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26 September 2019

A safe pair of hands: exclusive interview with INTA’s new Washington DC director 

Jennifer McDowell has replaced Deborah Cohn as director of the INTA Washington DC office. She explains her biggest priorities for the office and how she plans to continue the good work that Cohn was doing.

26 September 2019

BMW's M and M CARS marks (re)confirmed as well known

The Appeals Committee of the Romanian State Office for Inventions and Trademarks has upheld BMW’s opposition against the registration of the mark M CAR TRADING for services in Classes 35 and 37 based on BMW’s earlier marks M and M CARS.

25 September 2019

Revealed: Chinese trademark applications drop at USPTO but scourge of suspicious specimens continues

An investigation from WTR has found that the issue of fraudulent specimens of use in trademark applications at the USPTO persists, with the challenge facing the office now being to track the latest tactics used to evade detection.

25 September 2019

Peruvian government challenges Chilean mark CUSQUEÑO SOUR as being misleading

The Peruvian government has declared that it would take the necessary legal steps to challenge the trademark registration for CUSQUEÑO SOUR, which covers alcoholic beverages in Class 33 and is registered by a Chilean company.

25 September 2019

<em>LegalForce RAPC v USPTO</em>: registry accused of “retaliation against political opponents”

LegalForce RAPC Worldwide has once again initiated legal action against the USPTO. The filing represents a continuation of the bitter conflict between LegalForce RAPC and the office.

25 September 2019

Trademark-intensive industry fundamental to EU economy, EUIPO-EPO joint study reveals

The European Union Intellectual Property Office and European Patent Office have launched the third edition of a study that examines the economic impact of IP rights across the EU. Here are the top takeaways.

25 September 2019

Dental company’s indemnification claim “bites”

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a dental product manufacturer’s suit against its insurer, holding that the IP exclusion in the policy expressly excluded the trademark claims over which the insured sought coverage.  

24 September 2019

The top corporate and law firm filers at KIPO revealed

Kicking off a deep data dive into filing activities at the top Asia-Pacific registries, we reveal why a number of changes to the South Korea trademark system have helped to better protect applicants and brand owners, creating one of the most stable registers in the region.

24 September 2019

CLWB TROPICANA mark whammed by appointed person

The appointed person has dismissed an appeal against a successful opposition to an application for the CLWB TROPICANA logo mark for a range of Class 32 goods.

24 September 2019

IP Court seeks clarification from Constitutional Court as to whether mark can be recognised as well known retroactively

In a dispute between two Russian cosmetics manufacturers, the IP Court has suspended the proceedings and sent a request for clarification to the Constitutional Court concerning Article 1483 of the Civil Code.

23 September 2019

How to build the IP dream team: exclusive interview with Mark McVicar

Producing excellent work consistently can’t be achieved by simply hiring impeccable talent. WTR spoke to Winkler Partners' Mark McVicar about what it takes to be an effective team leader and the keys to finding and refining junior talents.

23 September 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots that you should know in Paraguay

In the next instalment of our series on physical marketplaces around the world that reportedly have a counterfeit goods problem, we head to Paraguay.

23 September 2019

The ISETAN TARTAN case: refusal of trademarks that deceive public as to goods’ geographical origin

In Scotch Whisky Association v Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd, the High Court of Singapore has upheld the Scotch Whisky Association’s appeal against the registration of the mark ISETAN TARTAN for all alcoholic beverages except beer and sake.

23 September 2019

Online infringement of American company’s trademark results in imprisonment of Iranian infringer

The Criminal Court of Tehran has sentenced an Iranian scientist to one year of imprisonment for infringement of the American Iron and Steel Institute’s trademarks.

21 September 2019

New Zealand thrives where others have failed – and it is all down to brand

The small island country has boosted its tourism by turning itself into a brand; the jurisdiction is increasingly attractive for multinational brands and it makes its presence known on the world stage.