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01 November 2017

Appeals court strikes blow for London Taxi Company; decision highlights challenge facing shape mark applicants

The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has found that the 3D shapes of particular models of taxi were invalid and therefore not infringed by the manufacturer of the Beardmore models of London taxi.

31 October 2017

USPTO seeks greater cooperation with the Department of Justice in fight against fraudulent solicitation scammers

USPTO Commissioner Mary Boney Denison has expanded on the office’s proactive efforts to clamp down on fraudulent and misleading trademark solicitation campaigns.

19 October 2017

Samsung revealed as brand UK consumers are most loyal to; expert warns of Brexit impact on customer loyalty

A first-of-its-kind research project has revealed the brands that UK consumers are most committed and loyal to, with technology giants Samsung and Apple topping the inaugural ranking.

06 October 2017

Jamie Oliver dispute highlights certification risks; experts say new EU right creates opportunities for canny brands

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver hit the headlines when his online recipes were accused of infringing a US certification mark. The lawsuit coincides with the recent introduction of EU certification rights.

03 October 2017

Familiarity equals value: study suggests overwhelming majority of consumers dislike brand name changes

New research from marketplace platform Onbuy.com has revealed that a high proportion of consumers think negatively about rebrands that involve a name change.

15 September 2017

New report reveals most consumers cannot identify fake food products; brand owners urged to do more

A new report has revealed that few consumers have had personal experience with counterfeit food goods, as three-quarters admitted that they would not be able to identify such fake products.

09 June 2017

After shock UK election result, possible shift in Brexit approach could have significant impact on trademarks

After last night’s unexpected results in the UK general election, the uncertain direction of the Brexit negotiations has become a hot political talking point across the continent.

05 June 2017

As UK election day looms, trademark lawyers prepare for change while political parties barely give intellectual property a glance

After one of the more divisive election campaigns in recent history, the UK electorate heads to the polls this Thursday. While social policies and national security have jostled with Brexit as the most important issue for voters, two new studies demonstrate that the UK’s move to leave the European Union remains a key concern for rights holders around the world. However, while some are adapting their filing strategies in preparation, many remain “perplexed” about what to do.

12 May 2017

UKIPO slammed for "not doing anything proactive to defend existing trademark owners" following Gleissner filing spree

A number of small business owners have contacted World Trademark Review to criticise the UK Intellectual Property Office’s (UKIPO) handling of trademark applications filed by entities related to entrepreneur and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner. One stinging critique, from the owner of IT support firm Purple Computing, questions why the UKIPO is not providing sufficient protection for existing rights holders and claims that the duty to oppose or seek cancellation of marks is too financially burdensome for most small businesses.

04 May 2017

Unjustified threats overhaul receives royal nod, raises prospect of increased weak infringement allegations

With the UK Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act receiving royal assent, clarity on what can be said in pre-action correspondence relating to trademark disputes is a step closer. While the bill has been welcomed, one commentator has warned that the protection from liability afforded to legal advisers could lead to an increase in knowingly weak allegations of infringement.

29 March 2017

As ‘Brexit Day’ arrives, now is the time for brands to identify what IP rights could be affected

The United Kingdom government officially triggered Article 50 at lunchtime today, beginning the two-year process of negotiations that will lead to the UK leaving the European Union. While uncertainty still reigns, the impact on trademarks and designs could be significant – and with Brexit now a certainty, brand owners should ensure they know exactly what rights could be affected once ‘leaving day’ arrives.

29 March 2017

The future of a European brand owners’ association in a global IP community

In 2016 MARQUES, the European Association of Trademark Owners, celebrated the 30th anniversary of its first official conference. In this chapter, Gregor Versondert provides some highlights from this special conference and explains how MARQUES has achieved its objectives within the European and international IP framework.

24 February 2017

Professor slams ‘pro plain packaging for alcohol’ media reports, calls for more research into warning labels

A new study which looks at the effectiveness of warning labels on alcoholic products has slammed media reports claiming that it is advocating for plain packaging. Talking to World Trademark Review, Matthew Field, a professor of psychology at the University of Liverpool, claims the study has been ‘misrepresented’ by the media and voiced doubt that plain packaging would ever be implemented on alcoholic or sugary products.

05 January 2017

Companies must shore up their social media defences in light of Donald Trump’s targeting of brands

Protecting brand reputation and managing the possible legal fallout from crisis situations are some of the main responsibilities of an in-house trademark department. One recent element that has created headaches for numerous brands in that regard is the tweeting habit of US president-elect Donald Trump, and specifically his regular calling out of companies and brands. As he prepares to take office on January 20, we take a look at how brands can react should they be the unwitting target of a Trump Twitter tirade.

16 December 2016

Trademark implications of Brexit, Trump and Samsung Note 7 crisis feature in our most-read list of 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the blogs which received the most reads in the past 12 months.