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25 January 2018

WIPO hits back after ICA sets its sights on UDRP providers and panellists

The Internet Commerce Association has published a document making a series of recommended reforms for the UDRP system, which WIPO claims “betrays a clear misunderstanding of the actual mechanics of impartial and efficient ADR case management”.

25 January 2018

ECJ rules that repair clause applies to replica wheel rims

In a long- awaited decision, the ECJ has held that replica wheel rims fall under the protection of the so-called 'repair clause' under Regulation 6/2002.

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.

07 December 2017

Unfair Competition Law amendments

The Unfair Competition Law has been amended for the first time since its introduction in 1993, resulting in some important changes to IP law which will come into effect on January 1 2018. The amended law includes the introduction of an effective system for changing an infringing trade name in order to prevent an infringer refusing to change its name.

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.

05 February 2018

General Court confirms that DUAL EDGE is descriptive for Class 9 goods

In LG Electronics, Inc v EUIPO, the General Court has confirmed that DUAL EDGE is descriptive and lacks distinctive character for mobile phones and related goods.

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.

17 January 2018

China's nationwide campaign to protect foreign companies' IP rights

The China State Council has published the 'Circular on Several Measures to Boost the Growth of Foreign Investment'. It includes measures to raise the quality of foreign investment.

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.

19 January 2018

Toyota loses appeal against PRIUS trademark registration

The Supreme Court has dismissed Toyota’s appeal against the order of the Division Bench of the Delhi High Court permitting the use of the PRIUS mark by Prius Auto.

19 January 2018

Victoria's Secret fails to prove bad faith in Beijing High Court

The Beijing High Court has upheld the rejection of Victoria’s Secret’s opposition against the registration of the mark 维多利亚的秘密VICTORIA’S SECRET in Class 42.

09 January 2018

Trademark litigation slump continues; the law firms capitalising on dispute-related work revealed

The latest tracker data from Lex Machina confirms that the litigation slump continued in 2017, with the 3,782 cases filed representing a nine-year low.

08 January 2018

adidas wins latest dispute against H&M in Hague Court

The District Court of The Hague has ruled in favour of adidas in the main proceedings of its saga against H&M regarding the companies' respective stripe marks.

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.