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24 December 2019

Clearing the market of FMCG counterfeits

Russia’s fast-moving consumer goods market is growing thanks to increasing consumption and accelerated competition between manufacturers and retailers. Players in the market should consider IP protection, advertising and unfair competition when building an effective enforcement strategy.

24 December 2019

How to prove use without invoices – lessons from BIG MAC decision

Any evidence of genuine use is likely to include invoices for products bearing the relevant mark, but what if there are no invoices? The recent BIG MAC case provides useful guidance on which alternative types of evidence are viewed most favourably by the courts and IP offices, and how best to present these.

23 December 2019

Fast-moving change for FMCG industry: how to protect and enforce your IP rights

Changes in consumer preference and behaviour have transformed the fast-moving consumer goods industry. IP rights are fundamental to the success strategy of any consumer goods company, enabling brand owners to protect their brands and consumers from imitations.

20 December 2019

IP Australia fee consultation, Ferrero denied in Singapore, and call for USPTO examining attorney help: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Serbian IPO reducing its fees, the Korean IP Office getting a budget boost, US Senators opposing China’s WIPO director general nominee, and much more

20 December 2019

Relief for Japan Patent Office as “best troll” Ikuhiro Ueda drastically slows trademark filing activity

The world’s most prolific trademark filer, Ikuhiro Ueda, has slowed his activity in recent months. Experts tell WTR that the slowdown will “recover reliability” in Japan’s trademark system, but there is uncertainty whether it is permanent.

20 December 2019

Chinese courts could begin to buckle under the strain of growing IP litigation

Growth figures for China’s IP litigation are enough to give anyone a case of vertigo, with cases increasing at a faster rate than anywhere else on Earth. WTR talks to experts on how the Chinese courts are coping with that litigation demand.

20 December 2019

<em>Shangri-La </em>case: a trademark judgment that will please multinationals

Two recent judgments of the Mauritius Industrial Property Tribunal in Shangri-La Tours Ltd v Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited represent an emphatic victory for the foreign defendant.

20 December 2019

Supreme People's Court clarifies conditions for prior trademark use defence

In a landmark decision, the Supreme People's Court of China has clarified the requirements for the prior use defence under Article 59.3 of the Trademark Law.  

19 December 2019

General Court confirms that there are no formal requirements for proof of use request in opposition proceedings

The decision of the EU General Court in Runnebaum Invest v EUIPO reinforces that there are no formal requirements for a request for proof of genuine use in opposition proceedings, provided that the request is clear and unambiguous.

18 December 2019

Victory for Versace as design is rejected on the ground that it constitutes “unauthorised use of an IP right”

The Turkish Patent and Trademark Office has rejected a design application on the ground that it constituted an unauthorised use of Versace’s figurative trademarks under Article 67/2 of the Intellectual Property Code.

18 December 2019

New Copyright Bill in South Africa, changes to the Lanham Act and merger of Kenyan authorities: 2020 predictions for the Americas, Europe and Africa

Reflecting on an eventful year, WTR asked experts around the world for their top takeaways from 2019 and their expectations for the next 12 months. With recent decisions likely to have a significant effect, we take a closer look at the Americas, Europe and Africa.

17 December 2019

General Court confirms that VIBBLE is confusingly similar to VYBE

In a victory for German telecommunications company Telefonica, the General Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between Soundio’s mark VIBBLE and Telefonica’s earlier mark VYBE.

17 December 2019

Overcoming the challenge of obtaining protection for the Chinese translation of GIs

As with trademark owners, one challenge facing those overseeing geographical indications is securing protection for translated names. However, there are avenues open for exploitation.

17 December 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots in Spain that brand owners must be aware of

In the next edition of our regular series on marketplaces around the world that are reportedly notorious for being havens for fakes, we head to Spain.

17 December 2019

Scotch Whisky GI protection in Cambodia, Cuba joins TMview, and <em>Frozen 2 </em>lawsuit: news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at the Chinese Supreme Court ordering Muji to pay $89,000, US Customs cracking down on fake handbags, the EUIPO inviting comments on its trademark evidence project, and much more.