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17 February 2020

Appellate court rules that use of a registered trademark as part of a trade name may constitute actionable infringement

In SkyWorld Development Sdn Bhd v Skyworld Holdings Bhd, the Malaysian Court of Appeal has held, for the first time, that an action for infringement can be based on the use of a registered mark as part of a trade or company name.

14 February 2020

Andean Court of Justice interpretations on cancellation actions: mere respite or permanent solution?

The Andean Court of Justice has issued prejudicial opinions stating that the courts of the Andean Community countries should take a more liberal approach when considering what amounts to use of a mark within the context of a cancellation action.

14 February 2020

Corsearch to launch unified brand protection service: exclusive interview

Corsearch acquired its second brand protection firm last month in a bid to cement its place in the market. WTR sat down with the CEOs of Pointer Brand Protection and Yellow Brand Protection to discuss the company’s plans.

14 February 2020

Plain tobacco packaging obligatory as of 1 January 2020

Following the coming into force of the plain packaging provisions of the Tobacco Act on 1 January 2020, Slovenia has joined the group of countries with the most restrictive rules for tobacco product packaging. 

14 February 2020

China’s rapid expansion has made a lasting impact on the trademark landscape, with more to come  

Trademark output may be finally slowing down, but local brands are just getting started. Lawyers should therefore keep their eyes peeled as businesses shift their sights abroad.

13 February 2020

First opposition to a collective mark in Singapore: Bavaria NV successfully opposes registration of BAVARIAN BEER

Singapore’s first opposition proceedings against an application for a collective mark highlight that collective  marks have a different function than regular trademarks.

13 February 2020

Inside the WIPO director general candidate interviews – exclusive guest post

Last week, behind closed doors, interviews took place with the eight candidates for the WIPO director general position. In this exclusive guest post, Dr Sarasija Padmanabhan provides observations from diplomatic sources that attended.

13 February 2020

‘.gay’ comes out

The launch of ‘.gay’, initially scheduled for October 2019 but postponed, is kicking off with two sunrise periods for trademark holders commencing this month and running until 6 May 2020.

12 February 2020

Ukraine increases criminal penalties for production and distribution of fake drugs

Amendments to Ukraine’s Criminal Code increasing the criminal penalties for the production and distribution of counterfeit medicines entered into force on 28 November 2019.

12 February 2020

Supreme Court confirms revocation of TOPPÍS in ice cream war

In the long-running dispute between ice cream manufacturers Emmessís ehf and Kjörís ehf, the Supreme Court of Iceland has upheld a First Appeal Court decision ordering the revocation of Kjörís ehf’s mark TOPPÍS for goods in Class 30. 

12 February 2020

The race to become WIPO director general: exclusive interview with Nigerian nominee Adebambo Adewopo

WTR has reached out to the eight WIPO director general nominees to get the inside track on why they are the best candidate for the role. In the first of the series, we hear from Nigerian candidate Adebambo Adewopo.

11 February 2020

Efforts to formulate a post-GDPR domain data access model move a step forward

ICANN has opened a public comment window seeking input on recommendations related to future access to domain registration data. One industry expert has welcomed the publication of the report, but warns “there is still much to be done”.

11 February 2020

TIMBERLAND cuts down TIMBERZ

In a victory for international outdoors clothing company Timberland, the Patent and Market Court has found that there was a likelihood of confusion between the mark TIMBERZ and the earlier mark TIMBERLAND for clothing.

11 February 2020

First <em>Trademark Journals</em> of 2020 released

The Nigerian Trademark Office has released two new Trademark Journals, marking the first journals to be released this year. The increase in such publications should help to deal with a backlog at the registry and put to rest various issues relating to the country’s first-to-file system. 

10 February 2020

Supreme Court affirms transfer of ‘appear.in’ is reasonable remedy for infringement

The Norwegian Supreme Court has upheld a decision ordering the transfer of the domain name ‘appear.in’ on the grounds that its use constitutes infringement of the Norwegian trademark APPEAR TV.