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09 March 2018

Defendant found guilty in Barbados' first ever criminal trial for sale of counterfeit goods

Barbados has concluded its first criminal trial for the sale of counterfeit goods, with the Crown obtaining a guilty verdict. The case involved shoes and backpacks that counterfeited the ‘Fenty PUMA by Rihanna’ line.

07 March 2018

Higher IP Court to start operations this year; efficiency expected to improve

The new Higher Court on Intellectual Property Matters, whose jurisdiction covers of wide range of IP and unfair competition disputes, is expected to start operating this year.

06 March 2018

General Court: 'apparatus for reproduction of sound and images' not sufficiently precise and narrow

In Sony v EUIPO, the General Court has annulled a decision of the Fourth Board of Appeal of the EUIPO finding that proof of genuine use of a mark had been adduced for “apparatus for the reproduction of sound and images”.

06 March 2018

American-made Scotch Whisky? Spotlight placed on the future of GI rights post-Brexit

​​​​​​​The status of geographical indications after the UK leaves the European Union has become a hot button issue over the past few days. Front-page reports suggest US lobbyists are calling for the UK to drop GI protections – a scenario one expert tells us is not unrealistic.

05 March 2018

India urged to clamp down on celebrity endorsements; opportunities arise for canny brands

​​​​​​​The Confederation of All India Traders has piled pressure on the Indian Government to pass a new Consumer Protection Bill which contains provisions designed to hold brand ambassadors liable for misleading endorsements.

02 March 2018

Singapore’s timid local trademark scene belies its branding strength: exclusive data analysis

This week’s country data report looks at the small but mighty trademark profile of Singapore. As well as exploring its nation brand strength, we identify its most important trademark-intensive industries and reveal the leading brand owners, both in value and portfolio size.

01 March 2018

Gucci successfully opposes registration of GUCCITECH in Class 11

The IP adjudicator has upheld Guccio Gucci SpA’s opposition to the registration of the figurative mark GUCCITECH in Class 11 under Sections 8(2)(b), 8(4) and 8(7)(a) of the Trademarks Act.

04 April 2018

Victory for Red Bull: IBEX figurative mark rejected on appeal

The Re-examination and Evaluation Board of the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office has found that the figurative mark IBEX was confusingly similar to the earlier figurative mark RED BULL.  

01 April 2018

China’s remarkable trademark journey as records are broken at every turn: exclusive data analysis

We explore the vivacious Chinese branding market, which has enjoyed record-breaking trademark application numbers and dramatic changes occurring on the legal and administrative fronts that are affecting brand owners.

28 March 2018

Cooperation, imagination and perseverance: insights into Western Digital’s global brand protection efforts

An exclusive interview with Cynthia Tregillis, vice president of global brand protection and trademarks at Western Digital, on challenges and lessons in her role.

28 March 2018

ECJ issues preliminary ruling on designs solely dictated by technical functions

In DOCERAM GmbH v CeramTec GmbH the Court of Justice of the European Union has issued a preliminary ruling on the interpretation of Article 8(1) of Regulation 6/2002.

27 March 2018

Brewing storm over 'Pacific' fails to blow over appeal court

Craft beer brewer Stone & Wood has failed in its appeal to the Full Federal Court of Australia against an earlier decision concerning use of the terms 'Pacific ale' and 'Pacific' by rival brewer Elixir Signature.

22 March 2018

Which courts have jurisdiction over claim for online infringement of EUTM? Court of Appeal seeks guidance from ECJ

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has considered which member state's courts would have jurisdiction to hear a claim for infringement of an EUTM where an online advertisement created in one member state targeted consumers in another.

20 March 2018

WeChat reveals infringer demographics as anti-counterfeiting efforts stepped up

WeChat has issued a report outlining its anti-counterfeiting efforts and unveiling improvements to its Weixin Brand Protection Platform. Crucially, the report contains some interesting data for those fighting infringement on its platforms.

19 March 2018

Crocs Inc successfully enforces 3D marks in biggest-ever anti-counterfeiting operation

Following a request for an injunction by Crocs Inc, the Ecuadorian IP Office has seized more than 37,000 items during operations carried out simultaneously in three different cities.