Submissions to the Office of the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) annual request for comments to identify the online and physical markets that should be included in the 2016 Notorious Markets List has seen renewed calls for Alibaba to be relisted. However, the online giant has confirmed the filing of a rebuttal comment, telling World Trademark Review that its submission describes its steadfast efforts to fight counterfeiters online.
A coalition of international brand and trade groups has sent a letter to senior figures at Alibaba Group highlighting continued concerns around the implementation of effective anti-counterfeiting measures on its platforms. While the letter includes scathing criticisms of some of the currently available tools – decrying the processing of non-good faith notices as “woeful” – it offers a number of practical recommendations on how the online giant could improve.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has held in Trader Joe’s Company v Hallatt that the extraterritorial reach of the Lanham Act is a question of the claim’s merits rather than a question of the court’s subject-matter jurisdiction.
This week the ‘.shop’ gTLD hit general availability, with the registry behind the string revealing that it registered almost 40,000 domains in the first 30 minutes of sales. Watchers of the expanded online space – particularly trademark owners seeking to gauge the need for defensive registrations – have been awaiting the launch of strings that go truly mainstream. So is the early performance of ‘.shop’ a sign that the blockbusters are now arriving?
The Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market Opposition Division has upheld an opposition that there was a risk that The Body Shop International's use of the term SPA WISDOM would take unfair advantage of the distinctive character or repute of the Benelux trademark SPA. Its decision was confirmed by the Fourth Board of Appeal.
Walt Disney has supplanted Lego as the world’s most powerful brand, according to the Brand Finance Global 500 2016. Acquisition activity has played a key role, with Marvel and Lucasfilm properties propelling the Walt Disney brand up the brand strength league table.
In our latest round-up, we consider US tax reforms which will make IP assets abroad less valuable, present coverage from the INTA’s Brand Authenticity Conference, and much more.
Amazon has supplanted Google as the world’s most valuable brand, according to the latest Brand Finance Global 500 rankings.
Fashion giant Burberry announced today that it will stop the practice of “destroying unsaleable products” with immediate effect. Could the move lead to other brands in the luxury sector to cease the practice of product destruction?
In our latest round-up, we look at the US brands with the most loyal customers, 7-Eleven taking a menswear brand to court for alleged trademark infringement, and much more.
Supermarket chain Tesco has been the focus of media coverage due to the lack of registered trademark protection for its new discount store brand Jack's, a move described as “absolute madness”. However, the reality is a more nuanced.
A recent survey on the “world’s largest replica discussion board” has revealed insights into the demographics, habits and brand affinity of those who regularly buy fake fashion goods.
In our latest round-up, we look at $7 million worth of counterfeit condoms being seized in China, Canada Goose opening an additional office in Beijing, and much more.
Amazon has solidified its position as the world’s most valuable brand in the latest Brand Finance Global 500 report, with Microsoft and Huawei seeing significant year-on-year growth.
In our latest news digest, we look at the Minnesota Vikings being mocked over a trademark application, the startup which prevailed in a trade dress battle, Trump reusing a notorious Game of Thrones-inspired poster, and much more.