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"Trademark troll" Michael Gleissner launches N-Cubator brand consultancy

WTR has discovered that multi-millionaire Michael Gleissner appears to have launched a brand consultancy firm, called N-Cubator, which boasts of having access to “a large portfolio of trademarks and domain names”.

31 Jan 2020

Saudi Aramco makes an impressive brand debut but challenges lie ahead for the industry: data analysis

Big Oil has traditionally flown under the radar when it comes to brand building, but changing tides mean that there must be a greater focus on the narrative surrounding the key companies involved.

30 Jan 2020

“Justice has been done” – H&M prevails in long-running two-stripes trademark battle

In what could be the end of the oldest pending two-stripes legal case in the European Union, H&M has been victorious against adidas in a trademark dispute in the Netherlands, with what one attorney describes as a “far-reaching decision”. 

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21 Jan 2020

“UK will become paradise for free riders”: CJEU referral highlights potential Brexit IP schism

Four questions have been referred to the CJEU which could lead to a landmark judgement on a trademark owners’ rights to stop resales. The decision may further enlarge the gulf between the UK and the EU's position on exhaustion post-Brexit. Read more

13 Dec 2019

“Europe is not yet prepared” – reaction as Cannabis mark ruled unregistrable by EU court 

The General Court of the European Union has ruled against a trademark due to its implied links to illegal narcotics. Industry experts give their reaction. Read more

22 Nov 2019

Michael Gleissner versus Apple and Samsung: millionaire defeated in Benelux and UK

Two recent trademark cases in Benelux and the UK have landed significant blows to notorious millionaire Michael Gleissner’s unprecedented trademark activity. According to one expert, they clearly demonstrate that IP offices are “not a playground for vexatious parties”. Read more

18 Oct 2019

A new dawn for grocery stores: how major brands are changing to counter low-cost rivals

The departure of Tesco’s CEO signifies the retailer’s successful turnaround, but this is just the beginning as long-time players overhaul businesses to stay in the game. Read more

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16 Aug 2019

Just Eat and Takeaway.com tie-up to take on Uber Eats as brands seek market dominance

The online food delivery services industry is heating up. Major players are snapping up smaller brands and merging to solidify market presence and expand into new regions, as our exclusive data analysis reveals. Read more

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13 Dec 2019

“Europe is not yet prepared” – reaction as Cannabis mark ruled unregistrable by EU court 

The General Court of the European Union has ruled against a trademark due to its implied links to illegal narcotics. Industry experts give their reaction. Read more

22 Nov 2019

Michael Gleissner versus Apple and Samsung: millionaire defeated in Benelux and UK

Two recent trademark cases in Benelux and the UK have landed significant blows to notorious millionaire Michael Gleissner’s unprecedented trademark activity. According to one expert, they clearly demonstrate that IP offices are “not a playground for vexatious parties”. Read more

6 Sep 2019

Dutch court of appeal sets up confidentiality club in IP proceedings

In a promising development, the Court of Appeal of The Hague has set up a confidentiality club to allow the alleged infringer to submit confidential information in trademark proceedings. Read more

29 Jul 2019

The top filers and a vision for the future: inside EUIPO operations

Less than a year into Christian Archambeau’s tenure as executive director, the EUIPO is laying the groundwork for future expansion. World Trademark Review’s annual focus on the office assesses current operations, reveals the most proactive filers and explores how the agency is taking a global view of trademarks. Read more

IP offices

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25 Feb 2019

UKIPO ranked most accessible IP office platform, as registries urged to improve website usability

New research from WTR has found that the IP offices of the UK, Brazil, Japan and Benelux have the most accessible website platforms for users, including those with motor or vision impairment.  Read more

29 Jan 2019

The Gleissner Files 2019: brand owners warned as IP office reveals staggering number of trademark applications

A major investigation by WTR can reveal that entrepreneur and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner has stepped up his IP activity in recent months, with over 100 applications filed so far this year. Read more

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11 Apr 2017

Decision under '.nl' Dispute Resolution Regulations show that UDRP precedents serve as important source of reference

In a recent domain name dispute before WIPO, a German toy manufacturer has obtained the transfer of a ‘.nl’ domain name identically reproducing its trademark under the Dispute Resolution Regulations for ‘.nl’ Domain Names. The decision shows that, whilst many ccTLDs have adopted their own domain name dispute resolution policies, UDRP precedents and principles are an important source of reference. Read more

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30 Jan 2018

Court of Appeals of The Hague: vodka marks must be handed back to Russian state enterprise

The Court of Appeals of The Hague has ruled in favour of Russian state enterprise FKP in the long-running dispute between FKP and Spirits International BV over the ownership of several vodka marks. Read more

11 Dec 2017

Protecting and enforcing design rights: Benelux

Benelux design law is governed by the Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property, the current version of which entered into force on October 1 2013. The convention replaced the Benelux Design Law 1975, which was the first law providing uniform design protection in multiple EU member states and was heralded as such in the preamble of the EU Community Design Regulation. Read more

27 Nov 2017

Court finds no likelihood of confusion between SINA and SITA

The court of first instance has refused to grant an injunction against the sign SINA, finding no risk of confusion or association with the word mark SITA. Both marks were registered for rice sold in Middle-Eastern supermarkets or restaurants. The court held that the relevant public would be able to distinguish that ‘Sina’ is the name of a well-known Islamic scholar and philosopher, whereas ‘Sita’ is a girl’s name. Read more

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29 Jul 2019

The top filers and a vision for the future: inside EUIPO operations

Less than a year into Christian Archambeau’s tenure as executive director, the EUIPO is laying the groundwork for future expansion. World Trademark Review’s annual focus on the office assesses current operations, reveals the most proactive filers and explores how the agency is taking a global view of trademarks. Read more

1 May 2019

Passing the baton: a new era at BOIP

As a new director general of the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property takes over, a new era at the registry begins. To mark this change, representatives from the office look at what the future is likely to bring. Read more

28 Mar 2019

How Signify’s IP team undertook its global rebrand from Philips Lighting: exclusive interview

Senior IP counsel Joeri Mombers provides a detailed insider’s view of lighting giant Signify's "once in a lifetime" trademark project. Read more

12 Sep 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: Benelux

The Benelux Convention does not provide for protection of unregistered trademarks, the only exception being the protection of well-known marks as prescribed by the Paris Convention. Read more

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Yanling Zheng
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Beijing, China
ZY Partners