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UK election: parties silent on brand protection issues as campaigns focus on Brexit

Major UK political parties are sharing their policy platforms in the hopes of attracting the British electorate’s vote. However, when asked by WTR about their stance on various brand protection issues, most parties are silent.

UK election: parties silent on brand protection issues as campaigns focus on Brexit
20 Nov 2019

Chelsea still owns José Mourinho trademarks; will Tottenham have to pay to commercialise his name?

Tottenham Hotspur has appointed José Mourinho as its new manager, and questions have arisen about trademarks owned by rival club Chelsea. Talking to WTR, one IP expert points to “potential” for issues between the two clubs.

19 Nov 2019

Russia and Syria IP cooperation, Alibaba and JD.com spat, and OK BOOMER trademarks: news digest

In our latest news round-up, we look at the Chile IP office urging electronic usage following mailbox damage, a St Andrews trademark dispute heating up, an update on the Bentley case, Ecuador joining DesignView, and much more.

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21 Nov 2019

LIVINGDREAMS mark put to bed on appeal

The appointed person has upheld a decision of the UKIPO finding that there was a likelihood of confusion between the figurative mark LIVINGDREAMS in Class 20 and earlier marks consisting of, or containing, the word ‘dreams’ in Classes 20, 24 and 35. Read more

20 Nov 2019

Foreign equivalent of geographical name may be registered if average public would not understand its meaning

In a victory for the Czech car manufacturer, the Re-examination and Evaluation Board has upheld Škoda Auto AS’s appeal against a decision of the Turkish Trademark and Patent Office refusing to register the mark SUEDIA for automobiles.   Read more

19 Nov 2019

“There’s a lot of suffering out there” – leading academic warns of the legal profession’s mental health problem

Richard Collier, a professor of law and social theory at Newcastle University, tells WTR why he is concerned for the mental health of a generation of lawyers, and what the industry can do to effectively improve employee wellbeing. Read more

19 Nov 2019

Bent(ley) out of shape in trademark dispute

In Bentley 1962 Ltd v Bentley Motors Ltd, the High Court of England and Wales has found that Bentley Motors, the well-known manufacturer of luxury vehicles, had infringed trademarks belonging to a small UK-based clothing company.  Read more

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8 Nov 2019

Myanmar trademark office opening, Backcountry.com boycott and Facebook rebrand: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the destination for the DesignEuropa Awards 2020, Kenya and the UK working together to tackle fakes, Monzo fails in ‘hot coral’ trademark attempt, and much more. Read more

4 Nov 2019

Criminal sentence handed down for possession of infringing FC Barcelona t-shirts

The Madrid Court of Appeal has upheld a lower court decision sentencing the defendant to five months’ imprisonment for possessing 9,317 counterfeit items of clothing for commercial purposes, including t-shirts infringing the IP rights of FC Barcelona. Read more

1 Nov 2019

Plain packaging fireworks, Facebook fishing for phishers, and Irish Whiskey in Taiwan: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Mauritius considering introducing the international exhaustion of trademark rights, 6,000 counterfeit products seized in China, Conor McGregor’s latest trademark fight, and much more. Read more

29 Oct 2019

UKIPO postpones Brexit work, Canada plain packaging and KIPO warns of trademark squatters: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at INTA bringing the Unreal Campaign to Lima, the UAE IP office forgoing certain fees, Stan Lee’s daughter suing POW! Entertainment, and much more. Read more

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15 Nov 2019

Tiffany’s signature blue is priceless – and LVMH knows it

While the French powerhouse has yet to up its offer, it has come too far to back down. The American jeweller is a highly attractive target for anyone with a stake in the luxury market. Read more

14 Nov 2019

Microsoft tops intangible value list; companies warned to prepare for economic turbulence

Microsoft takes top position on the list of companies boasting the highest level of intangible value. However, at a global level, the picture looks gloomy, with the first fall in undisclosed intangible asset value since 2011. Read more

13 Nov 2019

Lagging behind? Trademark issues revealed as substantial risk for esports industry

A major new survey finds IP and licensing are the most significant legal issues facing the esports industry. The findings reveal an opportunity for law firms across the world in the fledgling esports space. Read more

11 Nov 2019

Limited time remains to nominate the industry’s leading lights for recognition in the WTR 300

Nominate now to ensure that the work undertaken by in-house professionals across the globe receives the recognition it deserves – and be in with a chance to win a free place at an upcoming WTR event. Read more

Enforcement and litigation

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21 Nov 2019

LIVINGDREAMS mark put to bed on appeal

The appointed person has upheld a decision of the UKIPO finding that there was a likelihood of confusion between the figurative mark LIVINGDREAMS in Class 20 and earlier marks consisting of, or containing, the word ‘dreams’ in Classes 20, 24 and 35. Read more

20 Nov 2019

Foreign equivalent of geographical name may be registered if average public would not understand its meaning

In a victory for the Czech car manufacturer, the Re-examination and Evaluation Board has upheld Škoda Auto AS’s appeal against a decision of the Turkish Trademark and Patent Office refusing to register the mark SUEDIA for automobiles.   Read more

19 Nov 2019

Bent(ley) out of shape in trademark dispute

In Bentley 1962 Ltd v Bentley Motors Ltd, the High Court of England and Wales has found that Bentley Motors, the well-known manufacturer of luxury vehicles, had infringed trademarks belonging to a small UK-based clothing company.  Read more

18 Nov 2019

Counterfeit hotspots in Portugal that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest edition of our series on physical marketplaces around the world that are reportedly notorious for the sale of counterfeit goods, we head to Portugal. Read more

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28 Oct 2019

Havarti cheese backlash highlights controversial and emotive nature of geographical indications

Last week, the European Commission entered the name ‘Havarti’ onto the register of protected geographical indications. The ensuing backlash serves as a microcosm of the emotive political discourse that surrounds this form of IP protection. Read more

16 Oct 2019

Global trademark growth slowing as China continues to dominate – breaking down the WIPO Indicators 2019 report

WIPO has published World Intellectual Property Indicators 2019, charting the growth of global IP filing for 2018. WTR presents key takeaways from the trademark data. Read more

16 Oct 2019

Tackling bullying and sexual harassment in the legal workplace: exclusive interview with Kieran Pender 

The International Bar Association released a groundbreaking study on bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession earlier this year. WTR caught up with the project's leader, Kieran Pender, in the midst of a global awareness campaign centred on this problem rife within the industry.  Read more

10 Oct 2019

Brexit, trade wars and political turmoil: what dominated the 2019 Nation Brand report

Brand Finance has released its annual Nation Brand report, which sees notable movement from developing countries – highlighting the economic shift powered by innovation in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. Read more

Law firms

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23 Oct 2019

Baker McKenzie leads law firm brand index; cross-border focus highlighted

Market analysis from Acritas has found that the most successful law firm brands come from global firms focusing on Germany at a time when much domestic growth has stalled. Read more

21 Oct 2019

Don’t miss your chance to win a free delegate place at an upcoming WTR event

Take two minutes to nominate the world's best in-house professionals and teams – and be in with a chance to win a free place at an upcoming WTR event. Read more

1 Oct 2019

New editions of WTR and Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide now available

The Autumn 2019 edition of WTR, revealing the top filers at key registries across Asia, and the eighth edition of Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide are now published.  Read more

27 Sep 2019

Despite concerns over the level of risk, litigation threat planning often omitted from IP strategies

New research has revealed that, while almost two-thirds of legal services buyers are concerned about being a defendant in IP litigation, a quarter of companies that have a specific IP strategy in place state that it does not deal with litigation threats. Read more

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25 Oct 2019

Supreme most searched fake brand, 'tm.com' for sale, and more unauthorised Greta Thunberg marks: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a new study finding few marketers are confident in consistent brand values, brands being warned of being too political, Diesel engaging in a trademark battle with a reality star, and much more. Read more

22 Oct 2019

Fake news trademark stunt, Chile extends all IP matters, and Lichtenstein joins TMview: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Kanye West being denied a trademark for the term ‘Sunday Service’, adidas prevailing in Japan, the UK Intellectual Property Office notifying users of planned maintenance after Brexit, and much more. Read more

17 Oct 2019

UK government steps up efforts to encourage IP-backed lending, but challenges must be overcome

Inngot has announced it is staffing up following two research project commissions from UK government organisations related to the stimulation of IP-backed lending. We look at the challenges ahead. Read more

17 Oct 2019

Patent and Trademark Office issues new guidelines for examination of trademark applications

Following the entry into force of the Industrial Property Code on 10 January 2017, the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office has announced the issuance of long-awaited new guidelines for the examination of trademark applications. Read more

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15 Oct 2019

Alibaba commended, PIPCU needs you, RPMs review update: takeaways from Brand Protection Online Europe

WTR held its inaugural Brand Protection Online Europe in London yesterday, which featured speakers from brands including Alibaba, PayPal, Superdry and Tommy Hilfiger. We share a variety of takeaways from the day. Read more

8 Oct 2019

Ortlieb v Amazon - the constant struggle to find what you are looking for

In the longstanding dispute between outdoor gear company Ortlieb and Amazon in Germany, the Federal Supreme Court has confirmed that the use of the trademark ORTLIEB by Amazon in online advertisements constituted trademark infringement. Read more

27 Sep 2019

WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre issues first decision under UA-DRP

Following the entry into force of the ‘.ua’ Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy in March 2019, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre has issued its first administrative panel decision in proceedings involving a ‘.ua’ domain name.   Read more

27 Sep 2019

INTA’s Brands Manifesto, Liverpool trademark blow, fighting scammers: news digest 

In our latest news digest, we look at INTA’s release of a Brands Manifesto, the Paraguay IP Office conducting another counterfeit crackdown, fee changes in New Zealand, and much more. Read more

Portfolio management

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18 Nov 2019

General Court confirms that figurative mark is descriptive

In United States Seafoods LLC v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that the mark UNITED STATES SEAFOODS, with a design resembling the US flag cropped into the shape of a territory, was descriptive. Read more

14 Nov 2019

Microsoft tops intangible value list; companies warned to prepare for economic turbulence

Microsoft takes top position on the list of companies boasting the highest level of intangible value. However, at a global level, the picture looks gloomy, with the first fall in undisclosed intangible asset value since 2011. Read more

7 Nov 2019

General Court confirms likelihood of confusion between figurative mark NUME and word mark NUMEDERM

The EU General Court has upheld a decision of the Fifth Board of Appeal of the EUIPO finding that there was a likelihood of confusion between the figurative mark NUME and the earlier word mark NUMEDERM for certain goods in Classes 5, 29 and 30. Read more

5 Nov 2019

General Court attempts to solve Rubik’s Cube puzzle

In Rubik’s Brand Ltd v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed the cancellation of an EU trademark consisting of the shape of the well-known Rubik’s Cube puzzle in the latest decision in the long-running battle between Rubik’s Brand and Simba Toys. Read more

Trademark law

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29 Oct 2019

Groundbreaking research reveals significant risks in AI analysis of trademark registers

A new study looking at how AI is used by IP offices warns that “the seductive appeal of the all-seeing algorithm should be resisted” due to current limitations. Read more

22 Oct 2019

Call for Google to step up de-indexing as study reveals prevalence of counterfeits in search results

A new study from Incopro has revealed the regularity of sites selling counterfeits being included in Google search results. The company is now calling on the search engine giant to comply with de-indexing requests for such sites. Read more

17 Oct 2019

The Sky v Skykick opinion: what it could mean for trademark professionals

Advocate General Tanchev has handed down his opinion in the highly anticipated Sky v Skykick case. If the opinion is followed by the CJEU, market experts predict that the enforcement of existing trademark registrations could become riskier, while application strategies would have to be reviewed. Read more

10 Oct 2019

Counterfeit hotspots in Malta that brand owners should have on their enforcement radar

In the next part of our regular series on marketplaces around the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to the Mediterranean island of Malta. Read more

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