Search results

Article type




72,180 results found for your search

Sort options
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.

03 October 2017

Apple fails in its opposition to MI PAD

Apple Inc opposed Xiaomi Singapore Pte Ltd's application to register the trademark MI PAD in Classes 9 and 38. The registrar examined the application pursuant to the Trademarks Act, finding that the mark was aurally and visually dissimilar to Apple’s IPAD mark and that there was no likelihood of confusion.

02 October 2017

Research reveals “low awareness” of IP valuation as debate over brand ranking tables rages on

New research from the UK Intellectual Property Office has found that there is “low awareness” of IP valuation within UK businesses, laying out a series of recommendations to boost take up. This comes as a new brand ranking list is released, and has been immediately met with scepticism by one of the leading marketing trade publications. The debate around brand valuation rankings tables clearly shows no sign of abating.

29 September 2017

Opening the door to product placement in Hong Kong?

The Communications Authority (CA) of Hong Kong recently announced a review of the codes of practice governing product placement in television programmes. Based on a survey that found that most viewers do not find product placement advertisements objectionable, the CA held that there is room to relax the codes.

28 September 2017

Bulgaria adopts new Ordinance on Industrial Property Representatives

The Bulgarian Council of Ministers adopted the new Ordinance on Industrial Property Representatives, under which all individuals wishing to become industrial property representatives must pass a qualifying exam. This is the first act in Bulgaria to establish industrial property representative as a regulated profession.

27 September 2017

Proposed life sentences for counterfeiters in Nigeria hailed as “a welcome development”

A bill in Nigeria has proposed a series of amendments to the country’s counterfeiting legislation, including life sentences for those convicted of selling certain types of counterfeit products. 

26 September 2017

Taiwan approves major amendment to protect trademarks at the border

A major amendment to the regulations governing customs border measures will be key in the protection of trademarks. The measures allow the owner of a trademark to apply to have it recorded on Customs' database, enabling Customs to seize counterfeits when it inspects imported or exported goods ex officio.

25 September 2017

Court awards Tiffany damages in Costco infringement case

In the most recent development in the trademark infringement case between Costco and Tiffany, the court awarded Tiffany $11.1 million in trebled profits and an additional $8.25 million in punitive damages. 

22 September 2017

Cheerios yellow box rejected for trademark registration

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) recently held that General Mills did not provide sufficient evidence to support the claim that its iconic yellow cereal box had acquired sufficient distinctiveness to allow registration. The TTAB ruled that consumers do not perceive the colour yellow to be a source indicator due to the substantial number of other cereal products in the marketplace which use yellow packaging.

21 September 2017

X and XKING held to be confusingly similar

The European Court of Justice has upheld a finding of likelihood of confusion between Continental's XKING mark and Michelin's earlier X mark for tyres. The decision will be welcomed by owners of existing single-letter trademarks. However, new entrants into a market – and their trademark professionals providing clearance advice – should approach earlier single-letter marks with increased caution.

20 September 2017

Thailand to join Madrid Protocol

From November 7 2017 it will be possible to file a trademark via the Madrid system or through a national application directly with the Department of Intellectual Property. The existing system is complicated, regimented and inconsistent; however, time will tell whether the Madrid system will make registration any easier.

18 September 2017

New design protection law

A new design law has been approved by Parliament and will come into force in August 2018. The new law will provide the legal basis for protection of designs, and will eventually replace the Patents and Designs Ordinance 1924. It aims to provide small and medium-sized local enterprises and individual designers, as well as global enterprises, with effective ways to protect their designs and enforce their rights.

15 September 2017

Advocate General has its say on Coty’s effort to prevent third party online sales

Can luxury brands be permitted to prevent their own authorised resellers from selling products through online third-party platforms? A recent opinion from Advocate General Wahl has gone some way to answer that question by holding that suppliers of luxury goods may prohibit authorised retailers from selling their products on third-party platforms such as Amazon or eBay.

14 September 2017

Opinion sought in ‘Champagner Sorbet’ case

The Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne sued Aldi Süd for unauthorised use of the Champagne protected designation of origin (PDO). The case led to the European Court of Justice seeking an opinion as to whether the use of a PDO on the packaging of a product which benefits from such use constitutes exploitation.

13 September 2017

Amazon calls for end to ‘.amazon’ gTLD stand-off; demands prompt action to end dispute with governments

​​​​​​​Amazon has called on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to “immediately approve” its application for the ‘.amazon’ generic top-level domain, noting that prompt action is necessary because “there is no sovereign right under international or national law to the name ‘Amazon”’, with an Independent  Review Process Panel having previously ruled that ICANN acted in a manner inconsistent with its bylaws when rejecting the company’s application. The move to end the stand-off over the string is one that all brands should monitor.