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10 October 2016

Alibaba hits back after brands renew pressure on USTR to list sites as notorious markets

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.

08 September 2016

“Help us help you”: international trade groups lay out anti-counterfeiting demands to Alibaba

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.

05 October 2016

Lanham Act goes to the merits of a claim

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.

28 September 2016

The first of the gTLD blockbusters? Assessing the ‘.shop’ launch figures

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?

12 April 2016

Closeness of products important factor in establishing link in Article 8(5) cases

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.

01 February 2016

Star Wars deal propels Disney to top of the ‘most powerful brands’ list

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.

01 December 2017

UDRP blow for Etsy, opportunity for Lego in 3D printing and INTA adopts design guidelines: news round-up

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.

31 January 2018

Amazon overtakes Apple and Google to be named world’s most valuable brand

Amazon has supplanted Google as the world’s most valuable brand, according to the latest Brand Finance Global 500 rankings.

06 September 2018

<strong>Burberry scraps anti-counterfeiting product destruction; will more brands follow suit?</strong>

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?

14 September 2018

<strong>Saudi Arabia to adopt plain packaging, T-ara resolve trademark dispute, and ICANN needs your feedback on RPMs: news round-up</strong>

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.

18 September 2018

Crazy or canny? Tesco trademark ‘misstep’ may actually be a conscious commercial decision

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.

23 November 2018

Supreme and Adidas most counterfeited fashion brands; Taobao remains go-to platform for fakes

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.

23 November 2018

IPOPHL celebrates record haul, Rospatent promotes benefits of GIs, and emoji-tions run high in China: news round-up

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.

22 January 2019

Amazon named most valuable brand in the world, as streaming giants Netflix and iQiyi see massive growth

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.

04 January 2019

Amazon counterfeit problem, Richemont signs up with Alibaba, and branding turns into blanding: news digest

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.