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14 July 2009

L'Oréal v Bellure: a step in the right direction or a step too far?

In part one of an exclusive roundtable with leading thinkers and L'Oréal's UK counsel, WTR captures the debate surrounding last month's ECJ decision in L'Oréal v Bellure. Many brand owners toasted the court's ruling, which appears to widen the scope of protection for marks with a reputation, but some practitioners are now asking themselves whether the judgment goes too far. Published next week, part two of this debate will examine the commercial implications of the ruling.

09 July 2009

Brand owners enraged by eBay's controversial campaign to amend EU law

Brand owners have today come out in force to protest against an action that they say is a deliberate attempt by eBay to confuse consumers and EU policymakers.

08 July 2009

Playing the game: how brand owners and ICANN's new president must work together

Inviting trademark owners to voice their anxieties over the expansion of the generic top-level domain space has kickstarted a fierce debate. While the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is busy facilitating this, WTR considers how the body's new president and chief executive will respond to brand owners going forward - and what the IP community can do to keep its concerns on the agenda.

06 July 2009

gTLD comment period closes amid late flurry of brand owner submissions

The consultation period on the proposals for trademark protection in the expansion of the generic top-level domain space closes today. A number of brand owners, including Microsoft, Unilever and Nestlé, have submitted last-minute comments.

03 July 2009

IP practice at Clifford Chance under review

Clifford Chance has told WTR that it is reviewing the future of its IP practice. But the firm has denied widespread rumours that it is considering abandoning intellectual property as a work area.

02 July 2009

German brewers vow to fight on despite ECJ ruling

Bavarian brewers' federation Bayerischer Brauerbund has hailed today's European ruling in the long-running battle over use of the name Bavaria a "milestone" victory - although the result seems to go against the body. The dispute pitches BB's rights in a protected geographical indication against Dutch brewery Bavaria's rights in the BAVARIA mark.

30 June 2009

How to combat counterfeiting on a tighter budget

Brand owners are in need of practical anti-counterfeiting strategies that can help them cut costs and maximize efficiency in the recession. WTR speaks to some leading corporate counsel and anti-counterfeiting experts who already have the answers.

30 June 2009

Unilever: recession has shifted relationship with external counsel

Speaking exclusively to WTR, Unilever's general trademark counsel has said that the economic crisis has permanently changed the relationship between in-house counsel and private practice.

29 June 2009

Severe criticism for criminal enforcement of IP rights in Italy

The head of Italy's anti-counterfeiting lobby group has slammed the government's approach to the criminal enforcement of IP rights.

26 June 2009

UK Customs problem exposes "flaw" in European legislation

Changes to the way UK Customs manages the seizure of suspected counterfeit goods have exposed a "flaw" in the European customs regulation, says a spokesperson for Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs.

24 June 2009

adidas: number of counterfeits "skyrocketing" in the recession

The head of IP enforcement in Asia for adidas has told WTR that the global recession is ushering in a "new age of counterfeiting".

23 June 2009

Quick off the MARQUES: new chair sets out his agenda

It is a challenging time for trademarks: a financial crisis is cutting into IP teams' budgets, legislative harmonization is increasingly strained and the expansion of the domain name system could expose trademark owners to countless infringements. WTR caught up with Guido Baumgartner, chair of MARQUES, to hear what the organization is doing on behalf of trademark owners.

23 June 2009

Trademark thought-leaders inducted to IP Hall of Fame

Dolores Hanna and Francis Gurry were among the latest inductees to the IP Hall of Fame, announced at a gala dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Chicago last night.

22 June 2009

US court issues landmark parallel imports decision

A US court has ruled that unique product codes are protected under trademark law. It is a landmark decision in the fight against counterfeit and grey-market goods.

18 June 2009

ECJ widens scope for protection in landmark L'Oréal decision

The ECJ has handed down a judgment that appears to widen the scope for the protection of marks with a reputation.