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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.

16 February 2018

JOY fails to prevent registration of HISPANITAS JOY IS A CHOICE despite enhanced distinctive character

In Jean Patou Worldwide v EUIPO, the General Court has confirmed that there was no likelihood of confusion between the figurative mark HISPANITAS JOY IS A CHOICE and the earlier mark JOY for “perfumes” in Class 3.

23 November 2017

UDRP shields brand from cybersquatting under '.reviews'

In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy a US home warranty company has obtained the transfer of a domain name identically reproducing its trademark under the '.reviews' new generic top-level domain. 

21 November 2017

A prickly case – ECJ upholds opposition against CACTUS mark

The EU Intellectual Property Office has appealed a decision concerning two opposing marks containing the word 'cactus', based on a likelihood of confusion. The European Court of Justice considered whether a previous case regarding specificity of goods and services covered by trademark applications applied retrospectively, and whether use of the device aspect of an earlier mark alone could constitute genuine use of the earlier mark and thus fall within the regulation.

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’.

13 November 2017

Is parody funny? No, not if it’s done in bad faith

A hearing officer has deemed that filing of applications to support a potential parodying form of use against a competitor falls short of the standards of acceptable commercial behaviour.

10 November 2017

Major disruptions in the insurance sector and how brand strategies must evolve: exclusive data analysis

We look at trademark trends in the insurance sector, which is undergoing an incipient transformation that could present significant risks and opportunities for brands.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

08 December 2017

TTAB finds PRETZEL CRISPS to be generic – again

Frito-Lay opposed Princeton’s application for the mark PRETZEL CRISPS, claiming that it was generic and had not acquired distinctiveness. On remand, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board again held that consumers perceive PRETZEL CRISPS to be the common name for pretzel crackers and cancelled the registration on the Supplemental Register. It also sustained an opposition against the application to register the term on the Principal Register.