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05 August 2019

Seven counterfeit hotspots that you must be aware of in Kazakhstan

In the next edition of our series highlighting the physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we turn our attention to the locations in Kazakhstan that brand owners should have on their policing radar.

04 August 2019

“Unprecedented” USPTO application surge; FaceApp risk; inside De Beers’ brand portfolio; a blow for Red Bull; plus much more

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

02 August 2019

Brexit warning for trademark lawyers, Yeezy Busta interview, and UK IP minister uncertainty: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a win for adidas, the TTAB stubbing out federal marijuana trademarks again, a YouTube star attempting to sell fake goods as genuine, and much more.

02 August 2019

Court of Milan protects Sisley against unauthorised marketing of products by Amazon

The Company and IP Specialised Division of the Court of Milan has recognised the validity of Sisley’s selective distribution network and ordered Amazon, which is not part of Sisley’s network, to end its marketing of Sisley products.

02 August 2019

Gorilla wars: infringement but no intent

The US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has confirmed that the mark GORILLA GYM, used by Velex Corporation for indoor pull-up bars and accessories, infringed PlayNation’s GORILLA PLAYSETS mark for outdoor children’s playsets.

01 August 2019

Fjällräven’s G 1000 mark cancelled for goods in Class 25

In a decision that deviates from existing case law and administrative practice, the Oslo District Court has cancelled Fjällräven’s registered trademark G 1000 for goods in Class 25, holding that the mark was not used to communicate the commercial origin of the goods.

01 August 2019

“Never seen anything like this” – USPTO experiences massive surge in trademark applications from China

The USPTO experienced a huge rise in trademark applications last week, with a large proportion coming from applicants in China. WTR talks with IP experts and the USPTO about how this unprecedented activity could affect all applicants.

01 August 2019

Unicorn brand portfolios, EUTM top filers and diversity challenges: <em>WTR</em> 80 out now

The Summer 2019 edition of WTR is now available online to subscribers, revealing the top filers at the EUIPO, presenting exclusive interviews with award-winning corporate trademark teams and taking a deep data dive into the brand portfolios of some of the world’s leading unicorns.

01 August 2019

How FaceApp’s terms of use could open risk of infringement that you can’t fight

A media storm has circled around Russian-owned FaceApp over fears that personal data is being sold for potentially nefarious purposes. We speak with an expert about the legal issues that rights holders should be aware of.

01 August 2019

Practical implications of the new EU Copyright Directive

The new EU Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive has significant potential for content creators and publishers – but the nuances of the new rules must be properly understood.

01 August 2019

Best practice in litigation strategies: global perspectives

Trademark experts from around the world offer practical guidance on how to maximise the chances of litigation success in their jurisdiction.

31 July 2019

Plucked wings: breaking down the CJEU’s invalidation of two Red Bull colour trademarks 

A protracted case came to a close this week when Red Bull’s appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union was dismissed. One of the intervenor’s representatives told WTR that the decision should not have any direct impact on existing colour marks.

31 July 2019

What does it take for brands to succeed in China? Top tips from those in the know

Understanding the law is only the first step to successful brand protection in China. WTR gets the scoop from local in-house counsel and private practitioners on how to craft a multifaceted trademark strategy for the region.

31 July 2019

General Court confirms likelihood of confusion between H’UGO’S and HUGO’S BURGER BAR

The EU General Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between the figurative mark HUGO’S BURGER BAR in Classes 29 and 30 and the earlier word mark H’UGO’S in Classes 29, 30 and 43.

30 July 2019

PEPPA PIG device mark invalidated based on prior copyright under Article 32 of Trademark Law  

A Trademark Review and Adjudication Board decision involving a PEPPA PIG device mark has recently been selected as one of the China National Intellectual Property Administration’s top 20 model cases for 2018.