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21 September 2019

New Zealand thrives where others have failed – and it is all down to brand

The small island country has boosted its tourism by turning itself into a brand; the jurisdiction is increasingly attractive for multinational brands and it makes its presence known on the world stage

20 September 2019

“It’s the fear of the unknown”: Microsoft’s Priscilla Gomes on why AI should be embraced by the legal community 

At this week’s TMAP, WTR sat down with Priscilla Gomes, a paralegal in the Windows and games department of Microsoft, to find out whether fears of AI are warranted or misguided by legal professionals.

20 September 2019

Brexit fraud, an uncertain future for GIs and law firm technology – takeaways from MARQUES 2019

As hundreds of trademark practitioners descend on Dublin this week to attend the 2019 MARQUES Annual Conference, we provide key learnings from one of the biggest trademark events of the year.

20 September 2019

PREZOIL case: the scope of protection of a mark versus the discretion of the Intellectual Property Office

In a controversial decision, the Ecuadorian Intellectual Property Office has rejected an opposition based on information found on the opponent’s website, instead of relying on the trademark registration certificate issued by the office itself.

20 September 2019

Sky’s opposition maintained against Skyworth Group Company Limited’s application to register SKYWORTH

The hearing officer has upheld an opposition by Sky International AG against Skyworth Group Company Limited’s application to register SKYWORTH for goods in Class 9 in Ireland.

19 September 2019

Charming Charlie brand set for resurrection with trademarks and data central to strategy  

Last week CJS Holdings won an auction for the Charming Charlie IP portfolio, prevailing with a $1,125,000 bid. The sale, and plans to resurrect the retail brand, offer a number of strategic takeaways for trademark professionals.

19 September 2019

Delhi High Court: use of word that is prominent in registered logo mark amounts to infringement

In Max Healthcare v Sahrudya Health Care, the Delhi High Court has held that the use by the defendant of a word that was prominent in the plaintiff’s logo marks amounted to infringement.

19 September 2019

CJEU clarifies jurisdiction in online infringement cases: the consumers' country is the place of infringement

In a victory for trademark owners, the Court of Justice of the European Union has clarified the issue of jurisdiction in cases involving the online infringement of EU trademarks.

18 September 2019

Roughing the applicant: USPTO refuses Tom Brady’s TOM TERRIFIC trademark applications

The USPTO has refused New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s applications for TOM TERRIFIC in Classes 16 and 25, finding that the mark was “uniquely and unmistakably” associated with former New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver.

18 September 2019

Trademark litigation in Brazil: 12 key questions answered

In the second part of this focus on enforcement in Brazil series, 12 key questions on litigation processes and strategies are answered.

18 September 2019

When it comes to counterfeiting, it is time to talk as well as fight

A new report has revealed that almost two-thirds of consumers expect brands to do more to protect them from exposure to counterfeit goods when shopping online. In our latest opinion column we argue that the findings highlight how important it is that companies do not shy away from talking about counterfeits.

18 September 2019

Team building, budget management and Brexit preparations: lessons from TMAP 2019

INTA’s annual Trademark Administrators and Practitioners meeting was held in Europe for the first time this week. WTR was on hand for the event, which presented a number of key takeaways on trademark management and team development.

18 September 2019

New Balance foiled in its attempt to invalidate 百伦 marks

A recent case involving New Balance and its Chinese-character mark 新百伦 highlights the difficulties faced by foreign companies seeking to adopt a Chinese mark to engage with Chinese consumers.

17 September 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots that you should be aware of in Chile

For the next edition of our series on physical marketplaces around the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head back to Latin America and focus on Chile. 

17 September 2019

Peruvian authorities crack down on counterfeiters: huge raid conducted in Lima shopping centre

The Peruvian authorities have recently carried out one of the biggest-ever strikes against counterfeiters, raiding 120 informal establishments in the Polvos Azules shopping centre, a hotspot for fakes in Peru.