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KFC dragged into UK politics, identifying a trademark bully, and EUIPO on long applications: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the CEO of WeWork returning a “trademark payment” to the company, Ariana Grande suing Forever 21, debate over dropping word marks, and much more.

KFC dragged into UK politics, identifying a trademark bully, and EUIPO on long applications: news digest
6 Sep 2019

“Rational and forward-thinking” – CJEU rules cases of online trademark infringement can be held in consumer’s jurisdiction

Reaction to the Court of Justice of the European Union ruling in favour of plaintiffs suing online infringers in the member state they acquired the product. 

5 Sep 2019

UKIPO paints differing pictures on Brexit preparedness as IP minister quits

The UK Intellectual Property Office has shed new light on its Brexit preparations, which has led to a renewed call for the position of UK trademark attorneys in the event of a no-deal Brexit to be addressed “as a matter of urgency”.

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5 Sep 2019

Kicking out counterfeits from the Premier League: takeaways from Football Against Fakes 2019 – exclusive guest post

This week's Football Against Fakes 2019 event discussed anti-counterfeiting work in the sports industry. In an exclusive guest post, brand protection consultant Stephen Connolly reveals insights from the event and takeaways for brand owners. Read more

4 Sep 2019

Assessing the balance of convenience in interim injunctions to prevent passing off

In an application for an interim injunction to prevent passing off, the High Court has determined that the relative merits of the parties’ cases and the effect of an undertaking provided by the defendant should be considered in assessing the balance of convenience. Read more

3 Sep 2019

BEAUTY BAY trademark not infringed by BEAUTY & THE BAY

Beauty Bay Ltd v Benefit Cosmetics Ltd concerned the use of the mark BEAUTY & THE BAY, which the claimants alleged constituted trademark infringement and passing off in respect of their trademark BEAUTY BAY. In finding for the defendant, the judge considered that there was no likelihood of confusion between the marks and that the similarities between them were not sufficient to establish a link for a claim based on unfair advantage. Read more

30 Aug 2019

Liverpool mayor trademark opposition, USPTO fee change proposal, and Telltale revival criticised: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Beyoncé being accused of fraud linked to a trademark dispute, Bangladesh likely to join the Madrid Protocol, a Chinese IP law firm considering a sale, and much more. Read more

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22 Aug 2019

Stellar speaking faculty revealed for Brand Protection Online Europe

WTR is pleased to unveil the speaking faculty for Brand Protection Online Europe, taking place in London on 14 October 2019. Among the latest names revealed are experts from Daniel Wellington, Dyson, PayPal, Superdry and Tommy Hilfiger. Read more

15 Aug 2019

Six counterfeit hotspots you should be aware of in Scotland

People from around the world have flocked to Scotland this month to enjoy Edinburgh’s legendary Fringe festival. Talking to WTR, one expert highlights why fake goods are no laughing matter and identifies counterfeit hotspots in Scotland that brand owners should police. Read more

23 Jul 2019

TripAdvisor’s musical enforcement letter, China’s IP progress lauded, and brands adore Love Island: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Hamleys brand being sold, a study identifies what makes a brand ‘cool’, two big counterfeit hauls in China and Hong Kong, and much more. Read more

12 Jun 2019

Brand Protection Online: leading industry experts to gather in London

WTR is pleased to announce that our Brand Protection Online event is heading to London in October. As such, the full programme can now be revealed. 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

8 Aug 2019

Dybala image rights issue highlights growing importance of intellectual property to sports stars

The issue of personal image rights has reportedly become a stumbling block for at least two transfer negotiations involving football star Paulo Dybala. Such issues could become an increasingly common roadblock to transfers in the future. Read more

6 Aug 2019

Apple Card joins fintech fray: start-up brand strategy in the face of big player market entry 

Rollout of Apple’s digital banking service is set to begin this August in the United States. How will the tech giant’s entry affect the fintech market, which is predominately made up of venture capital start-ups? Read more

23 Jul 2019

Deepfakes: preparing for the trademark infringement of the future

AI-manipulated ‘deepfake’ videos have the potential to negatively impact the reputation and goodwill of brands and individuals. WTR spoke to trademark experts on how to prepare for the new age of false content. Read more

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5 Sep 2019

Kicking out counterfeits from the Premier League: takeaways from Football Against Fakes 2019 – exclusive guest post

This week's Football Against Fakes 2019 event discussed anti-counterfeiting work in the sports industry. In an exclusive guest post, brand protection consultant Stephen Connolly reveals insights from the event and takeaways for brand owners. Read more

30 Aug 2019

Crimson wave – how Harvard outstrips other universities in terms of registered trademarks

Ivy League schools rely on their reputation to attract top-notch talent, so policing these brands is a critical undertaking. Read more

2 Aug 2019

Brexit warning for trademark lawyers, Yeezy Busta interview, and UK IP minister uncertainty: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a win for adidas, the TTAB stubbing out federal marijuana trademarks again, a YouTube star attempting to sell fake goods as genuine, and much more. 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

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8 Jul 2019

UK trademark attorney salaries continue to rise despite Brexit uncertainty

Research reveals that base salaries have risen across the board for UK IP roles. The news will be positively received by those toiling in the trademark trenches while bracing themselves for the possible negative economic impact of Brexit.  Read more

5 Jun 2019

Plain packaging threat rises as UK body recommends regime for confectionery and sugary drinks

The Institute for Public Policy Research has recommended that plain packaging be extended to confectionery, crisps and high-sugar drinks. Now is the time for the trademark voice to be heard. Read more

13 May 2019

Brexit and the future of anti-counterfeiting collaboration

Brexit is a difficult road to travel and ensuring continued high levels of enforcement cooperation will prove difficult. Once the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union, it will effectively become a third country that is unlikely to have direct access to many key databases.  Read more

3 Apr 2019

 “You can’t sleep or you will fall behind”: exclusive look inside Alibaba’s fight against fakes

We sit down with Alibaba Group’s vice president and head of global intellectual property enforcement, Matthew Bassiur, to discuss Alibaba’s anti-counterfeiting activities and how it changed industry perception of its enforcement efforts. Read more

Law firms

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13 Aug 2019

Diversity in the legal workplace: exclusive interview with the co-chair of Women in IP

Joanna Conway, co-chair of Women in IP, reflects on the diversity challenges that exist in the legal IP world and how the organisation is working to improve the environment. Read more

1 Aug 2019

Mind the gap – why law firms must bridge the gender divide

The legal sector is traditionally a male-dominated industry and although that is changing, more work needs to be done to combat inequality. Read more

16 Jul 2019

Diversity in the legal workplace: interview with the global chair of A&O’s LGBT+ network

This week, Stonewall, an LGBT+ rights charity, named Allen & Overy one of its Top Global Employers. WTR sat down with Jim Ford, chair of the firms A&Out network, to discuss the importance of LGBT+ diversity and inclusion in law firms. Read more

15 Jul 2019

Reports of law firm phishing attacks serve as reminder of never-ending threat

Recent reports have put a spotlight on phishing directed at law firms and solicitors. While not a new phenomenon, the coverage highlights a significant problem that is not going away, and one that firms must be quick to tackle. Read more

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28 Aug 2019

Innovation, globalisation, mobile apps and jazz – takeaways from Singapore IP Week

This week the IP Office of Singapore has hosted a series of events to mark the country’s annual IP Week. WTR was there to bring you the key takeaways from Singapore’s biggest IP event. Read more

19 Jul 2019

Brexit preparedness, diversity recognition and rising demand: takeaways from the UKIPO’s Annual Report

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published its latest annual report, covering the period from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. We have combed through the 100-page report to bring you our five key takeaways. Read more

16 Jul 2019

Yosemite settles, UKIPO needs your help, and Huawei seeks harmony: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at a reminder of the medical risks of counterfeits in Hong Kong, a car air freshener brand taking Ryanair to court, Monaco now using the TMclass list, applications up in Bhutan, and much more. Read more

14 May 2019

Brexit Party versus Change UK, Hells Angels victory, and INTA Annual Meeting on the up: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Guns ‘N’ Roses moving to protect a trademark, Indian farmers prevailing over PepsiCo in a potato legal battle, top Indian brands backing underdogs in Cricket World Cup, and much more. Read more

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19 Jul 2019

“Juul be sorry”: failure to assign domain name results in contempt of court

The decision of the High Court of England and Wales in Juul Labs Inc v Quickjuul Ltd provides a rare example of a civil court imposing penal sanctions for contempt of court. Read more

16 Jul 2019

Court of Appeal partially overturns High Court in advertising passing-off case

A recent decision of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales highlights that the One in a Million case does not provide a remedy against cybersquatting per se: claimants must still demonstrate goodwill or reputation in the mark contained in the domain name. Read more

15 Jul 2019

Brand Protection Online Europe: Coty, Maus Freres and Superdry professionals among first speakers revealed

WTR announces the first speakers for Brand Protection Online Europe, taking place in London on 14 October 2019. Among the first names revealed are trademark experts from Alibaba, BP, Tonino Lamborghini, and more. Read more

29 Mar 2019

Change.org responds to The Independent Group new name, IPOS GI registry, and delays at IP Australia: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at consumers being frustrated by “disjointed” brand experiences, an Oregon-based clothing retailer in a trademark fight against Under Armour, brands in an age of political division, and much more. Read more

Portfolio management

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8 Jul 2019

No go for GO-KIDZ mark

The appointed person has upheld a UKIPO decision finding that there was a likelihood of confusion between GO-KIDZ in Classes 3, 5, 10 and 21 and earlier GO marks in Classes 5 and 21. Read more

7 Jul 2019

Monzo doubles value; fintech companies maturing to further disrupt the market

Digital banking giant Monzo announced last month it will be launching in the United States. While this is a significant move for the fledgling company, its trademark portfolio shows it is still well in the start-up phase. Read more

28 Jun 2019

“Hit the road, Jac”, says the appointed person

In a blow to multinational hospitality company Marriott Worldwide Corporation, the appointed person has confirmed that there was no likelihood of confusion between JACHOTELS and Marriott’s earlier marks AC HOTELS and AC HOTEL. Read more

24 May 2019

Appointed person cuts tailor down to size

The appointed person has put an end to a trademark dispute between Tailor & Cutter (Cambridge) Limited, a bespoke tailor based in England, and multinational retail corporation Walmart Apollo LLC. Read more

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2 Aug 2019

Brexit warning for trademark lawyers, Yeezy Busta interview, and UK IP minister uncertainty: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a win for adidas, the TTAB stubbing out federal marijuana trademarks again, a YouTube star attempting to sell fake goods as genuine, and much more. 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

19 Jul 2019

Amending the Lanham Act, protecting Lamborghini in Brazil, and "a factory of ideas": news digest 

In our latest edition, we look at Michael Kors launching a digital store on Alibaba’s Tmall, INTA's call for the Lanham Act to be amended, an illicit trade report from TRACEIT, China’s IP transformation, and much more. Read more

28 May 2019

Battle for the BITCOIN mark, China moves closer to Hague accession, and curry conundrum: news digest

In our latest news digest, we look at the $110 million sale of Sports Illustrated’s intellectual property, the expansion of visual search in TMView, a dispute over a curry-related trademark, and much more. Read more

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Vikrant Rana
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New Delhi, India
SS Rana & Co