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20 June 2018

Patron Spirits International's shot across the bow misses the mark in protecting PYRAT's territory in rum market

International premium spirit giant Patron, owner of PYRAT in Class 33, has failed to prevent Australian distillery Fernbrew from registering THE PIRATE BAY RUM COMPANY in Class 33.

20 June 2018

As Canada legalises marijuana, research finds majority of Canadians want branded packaging for cannabis products

Canada will soon allow the recreational use of marijuana nationwide. A new survey finds two-thirds of consumers in Canada would prefer branded packaging for this new market of cannabis products.

28 June 2018

Mark owners beware: new food labelling regulation may restrict trademark rights

In an action filed by Evercrisp (a subsidiary of Pepsico), a Chilean court has held that the restrictions imposed by the new food labelling regulation do not imply an expropriation, but only a limitation of trademark rights based on public health reasons.

27 June 2018

Shame or litigate? New research argues that more rights holders will turn to ‘self-help’ enforcement

A new academic paper has predicted that content creators and rights holders will increasingly turn to “self-help” action in cases of infringement rather than initiate litigation. However, such an approach is not without risk.

22 June 2018

Good news for IP rights owners: Indonesia in final stage of setting up IP border protection system

Following the government regulation for the control of import and export of goods entering into force last year, the Ministry of Finance has finally set out the procedures for customs recordal and seizures.

21 June 2018

Croatia repeals Board of Appeals - IP Office decisions must now be challenged before Administrative Court

Following the coming into force of the Law on Amendments to the Trademark Law, which repealed the Board of Appeals, decisions of the IP Office must now be challenged before the Administrative Court in Zagreb.

20 June 2018

Ambush marketing may steal the headlines but new study shows brand benefits of official event sponsorship

New research has found a strong link between the impact of certain types of sponsorship assets and intangible rights on raising brand awareness.

02 July 2018

Governments call for urgency in WHOIS efforts, but rocky road lies ahead

The Government Advisory Committee (GAC) has heard from rights holders facing significant enforcement challenges following the enactment of the GDPR. It has become clear that frustrations will continue for some time yet, despite government calls for urgent action.

02 July 2018

What constitutes genuine use of a EUTM? General Court provides guidance in DOLFINA case

The EU General Court has upheld a decision of the EUIPO in which the latter had revoked the mark DOLFINA on the grounds of non-use for t-shirts and caps in Class 25.

09 July 2018

easyGroup versus EasyFly: not an 'easy' case

easyGroup, which is currently engaged in litigation against Colombian airline EasyFly, has failed to comply with an injunction in trademark infringement proceedings initiated by EasyFly.

09 July 2018

“Flagrant degree of cynicism” – Michael Gleissner slammed in TRUMP TV opposition decision

Serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner lost in an opposition decision at the UK IP Office for the trademark TRUMP TV. The hearing officer blasted the entrepreneur and ordered him to pay £15,000 to a company related to US President Donald Trump.

03 July 2018

General Court finds no likelihood of confusion between pharma marks with same suffix; annuls Board of Appeal decision

The EU General Court has annulled a decision of the Board of Appeal of the EUIPO finding that there was a likelihood of confusion between Tillotts' XENASA mark and Ferring’s earlier PENTASA mark in Class 5.

01 June 2016

Trademarks in a post-Brexit world

In June 2016, the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union. We look at the potential impact of a ‘Brexit’ for trademark practitioners in the UK and across the world. (July 2016)

01 September 2015

IP protection in the new gTLDs

To mark the release of ICANN’s revised Rights Protection Mechanism Review report, we created an infographic presenting trademark protection patterns within the new gTLDs space. (September 2015)