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07 September 2018

<strong>Letter marks: Supreme Court provides guidance on distinctiveness</strong>

The Thai Supreme Court has held that a figurative mark consisting of the letters ‘B’, ‘F’ and ‘t’ was sufficiently distinctive to be registrable under the Trademark Act. 

06 September 2018

<strong>IPOS dismisses adidas opposition on lack of similarity</strong> <strong>in basic geometric shapes</strong>

The IP Office of Singapore has rejected adidas’ opposition against a device mark on multiple grounds, holding that adidas’ earlier mark had only a normal level of inherent technical distinctiveness.  

05 September 2018

Supreme Court rules that AMERICAN UNIVERSITY trademark is inherently distinctive

In a notable decision, Korea’s Supreme Court has ruled that the mark AMERICAN UNIVERSITY was sufficiently distinctive among South Korean consumers to be registered in connection with university education services.

29 August 2018

Kapow! How to manage marks in the world of comic books

Fluid marks can breathe new life into a brand and are frequently used to grab audience attention. However, a trademark must be used consistently to maintain its registration.

26 August 2018

Harmonisation in practice: a dialogue about foreign trademarks

Industry experts from the United States, the European Union and China outline the key considerations for those looking to expand their portfolios internationally.

24 August 2018

P&G applications sparks WTF reaction, Pinduoduo’s counterfeit crackdown, and McCarthy on the move: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at how the USPTO is seeking input on its draft strategic plan, Aerosmith sending a cease-and-desist to US President Donald Trump, a trademark dispute involving Bob Dylan, and much more.

10 August 2018

Trademark "reveals" Star Trek series name, T-ARA denied, and PewDiePie responds to “fake” sponsorship: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a call to boycott a Hawaiian food chain over trademark enforcement, an analysis of cutting-edge technologies being developed in the fight against counterfeit food, and much more.

08 August 2018

AI boosts counterfeit seizures in Hong Kong; expert claims focus should be on small package detection

​​​​​​Customs authorities in Hong Kong have managed to increase the seizure rate of fake goods by one-third in the first half of 2018 thanks to the use of artificial intelligence.

03 August 2018

Defunct NFL franchise trademarks, counterfeiters target Kickstarter and Pinduoduo investigated: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at how tomato DNA is being used to combat dangerous counterfeits, the Vega+ games console losing branding rights, and much more.

03 August 2018

MISS EARTH case: ex parte injunction vacated as plaintiff suppressed material facts

An Indian court has vacated an ex parte injunction preventing the defendants from using the mark MISS EARTH as a title in respect of a beauty pageant.

01 August 2018

Anti-sanction bill keeps intellectual property in safe harbour

A new anti-sanction bill aimed at the prevention and suppression of unlawful and hostile foreign actions is now in force in Russia. Importantly, the bill generally does not concern the IP assets of foreign legal entities.

27 July 2018

Rush to register French football star Mbappé's name highlights China's rampant trademark squatting problem

The rush to register Kylian Mbappé’s name following the 2018 FIFA World Cup serves as an important reminder that celebrities and businesses should have a strategy in place to protect their marks in China.

24 July 2018

“Don’t panic” – new entrants to Madrid Protocol give mixed feedback on their experience since accession

​​​​​​​Law firm practitioners in jurisdictions that have adopted the Madrid Protocol in recent years have shared their experience in an exclusive survey. While some praised the system, other were scathing about its impact.

24 July 2018

Plain packaging for bank loans, Honduras to appeal WTO ruling and legality of Burberry burning: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the TTAB siding with Italian fashion brand Gucci in a dispute with a family member of Gucci’s founder, Kazakhstan enacting new IP law amendments, and much more.

24 July 2018

Dispute between Dunlop and Goodyear highlights importance of maintaining control over use of marks

In Dunlop v Goodyear, the Federal Court of Australia has considered a dispute over the use and registration of the mark DUNLOP and the 'flying D' device mark.