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26 October 2018

A perfect match? How marketing and legal can create a productive partnership

The historical ‘us versus them’ mentality between marketing and legal departments is not an inevitability – with the right approach, the relationship can be productive and mutually beneficial.

31 July 2015

We’re taking a summer break – and here are our most-read stories of 2015 so far

The WTR Premium Daily email will be taking a summer break over August, with the full blog and Premium Daily email service for subscribers recommencing on Tuesday September 1. In the meantime, we take a look back at the most-read articles and legal updates in the first seven months of 2015 on World Trademark Review.

26 October 2018

Nepal drafting new IP law, Burberry settles Target dispute, and China working to eradicate trademark hoarding: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a video game legend recalling a controversial trademark dispute from the 1990s, a poll about the perception of plain packaging, a Brexit update, and much more.

30 September 2019

Building an effective enforcement strategy to fight unfair competition in advertising

In the fight against unfair marketing practices, businesses operating in Russia would be well advised to understand the correlation between unfair advertising and unfair competition and to take account of the relevant legal provisions so as to build up an effective enforcement strategy.

29 March 2017

Trademark procedures and strategies: Russia

Legal protection of trademarks in Russia is governed by the relevant provisions of Part 4 of the Civil Code 2008 (the latest amendments to which were enacted on July 4 2016). The Civil Code also provides the basics for registration procedures, which are developed in detail in the administrative regulations of the Russian Trademark Office (Rospatent).

16 June 2015

'Attempt' to attract internet users for commercial gain sufficient under UDRP

In a recent case under the UDRP, a WIPO panel has ordered the transfer of a domain name to an American rap singer and his company. Among other things, the panel rejected the respondent's argument that he did not earn any money from the click-through advertisements on the website, as the attempt to attract internet users for commercial gain - and not the actual commercial success - already constituted evidence of bad faith.

03 July 2017

Law firm hacks, YouTube takedowns and the rise of the Google brand: our top trademark stories of 2017 so far

As we reach the halfway point of 2017, we reveal the most-read blogs and Premium Updates on World Trademark Review so far this year – with online spats, trademark solicitation scams, INTA grand finale overcrowding and cyber-attacks on law firms all featured in the top 20.

22 March 2011

Senate report makes 18 recommendations to improve IP protection

The final report of the information mission created by the Senate’s Law Commission to assess the efficiency of Law 2007-1544 on the fight against counterfeiting has been published. The report makes 18 recommendations to improve the protection of intellectual property. For example, it recommends the creation of a new status alongside the existing status of 'editor' and 'host' created by the E-commerce Directive.

01 January 2016

Tools at the ready

Based on feedback from key figures across the trademark community, World Trademark Review presents some of the most useful online tools that can be used by counsel to streamline daily workflows

02 November 2019

DHgate steps up anti-counterfeiting messaging; denies business relationship with Superbuy

Major Chinese online marketplace DHgate has published a stringent defence of its anti-counterfeiting efforts and – following the discovery of a possible link to Superbuy – denies any relationship with the popular Chinese shipping agent.

01 March 2016

United Kingdom: Navigating the social media environment

The increase in different media channels continues to present difficulties in clearing marks for use and steering a business on brand selection

29 April 2016

A fresh slant for 2016

A number of important decisions were handed down in 2015. A key theme for the year – and one that is yet to be resolved – was the constitutional debate regarding the Section 2(a) ban on disparaging trademarks

01 July 2015

Advertising and infringement: a comparative global overview

Trademark experts from 12 jurisdictions outline the legal position on the use of third-party trademarks in advertising campaigns

21 April 2015

Court of Appeal at odds on own name defence and non-use revocation

In Maier v ASOS plc, the Court of Appeal has found that the defendants’ use of the mark ASOS created a likelihood of confusion and damaged the distinctive character of the CTM ASSOS. Nevertheless, by a majority decision, the defendants were held to be able to rely on the 'own name' defence against trademark infringement. Significantly, the court acknowledged the importance of notional and fair use of a mark when assessing infringement and invalidity.

01 January 2016

Italy: Italian protection for geographical indications

Protection for geographical indications and designations of origin is highly effective in Italy, especially when it comes to collective trademarks