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25 July 2018

Court gives Nestlé appeal the finger in long-awaited KitKat shape mark decision

​​​​​​​The Court of Justice of the European Union has dismissed appeals brought in the high-profile ‘4 Finger KitKat’ case, ruling that the EUIPO must reconsider whether the three-dimensional shape can be retained as an EU trademark.

24 July 2018

Plain packaging for bank loans, Honduras to appeal WTO ruling and legality of Burberry burning: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the TTAB siding with Italian fashion brand Gucci in a dispute with a family member of Gucci’s founder, Kazakhstan enacting new IP law amendments, and much more.

24 July 2018

The USPTO should require foreign applicants to engage US counsel: guest op-ed

The USPTO may require applicants from outside of the United States to hire an authorised practitioner to prosecute their applications. In this guest policy op-ed, one IP expert argues that the move would help maintain the integrity of US trademarks.

23 July 2018

Is the Brexit fog lifting? UKIPO confirms plan for “free” conversion of EU trademarks to UK register

In newly-released comments, the UKIPO has confirmed that the UK will protect all existing EU trademarks and registered Community designs when the country leaves the EU. Crucially, the transfer of 1.5 million rights will be automatic and free-of-charge.

20 July 2018

Snoop Dogg swats away Gleissner mark, Nestlé sells brands, and artificial nose identifies fake cheese: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner’s mixed week at the UKIPO, another Conor McGregor trademark fight, the most expensive domain name sale of 2018 so far, and much more .

17 July 2018

Piggyback marketing, Alibaba expands on anti-counterfeiting efforts, and brands urged to use memes: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at China kicking off an online infringement campaign, Helly Hansen launching a trademark lawsuit against an Italian streetwear brand, a detailed look at the Cockygate story, and much more.

13 July 2018

Chanel takes eBay seller to court, Richemont pulls ‘.brands’, and STORMY DANIELS mark refused: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the Philippines IP Office expanded fee waiver program, the World Cup teams fined for displaying unauthorised branding, the most trusted brands according to young people, and much more.

10 July 2018

Novichok trademark flurry, gift shop seeks IT'S COMING HOME mark and IHOb is no more: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the UK gift shop seeking registered trademark protection for "It's coming home", the new Cornish pasties authentication scheme, Kenya stepping up its anti-counterfeit efforts, and much more.

09 July 2018

“Flagrant degree of cynicism” – Michael Gleissner slammed in TRUMP TV opposition decision

Serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner lost in an opposition decision at the UK IP Office for the trademark TRUMP TV. The hearing officer blasted the entrepreneur and ordered him to pay £15,000 to a company related to US President Donald Trump.

06 July 2018

Brazil IP Office shuts for World Cup game, role of testosterone in brands, and Kitty Pryde owns X-Men mark: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at rising trademark application filings at the USPTO in 2018, INTA looking to the leaders of tomorrow, the world’s first bank-grade QR code solution for fighting fakes, and much more.

03 July 2018

T-ARA trademark refused, Japanese toymakers fight fakes and the cost of defending plain packaging: news round-up

In our latest edition, we look at India’s largest consumer goods company turning up the heat on infringers, how to avoid genericism, the decline in electronic counterfeits reports, ‘.uk’ dispute statistics, and much more.

03 July 2018

Registered trademark protection helps US companies to innovate and grow, new study reveals

Research from the USPTO has revealed that registered trademark protection helps companies to grow, employ more people and innovate. Along with a slew of similar research findings, the study reinforces efforts to communicate the benefits of trademark rights.

02 July 2018

INTA “extremely disappointed” with WTO plain packaging ruling, considering next steps

In a landmark ruling, the World Trade Organisation has upheld Australia’s tobacco plain packaging regime as being consistent with its trade obligations. The response has been mixed, with INTA voicing its disappointment and confirmed it is regrouping on the issue.

29 June 2018

Positive ‘Swissness’ results, IACC and EURid partner up, and the first family of counterfeit hunting: news round-up

We look at a new law in China that could boost the fight against fakes, a comedian seeking over $100 million in infringement damages, a leaked email revealing “efforts to trademark Clean Meat”, and much more.

28 June 2018

Trump administration tariffs “could help legitimise fake goods”: trade associations join up to sound alarm bells

Six major US trade associations have joined forces to send a letter warning that the Trump administration’s recent tariffs place “significant barriers on the fight against harmful fakes” and calls for an urgent rethink.