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02 June 2009

Psion surrenders NETBOOK trademarks

Intel has forced Psion Teklogix to withdraw its NETBOOK trademark registrations. However, Psion has not declared that it is waiving its rights in its home country Canada and other jurisdictions around the world. And that leads some observers to say that the dispute may not be dead.

29 May 2009

Trademark owners get a chance to have their say on new gTLDs

Trademark owners have been urged to submit comments on a report issued today that looks at how trademarks can be protected when new gTLDs come on line in 2010. The report is the work of the IRT, which was created by the ICANN at the end of March.

26 May 2009

eBay under fire over "exaggerated" L'Oréal victory

Observers have criticized eBay for claiming victory in last week's UK L’Oréal judgment, and launching a "repackaged" anti-counterfeiting campaign.

22 May 2009

US wineries in trademark battle with EU

Hundreds of US wine makers have urged the US government to take action to prevent the European Union from forcing them to stop using long-established brands on imports into Europe.

21 May 2009

Special meeting reveals new details of upcoming gTLD report

More details about the Implementation Recommendation Team's upcoming report into trademark issues in the new gTLD domain space have emerged, with some confusion over the report's publication date.

21 May 2009

INTA report: International design treaty, updates from Africa and the blogosphere plus TTAB review

The United States, China and Japan will have to join the Hague Agreement before it is considered credible enough for design mark owners to use as a matter of course, said the panel speaking at a session on design protection.

20 May 2009

INTA report: BRIC update, luxury brand clashes with Walmart, plus web topics under scrutiny

Practitioners from Brazil, Russia, India and China yesterday came together to deliver a presentation on the future of protection, enforcement and exploitation of IP rights in the world's largest developing economies.

20 May 2009

Industry Awards 2009 winners announced at exclusive ceremony in Seattle

WTR last night announced the winners of its 2009 Industry Awards for in-house counsel at an exclusive reception at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle.

19 May 2009

INTA report: Surge in INTA delegates, virtual world news plus international updates

A spokesperson for INTA yesterday admitted that pre-registration at this year's meeting was down on last year, but noted that there had been a surge in on-site registrations.

19 May 2009

CTM applications triple in April

The number of applications to register CTMs hit 9,000 in April 2009, three times the number from the same period in 2008.

18 May 2009

INTA report: "Defining moment" in economy presents opportunity for trademarks

INTA's 131st Annual Meeting has opened in Seattle, with keynote speaker Elle Macpherson encouraging brand owners to view the economic crisis as an opportunity to align their brands with the demands of the modern consumer.

18 May 2009

Trademark battles likely after Google revises US keywords policy

Google has once again defied mark owners in the United States by further opening up its keywords advertising policy. Under the new rules, certain third parties will be permitted to use trademark terms in sponsored ad text.

15 May 2009

Professional bodies urge UK government to close regulatory loophole

In an exclusive interview with WTR, the heads of the Intellectual Property Regulation Board and the Institute of Trademark Attorneys have reiterated the importance of independent regulation for the profession. However, both warned of a loophole that could undo much of the progress made.

14 May 2009

Breakthrough for eBay in landmark French decision

eBay found an unlikely ally on Wednesday when the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris dismissed L'Oréal SA's claim that eBay should be held liable for sales of counterfeit cosmetics on its online auction platform.

13 May 2009

Google hit with class action suit over keywords

Having staved off a major action last year, filed by American Airlines in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Google is now facing a putative class action in the eastern district court brought on behalf of all Texas mark owners.