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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.

28 August 2019

How media fallout might play a part in Disney’s future Spider-Man licensing negotiations

Disney has walked away from negotiations with Sony over the IP rights to the Spider-Man franchise. Does this mark a divergence in the big studio IP acquisition model or will Disney utilise fan kickback as leverage in future negotiations?

15 August 2019

General Court: genuine use may be established if mark as used differs from mark as registered only in insignificant respects

The decision of the EU General Court in mobile.de v EUIPO highlights that a mark owner may, in the commercial exploitation of the sign, make variations which, without altering its distinctive character, enable it to be better adapted to the requirements of the goods or services concerned.

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.

06 August 2019

TUTORABC v HITUTOR: Appeal Court sets out distinctiveness criteria

A recent judgment from Taiwan’s IP Appellate Court provides welcome clarification on the protection of well-known trademarks containing words that may otherwise be deemed to lack distinctiveness.

01 August 2019

Practical implications of the new EU Copyright Directive

The new EU Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive has significant potential for content creators and publishers – but the nuances of the new rules must be properly understood.

30 July 2019

PEPPA PIG device mark invalidated based on prior copyright under Article 32 of Trademark Law  

A Trademark Review and Adjudication Board decision involving a PEPPA PIG device mark has recently been selected as one of the China National Intellectual Property Administration’s top 20 model cases for 2018.

24 July 2019

UKIPO success for THE X FACTOR against THE PETS FACTOR

The UK Intellectual Property Office has rejected an application to register THE PETS FACTOR for a variety of goods and services, including the production of TV shows, following opposition by the owners of earlier THE X FACTOR marks.

16 July 2019

Court of Appeal partially overturns High Court in advertising passing-off case

A recent decision of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales highlights that the One in a Million case does not provide a remedy against cybersquatting per se: claimants must still demonstrate goodwill or reputation in the mark contained in the domain name.

13 July 2019

Huawei seeks to weather political storm and extend brand success story

The Chinese tech giant has penetrated the global market and withstood international political pressure, so what has made its brand so resilient?  

10 July 2019

Petition against use of ‘Bharat’ in Bollywood film title dismissed

The Delhi High Court has dismissed a writ petition seeking a stay on the release of Bollywood film Bharat under the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act.

10 July 2019

Trump criticises left-leaning brand boycotts; how trademark practitioners should prepare

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter yesterday to criticise left-leaning brand boycotts and warned that “two can play that game”. With the threat of brand boycotts on the rise, we look at how trademark counsel should prepare.

09 July 2019

Trademark group behind <em>Game of Thrones </em>scoops North America Team of the Year

The WTR North America Team of the Year Award was presented to the team handling HBO’s trademark legal needs, including the TV phenomenon Game of Thrones. Trademark head Judy McCool offers insights into protecting brands connected to the biggest show on Earth.

05 July 2019

Pelispedia case: illegal film and series sites deactivated in Uruguay

A recent case involving popular streaming site Pelispedia shows that the Uruguayan authorities are committed to fighting transnational crimes against IP rights.  

04 July 2019

E-sports open up a whole new frontier for the Caesars Entertainment trademark team

WTR sits down with John Wilson, senior vice president and chief counsel of intellectual property and commercial at Caesars Entertainment, to discuss how the fourth-largest gaming company in the world is broadening its horizons.