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11 November 2019

CJEU refuses to hear appeal in trademark case under new rules

In Wirecard Technologies Gmbh v EUIPO, the Court of Justice of the European Union has decided for the first time that an appeal in a trademark case was inadmissible under new rules that came into force in May 2019.

10 November 2019

OpSec acquires MarkMonitor’s BP business; Korea’s copycat crackdown; WeChat’s USTR rebuttal; Red Cross exclusive interview; 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.

08 November 2019

Are international trademark registrations valid in Zambia?

The recent judgment of the Zambian registrar of trademarks in Sigma-Tau Industrie Farmaceutiche Riunite v Amina Limited deals with the vexed question of whether international registrations are actually valid in Zambia.

08 November 2019

Myanmar trademark office opening, Backcountry.com boycott and Facebook rebrand: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the destination for the DesignEuropa Awards 2020, Kenya and the UK working together to tackle fakes, Monzo fails in ‘hot coral’ trademark attempt, and much more.

08 November 2019

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

In the latest edition of our regular series on marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to the mountainous nation of Nepal.

08 November 2019

ISIPO considers 'legitimate interests' condition under Article 30(a) of the Trademarks Act

The Icelandic Intellectual Property Office has dismissed a claim for the cancellation of the mark LJÓSLEIÐARINN on the ground that the claimant had not met the ‘legitimate interests’ condition under Article 30(a) of the Trademarks Act.

07 November 2019

Patent and Market Court confirms likelihood of confusion between JOHN WHITE and JTI's JOHN SILVER for cigarettes

The Swedish Patent and Market Court has upheld a decision of the Patent and Registration Office finding that there was a likelihood of confusion between Diamond Quest’s JOHN WHITE mark and JTI’s earlier JOHN SILVER marks for cigarettes.

07 November 2019

General Court confirms likelihood of confusion between figurative mark NUME and word mark NUMEDERM

The EU General Court has upheld a decision of the Fifth Board of Appeal of the EUIPO finding that there was a likelihood of confusion between the figurative mark NUME and the earlier word mark NUMEDERM for certain goods in Classes 5, 29 and 30.

06 November 2019

High Court dismisses Glaxo's passing-off claim for competitor's use of the colour purple

The decision of the High Court of England & Wales in Glaxo Wellcome UK Ltd v Sandoz Ltd reaffirms the well-established principles of the tort of passing off and the difficulties of proving goodwill in a colour.

06 November 2019

Harvard Club of Singapore fails to prevent Harvard University from registering HARVARD marks

Harvard University and its former alumni organisation in Singapore have recently clashed in trademark opposition proceedings before the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.

06 November 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots in New York that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest edition of our series on marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to the US state of New York.

05 November 2019

TREBOL case: notoriety as a defence in non-use cancellation actions

Peru’s Administrative Court of Appeals has dismissed an action for the cancellation of the mark TREBOL in Class 1 due to non-use, as the owner had demonstrated that the mark was a variation of the well-known figurative trademark TREBOL in Class 11.  

05 November 2019

The positive placebo effects of high-performance brand reputation revealed

A recent study has brought to light new research revealing that trademarks with a performance-enhancing reputation have a positive placebo effect on consumers – the author telling WTR that the findings help challenge the assumption that consumers lose when they pay extra for a high-prestige brand.

05 November 2019

Tencent mounts defence of WeChat brand protection efforts, but key numbers not yet public

Tencent Holdings’ general counsel has submitted a rebuttal to criticism of the company’s brand protection activities on its WeChat platform, arguing that inclusion on the Office of the US Trade Representative’s next notorious markets list would be “unwarranted”. The document sheds light on how the company is approaching its anti-counterfeiting efforts.

05 November 2019

Brand boycott warning, plain packaging litigation threat and fake gold: news digest 

In our latest news digest, we look at the launch of a new pay-to-use name watching service, US government support for the ‘Amazon’ gTLD application, Imperial Tobacco warning of a court challenge to Canada’s Canadian plain packaging regime, and much more.