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31 July 2009

Trademark owners urged to beware of phoneword disputes

As word telephone numbers that substitute digits with letters become more commonplace around the world, mark owners using them should move to protect related IP rights, a leading practitioner has urged.

30 July 2009

LEGO: 3D trademarks stand "no chance" in Europe

Reacting to the news that the German Federal Supreme Court last week demolished LEGO Group's three-dimensional trademark registration, the company's senior in-house counsel has told WTR that "it seems like non-traditional marks do not really stand a chance in Europe".

29 July 2009

Kappos closing in on USPTO appointment

The man nominated by the US Secretary of Commerce to be the new director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office today faces the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will later officially report David Kappos's nomination to the full senate for approval.

28 July 2009

Fresh move to harmonize anti-counterfeiting law in east Africa

The East African Community is conducting a study on how the region can adopt a harmonized law to protect brand owners from counterfeit goods. Strong anti-counterfeiting policy in the region is essential if the EAC wants to attract more foreign rights holders as it moves to establishing a common market in 2010.

27 July 2009

Google keyword policy change leads to surge in trademark use

Google's recent policy change in the United States has led to an increase in the use of trademark terms as keywords by advertisers across the major search engines, according to new research.

24 July 2009

WIPO confirms date of fee cut for international applications

WIPO has announced that revised fees for international trademark applications designating the European Union under the Madrid Protocol will take effect on August 12.

23 July 2009

Trademark enforcement action in China shows sharp decline

The number of trademark infringement and counterfeit goods cases investigated has dropped, according to new half-year figures released by the Chinese authorities and seen by WTR.

22 July 2009

ACTA talks to be more transparent

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.

20 July 2009

Second Circuit hears arguments in Tiffany appeal

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.

17 July 2009

Inconsistent approach to service mark protection rejected by ECJ in vital ruling

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.

16 July 2009

Discord on trademark protection heightens fears over gTLD expansion

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.

15 July 2009

OHIM reveals progress on key cooperation tools

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.

14 July 2009

McDonald's moves to take advantage of Swiss IP tax haven

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.

10 July 2009

NBC calls for "urgent" appointment of US IP enforcement 'czar'

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.

09 July 2009

Brand owners enraged by eBay's controversial campaign to amend EU law

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.