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11 December 2009

ICANN policy group supports trademark protection measures for gTLDs

The adoption of mandatory rights protection measures in the new domain name space will be recommended to the board of ICANN, WTR has learnt.

09 December 2009

WIPO discusses future developments to UDRP

WIPO has said the UDRP provides a useful model to tackle continuously developing conflicts that arise from "various uses of identity on the Internet, such as on social networking sites, auction platforms and in search engines".

08 December 2009

New options for mark owners as Austria adopts opposition procedure

Brand owners in Austria will soon be able to oppose junior marks, following the adoption of the jurisdiction’s first opposition procedure.

08 December 2009

Close cooperation: mark owners, WIPO and OHIM discuss strategy

At the recent INTA meeting in Vienna, in-house trademark managers and external counsel came together to discuss European strategies openly and, in keeping with the spirit of cooperation, in an unannounced session Francis Gurry and Wubbo de Boer explained exactly what the two have in mind for how WIPO and OHIM can collaborate.

07 December 2009

US Senate confirms Espinel as first IP czar

The US Senate has confirmed the nomination of Victoria Espinel as the first US IP enforcement coordinator.

04 December 2009

WIPO and OHIM sign classification cooperation agreement

WIPO and OHIM have signed a memorandum of understanding under which the organizations will share and develop their goods and services classification databases.

02 December 2009

Follow WTR on Twitter at the INTA conference

WTR is now using Twitter to bring readers exclusive news and the chance to engage with the editors and reporters behind the industry's most dynamic trademark magazine. This week, WTR's editor will be tweeting updates from the Examining European Trademark Issues and Developing New Strategies conference, hosted by INTA in Vienna on December 3 to 4.

01 December 2009

WIPO and OHIM to sign landmark cooperation agreement

WIPO and OHIM will sign a landmark agreement formalizing their collaboration on joint classification tools later this week, WTR has learnt.

01 December 2009

Data war: the creep of private sector trademark searches

With the development of the USPTO's website and online trademark database progressing at a slow pace, and the availability of trademark databases around the world by and large inadequate, WTR asks whether trademark managers will instead turn to trademark search websites built by the private sector.

30 November 2009

eBay fined $2.5 million in selective distribution case

France's commercial court today fined eBay $2.5 million for failing to comply with an injunction to block sales of genuine luxury products. The ruling in favour of LVMH Group is good news for brand owners interested in the extent to which they can enforce rights in relation to selective distribution networks.

27 November 2009

Madrid electronic tools online before "end of the year"

A package of electronic tools for users of the Madrid system will be available online before the year is out, WTR has learnt.

26 November 2009

CTM users welcome OHIM's united approach to cooperation fund

Users of the CTM have praised OHIM's decision to consider the benefit of the entire system when administering the cooperation fund.

25 November 2009

Twitter announces new brand protection tools

Twitter has unveiled plans to provide companies with new brand protection tools and marketing data.

24 November 2009

USPTO pledges web search consultation

The US commissioner of trademarks has outlined plans to seek further public comment on the development of the USPTO website and search function.

24 November 2009

Pace of IP firm mergers in US to “accelerate”

Thirteen law firm mergers were recorded in the United States during the third quarter of 2009 and WTR has been told that the pace of combinations is expected to increase in 2010.