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22 March 2018

dotFM embraces emoji domain names

‘.fm’ is to join the handful of TLDs that are making emoji domain names available to register. dotFM has released a list of domain names for which it is inviting pre-launch "expressions of interest".

21 March 2018

Bohemia decision: Federal Court confirms approach to distinctiveness assessment where mark contains geographical term

In Bohemia Crystal v Host Corporation, the Federal Court of Australia has found that the marks BOHEMIA and BOHEMIA CRYSTAL were not distinctive as they indicated a geographical origin known for crystal glassware.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

24 October 2017

ICANN under pressure over GDPR preparations, as future of WHOIS is mired in uncertainty

ICANN has come under fire for excluding the full community in its exploration of the General Data Protection Regulation’s impact on the WHOIS system.

23 October 2017

IP services sales blitz continues; Corsearch to be purchased by private equity firm in $140 million cash move

It has been announced that information services company Wolters Kluwer has agreed to sell trademark search platform Corsearch to private equity entity Audax Group in a $140 million deal. The move is the latest acquisition in a series of deals centred on IP services companies, and once again demonstrates the attractiveness that private equity firms see in IP technology.

20 October 2017

Mexico shows robust filing figures, as services overtake goods for first time: exclusive data analysis

In World Trademark Review’s latest country data report, we take a look at Mexico and how brands fare in the country.

14 December 2017

Specific figurative context with respect to identity of word elements of marks

The Luxembourg General Court issues its judgment in a case concerning the complaint of Frame Srl against the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market’s decision to uphold part of Bianca-Moden’s opposition to the trademark BIANCALUNA.

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.

15 November 2017

New decree benefits trademark registration in Russia

The Russian government has issued the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation 1151, amending official fees related to patents, trademarks and other objects of industrial property.

14 November 2017

“The results were mind-blowing”: study reveals widespread problem of domain name combosquatting

Recent research has provided new insights into the little-understood phenomenon of domain name ‘combosquatting’.