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03 November 2019

Havarti GI backlash; NCAA position change; DNS abuse concern; warning over AI; 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.

02 November 2019

DHgate steps up anti-counterfeiting messaging; denies business relationship with Superbuy

Major Chinese online marketplace DHgate has published a stringent defence of its anti-counterfeiting efforts and – following the discovery of a possible link to Superbuy – denies any relationship with the popular Chinese shipping agent.

01 November 2019

Six counterfeit hotspots that you must be aware of in Indonesia

In the latest edition of our  series on marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods we head to Indonesia.

01 November 2019

Never underestimate the importance of DUNGEONS in Dungeons & Dragons

In Kalypso Media Group GmbH v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between the mark DUNGEONS and the earlier mark DUNGEONS & DRAGONS for games and computer games.

31 October 2019

Trademarks and "style names" - can you tell the difference?

The decision of the Federal Court of Australia in Pinnacle v Triangl provides a new characterisation of the defence that a name is not being used as a trademark, when there is also use of a principal or ‘house’ brand.

30 October 2019

Registry and registrar DNS abuse framework: a positive step that falls short

A group of domain name registries and registers have developed a framework to fight abuse in the DNS. In this guest analysis, the development is welcomed but there are concerns over the narrow definition of DNS abuse.

30 October 2019

McDonald's triumphant in MC DREAMS opposition

In McDreams Hotel GmbH v EUIPO, American fast food giant McDonald's has successfully enforced its rights against a EU trademark application incorporating the prefix ‘Mc’ on the basis of its extensive reputation. 

29 October 2019

Russia's Constitutional Court gives a boost to well-known trademarks

The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation has confirmed that the laws recognising well-known status are constitutional and valid.

29 October 2019

UKIPO postpones Brexit work, Canada plain packaging and KIPO warns of trademark squatters: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at INTA bringing the Unreal Campaign to Lima, the UAE IP office forgoing certain fees, Stan Lee’s daughter suing POW! Entertainment, and much more.

28 October 2019

Blow for Puma as General Court confirms likelihood of confusion between MG PUMA and GINMG in Class 33

The EU General Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between Puma SE’s mark MG PUMA and Destilerias MG SL’s earlier mark GINMG for goods in Class 33.

28 October 2019

Havarti cheese backlash highlights controversial and emotive nature of geographical indications

Last week, the European Commission entered the name ‘Havarti’ onto the register of protected geographical indications. The ensuing backlash serves as a microcosm of the emotive political discourse that surrounds this form of IP protection.

27 October 2019

The Trump Trademarks; Uber exclusive interview; Rubik’s Cube decision reaction; counterfeit hotspots revealed; 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.

25 October 2019

Technological developments widen scope of admissible evidence in opposition proceedings

In recent opposition proceedings, the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office has found that the trademark of a US burger chain was well known within the meaning of Article 6bis of the Paris Convention, even though it had not been used in Turkey.

25 October 2019

Good news for trademark owners and practitioners: new tribunal for opposition matters inaugurated

A new tribunal has recently been inaugurated with a view to accelerating opposition proceedings in Nigeria.

25 October 2019

Supreme most searched fake brand, 'tm.com' for sale, and more unauthorised Greta Thunberg marks: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a new study finding few marketers are confident in consistent brand values, brands being warned of being too political, Diesel engaging in a trademark battle with a reality star, and much more.