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21 May 2009

Special meeting reveals new details of upcoming gTLD report

More details about the Implementation Recommendation Team's upcoming report into trademark issues in the new gTLD domain space have emerged, with some confusion over the report's publication date.

21 May 2009

INTA report: International design treaty, updates from Africa and the blogosphere plus TTAB review

The United States, China and Japan will have to join the Hague Agreement before it is considered credible enough for design mark owners to use as a matter of course, said the panel speaking at a session on design protection.

20 May 2009

INTA report: BRIC update, luxury brand clashes with Walmart, plus web topics under scrutiny

Practitioners from Brazil, Russia, India and China yesterday came together to deliver a presentation on the future of protection, enforcement and exploitation of IP rights in the world's largest developing economies.

20 May 2009

Industry Awards 2009 winners announced at exclusive ceremony in Seattle

WTR last night announced the winners of its 2009 Industry Awards for in-house counsel at an exclusive reception at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle.

19 May 2009

INTA report: Surge in INTA delegates, virtual world news plus international updates

A spokesperson for INTA yesterday admitted that pre-registration at this year's meeting was down on last year, but noted that there had been a surge in on-site registrations.

19 May 2009

Exclusive survey reveals state of play for trademarks

A unique survey conducted by WTR's editorial team has pinpointed exactly how the financial crisis is affecting the trademark sector. Slicing through the reports of filing slowdowns and budget cuts, the WTR Global Trademark Survey 2009 reveals the survival tactics that every trademark professional needs to know.

19 May 2009

CTM applications triple in April

The number of applications to register CTMs hit 9,000 in April 2009, three times the number from the same period in 2008.

18 May 2009

INTA report: "Defining moment" in economy presents opportunity for trademarks

INTA's 131st Annual Meeting has opened in Seattle, with keynote speaker Elle Macpherson encouraging brand owners to view the economic crisis as an opportunity to align their brands with the demands of the modern consumer.

18 May 2009

Trademark battles likely after Google revises US keywords policy

Google has once again defied mark owners in the United States by further opening up its keywords advertising policy. Under the new rules, certain third parties will be permitted to use trademark terms in sponsored ad text.

15 May 2009

Professional bodies urge UK government to close regulatory loophole

In an exclusive interview with WTR, the heads of the Intellectual Property Regulation Board and the Institute of Trademark Attorneys have reiterated the importance of independent regulation for the profession. However, both warned of a loophole that could undo much of the progress made.

14 May 2009

Breakthrough for eBay in landmark French decision

eBay found an unlikely ally on Wednesday when the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris dismissed L'Oréal SA's claim that eBay should be held liable for sales of counterfeit cosmetics on its online auction platform.

13 May 2009

Google hit with class action suit over keywords

Having staved off a major action last year, filed by American Airlines in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Google is now facing a putative class action in the eastern district court brought on behalf of all Texas mark owners.

12 May 2009

Exclusive details of Chinese filing and registration figures revealed

WTR today obtained a detailed breakdown of the Chinese Trademark Office's registration and filing statistics for 2008.

12 May 2009

INTA here: an inside look at the annual meeting

The International Trademark Association's 131st annual meeting opens this weekend. WTR goes behind the scenes to ask the organizers what delegates will be discussing and what effect the economy might have on the meeting. Plus we unveil WTR's hot picks from the programme.

11 May 2009

ICANN hits back against "meritless" EU criticism

ICANN has responded to comments made by the European commissioner for Internet-related issues, stating that her implication that ICANN lacks transparency "is completely without merit".