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17 September 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots that you should be aware of in Chile

For the next edition of our series on physical marketplaces around the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head back to Latin America and focus on Chile. 

17 September 2019

Strategies and pitfalls with fees under Canada’s new trademark regime

On 17 June 2019 significant amendments were introduced to the Trademarks Act with a view to bringing Canada’s trademark regime into line with the Nice Agreement, among others. This update provides some fee-based strategies to use under the amended act.

17 September 2019

Peruvian authorities crack down on counterfeiters: huge raid conducted in Lima shopping centre

The Peruvian authorities have recently carried out one of the biggest-ever strikes against counterfeiters, raiding 120 informal establishments in the Polvos Azules shopping centre, a hotspot for fakes in Peru.

16 September 2019

MONOPOLY case: a new light on bad faith?

The decision of the Board of Appeal of the EUIPO in invalidity proceedings involving Hasbro Inc’s mark MONOPOLY marked a new approach in the application of the concept of ‘bad faith’ under Article 59(1)(b) of the Trademark Regulation.

16 September 2019

“Some lawyers don’t recognise the importance of paralegals”: TMAP’s co-chairs on the value of administrators

As INTA’s annual Trademark Administrators and Practitioners meeting got underway in Berlin, WTR sat down with the conference co-chairs to explore how the legal community can better support, and benefit from, their paralegal colleagues.

16 September 2019

Delhi High Court: VISTARA deserves to be recognised as well-known mark

In Tata Sia Airlines Ltd v Pilot 18 Aviation Book Store, the Delhi High Court has permanently restrained the defendants from using the trademark VISTARA and directed them to pay Rs200,000 in costs to the plaintiff.

13 September 2019

Defensive trademark registrations: the adidas and Mastercard cases

In two recent cases, defensive EU trademarks belonging to adidas and Mastercard have been cancelled on the grounds of non-use.

13 September 2019

Superbuy CEO denies link to WeGoBuy; pledges to join fight against counterfeit goods

The CEO of Chinese shopping agent Superbuy has vowed to work with brand owners to crack down on counterfeit goods. The pledge follows evidence that Superbuy is linked to another platform, WeGoBuy, that helps shoppers buy fake goods from China.

13 September 2019

Figurative mark RIMI GOODLIFE found to be similar to word mark GOODLIFE

The Appeals Division of the Lithuanian State Patent Bureau has upheld an opposition filed by Goodlife Foods Limited against the registration of the figurative mark RIMI GOODLIFE by ICA AB.

13 September 2019

The brand battles rage on between legacy airlines and low-cost carriers

The evolution of the air travel industry has blurred the line between premium and cost-conscious brands. There are problems for both on the horizon as social media puts reputations at risk and consumers call for more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.

12 September 2019

Chanel loses Chinese trademark infringement case involving ‘double C’ logo

In a rare loss for French fashion house Chanel, the Guangzhou IP Court has vacated a decision of the Haizhu District People’s Court in which the latter had found that the sale of jewellery in the shape of Chanel’s ‘double C’ logo constituted trademark infringement.

12 September 2019

AUDI v AUDITRAINING: misunderstanding the concept of dilution of notorious trademarks

In opposition proceedings filed by Audi AG against the registration of the mark AUDITRAINING in Class 41, the National Trademark Office of Colombia has arguably misunderstood the concept of dilution of notorious trademarks.

12 September 2019

Small but mighty: how Zippo prioritises its trademark enforcement efforts 

WTR sat down with Beth Seals, general counsel at Zippo, to get the inside track on how her team ensures that the company’s products have real-world legal protections – and how these are brandished to fend off infringers.

11 September 2019

Blow for Puma as Danish court confirms dismissal of invalidity action

The Danish Maritime and Commercial High Court has upheld a decision of the Patent and Trademark Office dismissing an invalidity action filed by Puma against a registered trademark consisting of a stripe.  

11 September 2019

Calling for corrections: India IP office requests reports of trademark certificate errors

Intellectual Property India has issued a notice calling on rights holders to notify it of errors on historical trademark certificates. One market expert tells WTR of the headaches that some rights holders have faced due to errors.