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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.

15 January 2018

"INTA can serve as the connector": new president on the association’s expanded anti-counterfeiting role

Tish Berard, 2018 president and chair of the board of directors at INTA, expands on the co-ordination role the association can play in the global fight against counterfeiting.

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.

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.

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. 

29 November 2017

Claranet loses appeal in EU General Court

The EU General Court has upheld an EUIPO Board of Appeal decision which found a likelihood of confusion between the marks CLARANET and CLARO.

27 November 2017

Trading Standards versus Facebook: fakes on social media in the spotlight as issue rises up UK policy agenda

A report in the Sunday Times this weekend states that “the biggest investigation in Britain into fake goods on social media has identified tens of thousands of listings for counterfeit products on Facebook”.

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.

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.