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04 July 2019

Protecting GIs in the modern age: takeaways from WIPO’s Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications

In an exclusive guest post, António Corte-Real from Simões Garcia Corte-Real & Associados reveals some of the key takeaways from WIPO’s recent geographical indications event. 

03 July 2019

“A necessary move” – USPTO to require foreign trademark applicants to use US attorneys

The USPTO will soon require foreign-domiciled trademark applicants to be represented by a US licensed attorney. Talking to WTR, experts say this change is needed due to the US trademark register being “flooded with fraudulent applications from foreign nationals”.

03 July 2019

Trademark use control requirements in a corporate group eased by recent Full Federal Court decision

In Trident Seafoods Corporation v Trident Foods Pty Ltd, the Full Federal Court of Australia has provided useful guidance on the control of trademark use in a corporate group to ensure the maintenance of registered trademark validity.

02 July 2019

“Greatly beneficial” – IP provisions of EU-Vietnam free trade agreement praised by experts

The landmark EU-Vietnam Trade Agreement has been officially signed. Talking to WTR, IP practitioners claim that the agreement will lead to significant changes to the trademark, design and GI system in Vietnam.

02 July 2019

Bombay High Court: one cannot contend that a word is generic and seek registration of a mark where that word is dominant

In Royal Dryfruit Range v Royal Suvidha, the Bombay High Court has ruled in favour of plaintiff Royal Dryfruit Range and restrained defendant Royal Suvidha from using the trademark/trade name ROYAL SUVIDHA in respect of dry fruits.

02 July 2019

CJEU adds pressure on disclaimers for descriptive trademark elements following further harmonisation

Following a request for a preliminary ruling on the interpretation of Article 4(1)(b) of Directive 2008/95, the Court of Justice of the European Union has considered the effects of a disclaimer on the extent of protection of an earlier mark.

01 July 2019

<em>Game of Thrones</em> and collegial respect: In-House Leader of the Year Judy McCool reveals what makes her tick

In an exclusive interview, Judy McCool – senior vice president, legal affairs at Home Box Office – reveals why sharing expertise, empowering others and embracing change are the cornerstones of effective leadership.

01 July 2019

Enhancing enforcement success in China: top tips from market experts

An understanding of the law is just the first step to successful brand protection in China. WTR talked to local in-house counsel and private practitioners to get the inside track on how to craft a multifaceted trademark strategy for the region.

01 July 2019

US Supreme Court rejects Lanham Act’s bar to registering FUCT mark as “immoral or scandalous”

In Iancu v Brunetti, the US Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional the Lanham Act’s bar to registering marks that are “immoral or scandalous”, allowing the FUCT trademark application to proceed to registration. 

01 July 2019

Entering the Gulf – top tips for brand licensing and franchising in the Middle East

Some of the world’s biggest events, including the FIFA World Cup, are set to be held in the Middle East in the next few years. In an exclusive guest post, two experts from the region offer insights for international rights holders on brand licensing in the Gulf region.

28 June 2019

“Hit the road, Jac”, says the appointed person

In a blow to multinational hospitality company Marriott Worldwide Corporation, the appointed person has confirmed that there was no likelihood of confusion between JACHOTELS and Marriott’s earlier marks AC HOTELS and AC HOTEL.

27 June 2019

General Court: Board of Appeal erred in finding low degree of phonetic similarity between SUIMOX and ZYMOX  

In Pet King Brands Inc v EUIPO, the EU General Court has annulled in part a decision of the EUIPO in opposition proceedings involving the marks SUIMOX and ZYMOX in Class 5.

27 June 2019

Amazon and Nite Ize team up to fight fakes; filing offers glimpse into anti-counterfeiting efforts

Amazon, in collaboration with Denver-based company Nite Ize, has filed a lawsuit against counterfeit product importers and sellers operating in the United States, Canada and China. The lawsuit offers some behind-the-scenes insight into Amazon’s efforts to tackle fake goods on its platforms.

27 June 2019

Build bridges, tell the truth: <em>WTR</em> Lifetime Achievement winner on the key to enforcement success

The eminent Jack Chang sits down with WTR to give an insight into his varied career. From establishing the China Anti-counterfeiting Coalition and the Quality Brands Protection Committee to being personally thanked by Vice Premier Madam Wu Yi for his work, Chang has significantly altered the trademark landscape in China.

26 June 2019

FIFA reflects on scoring an IP enforcement win at the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Daniel Zohny, IP head at FIFA, looks back at the intense workload taken on by his team during the 2018 World Cup and looks forward to the next tournament as the worthy winner of WTR’s Sports, Entertainment and Media Team of the Year.