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21 October 2019

Likelihood of confusion: new determining factor is brought into play

Argentina’s Civil and Commercial Federal Chamber of Appeals has developed a jurisprudence that changes the way in which the courts address the issue of likelihood of confusion.

21 October 2019

Applicants for PINKIES trademark could not put a ring on it

The appointed person has upheld an appeal against a decision of the UKIPO hearing officer in which the latter had found that there was no likelihood of confusion between the mark PINKIES in Class 14 and the earlier mark PIMKIE in Classes 9, 14 and 35. 

21 October 2019

Crafting cross-company collaboration: exclusive interview with Uber’s Rafa Gutierrez 

While a relatively young brand, Uber faces the gamut of IP risks – from phishing to genericism. Rafa Gutierrez explains how he keeps the platform’s IP fully protected.

18 October 2019

Brazil’s accession to the Madrid Protocol – what you need to know

Following the coming into force of the Madrid Protocol in Brazil on 2 October 2019, this update reviews the key aspects that foreign legal entities and individuals seeking to file applications designating Brazil should take into consideration.

18 October 2019

Angular lines of Zhejiang scooter distinguish design from classic Vespa LX scooter

The EU General Court has dismissed an appeal by Piaggio, the manufacturer of the Vespa LX scooter, which had applied for a declaration of invalidity of Zhejiang Zhongneng Industry Group's registered Community design for its scooter.

18 October 2019

A new dawn for grocery stores: how major brands are changing to counter low-cost rivals

The departure of Tesco’s CEO signifies the retailer’s successful turnaround, but this is just the beginning as long-time players overhaul businesses to stay in the game.

17 October 2019

Counterfeit hotspots in Ethiopia that brand owners should be aware of

In the 20th instalment in our series on marketplaces around the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to Ethiopia.

17 October 2019

Mattel Inc overcomes obstacle to BARBIE® trademark registration in Ukraine

Mattel Inc has obtained the cancellation of the mark БАРБІ (‘BARBI’ in Cyrillic) in Classes 29, 30 and 32, thereby removing the obstacle to the registration of its BARBIE mark in Classes 8, 29, 30 and 32.

17 October 2019

UK government steps up efforts to encourage IP-backed lending, but challenges must be overcome

Inngot has announced it is staffing up following two research project commissions from UK government organisations related to the stimulation of IP-backed lending. We look at the challenges ahead.

17 October 2019

The <em>Sky v Skykick </em>opinion: what it could mean for trademark professionals

Advocate General Tanchev has handed down his opinion in the highly anticipated Sky v Skykick case. If the opinion is followed by the CJEU, market experts predict that the enforcement of existing trademark registrations could become riskier, while application strategies would have to be reviewed.

17 October 2019

Patent and Trademark Office issues new guidelines for examination of trademark applications

Following the entry into force of the Industrial Property Code on 10 January 2017, the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office has announced the issuance of long-awaited new guidelines for the examination of trademark applications.

16 October 2019

Tackling bullying and sexual harassment in the legal workplace: exclusive interview with Kieran Pender 

The International Bar Association released a groundbreaking study on bullying and sexual harassment in the legal profession earlier this year. WTR caught up with the project's leader, Kieran Pender, in the midst of a global awareness campaign centred on this problem rife within the industry. 

16 October 2019

Lost in translation? Board of Appeal should have considered Italian and Spanish-speaking public

In Vafo Praha sro v EUIPO, the EU General Court has annulled a decision of the Fourth Board of Appeal of the EUIPO finding that there was no likelihood of confusion between the marks MEATLOVE and CARNILOVE.

16 October 2019

USPTO fee rises: registry bombarded with letters from graphic designers and small business owners

The USPTO has received hundreds of letters in relation to its proposal to change various trademark fees. Many originate from the Trademark Watch Dawgs group, although one attorney claims that it is the result of an astroturfing campaign.

16 October 2019

Federal Circuit withdraws ruling on trademark preclusion of ITC determinations

In response to a petition for rehearing, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has vacated part of an earlier precedential decision noting the lack of preclusive effect of trademark decisions issued by the International Trade Commission.