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22 April 2009

Trademarks to benefit as proposed Moët sale uncorks M&A market

LVMH's possible sale of its two-thirds stake in Moët to part-owner Diageo offers hope to recession-weary trademark practitioners.

21 April 2009

Leading brand owners criticize ICANN over gTLDs

A consortium of brand owners, including 3M, the BBC, eBay, FedEx and Microsoft, has slammed the forthcoming implementation of the new gTLDs in a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

17 April 2009

Hermès bags landmark ruling in Taiwan

A specialist IP court has handed Hermès the highest amount of damages ever awarded in a trademark infringement case in Taiwan.

15 April 2009

Counterfeiting fears surge in first "digital recession"

A survey has found that 75% of UK brand owners believe stronger protection is needed to fight counterfeiting in the online marketplace during the recession.

14 April 2009

China publishes guidelines on National IP Strategy

China's Supreme Court has issued a set of guidelines with which to interpret the country's notoriously complex National IP Strategy.

09 April 2009

US government releases hazy ACTA summary

Bowing to pressure from IP owners and civil society groups, the United States Trade Representative has released a summary of the controversial Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

07 April 2009

US appeals court rescues keywords case against Google

A US appeals court has dealt a blow to Google's besieged AdWords programme by overturning an earlier dismissal of a trademark infringement lawsuit brought against the search engine by computer breakdown support company Rescuecom Corp.

06 April 2009

adidas takes Payless fight to Canada

adidas has filed a second trademark infringement suit against Payless ShoeSource - this time in Canada.

03 April 2009

Budget cuts force brand owners to freeze external fees

More than a third of brand owners who responded to a recent WTR survey are suffering budget cuts, forcing corporate counsel to renegotiate the fees they pay external counsel.

02 April 2009

High-level EU anti-counterfeiting group launched today

The European Union today launches its ambitious European Observatory on Counterfeiting and Piracy. The new initiative will provide a forum for enforcement agencies, public administrators and industry.

31 March 2009

UK IPO backs eBay's anti-counterfeiting initiative

The UK Intellectual Property Office has thrown its support behind eBay's anti-counterfeiting programme, although rights holders are divided on its efficiency.

30 March 2009

John Olsen's trademark team to be "top practice in Europe"

John Olsen, the head of the recently launched trademark and brand protection practice at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, has said his aim is to make the team the best in Europe.

24 March 2009

Intel rejects Psion's rights in latest NETBOOK clash

Intel has denied that Psion has any rights in the term 'netbook'. The allegations, made in Intel's response to Psion's counterclaims, deal a further blow to the Canadian company whose rights have also come under threat on home soil.

23 March 2009

Threat to global brands as China snubs Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola's attempt to acquire a Chinese juice brand has been rejected by China's Ministry of Commerce. The move has raised concerns that international brand giants may find it difficult to expand into the Chinese market through M&A.

20 March 2009

Hilton hotels sued for trademark infringement

The Hilton hotel group has been sued for trademark infringement by a rival hotel chain in the United States.