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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.

09 February 2009

Setback for Budvar in GI battle with Budweiser

The attempts of Budejovický Budvar to enforce geographical indication protection for its BUD mark in Austria have been hit following an opinion from the ECJ’s advocate general.

05 February 2009

US law firms threatened by pharma merger

The Pfizer-Wyeth merger could have a damaging impact on law firms, a well-known US IP practitioner has warned.

29 January 2009

Global questions raised by US-China dispute over TRIPs

The World Trade Organization has published its panel decision on the dispute raised by the United States over China’s alleged failure to comply with a number of requirements in the TRIPs Agreement.

28 January 2009

Saudi customs authorities work with private sector to fight counterfeiting

The Saudi Arabia Customs Authority has signed a memorandum of understanding with a fraud and counterfeiting-detection company.

23 January 2009

Confusion likely over landmark German keywords decisions

The German Federal Supreme Court has referred a fundamental question to the ECJ in its eagerly awaited decisions on three landmark Google AdWords cases.

20 January 2009

New INTA president eases recession fears for trademark professionals

Speaking exclusively to WTR, Richard Heath, the new president of INTA, has confirmed that the organization will continue to promote IP investment as means of driving the global economy out of the downturn.

19 January 2009

Coca-Cola’s IP counsel praises Company Names Tribunal procedure

The first application to the United Kingdom’s new Company Names Tribunal has reached its conclusion in favour of the claimant Coca-Cola, which has praised the new system.

16 January 2009

In-house counsel shrug off reports of a slump

Senior in-house trademark practitioners have said the global recession should not adversely affect their practices, despite the results of a new survey revealing that almost half of all companies reduced marketing budgets in 2008.

15 January 2009

US crowns China top of the counterfeiters

Over 80% of the world’s counterfeit goods originate from China, according to figures published by the US Customs and Border Protection team. The stark news comes despite the recent smashing of a major software piracy ring and increased anti-counterfeiting measures.

12 January 2009

US mark owner bows to public opinion in MONSTER dispute

A US brand owner known for filing aggressive trademark infringement suits has agreed on a landmark settlement that ignites a debate on the fine line between policing a valuable mark at the expense of a good reputation.