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19 May 2018

Come and say hello to the World Trademark Review and WTR 1000 teams

The World Trademark Review team has arrived in Seattle for the 2018 Annual Meeting. If you are in town, then visit us in the exhibition hall at stand 213 to meet us, demo the World Trademark Review platform and pick up some of our latest publications.

17 May 2018

Manchester United tops Premier League of trademarks; Messi overtakes Neymar in player rankings

Exclusive research by World Trademark Review reveals the filing activity of the world’s most valuable football clubs and players, and finds that Manchester United boasts the most trademarks of any team in the world.

12 June 2018

Levi’s labelled trademark bully, Swiss shop holds IHOB mark and call for independent Rwandan IP office: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the South African minister calling for tobacco plain packaging, calls for an independent, standalone IP office in Rwanda, the IP of Nine West Holdings being sold, and much more.

13 June 2018

Second Circuit gives tidy answer on attorneys' fees in SLOPPY TUNA trademark row

In a dispute over use of SLOPPY TUNA for a restaurant, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has addressed for the first time whether attorneys’ fees should be included in an award of costs.

22 June 2018

“Successful strategy is rooted in looking forward”: Amazon on protecting the world’s most valuable brand

Exclusive insights from Dana Brown Northcott, Amazon.com’s associate general counsel, intellectual property.

22 June 2018

From rebranding efforts to ICANN advocacy work: inside Expedia Group’s IP function

Expedia Group has recently undergone a major rebrand. The group’s IP director explains how the team managed the change.

25 June 2018

In landmark decision, CJEU holds that Louboutin's red soles are not a shape

In a victory for Christian Louboutin, the Court of Justice of the European Union has held that the colour red on the sole of a woman’s high-heel shoe is a position mark.

25 June 2018

Franchise founders criminally indicted for failure to transfer trademarks to franchises

Following a lengthy investigation, the Seoul District Prosecutors’ Office has issued criminal felony indictments against the individual founders of several Korean franchise businesses, charging them with breaches of trust.

04 June 2018

KUNG FU PANDA decision: assessing the scope of protection afforded to merchandising rights

The decision of the Beijing High Court in DreamWorks Animation LLC v TRAB provides guidance as to the scope of protection that should be afforded to merchandising rights.

03 June 2018

Japan’s filing trends are distorted by a single applicant, while brands plummet in value: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s country data report, we highlight Japan’s unusual distribution of applications by trademark class, analyse the volatile values of the leading Japanese brands, and much more.

01 June 2018

California district court recognises plausible trademark rights over fictional Star Wars board game

In Lucasfilm Ltd LLC v Ren Ventures Ltd a California federal court has recognised that trademark rights could arise from the use of a mark to identify a fictional board game in a popular literary genre. 

31 May 2018

Largest-ever amount of compensation awarded in trademark infringement dispute between publishing houses

In a dispute between two publishing houses over the use of a logo, the Moscow City Arbitration Court has awarded the largest-ever compensation in an IP case in Russia.

22 May 2018

Have you been 'adversely affected' by a trademark decision?

In CeramTec GmbH v EUIPO, the EU General Court has provided some guidance as to what it means to be ‘adversely affected’ by a decision of the EUIPO. 

22 May 2018

Second Circuit: fraudulent lawsuit allegations insufficient to maintain RICO claim

In Kim v Kimm, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a complaint alleging a scheme to fraudulently bring a trademark infringement lawsuit.

18 May 2018

India’s revitalised trademark landscape fails to boost leading brands: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s exclusive country data report, we provide a rundown of India’s trademark landscape. We explore the surge in registrations at the Indian IP office, reveal the top filers, and inspect the widespread fall in value of the country’s top brands.