In the first of a new regular opinion column, the onward march of plain packaging is examined. In the face of seemingly unstoppable momentum, now is the time to consider whether brands will remain on the sidelines or make their voices heard.
Insight into how the coffee chain giant manages and enforces its rights across the globe.
Alibaba has revealed data showing a 42% decline in notice-and-takedown requests and faster processing of takedowns. While the results are positive, an expert urges Alibaba to develop an API to allow third-party takedowns.
Alibaba Group has confirmed that membership to its Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance has climbed to over 100 brands. Exclusive survey data reveals the Chinese retail giant is still a challenge for rights holders – but respondents claim Amazon is “less and less willing to help brand owners”.
The German Patent and Trademark Office has held that the trademark BLACK FRIDAY was descriptive and must therefore be kept free for use by competitors.
This two-part series identifies the ways in which diverse online sales platforms (OSPs) may affect brands in China, as well as some of the basic commercial and legal issues that brand owners should bear in mind when creating an OSP branding strategy.
Although branding on online sales platforms remains a relatively new concept, its significance should not be overlooked. In the second part of this series, we consider how brand owners maintain can control in this evolving landscape.
In Lifestyle Equities v Santa Monica Polo Club, the High Court has held that the defendants’ one and two-horse logos infringed registrations for the BEVERLY HILLS POLO CLUB logo.
Analysing more than 30 trademark portfolios of mid-size to large multinationals carrying out business in the European Union reveals a surprising number of illogical filings, errors and gaps. The resulting checklist will support effective portfolio review.
The IP adjudicator has upheld Guccio Gucci SpA’s opposition to the registration of the figurative mark GUCCITECH in Class 11 under Sections 8(2)(b), 8(4) and 8(7)(a) of the Trademarks Act.
An analysis of recent decisions illustrates an evolving desire by China’s courts to take decisive action against infringers. However, there are a number of strategies that rights holders need to implement to maximise their chances of brand protection success.
The Beijing IP Court has found that an internet service provider was jointly and severally liable for the infringement committed on its platform. The safe harbour principle indirectly defined by Article 36 of Tort Law did not apply.
The Supreme Court has considered whether use of a former supplier's mark on the packaging of the new supplier’s products constituted infringement.
In In re: Brunetti, the Federal Circuit has reversed the TTAB's finding that the mark FUCT as used in connection with various apparel items was unregistrable under Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act.
Exclusive analysis reveals why major US brands are feeling the pressure of increased competition in the global marketplace – and how they can fight back.