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19 February 2010

US brand owners reject ‘loser pays’ option

Members of the INTA enforcement committee have told WTR that a ’loser pays’ trademark litigation system would not work in the United States.

18 February 2010

SMARTBOOK signals warning for "descriptive" tech terms

Chinese computer giant Lenovo has been ordered to stop using the term SMARTBOOK to describe its laptop computers in Germany. The dispute has reopened the debate over the speed with which terms for products and services can become descriptive online.

16 February 2010

Trademark monsters: tackling Lanham Act bullies

As a US senator proposes a new study to investigate trademark bullies, WTR considers whether the Lanham Act needs updating.

16 February 2010

Brand owner input to Special 301 review due today

Brand owners planning on submitting comments to the United States Trade Representative regarding the Special 301 review process must do so today if they wish to testify at a public hearing.

16 February 2010

LVMH prevails against eBay in latest keywords spat

Luxury brand owner LVMH has won a case in France against eBay concerning common misspellings of the LOUIS VUITTON trademark.

15 February 2010

Top 100 trademarks to be handed special domain name protection

The world's most famous trademarks will be afforded extra protection as part of a new domain name roll out, WTR has learnt.

12 February 2010

United States pins hopes on ACTA to drive reform

An official working with the United States Trade Representative has told WTR that the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) should address US trading partners' "areas for improvement".

11 February 2010

US Customs calls for more input from brand owners

US Customs has urged brand owners to help improve border protection by becoming more involved in the process.

10 February 2010

BOIP: Onel discussion should focus on law not rumours

The director general of the Benelux Office of Intellectual Property has told WTR that the debate around the Onel Case should focus on the legal intricacies in question, not the rumours that his office may be behind the case itself.

09 February 2010

The STIckler: inside the latest trademark protection gTLD discussion

As it becomes clear that the forthcoming expansion of the domain space is still being stymied by trademark concerns, WTR examines the latest episode in the unfolding drama.

05 February 2010

BOIP director may have known undisclosed Onel facts

The director general of the Benelux Office of Intellectual Property alluded to crucial facts about the Onel Case before they were filed, it has emerged. Anonymous sources have suggested to WTR that this may indicate that the BOIP itself is behind the case.

04 February 2010

Onel mystery grows as complainant speaks out on controversial ruling

The complainant in the hotly debated Onel Case has told WTR that its appeal against the controversial ruling will be filed next week, but refused to comment on whether it had engineered the case to test CTM law.

03 February 2010

Apple and Fujitsu staying quiet over IPAD trademark dispute

Despite widespread speculation, Apple and Fujitsu are remaining silent over the potential dispute concerning the IPAD trademark. However, it has emerged that Apple owns no major web domain containing the name of its new product.

02 February 2010

Trademark bullies to come under scrutiny

The USPTO will examine the extent to which US businesses are harmed by trademark owners’ overly aggressive litigation tactics, if a US senator's proposed study gets the green light.

02 February 2010

Losing definition: the global debate over 'counterfeit' drugs

As Kenya moves to implement its controversial Anti-counterfeit Act, which effectively outlaws generic drugs, WTR examines the problem with the term 'counterfeit medicine' and why it troubles brand owners around the world.