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06 May 2009

Google risks mark owners' ire after global keywords overhaul

Google has announced plans to roll out its controversial keywords policy across the world. The move could leave trademark owners open to third-party abuse.

05 May 2009

ICANN of worms: why mark owners are against new gTLDs

As the gTLD debate intensifies, WTR investigates why mark owners are so worried by the evolving domain space, whether the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is listening to their concerns and what will be done to protect trademark rights in the new cyberspace.

05 May 2009

Canada named on Special 301 Priority Watch List for the first time

Canada has been condemned by the Office of the United States Trade Representative for its failure to enforce IP rights.

01 May 2009

Cost of CTM drops 40% today, more changes on the way

The cost of applying for and registering a Community trademark today falls by up to 40%, with OHIM president Wubbo de Boer promising more change.

30 April 2009

Online marketplaces eagerly await anti-counterfeiting consultation

Online marketplaces and IP rights holders are "eagerly awaiting" the next phase in the production of a French anti-counterfeiting report into how both sides can combat counterfeiting online.

29 April 2009

China pledges to slash trademark registration time

It will soon take less than one year to register a trademark in China, the director of the State Intellectual Property Office has said.

28 April 2009

USPTO under examination: WTR speaks to commissioner of trademarks

The US Patent and Trademark Office has some serious headaches: lack of political direction, a sharp drop in filings and challenges to its systems and processes. In an exclusive interview, WTR spoke to the commissioner of trademarks for the inside story.

28 April 2009

Trademark owners urged to comment on gTLDs

ICANN is encouraging trademark owners to comment on a draft report on trademark protection under the new gTLDs, which has now been published.

27 April 2009

Second Life TASER Case may be close to resolution

A trademark infringement case filed against Linden Labs, which could have provided much-needed clarification of the meaning of "virtual goods" in relation to trademark law, looks close to resolution.

24 April 2009

Dubai seizures indicate jump in low-cost counterfeits

The number of seizures made by Dubai Customs has risen by 39% in the first quarter of 2009, although the total value of seized goods has dropped dramatically by over 80%.

23 April 2009

OBAMA CTM application set to spark opposition

The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market has received an application on behalf of a Spanish individual for the Community trademark OBAMA.

22 April 2009

Trademarks to benefit as proposed Moët sale uncorks M&A market

LVMH's possible sale of its two-thirds stake in Moët to part-owner Diageo offers hope to recession-weary trademark practitioners.

21 April 2009

WTR Industry Awards 2009 nominees unveiled

WTR today announced the nominees for the 2009 Industry Awards. The list of nominees includes in-house teams and individuals from some of the world's largest corporations, including adidas, Coca-Cola, Google, Intel, Pfizer and Yahoo!. Rhonda Steele, president of the International Trademark Association in 2008, will receive a Lifetime Achievement award.

21 April 2009

Leading brand owners criticize ICANN over gTLDs

A consortium of brand owners, including 3M, the BBC, eBay, FedEx and Microsoft, has slammed the forthcoming implementation of the new gTLDs in a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

20 April 2009

USPTO admits filing downturn more "severe" than anticipated

The commissioner of trademarks at the US Patent and Trademark Office has acknowledged that the downturn in trademark applications is worse than the registry expected.