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18 September 2019

When it comes to counterfeiting, it is time to talk as well as fight

A new report has revealed that almost two-thirds of consumers expect brands to do more to protect them from exposure to counterfeit goods when shopping online. In our latest opinion column we argue that the findings highlight how important it is that companies do not shy away from talking about counterfeits.

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. 

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.

10 September 2019

Taking the Pisco: protecting regional products

The discussion of geographical indications (GIs) in Australia has recently heated up as IP protection is a focus of the forthcoming Australia-EU Free Trade Agreement. Here is what Australian producers need to know.

09 September 2019

Federal Court clarifies limitation of own name defence

In Mitolo Wines Aust Pty Ltd v Vito Mitolo & Son Pty Ltd, the Federal Court of Australia has found that use of the name V. Mitolo and Son infringed trademark registrations for the mark MITOLO in relation to wine.

06 September 2019

New law creates protection for historical trademarks but fails to define key measures

A new law that introduced enhanced protection for Italian-sounding terms, as well as a new category for historical trademarks of national interest, risks alienating foreign investors and conflicting with the Italian Constitution, as well as EU law, due to a lack of definition. 

05 September 2019

Rhyme as the reason: Seventh Circuit’s decision in <em>SportFuel Inc v PepsiCo Inc </em>

In SportFuel Inc v PepsiCo Inc, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has upheld a summary judgment decision for the defendants based on fair use of a descriptive expression, despite the plaintiff’s trademark registrations of the same expression.

04 September 2019

Scotch Whisky Association responds to groundbreaking Singapore GI decision

A new Singapore High Court decision involving the use of the term ‘tartan’ on whisky bottles has clarified the limits of the country’s 1999 Singapore Geographical Indications Act. Talking exclusively to WTR, the Scotch Whisky Association describes the decision as “very welcome”.

27 August 2019

Six counterfeit hotspots that you should be aware of in Myanmar

In the latest edition of our series on areas around the world that reportedly engage in the sale of fake goods, we take a look at counterfeit hotspots in Myanmar. 

22 August 2019

Six counterfeit hotspots that you must be aware of in Canada

A local IP expert reveals the locations in the Great White North that rights holders should have on their enforcement radar.

19 August 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots you must be aware of in Colombia

Our series highlighting markets that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods continues with Colombia. We look at why the Latin American nation is a challenge for rights holders tackling fake goods and identify key locations to police. 

13 August 2019

Blow for Red Bull as CJEU confirms invalidity of blue and silver colour marks

In Red Bull Gmbh v EUIPO, the Court of Justice of the European Union has dismissed an appeal against a General Court decision upholding a finding of invalidity in respect of Red Bull’s blue and silver colour marks.

12 August 2019

Seven counterfeit hotspots you should know in Taiwan

We highlight the areas that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods in Taiwan. An expert in the region provides insights on the different types of retail environment that most often house fake goods in the East Asian state.

08 August 2019

Pampered Chef succeeds in trademark infringement battle

Pampered Chef, a world leader in the sale of premium kitchenware products, has succeeded at trial in defending trademark infringement, passing off and dilution and depreciation of goodwill claims brought by Canada's largest retailer, Loblaws.

06 August 2019

Supreme Court confirms refusal of CLOS DE PIRQUE for wine

The Chilean Supreme Court has upheld a decision of the IP Court refusing an application for CLOS DE PIRQUE in Class 33 on the ground that the mark consisted of an EU ‘traditional term’ and a Chilean appellation of origin.