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11 November 2019

A new approach to deter and identify China’s internet counterfeiters – exclusive guest post

How brand owners can identify the producers and sellers of counterfeit goods in China, the threat of which could help curb their illicit activity altogether.

11 November 2019

When "sweet water" becomes bitter

A three-member panel has denied the transfer of a domain name consisting of the Spanish generic term ‘agua dulce’ (‘sweet water’ or ‘fresh water’ in English) under the UDRP due to the lack of sufficient evidence supporting the targeting of the complainant’s trademark.

08 November 2019

Google’s tie-up with Fitbit, if successful, would open more doors than one

The tech giant has big plans within the wearable technologies sector, as it seeks to take a bite of Apple.

05 November 2019

Tencent mounts defence of WeChat brand protection efforts, but key numbers not yet public

Tencent Holdings’ general counsel has submitted a rebuttal to criticism of the company’s brand protection activities on its WeChat platform, arguing that inclusion on the Office of the US Trade Representative’s next notorious markets list would be “unwarranted”. The document sheds light on how the company is approaching its anti-counterfeiting efforts.

05 November 2019

OpSec to acquire MarkMonitor’s brand protection business as Clarivate looks to streamline offerings

OpSec Security and Clarivate Analytics have announced an agreement which will see OpSec acquire MarkMonitor’s brand protection, anti-piracy and anti-fraud business. The announcement came on the day that Clarivate reported its third-quarter results, the company noting that the move will allow it to streamline its IP solutions offerings.

02 November 2019

DHgate steps up anti-counterfeiting messaging; denies business relationship with Superbuy

Major Chinese online marketplace DHgate has published a stringent defence of its anti-counterfeiting efforts and – following the discovery of a possible link to Superbuy – denies any relationship with the popular Chinese shipping agent.

01 November 2019

Brands could be the centre of renewed focus during Israel’s scale-up phase

The start-up nation’s register is dominated by foreign applicants but, as the government throws its weight behind maturing businesses, strong branding will help domestic companies to become a feature of the economy.

30 October 2019

UDRP proceedings: evidence of targeting is crucial

A UDRP case involving the domain name ‘ᴍ’ illustrates that targeting is crucial in order to prove bad faith - and the shorter the domain name, the more difficult this is to prove.

29 October 2019

Venezuela’s National Telecommunications Commission publishes first official domain name regulation

The National Telecommunications Commission has issued the Administrative Regulation for the National Plan for ‘.ve’ Domain Names, the first national regulation on domain names in Venezuela.

28 October 2019

INDECOPI publishes draft guide for influencers

Due to the development of social media advertising in recent years, the Peruvian National Institute for the Defence of Competition and Intellectual Property has published a draft guide for influencers.

24 October 2019

UDRP: prior trademark rights are not always a decisive factor

A recent UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘’ shows that complainants should always try and provide tangible evidence with regard to the actual use of their trademark and, where applicable, any degree of public recognition and reputation.

23 October 2019

EBAY recorded as a well-known trademark in Turkey

Following an unfavourable first-instance decision, the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office Re-examination and Evaluation Board has recognised on appeal by eBay Inc that the trademark EBAY is well known in Turkey.

22 October 2019

Call for Google to step up de-indexing as study reveals prevalence of counterfeits in search results

A new study from Incopro has revealed the regularity of sites selling counterfeits being included in Google search results. The company is now calling on the search engine giant to comply with de-indexing requests for such sites.

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

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.