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13 May 2019

Brexit and the future of anti-counterfeiting collaboration

Brexit is a difficult road to travel and ensuring continued high levels of enforcement cooperation will prove difficult. Once the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union, it will effectively become a third country that is unlikely to have direct access to many key databases. 

13 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Western Balkans

With a population of more than 20 million divided among seven jurisdictions, the Western Balkans has the potential to be a fertile ground for the production and distribution of counterfeit goods. Due to its geographical location, the Western Balkans is well connected to other regions and continents.

13 May 2019

Border seizure measures in the European Union

According to a series of studies on IP infringement published in December 2016 by the EU Intellectual Property Office, the presence of fake goods in the marketplace causes the EU economy to lose over €83 billion and 790,000 jobs every year, as well as €14.3 billion in government revenue.

03 May 2019

Court of Appeal finds yet another registered Community design valid but not infringed 

The decision of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in PulseOn Oy v Garmin (Europe) Limited follows a line of cases in which designs have been found to be valid but not infringed, taking into account the degree of design freedom in more technical designs.

02 May 2019

Success for Inditex as General Court upholds appeal in ZARA case

The EU General Court has upheld an appeal by Inditex, the owner of the mark ZARA, finding that use of the figurative ZARA mark would give rise to a risk of unfair advantage being taken of Inditex’s mark.

02 May 2019

Gleissner companies owe 37% of all unpaid costs at UKIPO since 2018, research reveals

Research from WTR finds that entities related to serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner owe costs in nearly 30 separate UK legal cases, accounting for 37% of all unpaid costs at the UK Intellectual Property Office since the start of 2018. 

01 May 2019

Surprise decision on EU goods in transit provides welcome boost for rights holders

A somewhat surprising – and widely criticised – decision from the Court of Justice of the European Union on the debranding and rebranding of goods in transit has provided trademark owners with a valuable tool for enforcing their IP rights.

01 May 2019

Why active advertising services need active anti-counterfeiting measures

A recent judgment in a dispute between Facebook and Tommy Hilfiger could have a significant impact on the fight against fakes.

30 April 2019

General Court: outward use not necessarily aimed at end consumers

In Hesse v EUIPO, the EU General Court has upheld a decision of the First Board of Appeal of the EUIPO in revocation proceedings involving the mark TESTA ROSSA, rejecting arguments relating to proof of use and equal treatment.

29 April 2019

Success for Absolut as EU Trademark Court of Appeal finds infringement of well-known marks for shape of Malibu bottle

Section 8 of the Alicante Court of Appeal, acting as the EU Trademark Court, has declared that a product marketed under the name Ibiza Beach infringed The Absolut Company AB’s trademarks for the shape of its Malibu bottle.

26 April 2019

Trademark Premier League: Manchester United crowned 2019 champions, as Messi pulls ahead of Neymar

With today’s World Intellectual Property Day celebrating the importance of IP in sports, research conducted by WTR finds that Manchester United has the most significant trademark portfolio of any global football club. 

26 April 2019

Opposition Division finds likelihood of confusion between SO DIVINE and SO…? LOVELY

The Opposition Division of the EUIPO has partially upheld an opposition against the registration of the figurative mark SO DIVINE due to a likelihood of confusion with earlier SO…? LOVELY marks.

25 April 2019

General Court: Board of Appeal should have examined alleged enhanced distinctiveness of earlier mark

The EU General Court has annulled a decision of the First Board of Appeal of the EUIPO in which the latter had found that there was no likelihood of confusion between the trademarks BALEA and ALBÉA.

24 April 2019

How to effectively measure return on investment in online brand protection – upcoming webinar

On Thursday 2 May, WTR will be hosting a free-to-access webinar focused on measuring the return on investment of online brand protection. Crucially, the exploration will highlight why traditional approaches may not resonate with the C-suite.

24 April 2019

Another blow for HBO as opposition against GAME OF VAPES fails

Game of Thrones producer HBO has suffered another defeat before the UK Intellectual Property Office: following on from a decision in which registration of GAME OF STONES was allowed for beer, the office has rejected HBO’s opposition against GAME OF VAPES for tobacco products.