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24 April 2018

Preparing for the next round of new gTLDs: ICANN insider reveals key issues brand owners need to be aware of

World Trademark Review sits down with Jeff Neuman, co-chair of ICANN’s Subsequent Procedures Working Group, to talk about the next new gTLDs application window .

20 April 2018

Expedited examination at Rospatent 2.0: benefits and challenges for brand owners

While the new timeframe for the expedited examination of trademarks in Russia provides significant benefits for applicants, it also creates challenges for brand owners wishing to block applications at examination stage.

09 April 2018

ECJ delivers blow to cancellation proceedings against MOBILE.DE can resume

Following a decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union, the long-running cancellation proceedings between GmbH and Rezon OOD can now continue before the Cancellation Division of the EUIPO.

06 April 2018

First draft of new trademark law: what are the main changes?

The Romanian Patent and Trademark Office has published the first draft of the new trademark law, which aims to transpose Directive 2015/2436 into national legislation. This update sums up the most important changes.

30 October 2017

TRES TOROS 3 rejected due to geographical indication

In Bodegas Verdúguez, SL v the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the EU General Court upheld a EUIPO Fifth Board of Appeal decision to refuse an application for the denominative mark TRES TOROS 3. It held that the appellant did not prove that the mark would be perceived by the relevant public as a semantic unit which refers to a bullfight between three bulls, rather than the protected designation of origin 'Toro'.

27 October 2017

Tobacco industry’s revolution – thriving brands, new products and shifting markets: exclusive data analysis

In this industry report, we shine a light on trends in the tobacco sector, reviewing the performance of the top brands in the field and analysing the broader trademark landscape in which they operate.

27 October 2017

Versailles fails to recover domain name

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy before the World Intellectual Property Organisation, a single-member panel denied the transfer of a domain name consisting of a city name, ''. The complainant failed to prove bad faith and that the defendant had registered the domain name for its trademark value, as opposed to its descriptive value.

26 October 2017

Indonesia’s accession to the Madrid Protocol

Indonesia has officially become the 100th member of the Madrid Union. Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna H Laoly deposited the country’s instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with the director general of the World Intellectual Property Organisation during the 57th General Assembly in Geneva.

26 October 2017

Star-shape model invalid due to lack of individual character

8 seasons design GmbH filed a declaration of invalidity against Lothar Rühland’s Community registration of a light model, due to lack of individual character on the basis of its prior Community design. The EU General Court upheld the design’s invalidity, holding that the conflicting designs, dominated by a star shape, produced the same overall impression on informed users.

24 October 2017

ICANN under pressure over GDPR preparations, as future of WHOIS is mired in uncertainty

ICANN has come under fire for excluding the full community in its exploration of the General Data Protection Regulation’s impact on the WHOIS system.

23 October 2017

IP services sales blitz continues; Corsearch to be purchased by private equity firm in $140 million cash move

It has been announced that information services company Wolters Kluwer has agreed to sell trademark search platform Corsearch to private equity entity Audax Group in a $140 million deal. The move is the latest acquisition in a series of deals centred on IP services companies, and once again demonstrates the attractiveness that private equity firms see in IP technology.

20 October 2017

Mexico shows robust filing figures, as services overtake goods for first time: exclusive data analysis

In World Trademark Review’s latest country data report, we take a look at Mexico and how brands fare in the country.

14 December 2017

Specific figurative context with respect to identity of word elements of marks

The Luxembourg General Court issues its judgment in a case concerning the complaint of Frame Srl against the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market’s decision to uphold part of Bianca-Moden’s opposition to the trademark BIANCALUNA.

13 December 2017

Innovators and revolutionaries: WTR's trademark personalities of the year (part one)

As the year draws to a close, World Trademark Review has decided to take a look back and identify the trademark personalities that have had a significant impact in 2017.

03 October 2017

Commentators divided over independent USPTO proposal; doubts over whether it will gain political traction

The House Budget Committee has published a proposal aimed at curbing excessive government spending, with an independent US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) included among its recommendations. One trademark expert told World Trademark Review that such a move would end the existing “archaic” relationship between the USPTO and the US Department of Commerce (DOC). However, the feeling on the ground in DC is that both Congress and the DOC will resist efforts to reduce their oversight of the agency.