WIPO has published World Intellectual Property Indicators 2019, charting the growth of global IP filing for 2018. WTR presents key takeaways from the trademark data.
In a case involving fake goods bearing the ADIDAS trademark and Disney characters, Peru’s Second IP Criminal Court has sentenced the defendant to an effective imprisonment term of four years.
Recently published regulations in South Africa make provision for the registration of GIs that identify agricultural products as originating in South Africa or in a foreign country.
A recent UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘aizel.com’ highlights the importance of proving bad faith at the time of registration of a domain name, especially when the complainant’s trademark did not yet exist at that time.
In the latest edition of our regular series on marketplaces around the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to Argentina.
In Roxtec AB v EUIPO, the EU General Court has upheld a decision of the Second Board of Appeal of the EUIPO finding that a figurative trademark depicting a black square containing seven concentric blue circles was invalid.
In a decision that provides a warning to companies seeking to parody well-known brands, the UK Intellectual Property Office has upheld adidas's application for a declaration of invalidity of the device mark ADDICTED.
Flutter Entertainment’s acquisition of The Stars Group would show that, despite uncertainty, major players in the gambling industry see the newly liberated US as a high-growth market.
The US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has found that the district court had erred in finding that there was no likelihood of confusion between the mark AFFLICTION for apparel and the mark VAPE AFFLICTION for vaping accessories.
In the next part of our regular series on marketplaces around the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to the Mediterranean island of Malta.
Brand Finance has released its annual Nation Brand report, which sees notable movement from developing countries – highlighting the economic shift powered by innovation in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
On 30 September 2019 Vietnam presented its instrument of accession to the Hague System to WIPO. Vietnam is now a member of all three international registration systems, in addition to the PCT system for patents and the Madrid system for trademarks.
In a case involving the mark #DARFERDAS?, the Court of Justice of the European Union has held that, when examining the distinctive character of a mark, all the likely types of use must be taken into account.
Multiple crowd-shipping platforms now allow the transport of small packaged goods to be handled by independent contractors. WTR looks into the potential challenge this may pose to brands and anti-counterfeiting professionals.
The EU General Court has overturned the denial of Volvo’s opposition against the registration of the mark V-WHEELS, holding that the EUIPO had incorrectly found that the relevant marks were dissimilar for the purposes of Article 8(5) of EU Regulation 2017/1001.