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28 November 2019

Instagram urged to verify advertisers as counterfeits problem worsens

Social media platforms are suffering a significant uplift in illicit activity from counterfeiters taking advantage of the Black Friday buzz – with Instagram identified as particularly problematic in recent weeks.

28 November 2019

Shanghai court innovates with punitive damages for trademark infringement: IP owners can aim higher

In a landmark decision, the Shanghai Pudong District Court has awarded punitive damages equal to three times the proven damages to a foreign sportswear company.

27 November 2019

OUTSOURCE 2 INDIA case: purely descriptive terms may not always be registered by other traders

In invalidity proceedings against the mark OUTSOURCE 2 INDIA, the Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed that a finding of bad faith does not necessarily require the existence of earlier trademark rights.

26 November 2019

Unregistered designs - how to disclose and save novelty

The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in London has referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union two questions on unregistered Community design rights which have been discussed in legal literature for years.

26 November 2019

China issues IP directive, Jay-Z settles dispute, and lessons from Backcountry: news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at INTA electing its 2020 president, US Customs confiscating nearly 20,000 fake watches, a change at the Palestine registry, WIPO marking its 1.5 millionth international registration, and much more.

26 November 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots in the Czech Republic that brand owners must be aware of

In another edition of our regular series on marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeits, we head to the Central European nation of the Czech Republic.

25 November 2019

Handling secret corporate rebrands: exclusive interview with Expedia’s Jennifer Bollen

Playing an integral role in managing Expedia Group's expansive portfolio is Jennifer Bollen, senior paralegal, who speaks to WTR about the challenge of managing a secret rebrand.

25 November 2019

Against the grain? General Court finds that SIR BASMATI RICE is descriptive

The EU General Court has held that the mark SIR BASMATI RICE would be recognised by a not insignificant part of the relevant public as directly and exclusively describing a well-known variety of savoury rice which is grown in India.

25 November 2019

SoulCycle obtains registration of SOUL mark on appeal

The general director of the Industrial Property Office has reversed a decision of the Trademark Office refusing to register SoulCycle’s trademark SOUL in Class 41 based on the earlier figurative trademark SOUL CAFÉ, also in Class 41.

24 November 2019

Latest Gleissner decisions; wellbeing warning; INTA exclusive interview; insurance brands; plus much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

22 November 2019

<em>Princeton Vanguard v Frito-Lay</em>: each party gets a single choice of which type of appeal to pursue

In a case of first impression, a district court has held that a party having once appealed a decision of the TTAB to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit cannot thereafter appeal the board’s decision on remand to a district court.

22 November 2019

Tempting Brands retains the PIERRE DE COUBERTIN trademark in New Zealand

The High Court of New Zealand has put an end to the dispute between the International Olympic Committee and Tempting Brands over the trademark PIERRE DE COUBERTIN.

22 November 2019

Michael Gleissner versus Apple and Samsung: millionaire defeated in Benelux and UK

Two recent trademark cases in Benelux and the UK have landed significant blows to notorious millionaire Michael Gleissner’s unprecedented trademark activity. According to one expert, they clearly demonstrate that IP offices are “not a playground for vexatious parties”.

22 November 2019

INTA award winners, Brexit Party cease-and-desist, and Chile IPO deadline extensions: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the EUIPO approving the Strategic Plan 2025, Nominet releasing its Criminality Report, WIPO kicking off a new case law publication series, and much more.