branches into anti-piracy; WTR reveals new panel-based research project; Apple tops Brand Finance intangible value report; 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.

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30 Oct 2020

Likelihood of indirect confusion DOME-inates opposition decisions

This decision highlights that a finding of a likelihood of indirect confusion may still arise between marks which are highly similar and contain the same word element, but cover arguably different goods and/or services. Read more

29 Oct 2020

Bombay High Court frowns on Future’s copying of Parle’s biscuit packaging

This order by the Bombay High Court should be welcomed by brand owners, as it reinforces that consumers make purchasing decisions based not only on brand names, but also on the overall visual presentation of the products. Read more

29 Oct 2020

Board of Appeal confirms refusal of IT365 as being descriptive

The Board of Appeal has agreed with the Estonian Patent Office that the combination of the term ‘IT’ and the number 365 would be perceived as referring to IT services which are provided throughout the year. Read more

28 Oct 2020

CJEU clarifies how to assess distinctive character of mark to be applied to goods used to deliver a service

In a case involving a mark consisting of red, orange and white ellipses placed in a specific position on buses and trains, the Court of Justice of the European Union has provided guidance on the criteria to take into account when determining the distinctiveness of a mark intended to be applied to goods used to deliver a service. Read more

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24 Oct 2020

From the WTR archive: exclusive research projects

This week’s delve into WTR’s unrivalled archive of trademark content presents the key findings from a selection of exclusive research projects that we have undertaken over the past few years. Read more

19 Oct 2020

Major new quarterly research project to track industry trends and outlook launches

WTR is pleased to announce the launch of a new research project that will track trademark trends and outlooks on a quarterly basis, providing brand professionals with unique insight direct from a panel of industry leaders. Read more

18 Oct 2020

Behind the scenes at EUIPO and USPTO; WIPO ADR services; WTR Connect week-two highlights; 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

16 Oct 2020

Fighting counterfeits during a pandemic, monetising brands and picking external counsel – takeaways from the second week of WTR Connect

The highlights from the second week of WTR Connect include insight into the record-breaking filing levels in key Asia-Pacific jurisdictions, how Microsoft’s tech philosophy spurs the trademark department and strategies to bring down enforcement costs. Read more

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19 Oct 2020

Corsearch to acquire Marketly, integrates anti-piracy tools into brand protection offerings

Corsearch will officially announce the acquisition tomorrow, in what is another step by the service provider to broaden its offerings beyond the trademark sphere. Read more

15 Oct 2020

USPTO commissioner reflects on a “rollercoaster” year in trademarks and plans for the future

David Gooder provides the inside track on the office's "rollercoaster" year for trademark filings, efforts to ensure the integrity of the register, planned fee increases and future financial planning. Read more

25 Sep 2020

US and China driving international trademark applications, but question mark looms over the pandemic's impact

This week’s data analysis tells you everything you need to know about international registrations trends over the years, and gives a first look at the 2020 state of play. Read more

24 Sep 2020

More than just the video: how Velcro’s trademark team is educating the world about genericism

More than many, Velcro has to fight to defend its brand name from the threat of genericism. Tish Berard discusses what she does to educate the public on the importance of brands. Read more

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11 Sep 2020

Russia exhibits strong filings growth on the back of changes to its intellectual property system

Back-end work continues to improve the registry and trademark landscape. Subsequently, there has been a noticeable uptick in local brands pushing for the protection of their rights. Read more

4 Sep 2020

The TikTok brand has gone global, which is a great feat, but now it faces a reckoning in the US

The video-sharing app is a highly attractive brand for its resonance with the Gen-Z demographic, but its relationship with China and status as a social media giant will create risks for whoever takes it on. Read more

21 Aug 2020

Gymshark: a brand that ticks all the boxes (including trademark strategy)

The UK fitness company has solidified its market presence among the greats with a winning social media strategy, deep commitment to consumers and a forward-thinking approach to trademark protection. Read more

31 Jul 2020

Revealed: Jonathan Morton, Nyall Engfield and Benjamin Becker are top China representatives at USPTO

A year on from the USPTO's domicile rule change, new data shows the leading China-based representatives on trademark applications at the agency. Read more

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23 Sep 2020

Copyright’s revenge on designs: Italian Supreme Court applies CJEU Cofemel ruling

An Italian Supreme Court decision concerning the layout of Kiko make-up stores is a welcome sign of the harmonising effect of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s Cofemel ruling, but could open the door to the protection of 3D designs with little originality or that are mainly functional. Read more

23 Sep 2020

How to determine the best form of protection for a product’s appearance

Trade dress may be the go-to choice for protecting a product’s appearance or configuration, but other IP rights have plenty to offer. Read more

23 Sep 2020

Getting creative: when to protect trade dress under trademark or competition law

In the absence of trade dress-specific legislation, rights holders in China must manoeuvre around the Trademark Law and the Anti-unfair Competition Law if they are to protect their unique designs effectively. Read more

23 Sep 2020

The pros and cons of industrial designs, trademarks and trade dress

Having a distinct look is the best way for a product to stand out from the competition, but as Mexico awaits further guidance on new trade dress provisions, how should brand owners choose the right protection for their designs? Read more

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Vancouver BC, Canada
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