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16 January 2020

Extinction Rebellion’s terror group classification shines spotlight on brand relationships with causes

Although the listing was only temporary for Extinction Rebellion, the incident serves as a reminder of the nuances that come into play when a brand aligns with political movements.

16 January 2020

IP Office overturns problematic lower-instance decision on recognition of English-language terms

In a victory for US media company Discovery Communications LLC, the Ecuadorian IP Office has overturned its prior finding that the English terms ‘animal’ and ‘planet’ would not be easily understood by the general Ecuadorian public.  

16 January 2020

Changes to customs enforcement of IP rights - key points highlighted

The amendments to Ukraine’s Customs Code related to customs enforcement of IP rights entered into force on 14 November 2019. The amending law, which is modelled after Regulation 608/2013, aims to bring Ukrainian legislation into line with EU standards.

16 January 2020

How the <em>amicus </em>briefs could sway the US Supreme Court in anticipated ‘’ ruling

Three amicus curiae briefs have been delivered to the US Supreme Court ahead of its long-anticipated ruling in USPTO v WTR spoke to two experts to see how these briefs may influence the United States' highest court.

15 January 2020

Analysis and takeaways as defence preclusion is considered in US Supreme Court hearing

In this guest analysis, K&L Gates partner Susan Kayser charts the decades-long trademark dispute between Lucky Brand Dungarees and Marcel Fashions Group that led up to the highest US court accepting certiorari for the case.

15 January 2020

What rights holders need to know about WeChat’s plans for the future

Last week in Guangzhou, Tencent hosted its 2020 WeChat Open Class Pro event, in which it provided a glimpse into the platform’s future plans, many of which are important for brand protection professionals to know.

15 January 2020

UDRP: the importance of full disclosure

A recent UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘’ illustrates the importance of disclosing any relationship between the parties and mentioning any ongoing litigation.

15 January 2020

General Court confirms lack of likelihood of confusion between CRYSTAL and CRISTAL

In Super bock group v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that there was no likelihood of confusion between the mark CRYSTAL for non-alcoholic beverages and foodstuffs in Class 30 and the earlier Portuguese mark CRISTAL for beer in Class 32.

14 January 2020

Munchkin wins IPEC baby bath design dispute against Shnuggle

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court of England and Wales has found that Munchkin did not infringe Shnuggle’s registered Community designs and unregistered UK design rights by selling its Sit & Soak baby bath.

14 January 2020

Infringement and filings increase but budget no longer the primary concern, says new study

As trademark filing numbers increase globally, a new report by CompuMark provides data on a rise in infringement incidents that trademark professionals are experiencing. While these infringements are costly, budget does not currently top the list of concerns for in-house teams.

14 January 2020

Supreme Court provides guidance on assessment of evidence in trademark cancellation action

In a cancellation action involving the mark MI COPILOTO, the Chilean Supreme Court has considered whether uncertified copies could be admitted as evidence of a trademark’s reputation.

13 January 2020

Dell successful in two UDRP proceedings involving ‘.co’ domain names

Dell has recently prevailed in two UDRP proceedings involving ‘.co’ domain names consisting of its DELL trademark and a generic word.

13 January 2020

USPTO to re-allow PO boxes on trademark applications following privacy backlash

The USPTO is facing continued criticism over new rules that require trademark applicants to submit their domicile street address. In response, the registry reveals plans to re-introduce the ability for applicants to use PO boxes.

13 January 2020

IP services sector gets new player, as Novagraaf and PAVIS prepare to ramp up NovumIP launch

Novagraaf and PAVIS recently joined forces to create a new IP service provider. In an exclusive interview with WTR, the chairman of the new entity, NovumIP, has expanded on how it will become "a new force in the IP market".

13 January 2020

Seventh Circuit formally adopts <em>Octane Fitness</em> standard for trademark cases

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has joined its sister circuits in holding that the Supreme Court standard for awarding attorney’s fees in patent cases, set forth in Octane Fitness, was equally applicable to attorney’s fees claims under the Lanham Act.