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22 June 2018

Cuba issues first consumer protection rules, IHOB “a flop”, and cost of a country rebrand: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Alibaba and Kantar teaming up to redefine brand building in China, Ukraine's institution of IP inspectors, the musician ordered to pay $2 million for trademark infringement, and more.

21 February 2018

Spreading the message – the IP offices taking significant strides to engage with the public about trademarks

In the third part of our series tracking IP office innovation, we take a deep dive into how registries are spreading the trademark message to a wider audience.

20 February 2018

Online trailblazers – the IP offices breaking new ground in digital services, and those falling behind

In the second of our four-part series on IP office innovation, we take a look at digital tools and services. We reveal the registries leading the way in areas including website functionality, e-filings and open data access.

12 January 2018

Havana Club hostility, new UK IP minister, and General Mills 'logo trolls’ Kellogg’s: news round-up

In our latest news round-up we look at the announcement of a new IP minister in the UK, INTA welcomes its new president, the latest development in the long-running Havana Club dispute, and much more.

01 January 2018

Mexico: Cat and mouse: how rights holders chase online infringers

The anonymity offered by the Internet is a significant lure for infringers. However, despite the online landscape being largely ungoverned, Mexican rights holders can still take steps to protect their intellectual property

08 December 2017

US retail brands are teeming with life despite the so-called 'retail apocalypse': exclusive data analysis

World Trademark Review takes an in-depth look at the retail sector. As one of the most dynamic branding environments of any industry sector, we analyse how the top brands in this field have performed.

07 November 2017

Peru joins the TMview online search tool

The Peruvian Trademark Office (PTO) has joined the TMview online search tool and made its trademark database available to any interested persons worldwide. This is the result of an agreement signed between the EU Intellectual Property Office and the PTO.

01 May 2017

New decision highlights legal risks surrounding AdWords in Brazil

A recent decision on Google AdWords represents a paradigm shift in court thinking and sounds alarm bells for both advertisers and search engines doing business in Brazil

01 March 2017

Mexico: Expansion of domains in Mexico

Managing domain names involves maximising business opportunities while protecting against infringement. A clear internal domain name policy can help to reconcile these aims

19 October 2016

Domain name dispute resolution in Peru

The World Intellectual Property Organisation Arbitration and Mediation Centre has recently issued an important decision after Facebook Inc filed a complaint against Master Inc in order to obtain the transfer of the domain name ‘facebook.com.pe’.

18 July 2016

Asian and South American netizens have highest awareness of new gTLDs – but uptake is another question

ICANN recently published the findings of its latest Global Consumer Research Survey, aimed at measuring the progress of the new gTLD landscape. The findings highlight an encouraging trend in terms of awareness of new gTLDs – particularly in regions where internet use is growing most rapidly. But the evidence of new gTLDs as a web navigation tool is disappointing.

04 February 2016

E-commerce: protecting your IP rights in Venezuela

This chapter outlines the actions that rights holders can take to protect their rights on the Internet and prevent the import, storage and online sale of infringing goods. It also summarises methods of securing compensation for damages.

24 July 2015

Nike obtains victory against online platform operator

In Nike International Ltd v Compañía de Medios Digitales CMD SA, the Federal Civil and Commercial Court of Appeals has held that the operator of the online platform Mas Oportunidades was liable for publishing advertisements for goods that were obviously infringing. Nike had sued the operator after becoming aware that certain users were advertising Nike “replicas” and “imitations”.

27 November 2014

Supreme Court's Rodríguez v Google decision represents victory for search engines

In Rodríguez v Google Inc, the Supreme Court has ruled that search engines may be held liable for third-party content only if they fail to remove such content after having been requested to do so. Although the main issue in this case was the alleged infringement of the plaintiff’s rights to honour and image, the decision is a clear guide on how trademark owners should proceed when facing infringements online.

23 June 2014

Special prosecutor orders closure of websites selling counterfeit products

Thanks to the Special Prosecutor for Crimes against Intellectual Property and Computer Security, Panama has set a precedent regarding the country's position as to websites selling counterfeit and infringing products. Over the past months, the prosecutor has ordered that three websites be shut down for illegal activities.