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26 June 2019

UDRP complainants: beware of disclaimers

A UDRP panel has denied the transfer of a domain name because the complainant was unable to prove that the respondent had no rights and legitimate interests in the domain name - even though the panel had grave reservations about the respondent’s explanation for its motivations.  

26 June 2019

Brands warned of counterfeit apps on Google Play; academic finds trademark protection of little help

A major new study has discovered nearly 50,000 potentially copycat apps on the Google Play store, with 2,000 deemed high-risk. However, the academic behind the study tells WTR that trademark protection is of limited help to combat such a widespread issue.

21 June 2019

ICANN planning yearly gTLD application windows as second round preparation steps up

ICANN has released a high-level discussion document which lays out plans for the next round of new gTLD applications. In it, the organisation currently envisions a second round followed by annual two-to-three month application opportunities.

20 June 2019

Drumroll as ‘tambour.com’ complaint is denied

In a recent decision under the UDRP, a panel has denied the transfer of the domain name ‘tambour.com’ because the complainant had failed to demonstrate that the respondent was targeting its trademark TAMBOUR, a descriptive word in some languages.

18 June 2019

One week in May: research reveals suspicious specimens still rampant at USPTO

The USPTO has introduced numerous steps over the past two years to combat improper specimens on trademark applications. A new investigation from WTR finds that suspicious specimens remain widespread and applicants are evolving their tactics.

18 June 2019

ICANN pushes back on government pressure, prepares to publish ‘.amazon’ PICs

ICANN has written to South American government figures, seeking to push back on pressure to rethink its decision to proceed with the ‘.amazon’ applications.

11 June 2019

Huawei versus United States: why trademark professionals must follow this IP technology dispute

Chinese technology giant Huawei is reportedly stepping up development of an alternative operating system. Should it be forced to launch this platform, it could have a direct impact on future trademark enforcement programmes.

28 May 2019

Governments hit back over ICANN’s ‘.amazon’ TLD resolution as near-decade battle nears end

The presidents of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru have hit out at ICANN’s recent resolution to proceed with Amazon’s application for the ‘.amazon’ TLD. The move keeps the dispute firmly within the policy realm as the seven-year battle moves to resolution.

28 May 2019

‘matzoball.com’ decision: UDRP complainants should make full disclosure of key facts

In a recent decision under the UDRP, the panel has denied the transfer of the domain name ‘matzoball.com’, notably taking into account the parties’ longstanding prior disputes over the name and mark reflected in the domain name.

23 May 2019

UDRP cases where domain name was registered with complainant's consent will usually fail

A UDRP panel has refused to order the transfer of the domain name ‘bialettiusa.com’ because the complainant failed to demonstrate that the respondent, a former distributor of the complainant’s products, had registered the domain name in bad faith.

17 May 2019

P&G’s new start-up mindset will reinforce its position in the market  

Direct-to-consumer brands have proved to be a problem for the American consumer goods behemoth Procter & Gamble, but a new customer-centric strategy combined with data resources could help the company regain lost ground.

16 May 2019

Alibaba issues IP protection report; expands on future plans in exclusive interview

Alibaba has released its IP Protection Annual Report, revealing that it provided 1,624 IP-related leads to law enforcement in 2018. Speaking to WTR, Alibaba Group's Matthew Bassiur reveals some of the company's ambitious future brand protection plans.

15 May 2019

European Union adopts new ‘.eu’ Regulation

The European Union has adopted Regulation 2019/517, known as the ‘.eu’ Regulation, which seeks to future-proof the regulatory framework and to promote the digital single market.

10 May 2019

Morocco’s stable ecosystem is an opportunity for brands, particularly those in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals

Morocco is set to become an increasingly important jurisdiction, acting as an access point for both European and African businesses to expand abroad. The government’s international outlook means this emerging market could be the new frontier for growing brands.

08 May 2019

“Unprecedented” – USPTO suspends API access but pledges to work with IP service providers to mitigate impact

Earlier this week, the USPTO suspended its TSDR API following a spike in data scraping that has impeded the work of internal employees. However, IP technology vendors have confirmed it will impact some of their services.