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01 October 2019

Crowdsourcing counterfeits: is this the future for enforcement information gathering?

New technology has made it easier for brands to ask the public for assistance in the fight against fakes. World Trademark Review investigates whether this method is worth pursuing or if other enforcement strategies are more effective.

01 October 2019

Beer wars and false advertising: the challenges of obtaining preliminary injunctive relief

A dispute involving Bud Light’s Super Bowl advertising provides important insight into the handling of preliminary injunctions.

01 October 2019

Multiple types of evidence needed to prove bad faith in opposition proceedings

The decision of the Administrative Court of Appeal of INDECOPI in opposition proceedings involving the marks MOREA SWIMWEAR and MOOREA highlights that the evidence filed by the parties is vital to determine whether there is bad faith.

01 October 2019

Reversing the gaze: how trademark specialists can brand themselves better 

There is a somewhat ironic aversion to branding in law firms among many trademark practitioners. We investigate the ways in which firms and individual lawyers can promote their practices and draw in new clients.

01 October 2019

Stronger together: building diversity and inclusion through partnerships

From informal initiatives to formal programmes, diversity activities can take many forms at law firm level.

30 September 2019

12 counterfeit hotspots in Turkey that rights holders must be aware of

In the next part of our regular series on marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to Turkey.

30 September 2019

The top corporate and law firm filers in India revealed

Continuing our deep data dive into filing activities at the top Asia-Pacific registries, we explore why, despite a recent decline in filings at Intellectual Property India, registration figures have skyrocketed.

30 September 2019

Trademark owners beware: domain name registration may be justified by previous distribution relationship

A recent UDRP decision concerning the domain name ‘embryolisseusa.com’ is instructive for trademark owners intending to engage distributors for the sale of their goods/services.

30 September 2019

CJEU: bad faith must be assessed at the time of filing of the trademark application

In Koton v EUIPO, which concerned the absolute ground for invalidity under Article 52(1)(b) of Regulation 207/2009, the Court of Justice of the European Union has set aside the General Court’s judgment on the ground that the latter had misread the decision in Lindt.

27 September 2019

Despite concerns over the level of risk, litigation threat planning often omitted from IP strategies

New research has revealed that, while almost two-thirds of legal services buyers are concerned about being a defendant in IP litigation, a quarter of companies that have a specific IP strategy in place state that it does not deal with litigation threats.

27 September 2019

DC Comics’ day one appreciation of characters sets it up for sustained success

Age-old brands prove yet again to be a key asset as streaming wars heat up, but Batman is bigger than the digital era.

27 September 2019

WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre issues first decision under UA-DRP

Following the entry into force of the ‘.ua’ Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy in March 2019, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre has issued its first administrative panel decision in proceedings involving a ‘.ua’ domain name.  

27 September 2019

Intellectual Property Office confirms distinctiveness of Crocs Inc's 3D mark

The Ecuadorian Intellectual Property Office has confirmed that Crocs Inc’s 3D mark for the shape of its famous footwear allows consumers to differentiate Crocs products from those of its competitors.

26 September 2019

OTTO v OTTO's: Federal Supreme Court partially upholds Swiss retailer's appeal

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court has recently considered a trademark and unfair competition dispute between two companies that owned trademarks containing the element ‘OTTO’.

26 September 2019

Trademark licensing in Africa: close-up on South Africa

Africa is fast becoming a key region for brands looking for new markets, especially with regard to licensing, and nowhere is this more true than South Africa. We look at what rights holders need to know about the country's licensing regime.