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23 July 2009

Trademark enforcement action in China shows sharp decline

The number of trademark infringement and counterfeit goods cases investigated has dropped, according to new half-year figures released by the Chinese authorities and seen by WTR.

22 July 2009

ACTA talks to be more transparent

Five days after the latest round of negotiations over the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement closed, news has emerged that participants agreed to ensure future talks are more transparent.

21 July 2009

L'Oréal v Bellure: how it affects the bottom line

In the second part of WTR's exclusive roundtable, we look at the commercial implications of the widely celebrated ECJ decision in L'Oréal v Bellure. The court's ruling appears to widen the scope of protection for marks with a reputation and push EU law into a traditionally common law interpretation of the Comparative Advertising Directive. WTR asks leading thinkers and L'Oréal's UK counsel how this will affect business practice.

20 July 2009

Second Circuit hears arguments in Tiffany appeal

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has heard Tiffany's appeal against a New York district court's decision to dismiss the jewellery company's trademark infringement claims against eBay.

17 July 2009

Inconsistent approach to service mark protection rejected by ECJ in vital ruling

Practitioners have today welcomed the ECJ's ruling in American Clothing Associates NV v OHIM, as it prevents the development of different levels of protection for marks used for goods and those used for services.

16 July 2009

Discord on trademark protection heightens fears over gTLD expansion

Brand owners concerned over the expansion of the gTLD space are no nearer to having their fears allayed despite special debates on rights protection this week organized by ICANN.

15 July 2009

OHIM reveals progress on key cooperation tools

Andrea Di Carlo, director of the Institutional Affairs and External Relations Department at the OHIM has revealed to WTR that the first version of the eagerly awaited TMview tool is on course to go live in September.

14 July 2009

L'Oréal v Bellure: a step in the right direction or a step too far?

In part one of an exclusive roundtable with leading thinkers and L'Oréal's UK counsel, WTR captures the debate surrounding last month's ECJ decision in L'Oréal v Bellure. Many brand owners toasted the court's ruling, which appears to widen the scope of protection for marks with a reputation, but some practitioners are now asking themselves whether the judgment goes too far. Published next week, part two of this debate will examine the commercial implications of the ruling.

14 July 2009

McDonald's moves to take advantage of Swiss IP tax haven

McDonald's is moving its European headquarters from London to Geneva to cut the amount it spends on taxes related to its IP portfolio. The news follows similar moves away from the tax-heavy UK regime by Colgate, Google UK, Kraft and Procter & Gamble.

10 July 2009

NBC calls for "urgent" appointment of US IP enforcement 'czar'

In an exclusive interview, the general counsel of US media company NBC Universal has told WTR that it is "vitally important" that the US administration appoint someone to the newly created role of IP enforcement coordinator.

09 July 2009

Brand owners enraged by eBay's controversial campaign to amend EU law

Brand owners have today come out in force to protest against an action that they say is a deliberate attempt by eBay to confuse consumers and EU policymakers.

08 July 2009

Playing the game: how brand owners and ICANN's new president must work together

Inviting trademark owners to voice their anxieties over the expansion of the generic top-level domain space has kickstarted a fierce debate. While the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is busy facilitating this, WTR considers how the body's new president and chief executive will respond to brand owners going forward - and what the IP community can do to keep its concerns on the agenda.

07 July 2009

UK IPO changes should lead to quicker and cheaper registration

After close consultation with a number of industry bodies, the UK Intellectual Property Office has announced a series of changes it hopes will speed up the process of registration.

06 July 2009

gTLD comment period closes amid late flurry of brand owner submissions

The consultation period on the proposals for trademark protection in the expansion of the generic top-level domain space closes today. A number of brand owners, including Microsoft, Unilever and Nestlé, have submitted last-minute comments.

03 July 2009

IP practice at Clifford Chance under review

Clifford Chance has told WTR that it is reviewing the future of its IP practice. But the firm has denied widespread rumours that it is considering abandoning intellectual property as a work area.