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24 January 2018

ECJ overturns outsourcing procurement by EUIPO

The ECJ has overturned an outsourcing procurement by the EUIPO, although the latter avoided having to pay damages to a disappointed bidder.

20 February 2018

Changing attitudes to letters of consent - what brand owners need to know

Letters of consent have been problematic in China, where brand owners often experience difficulty in obtaining such letters from local companies and having them accepted by the courts. However, there are encouraging signs that the situation is changing.

16 February 2018

JOY fails to prevent registration of HISPANITAS JOY IS A CHOICE despite enhanced distinctive character

In Jean Patou Worldwide v EUIPO, the General Court has confirmed that there was no likelihood of confusion between the figurative mark HISPANITAS JOY IS A CHOICE and the earlier mark JOY for “perfumes” in Class 3.

16 February 2018

Brands risk “destructive” reputational damage from lack of transparency about influencer marketing, study warns

A majority of UK consumers have a poor understanding of the regulations surrounding influencer marketing, with brands failing to capitalise on the public’s desire to remain informed, claims new study.

13 February 2018

Federal Circuit bleeps Lanham Act ban on immoral or scandalous marks

In In re: Brunetti, the Federal Circuit has reversed the TTAB's finding that the mark FUCT as used in connection with various apparel items was unregistrable under Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act.

12 February 2018

UDRP panel finds RDNH; complainants should disclose all prior dealings with respondent

A UDRP panel has denied the transfer of ‘modz.com’ to the owner of the mark MODZ, and also made a finding of reverse domain name hijacking for failure to disclose prior communications with the respondent. 

07 February 2018

Ram Trucks ad backlash; will negative press translate to longer term brand value?

Criticism of a Ram Trucks ad aired during this week’s Super Bowl broadcast continues to rumble on. A key question from a brand perspective is whether holding ground in the face of a backlash is the right approach.

27 April 2018

Good news for brands owners: custodial sentences given to owners of stores selling counterfeit goods

Following a significant operation carried out at Ecuador’s largest informal market, the owners of three stores in which counterfeit goods were seized were arrested and given prison sentences.

25 April 2018

Victory for Coca-Cola: Delhi High Court grants permanent injunction against use of KINLEY

The Delhi High Court has issued a permanent injunction prohibiting Glacier Water Industries from using Coca-Cola’s KINLEY mark and passing off its goods as those of Coca-Cola.

24 April 2018

Blow for Crocs: 3D mark representing famous clogs declared invalid

The Dominican Republic's Patent and Trademark Office has ordered the cancellation of a 3D trademark representing Crocs Inc's famous clog shoe, as the mark was considered to be functional.  

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 mobile.de: 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 mobile.de 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.

05 March 2018

Sky v Skykick headed to ECJ on breadth of registrations; answers will be significant for all brand owners

The High Court in Sky plc v SkyKick UK Limited will refer five questions to the ECJ on trademark issues relating to bad faith (for filing with no intention to use) and clarity issues with trademark specifications.