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27 January 2020

Do better or face the consequences: Homeland Security sends counterfeits warning to e-commerce platforms

The Department of Homeland Security has issued its long-awaited report into fake goods. The report offers a range of best practices that e-commerce platforms should implement – and threatens action should they fail to do so.

24 January 2020

US Postal Service, Amazon and Google named most trusted brands for reliability – but consumer priorities are changing

The US Postal Service, Amazon and Google have topped a ranking of the most trusted brands in the United States. But while reliability is key to securing consumer trust, ethical issues are becoming increasingly important. 

24 January 2020

Brand Tracker: the filing trends of the world’s most valuable brands  

In the first instalment of a new series, we track the trademark filing activity of the world’s most valuable brands – revealing that Mercedes-Benz may be gearing up to launch an AI assistant.

21 January 2020

Weeded out of scope: UDRP designed to address specific cybersquatting issues

A recent decision involving the domain name ‘matrixmmj.com’ serves as a reminder that complex disputes, such as those between parties with current or past business relationships, generally fall outside of the UDRP’s scope.

17 January 2020

Siemens’ controversial coal mine contract has put brand at risk of greenwashing accusations

The German conglomerate has portrayed itself as a steward of sustainability, but when it comes to corporate social responsibility, it’s an all or nothing game as this week’s coal mine contract backlash illustrates.

17 January 2020

R&D investor study finds benchmarking, not multi-dimensional portfolios, a key factor in market value

A study of corporate R&D investors has found that while some companies place significant value on IP portfolios that include a combination of rights, markets grant higher premiums to those that are more innovative than their competitors.

15 January 2020

What rights holders need to know about WeChat’s plans for the future

Last week in Guangzhou, Tencent hosted its 2020 WeChat Open Class Pro event, in which it provided a glimpse into the platform’s future plans, many of which are important for brand protection professionals to know.

15 January 2020

UDRP: the importance of full disclosure

A recent UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘breakforthcanada.com’ illustrates the importance of disclosing any relationship between the parties and mentioning any ongoing litigation.

13 January 2020

Dell successful in two UDRP proceedings involving ‘.co’ domain names

Dell has recently prevailed in two UDRP proceedings involving ‘.co’ domain names consisting of its DELL trademark and a generic word.

07 January 2020

When ‘Nova Tela’ is as common as telenovelas

A recent UDRP decision concerning the domain name ‘novatela.com’ illustrates the challenges in establishing an absence of legitimate interest when domain name resellers register domain names consisting of common and widely used terms. 

07 January 2020

TikTok transparency report reveals positive data for IP owners

Chinese video-sharing social platform TikTok has released its first legal transparency report, revealing that it removes content for IP infringement at a higher rate than Facebook.

03 January 2020

Amazon TLDs set for delegation after seven-year battle

Despite years of opposition from South American countries, ICANN has now signed the Registry Agreements and Specification 13 Amendments for the e-commerce giant's '.brand' applications. '.amazon' and its Chinese and Japanese equivalent strings may be delegated imminently.

02 January 2020

#FairUse? Third-party trademarks in social media hashtags

European and US case law suggests that there are very few situations in which use of a third party’s trademark in a hashtag is permissible. As a result, those looking to advertise on social media need to be aware of the strict rules that apply.

02 January 2020

Top filers at the USPTO revealed

Whether concerned about bad-faith filing at the USPTO or seeking to benefit from US marks, the level of demand from Chinese entities has been a remarkable phenomenon over the past few years – as the filing data reveals.

02 January 2020

From billboards to influencers: navigating new advertising rules across the Americas

Trademark experts offer insight into the advertising regimes in their respective jurisdictions and, crucially, how brands can avoid falling foul of the law.