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15 March 2018

First Circuit allows Chapter 11 debtor to terminate trademark licence; creates split with Seventh Circuit

In In re Tempnology, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has held that Chapter 11 debtors may reject trademark licences, thus creating a split with the Seventh Circuit over a company’s ability to terminate a trademark licence while in bankruptcy.

12 March 2018

Bacardi bourbon battle hits the mainstream press; UK company pledges to fight on

Over the past few days, a UK business owner’s dispute with Bacardi over its Angel’s Envy bourbon brand has garnered media attention in trade and national press titles. The dispute highlights a quandary for large companies when the ‘David v Goliath’ narrative is cited – whether to engage in public arguments or to keep quiet.

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 .

23 February 2018

The death knell for bulk domain enquiries? Rights holders voice concern as ICANN reveals proposed WHOIS model

Intellectual property experts have seized on gaps in ICANN's latest WHOIS model, claiming it could create significant roadblocks to effective enforcement efforts.

22 February 2018

Good news for rights holders: SON and NAFDAC enter into partnership to tackle fake and substandard products

The Standard Organisation of Nigeria and the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control have entered into a partnership to tackle and combat fake and substandard products in the country.

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.

27 February 2018

Alibaba gone quiet? Brand owners give mixed response to marketplace giant's recent anti-counterfeiting efforts

​​​​​​​Over the first two months of the year, there has been little anti-counterfeiting messaging emanating from Alibaba. We speak to brand owners about whether there has been much under-the-radar activity. 

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. 

01 February 2018

Brands unprepared for reputational damage of fake news and hate speech on digital ad platforms: report

Report reveals that few brands have taken adequate measures to prevent online ads appearing alongside potentially damaging content – including fake news.

01 February 2018

TTAB grants motion for summary judgment as to fraud counterclaim

In Kastle Systems v Lee Strategy Group, the TTAB has granted the opponent’s motion for summary judgment, dismissing the applicant's fraud counterclaim.

31 January 2018

Polo/Lauren Company fails to invalidate 'polo player' mark

The Polo/Lauren Company has failed to invalidate the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club's registration for a composite mark containing the word 'polo' and the device of a polo player.

30 January 2018

Food for thought: UDRP d(ish)oomed to fail

A WIPO panel has refused to transfer a domain name identically reproducing the complainant's trademark as there was insufficient evidence that it was registered and used in bad faith.

30 January 2018

Trump's tough talk on trade could reverse improving US business sentiment towards IP in China

US businesses have reported improved confidence in China’s economy. However, the political war of words between the two countries threatens to dampen growing confidence in the IP environment in China.