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09 October 2019

NBA crisis highlights the China conundrum for all brands

We speak with IP and PR experts on what brand owners must learn from the NBA's ongoing crisis in China, with one claiming that this is “the biggest trademark story of the year”.

09 October 2019

UDRP complaint has more holes than Swiss cheese

A WIPO panel has refused to order the transfer of the domain name ‘solothurn.com’ because the complainants – three entities related to the Swiss city of Solothurn – had failed to establish the first element under the UDRP.

08 October 2019

Ortlieb v Amazon - the constant struggle to find what you are looking for

In the longstanding dispute between outdoor gear company Ortlieb and Amazon in Germany, the Federal Supreme Court has confirmed that the use of the trademark ORTLIEB by Amazon in online advertisements constituted trademark infringement.

08 October 2019

Is extra-territorial use sufficient to ground a claim for ownership of a trademark?

In SRAM LLC v Huan Schen Sdn Bhd, the Malaysian Court of Appeal has seemingly expanded the concept of ‘use’ of a trademark to include extra-territorial use.

08 October 2019

Associations call for WeChat inclusion on USTR’s Notorious Markets List

Brand and IP associations have used the comment period for the next USTR Notorious Markets List to call for the inclusion of WeChat. It comes at a time of heightened tension between the US government and Chinese tech companies.

07 October 2019

General Court confirms lack of likelihood of confusion between MEDIWELL and WELL AND WELL

The EU General Court has upheld a decision of the EUIPO finding that there was no likelihood of confusion between IRF’s figurative mark MEDIWELL and earlier WELL AND WELL marks belonging to Pharmadom.

07 October 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots in Ecuador that you should be aware of

In a continuation of our regular series on marketplaces around the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to Ecuador.

07 October 2019

Lithuanian courts examine legal relationship between trademarks and corporate names

In civil proceedings brought by the owner of the mark VILKO TAKAS against UAB KF/SIK Vilko takas, the Lithuanian courts have considered the legal relationship between trademarks and corporate names, as well as the legal protection for domain names. 

04 October 2019

adidas’ Telstar football registered as 3D mark

In an arguably controversial decision, the Bolivian Patent and Trademark Office has allowed the registration of a 3D trademark representing the official 2018 World Cup ball for goods in Class 28 in the name of adidas AG.

04 October 2019

Inside Law Firm 2.0: is the FisherBroyles model the future for all? 

Boasting a unique compensation model, no fixed real estate and flexible work, FisherBroyles is taking aim at becoming the law firm of the future.

04 October 2019

Serbia’s draft Trademark Law – what you need to know

The Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Serbia has prepared a draft Trademark Law which aims to further harmonise Serbian trademark legislation with that of the European Union. This update highlights the key points of interest for trademark owners.

04 October 2019

As rivals take aim, McDonald’s eyes big tech to drive growth

The fast-food powerhouse has turned to machine learning tech in a bid to personalise the brand experience - however, its rivals have demonstrated that personality is as powerful as technology.

03 October 2019

Porsche loses design protection for its latest 911

The EU General Court has confirmed the cancellation of Porsche’s registered Community design for the latest iteration of its 911 model for lack of individual character.

03 October 2019

Seven counterfeit hotspots in Ukraine that rights holders should have on their enforcement radar

In the next part of our regular series on marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, experts reveal physical and digital areas in Ukraine.

03 October 2019

General Department of Customs strengthens border control to tackle fraud related to origin of goods

The General Department of Vietnam Customs has issued Official Letter No 5189/TCHQ-GSQL, which gives strict directions to customs departments at both the central and provincial level to inspect and control imported and exported goods.