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17 September 2009

Second Life hit with class action for IP infringement

Linden Lab, the technology company behind online virtual world Second Life, has been hit with a potential class action suit over the sale of alleged 'counterfeit' virtual goods.

16 September 2009

REDSKINS Case goes to US Supreme Court

The long-running dispute over the use of the name and mark REDSKINS by a National Football League franchise based in Washington DC has reached the Supreme Court.

16 September 2009

Head of Danish PTO outlines vision for CTM fee reallocation

Speaking exclusively to WTR, Jesper Kongstad, the director of the Danish Patent and Trademark Office, has outlined his vision for how national offices across the European Union should spend the money they obtain through the Technical Cooperation Fund.

15 September 2009

A decade of disputes: UDRP re-examined

It is 10 years since ICANN adopted a cheap, efficient dispute resolution mechanism to combat the explosion in cybersquatting. To evaluate how the UDRP is faring in an industry that turns a new corner every day, WTR speaks to the adjudicators, the complainants and the director of the world's leading UDRP provider.

15 September 2009

EU calls for mark holder collaboration to fight IP crime

The European Commission has called for coalitions between stakeholders across EU member states in the fight against IP rights infringement.

14 September 2009

European Commission warned not to "rush" update to counterfeit drugs directive

The amendments to the EU directive covering counterfeit medicines must not be rushed through, the former member of the European Parliament who made the proposals has told WTR.

11 September 2009

Brand owners to benefit from clampdown on corruption in Indonesia

Brand owners are rapidly recognizing the potential for investment in the Indonesian market, buoyed by greater confidence in the IP protection regime. The corruption that plagued the IP office for years is now largely eliminated, according to a top trademark practitioner in the region.

09 September 2009

France Telecom/Deutsche Telekom co-branding strategy revealed

Details describing the "coexistence" of the two UK mobile phone brands to be merged in a proposed joint venture between France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom have surfaced. There is no indication of what the merger will mean for the trademark teams or practices at the respective companies, Orange UK and T-Mobile UK.

08 September 2009

ECJ rules for a second time in Austrian BUD battle

Following a second preliminary reference from a court in Vienna in a dispute over rights in Austria to the name Bud for beer, the ECJ has clarified the guidance it issued in response to the first reference. The decision may open the door for Anheuser-Busch InBev to sell its BUD-marked beer in Austria.

08 September 2009

McDonald's loses fight with McCurry over 'Mc' prefix

McDonald's has lost its battle over the 'Mc' prefix against the McCurry restaurant in Malaysia.

08 September 2009

Certified: getting serious about ethical brand strategy

Large corporations are under increased pressure from consumers to adopt ethical business practices. WTR investigates how brand owners can go about authenticating their ethical claims and incorporating them into house and product brands.

04 September 2009

Practitioners discuss CTM reform as study gets underway

As the European Commission sets the ball rolling for its study into the functionality of the European trademark system, practitioners are calling for key reforms. The tender for the research contract closes today: the study could be underway in the coming months.

03 September 2009

Mars transfers IP work from Clifford Chance to Lovells

Mars has moved its outsourced trademark, copyright and design work to Lovells from Clifford Chance, which is downsizing and restructuring its IP practice.

02 September 2009

LVMH victorious in $32.4 million award against web host

The LVMH group has won $32.4 million in damages in its lawsuit filed in 2007 against internet hosting companies Akanoc Solutions and Managed Solutions Group.

02 September 2009

Twitter's TWEET registration fails at first hurdle

An application by social networking website Twitter to register a trademark for the term TWEET has been preliminarily refused by the US Patent and Trademark Office. Twitter had applied to register the mark in Classes 38, 41 and 45 of the Nice Classification.