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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.

19 March 2009

Trademarks threatened by keywords decisions in European Union

The ECJ this week heard the arguments of Google and LVMH in a long-running battle over keywords, while the German Federal Supreme Court finally published its decision on a similar matter.

16 March 2009

Cybersquatting on the rise as ICANN prepares to launch gTLDs

As ICANN prepares to introduce a new wave of generic top-level domains, the number of cybersquatting complaints filed by mark owners last year rose by 8%.

09 March 2009

IP lawyers call for removal of the Philippines from Special 301 list

A group of high-ranking IP lawyers in the Philippines has called for the removal of their country from the United States Trade Representative's Special 301 list.

04 March 2009

Card game companies trade blows over hologram mark

The Upper Deck Company has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against its rival Konami after the latter continued selling trading cards bearing the former’s holographic mark upon the termination of a distribution agreement.

02 March 2009

Intel sued for cybersquatting in NETBOOK battle

Intel has been countersued for trademark infringement, unfair competition and cybersquatting in the latest development of the NETBOOK dispute.

27 February 2009

Bank of America's IP counsel urges vigilance over trademarks

Banking trademarks are at greater risk during the recession as fraudsters prey on concerned consumers, says the IP corporate counsel at the world’s largest bank.

26 February 2009

Sweden passes new enforcement law – at last

Sweden’s Parliament has finally passed the bill that will implement the EU IP Enforcement Directive.

25 February 2009

Chinese anti-counterfeiting action erupts in violence

Angry vendors of knock-off goods have stormed the office of a Beijing IP firm to protest against a new anti-counterfeiting plan at Silk Street Market.

23 February 2009

IP rights awareness in Hong Kong hits all-time high

Public awareness of IP rights has reached record levels in Hong Kong, according to a survey commissioned by the Intellectual Property Department.

16 February 2009

Jones Day settles highly controversial trademark dispute

Jones Day has reached a settlement with BlockShopper in its trademark dispute over the real estate company’s use of web links to the law firm’s website.

13 February 2009

Recession hits bank brands by $218 billion

The value of the of the top 500 banking brands has dived by $218 billion, according to the 2009 Brand Finance Top 500 Global Banking Brands report.

12 February 2009

Global experts disagree in dilution debate

Leading trademark experts yesterday called attention to the global “puzzlement” over anti-dilution laws.

11 February 2009

Confused reaction to “opaque” smell-alike opinion

Observers have reacted to the long-awaited opinion of the advocate general of the ECJ in L’Oréal v Bellure with confusion and some consternation.

10 February 2009

Obama transparency in conflict with ACTA secrecy

Leading US think tanks are relying on President Obama’s commitment to transparency in their legal challenge to the secrecy surrounding the negotiations over the Anti-counterfeiting Trade Agreement.