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19 July 2019

Brexit preparedness, diversity recognition and rising demand: takeaways from the UKIPO’s Annual Report

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published its latest annual report, covering the period from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019. We have combed through the 100-page report to bring you our five key takeaways.

19 July 2019

USPTO to fight back against threat to applications and registered marks

The USPTO’s commissioner for trademarks, Mary Boney Denison, has expanded on the office’s plans to prevent individuals from making unauthorised changes to trademark applications and registrations. The plans have been welcomed by one industry expert, who calls for the changes to be implemented as soon as possible.

18 July 2019

Post-verdict motion for increased damages ends on a sour note

In Barrington Music Products Inc v Music & Arts Center, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has held that the mark owner was not entitled to an increased damages award after discovering that two of the defendants were not separate companies.

18 July 2019

Lessons from the high-profile spat between Haas F1 and Rich Energy

When Haas F1 entered the 2019 Formula 1 season, it brought with it a brand new title sponsor, with a colour scheme on its livery to match. However, the relationship has resulted in Twitter rants, leaked documents and legal action – as well as takeaways for trademark professionals.

18 July 2019

New regulations on brands that evoke Italy or are linked to Italian territory

The so-called ‘Growth Decree’, which aims to encourage economic growth, contains certain provisions relating to IP rights. In particular, it regulates the adoption of distinctive signs that evoke Italy and, more generally, of trademarks linked to the Italian territory.

18 July 2019

“An enormous opportunity” – IP provisions of EU-Mercosur Agreement lauded

The European Union and the Mercosur bloc of countries have agreed a comprehensive trade agreement that includes significant IP provisions that rights holders should be aware of. 

17 July 2019

UAE trademark office implements substantial reduction in registration and renewal fees

In a move that will be welcomed by local and international brand owners, the UAE trademark office has reduced the registration fee payable for trademark applications by one-third.

17 July 2019

Crunch time for Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain cereal

Multinational food and drink giant Nestlé has successfully opposed the registration in New Zealand for the 3D shape of Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain cereal.

17 July 2019

China’s economic growth is slowing but expect a renewed focus on brand creation

In our latest opinion column, we consider what impact China’s economic growth slowdown may have on ‘Made in China 2025’ and ‘Belt and Road’ – and, by extension, rights owners.

17 July 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots you should be aware of in the Dominican Republic

In a new regular series, we highlight marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods. This week, we focus on hotspots in the Dominican Republic.

16 July 2019

Criminal sentence imposed for commercialisation of infringing souvenirs

The Criminal Court No 15 of Valencia has sentenced the managers of a company in the souvenir industry for committing a crime against IP rights under with Article 273 of the Criminal Code.

16 July 2019

Court of Appeal partially overturns High Court in advertising passing-off case

A recent decision of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales highlights that the One in a Million case does not provide a remedy against cybersquatting per se: claimants must still demonstrate goodwill or reputation in the mark contained in the domain name.

15 July 2019

General Court: iconic Gibson V-shaped guitar body invalid as 3D mark

In Gibson Brands Inc v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed the partial declaration of invalidity of a three-dimensional sign representing Gibson’s iconic V-shaped electric guitar body.

15 July 2019

Privacy problems: brand owners should use caution when using privacy service to register domain name

A recent UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘absainsurance.com’ underlines the fact that brand owners should avoid using a privacy service to register domain names unless there are sound business reasons for doing so.

15 July 2019

adidas team draws global recognition for stellar enforcement

As a global powerhouse, adidas has the gargantuan task of protecting its brand and policing misuse and infringement, but the Fashion, Cosmetics and Luxury Goods Team of the Year is up to the challenge.