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23 May 2018

WTR Industry Awards 2018: winning trademark teams and individuals announced

Following last night's exclusive champagne reception and presentations at the Seattle Art Museum, World Trademark Review is delighted to reveal the winners at this year’s WTR Industry Awards.

22 May 2018

The $20 million Annual Meeting, Amazon’s everyday heroes and Smurfs make an appearance: INTA 2018 day two report

As well as often being the busiest day for attendees, the Monday of the INTA Annual Meeting marks the halfway point of the event. World Trademark Review presents highlights from the second jam-packed day of the event.

19 May 2018

Biggest ever attendance? The 2018 INTA Annual Meeting by the numbers

With the 2018 INTA Annual Meeting in Seattle now in full flow, it’s time to take a deep-dive into the numbers. Will this year’s meeting be the biggest ever in terms of attendance? How many of the world’s leading brands are represented? We dig into the data to find out.

18 May 2018

The INTA Annual Meeting 2018 is here: our unofficial guide to Seattle

Based on extensive first-hand experience, Seattle-based trademark experts – both working in corporate departments and at law firms – give us the inside track on what to do, see, eat and drink while visiting the Emerald City for this year’s INTA Annual Meeting.

08 June 2018

South Korea rockets to top of customs ranking; illicit trade report reveals countries that need to do more

The Global Illicit Trade Environment Index scores 84 economies on the extent that they enable or prevent illicit trade. The report contains useful insights on the anti-counterfeiting landscape.

07 June 2018

New law on customs measures now in force - what rights holders need to know

The Law on Customs Measures for the Protection of Intellectual Property Rights has now entered into force in Kosovo, introducing important changes intended to align local customs procedures with Regulation 608/2013.

21 May 2018

High Court: for purposes of passing off, one must compare "whole get-up" of products

In Crabtree Electrical v Lesco Manufacturing, South Africa’s High Court has found that there could be no passing off when one considered the "whole get-up" used by the parties when marketing their products.

17 May 2018

Brexit, GDPR and embracing technological innovation: exclusive pre-Annual Meeting interview with INTA president

In anticipation of this year’s INTA Annual Meeting, which kicks off this weekend, we speak with 2018 president Tish Berard. She gives us the inside track on what to expect in Seattle and the issues at the heart of INTA’s strategic plan.

25 May 2018

New trademark legislation for Malawi: what you need to know

The Trademarks Act No 2 of 2018, which aims to replace Malawi’s antiquated trademark legislation, was published earlier this year. This update summarises the main points of interest of the new act. 

06 June 2018

New Laos IP law is a significant step forward for domestic and international brands

A new IP law will come into force in Laos this weekend, introducing trademark opposition procedures to the country for the first time. The new law has many other changes, including expanding the range of images eligible for trademark protection.

06 June 2018

Benelux trademark law has changed – what you need to know

The Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property has been amended, giving the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property new responsibilities and expanding the authority of the Benelux Court of Justice.

06 June 2018

Beijing High Court: KEEMUN certification mark invalid due to owner's lack of good faith

In an action for the invalidation of the KEEMUN certification mark, the Beijing High Court has overturned a first instance judgment in favour of the Keemun Black Tea Association, the owner of the mark.

15 June 2018

Brand versus budget: Rotary International’s collaborative approach to trademark management revealed

Rotary International connects 1.2 million members from more than 35,000 clubs. While this creates policing and educational challenges, the network also represents a unique resource on which the team can draw.

14 June 2018

IPEC: goodwill in 'Prick' from tattooing does not extend to sale of cacti

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in London has held that there was no passing off by a shop selling cacti under the name Prick of goodwill arising from tattooing services offered under the same name.

18 June 2018

BACKYARD GRILL summary judgment gets burnt by Fourth Circuit

In Variety Stores Inc v Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has reversed summary judgment in a trademark infringement dispute over the use of the term 'Backyard' on grills.