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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.

30 October 2017

TRES TOROS 3 rejected due to geographical indication

In Bodegas Verdúguez, SL v the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the EU General Court upheld a EUIPO Fifth Board of Appeal decision to refuse an application for the denominative mark TRES TOROS 3. It held that the appellant did not prove that the mark would be perceived by the relevant public as a semantic unit which refers to a bullfight between three bulls, rather than the protected designation of origin 'Toro'.

27 October 2017

Tobacco industry’s revolution – thriving brands, new products and shifting markets: exclusive data analysis

In this industry report, we shine a light on trends in the tobacco sector, reviewing the performance of the top brands in the field and analysing the broader trademark landscape in which they operate.

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, 'visitversailles.com'. 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.

26 October 2017

Star-shape model invalid due to lack of individual character

8 seasons design GmbH filed a declaration of invalidity against Lothar Rühland’s Community registration of a light model, due to lack of individual character on the basis of its prior Community design. The EU General Court upheld the design’s invalidity, holding that the conflicting designs, dominated by a star shape, produced the same overall impression on informed users.

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.

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.

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”.