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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.

17 April 2009

Hermès bags landmark ruling in Taiwan

A specialist IP court has handed Hermès the highest amount of damages ever awarded in a trademark infringement case in Taiwan.

16 April 2009

Fender loses in 3D guitar application

Fender's attempts to register a series of trademarks for its three-dimensional guitar shapes have been rejected by the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

15 April 2009

Counterfeiting fears surge in first "digital recession"

A survey has found that 75% of UK brand owners believe stronger protection is needed to fight counterfeiting in the online marketplace during the recession.

14 April 2009

China publishes guidelines on National IP Strategy

China's Supreme Court has issued a set of guidelines with which to interpret the country's notoriously complex National IP Strategy.

14 April 2009

Unifab president outlines his vision for anti-counterfeiting action

Since its foundation in 1872 the Union des Fabricants has been tackling the manufacture, transport and trade of counterfeit goods. It is the world's oldest anti-counterfeiting organization and remains at the forefront of international cooperation between legislative bodies and industry. WTR spoke to its president, Marc-Antoine Jamet, to hear more about the organization's current efforts.

09 April 2009

US government releases hazy ACTA summary

Bowing to pressure from IP owners and civil society groups, the United States Trade Representative has released a summary of the controversial Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

08 April 2009

UK IPO job cuts put trademark registration at risk

The UK IPO is slashing up to 100 jobs as a result of a downturn in filings. The cuts risk undoing years of hard work to improve the speed of the registry.

07 April 2009

US appeals court rescues keywords case against Google

A US appeals court has dealt a blow to Google's besieged AdWords programme by overturning an earlier dismissal of a trademark infringement lawsuit brought against the search engine by computer breakdown support company Rescuecom Corp.

07 April 2009

Nestlé and Microsoft fight for stronger Indian border measures

IP rights holders in India cheered when the government adopted new regulations to tighten up border controls two years ago. The new laws were designed to make it easier to seize counterfeit goods entering the country by allowing IP owners to register their rights with Customs. But apparently the regulations are now failing. WTR looks at why, and what the government can do to address the problem.

06 April 2009

adidas takes Payless fight to Canada

adidas has filed a second trademark infringement suit against Payless ShoeSource - this time in Canada.

03 April 2009

Budget cuts force brand owners to freeze external fees

More than a third of brand owners who responded to a recent WTR survey are suffering budget cuts, forcing corporate counsel to renegotiate the fees they pay external counsel.