Five days after the latest round of negotiations over the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement closed, news has emerged that participants agreed to ensure future talks are more transparent.
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has heard Tiffany's appeal against a New York district court's decision to dismiss the jewellery company's trademark infringement claims against eBay.
Practitioners have today welcomed the ECJ's ruling in American Clothing Associates NV v OHIM, as it prevents the development of different levels of protection for marks used for goods and those used for services.
Brand owners concerned over the expansion of the gTLD space are no nearer to having their fears allayed despite special debates on rights protection this week organized by ICANN.
Andrea Di Carlo, director of the Institutional Affairs and External Relations Department at the OHIM has revealed to WTR that the first version of the eagerly awaited TMview tool is on course to go live in September.
McDonald's is moving its European headquarters from London to Geneva to cut the amount it spends on taxes related to its IP portfolio. The news follows similar moves away from the tax-heavy UK regime by Colgate, Google UK, Kraft and Procter & Gamble.
In an exclusive interview, the general counsel of US media company NBC Universal has told WTR that it is "vitally important" that the US administration appoint someone to the newly created role of IP enforcement coordinator.
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.
After close consultation with a number of industry bodies, the UK Intellectual Property Office has announced a series of changes it hopes will speed up the process of registration.
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.
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.
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.
Bowing to criticism that the public consultation on the protection of trademarks in the proposed expansion of the gTLD space was too short, ICANN will now accept comments up to July 6.
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.
The head of Italy's anti-counterfeiting lobby group has slammed the government's approach to the criminal enforcement of IP rights.