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02 May 2019

Gleissner companies owe 37% of all unpaid costs at UKIPO since 2018, research reveals

Research from WTR finds that entities related to serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner owe costs in nearly 30 separate UK legal cases, accounting for 37% of all unpaid costs at the UK Intellectual Property Office since the start of 2018. 

02 May 2019

Success for Inditex as General Court upholds appeal in ZARA case

The EU General Court has upheld an appeal by Inditex, the owner of the mark ZARA, finding that use of the figurative ZARA mark would give rise to a risk of unfair advantage being taken of Inditex’s mark.

01 May 2019

Dissecting corporate trademark practice

This year’s Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey provides unique insight into how trademark practice operations are built and managed – uncovering corporate trademark strategies, revealing team budgets and exploring the interplay with internal stakeholders.

01 May 2019

Surprise decision on EU goods in transit provides welcome boost for rights holders

A somewhat surprising – and widely criticised – decision from the Court of Justice of the European Union on the debranding and rebranding of goods in transit has provided trademark owners with a valuable tool for enforcing their IP rights.

01 May 2019

Seven strategies for dealing with enforcement at notorious markets in China

Brand victories in the fight against physical market sellers and landlords are all too rare. However, there are a number of practical strategies that can be employed to maximise success in the battle against counterfeits.

01 May 2019

Criminal sentence handed down to importers of shoes infringing adidas’s trademarks and designs

The Court of Appeal of Valencia, acting as a trial court, has sentenced two defendants to one-and-a-half years in prison for importing several thousands of pairs of counterfeit adidas shoes for commercial purposes.

01 May 2019

Why active advertising services need active anti-counterfeiting measures

A recent judgment in a dispute between Facebook and Tommy Hilfiger could have a significant impact on the fight against fakes.

01 May 2019

Registration: tips on securing your mark in China

One of the most common issues faced when securing protection in China is the earlier registration of third-party rights, which are then cited against the later application. However, there are various tactics that can be adopted to overcome this hurdle.

01 May 2019

Your partner in the field: maximising results from US Customs and Border Protection

From recordal to training, there are a number of steps that rights holders can take to enlist the help of US Customs and Border Protection in their anti-counterfeiting endeavours.

30 April 2019

Creating efficiencies in a data-dominated world: inside GSK’s cross-functional IP services division

Sophie Bodet, vice president of legal brand protection and IP services at GSK, tells WTR about how recent collaborations between the patent and brand teams have delivered tangible efficiencies to the wider business – evidencing the return on investment of internal cooperation.

30 April 2019

General Court: outward use not necessarily aimed at end consumers

In Hesse v EUIPO, the EU General Court has upheld a decision of the First Board of Appeal of the EUIPO in revocation proceedings involving the mark TESTA ROSSA, rejecting arguments relating to proof of use and equal treatment.

29 April 2019

Success for Absolut as EU Trademark Court of Appeal finds infringement of well-known marks for shape of Malibu bottle

Section 8 of the Alicante Court of Appeal, acting as the EU Trademark Court, has declared that a product marketed under the name Ibiza Beach infringed The Absolut Company AB’s trademarks for the shape of its Malibu bottle.

26 April 2019

New law requires intent to use for trademark applications and makes significant changes to trademark enforcement

The Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress has recently adopted amendments to China’s Trademark Law. One of the main changes is that it will be possible to reject a trademark application on the basis that it has been filed in bad faith and without an intent to use.

26 April 2019

Opposition Division finds likelihood of confusion between SO DIVINE and SO…? LOVELY

The Opposition Division of the EUIPO has partially upheld an opposition against the registration of the figurative mark SO DIVINE due to a likelihood of confusion with earlier SO…? LOVELY marks.

25 April 2019

“A recurring and disturbing issue that is of grave concern” – INTA warns of increase in unsolicited communications

INTA has sent a mass email to members of its mailing lists acknowledging an increase in unsolicited communications and warning about the sale of data available on its membership and event directories.