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13 May 2019

Brexit and the future of anti-counterfeiting collaboration

Brexit is a difficult road to travel and ensuring continued high levels of enforcement cooperation will prove difficult. Once the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union, it will effectively become a third country that is unlikely to have direct access to many key databases. 

08 May 2019

Can mum still go to Iceland now that EUIPO has ruled mark invalid?

The affirmation that Iceland Foods’ EU registration for ICELAND is invalid has reinforced the high threshold of proving acquired distinctive character for contested marks and how crucial it is to provide sufficient evidence.

03 May 2019

Court of Appeal finds yet another registered Community design valid but not infringed 

The decision of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in PulseOn Oy v Garmin (Europe) Limited follows a line of cases in which designs have been found to be valid but not infringed, taking into account the degree of design freedom in more technical designs.

02 May 2019

Gleissner companies owe 37% of all unpaid costs at UKIPO since 2018, research reveals

Research from WTR finds that entities related to serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner owe costs in nearly 30 separate UK legal cases, accounting for 37% of all unpaid costs at the UK Intellectual Property Office since the start of 2018. 

30 April 2019

Creating efficiencies in a data-dominated world: inside GSK’s cross-functional IP services division

Sophie Bodet, vice president of legal brand protection and IP services at GSK, tells WTR about how recent collaborations between the patent and brand teams have delivered tangible efficiencies to the wider business – evidencing the return on investment of internal cooperation.

26 April 2019

Trademark Premier League: Manchester United crowned 2019 champions, as Messi pulls ahead of Neymar

With today’s World Intellectual Property Day celebrating the importance of IP in sports, research conducted by WTR finds that Manchester United has the most significant trademark portfolio of any global football club. 

24 April 2019

Another blow for HBO as opposition against GAME OF VAPES fails

Game of Thrones producer HBO has suffered another defeat before the UK Intellectual Property Office: following on from a decision in which registration of GAME OF STONES was allowed for beer, the office has rejected HBO’s opposition against GAME OF VAPES for tobacco products.

24 April 2019

IP Australia, EUIPO and UKIPO ranked most effective IP offices

A new survey conducted by WTR has found that IP Australia is the IP office most lauded by trademark practitioners around the world. However, users raised concerns with operations at a number of IP offices.

16 April 2019

BMW takes the fast lane to victory

In Bayerische Motoren Werke AG v BMW Telecommunications Ltd, the existence of an infringing company name on the UK companies register was sufficient for BMW to be granted summary judgment in its claims for passing off and trademark infringement.

08 April 2019

Appointed person serves final decision in tea dispute

A trademark dispute between luxury tea companies Mariage Frères and TWG Tea Company over the mark SAKURA SAKURA! in the United Kingdom has been settled by a decision of the appointed person.

05 April 2019

Modest progress as gender pay gap narrows at UK law firms with highly-rated trademark practices

UK law firms with highly-ranked trademark practices pay women an hourly rate that is, on average, 19.7% lower than male colleagues, a figure that is higher than the UK national average but represents a slight 3.3% improvement on last year.

03 April 2019

 “You can’t sleep or you will fall behind”: exclusive look inside Alibaba’s fight against fakes

We sit down with Alibaba Group’s vice president and head of global intellectual property enforcement, Matthew Bassiur, to discuss Alibaba’s anti-counterfeiting activities and how it changed industry perception of its enforcement efforts.

02 April 2019

Cornish Pasty ranked most well-known UK GI product, as associations warn of Brexit risk

A new study has identified the most well-known geographical indication (GI) products in the United Kingdom, with GI association experts concurrently warning of the risks that Brexit poses.

01 April 2019

Trump defeats Gleissner in trademark case; UKIPO warns activity risks bringing entire system into disrepute

A trademark for the term TRUMP TV, owned by “infamous trademark troll” Michael Gleissner, has been rejected. As part of the case, the comptroller general of the UK registry decried Gleissner’s “gaming” of the trademark system.

29 March 2019

Change.org responds to The Independent Group new name, IPOS GI registry, and delays at IP Australia: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at consumers being frustrated by “disjointed” brand experiences, an Oregon-based clothing retailer in a trademark fight against Under Armour, brands in an age of political division, and much more.