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11 June 2019

South African police attacked during counterfeit raid, Chile IP office new director, and Airbnb versus Hairbnb: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the 2 millionth trademark application at the EUIPO, a new report finding that UK students are "actively disloyal" to brands, a collection of fake video games released, and much more.

11 June 2019

Supreme Court issues landmark decision on goods in transit

In a case involving a well-known sportswear company, the Serbian Supreme Court of Cassation has held that the trademark holder was allowed to prohibit the transit through Serbia of goods infringing its IP rights.

10 June 2019

Sensis prevents use of SENSES DIRECT mark in Australia

In Sensis Pty Ltd v Senses Direct Mail and Fulfillment Pty Ltd, the Federal Court of Australia has found that Senses Direct infringed the SENSIS trademark by using SENSES DIRECT in relation to marketing and advertising services.

07 June 2019

Supreme Court: rejection of trademark licence in bankruptcy is breach of contract that does not terminate licensee’s right to use mark

The US Supreme Court has reversed a decision of the First Circuit and held that a debtor-licensor’s rejection of a trademark licence under 11 USC § 365 is a breach of contract, but does not revoke or terminate the trademark licence.  

07 June 2019

Next-generation trademarks: IP Australia on using blockchain to create smart IP rights

In a world first, IP Australia is using blockchain technology to create a “digital representation” of trademark registrations. We speak with the registry’s CIO, Rob Bollard, to find out more.

07 June 2019

HALLOUMI - a cheesy trademark dilemma

Two opposition procedures filed by the Foundation for the Protection of the Traditional Cheese of Cyprus, which owns the collective mark HALLOUMI, have had different outcomes before the Swedish Patent and Trademark Office.  

07 June 2019

First INTA 2020 reception invite, Tom Brady fumbles trademark application, and Toys “R” Us brand returns: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at highlights from the USPTO’s anti-counterfeiting conference, Alibaba’s plan to use blockchain technology for its IP protection system, and much more.

06 June 2019

China steps up IP protection further

On 23 April 2019 the National People’s Congress approved amendments to the Trademark Law and Anti-unfair Competition Law, among others. The speedy approval of these amendments demonstrates China’s dedication to strengthening the protection of IP rights.  

06 June 2019

Parody law in Canada: experts split over need to amend trademark rules

A Quebec court’s ruling in a high-profile parody case has reignited discussion about the treatment of satire in Canadian trademark law. We speak to two market experts, who consider whether more legal clarity is required.

06 June 2019

General Court: Board of Appeal erred in assessing distinctive and dominant character of first name and surname making up trademark

In Andrea Incontri Srl v EUIPO, the EU General Court has held that the Fourth Board of Appeal of the EUIPO had erred in assessing the distinctive and dominant character of the word elements making up the ANDREA INCONTRI mark.

05 June 2019

Success for footwear company Bata as Delhi High Court confirms that POWER mark is well known

In Bata India Limited v Chawla Boot House, the Delhi High Court has recognised that Bata India Ltd’s trademark POWER is well known in India, and restrained the defendant from using the word ‘power’ in respect of footwear and related products.

05 June 2019

Major changes in Finnish trademark law: what IP practitioners need to know

A new Trademarks Act has come into force in Finland, ushering in significant changes for those seeking to protect brands in the country. We speak with leading experts about what international rights holders should be aware of.

05 June 2019

VIRGIN v VIRGINIC: High Court provides guidance on indirect confusion

In Virgin Enterprises Ltd v Virginic LLC, the High Court of England and Wales has upheld Virgin's appeal and held that there was a likelihood of indirect confusion between VIRGINIC and VIRGIN for goods in Class 3.

04 June 2019

Tajikistan amends trademark law; pending applications now published

A law introducing amendments to Tajikistan’s trademark law entered into force at the beginning of this year, bringing about several important changes.

04 June 2019

China’s enforcement changes: “A new opportunity for IP investigations”

Recent changes in China’s IP enforcement landscape have resulted in the newly formed Food and Drugs Crime Investigation Bureau taking on responsibility for IP crime investigations.