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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.

26 June 2018

Brexit concerns raised, parody Trump Hotel sparks IP debate, and Jaden Smith in trademark suit: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we take a look at how brands are embracing robot influencers, insights on how to combat malicious imposters, and much more.

25 June 2018

Just what the doctor ordered: the top trademark filer in the US last year was a New York physician

New data has revealed the leading trademark filers at the USPTO in 2017, with a Brooklyn-based doctor beating out major companies to lead the pack. One expert says “trademark league tables might not be dominated by large corporations in the future”.

22 June 2018

Cuba issues first consumer protection rules, IHOB “a flop”, and cost of a country rebrand: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Alibaba and Kantar teaming up to redefine brand building in China, Ukraine's institution of IP inspectors, the musician ordered to pay $2 million for trademark infringement, and more.

19 June 2018

Toys-R-Us brand auction, EUIPO targets scammers and China’s crackdown on World Cup fakes: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Harry Potters fans upset at cease-and-desist letters related to fan festivals, Benelux trademark reform comes into force, China cracking down on World Cup fakes, and much more.

15 June 2018

ICANN steps up GDPR clarity bid, Squire Patton Boggs resolves China dispute, and insights from ECTA 2018: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at various insights from ECTA’s 37th annual conference, how domain registrations for sports betting are on the rise, the Financial Times prevails in trademark dispute, and much more.

14 June 2018

As World Cup gets underway, brands jostle for limelight and authorities prepare for ambush

The 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway in Russia today, and major brands have already kicked off efforts to benefit from the buzz. Meanwhile, the authorities have commenced policing for infringement, with cases already filed centred on the misuse of FIFA’s marks.

12 June 2018

Christian Louboutin declares red soles victory as European court hands down long-awaited decision

The CJEU has issued its decision in Christian Louboutin v Van Haren Schoenen BV, with a ruling that strengthens the protection of the fashion house’s red soles mark.

08 June 2018

World Cup ambush marketing warning, muppet lawyer speaks out, and brands urged to get political: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Velcro Companies releasing a second musical video, a Germany whisky that may sound too Scottish, study finds consumers want brands to speak up about politics, and much more.

08 June 2018

“I wish the US president had opposed my trademark” – applicant of registered Trump mark on treating IP as art

​​​​​​​A popular author has successfully registered a trademark for the term GRABBA THE TRUMP. Talking to World Trademark Review, the applicant states that he enjoys provoking major brands with his trademark applications.

07 June 2018

New EUIPO report charts increasing sophistication and diversification of counterfeiters

The EUIPO has released a new report, compiling research since 2013, to present a comprehensive and updated picture of the scope and impact of IP rights infringement in the European Union.

05 June 2018

Bayer retires Monsanto brand, cocky trademark struck down and Nigeria kit attracts counterfeiters: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Bayer deciding to retire the century-old Monsanto brand name, Kenzo prevailing in a trademark suit, Kenya Revenue authority destroying millions worth of fake alcohol, and much more.

05 June 2018

“Alienating multiple allies” – tariffs harm global battle against counterfeits, associations warn

Two trade associations in the United States have spoken publicly about their concerns over the Trump administration’s recent steel and aluminium tariffs on the European Union, with claims that targeting trade allies “weakens” the ongoing battle against fake goods.

01 June 2018

USPTO proposes paperless future, law firm inequality and liquid crystal anti-counterfeiting: news round-up

In our latest trademark industry news round-up, we look at a notice of proposed rulemaking from the USPTO, Twitter prevailing in a trademark dispute and research exploring law firm gender inequality.