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