Region: International

Complainant wastes time on ‘anti-waste’ domain name

The case highlights the difficulties in relying on a trademark for the purposes of the UDRP if the part of the mark that is included in the disputed domain name is purely descriptive and is the non-dominant part of the mark.

21 November 2022

Banksy victory; US midterms; NIS2 Directive; 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.

20 November 2022

Apple reclaims “most intangible company” crown but others suffer as economic headwinds hit value

Apple has reclaimed the title of “the world’s most intangible company”, but a 25% drop in global intangible value has led to renewed calls for an accounting rules rethink.

15 November 2022

Mambo Beach mall loses battle over Mambo Beach domain name

If a domain name consisting of a geographical area resolves to a website providing information about that geographical area, this constitutes the very kind of good-faith offering sufficient to establish legitimate interests under the UDRP.

14 November 2022

Twitter rife with brand impersonations; Alibaba on cross-border infringement decision; new CNIPA timeline; 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.

13 November 2022

BrewDog World Cup campaign suffers backlash – but that may play into the brand

UK brewing company BrewDog has launched a campaign positioning itself as an ‘anti-sponsor’ of the upcoming FIFA World Cup. This week’s Saturday opinion looks at the messaging and why the resulting backlash was a risk worth taking.

12 November 2022

New alliance seeks to bring consistency to trademark protection in Web3 domain name space

The Web3 Domain Alliance launches effort to minimise name collisions in the blockchain.

10 November 2022

Still time to make nominations for the 2023 WTR Industry Awards

The nominations window for the 2023 WTR Industry Awards is currently open. Act now to ensure that the leading lights of the corporate trademark world receive the recognition they deserve.

09 November 2022

UDRP not ‘in service’ for complex legal issues

Complex issues involving a prior business relationship and requiring a determination on the existence of a binding agreement are not suitable for a ruling under the UDRP.

07 November 2022

“Completely bogus” USPTO document scam; Twitter blue tick brand disaster; Verizon domain recovery challenges; 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.

06 November 2022

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