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24 September 2019

IP Court seeks clarification from Constitutional Court as to whether mark can be recognised as well known retroactively

In a dispute between two Russian cosmetics manufacturers, the IP Court has suspended the proceedings and sent a request for clarification to the Constitutional Court concerning Article 1483 of the Civil Code.

23 September 2019

Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: Sweden

Unlike the EU Intellectual Property Office, the Swedish Patent and Registration Office will examine applications on both absolute and relative grounds.

23 September 2019

The ISETAN TARTAN case: refusal of trademarks that deceive public as to goods’ geographical origin

In Scotch Whisky Association v Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd, the High Court of Singapore has upheld the Scotch Whisky Association’s appeal against the registration of the mark ISETAN TARTAN for all alcoholic beverages except beer and sake.

23 September 2019

Online infringement of American company’s trademark results in imprisonment of Iranian infringer

The Criminal Court of Tehran has sentenced an Iranian scientist to one year of imprisonment for infringement of the American Iron and Steel Institute’s trademarks.

22 September 2019

New safety warning over USPTO rules; Charming Charlie resurrection plans; takeaways from MARQUES; breaking down gender barriers in the IP world; plus much more.

Everything we covered on WTR over the last seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

20 September 2019

Air New Zealand’s CEO on controversial application, praise from Peppa Pig and a blow for adidas: news digest 

In our latest news digest, we look at the backlash centred on a SAGA-branded customer brochure, the latest on Air New Zealand’s controversial Kia Ora application, a China IP firm reportedly mulling a sale, and much more.

20 September 2019

PREZOIL case: the scope of protection of a mark versus the discretion of the Intellectual Property Office

In a controversial decision, the Ecuadorian Intellectual Property Office has rejected an opposition based on information found on the opponent’s website, instead of relying on the trademark registration certificate issued by the office itself.

20 September 2019

Brexit fraud, an uncertain future for GIs and law firm technology – takeaways from MARQUES 2019

As hundreds of trademark practitioners descend on Dublin this week to attend the 2019 MARQUES Annual Conference, we provide key learnings from one of the biggest trademark events of the year.

20 September 2019

Sky’s opposition maintained against Skyworth Group Company Limited’s application to register SKYWORTH

The hearing officer has upheld an opposition by Sky International AG against Skyworth Group Company Limited’s application to register SKYWORTH for goods in Class 9 in Ireland.

20 September 2019

“Your very life may be at risk” – USPTO urged to reconsider domicile requirement due to safety concerns

A new petition to the USPTO requests that new rules regarding physical addresses be reconsidered. Talking exclusively to WTR, the attorney who filed the petition claims that it is “a time-sensitive matter” due to serious ongoing risks.

19 September 2019

Delhi High Court: use of word that is prominent in registered logo mark amounts to infringement

In Max Healthcare v Sahrudya Health Care, the Delhi High Court has held that the use by the defendant of a word that was prominent in the plaintiff’s logo marks amounted to infringement.

19 September 2019

Adultblocks, benchmarking, and second round of gTLDs: brand protection learnings from Foresight 2020

Last week, a seminar was hosted at INTA’s headquarters in New York titled Foresight 2020: State of the Union in the Domain Name Industry. We present takeaways from the event in this exclusive guest post.

19 September 2019

CJEU clarifies jurisdiction in online infringement cases: the consumers' country is the place of infringement

In a victory for trademark owners, the Court of Justice of the European Union has clarified the issue of jurisdiction in cases involving the online infringement of EU trademarks.

18 September 2019

Roughing the applicant: USPTO refuses Tom Brady’s TOM TERRIFIC trademark applications

The USPTO has refused New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s applications for TOM TERRIFIC in Classes 16 and 25, finding that the mark was “uniquely and unmistakably” associated with former New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver.

18 September 2019

Trademark litigation in Brazil: 12 key questions answered

In the second part of this focus on enforcement in Brazil series, 12 key questions on litigation processes and strategies are answered.