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18 January 2019

Important changes to Irish trademark law - what you should know

Important changes to Irish trademark law came into effect on 14 January 2019. This update highlights a number of key changes that trademark owners and attorneys should be aware of.

17 January 2019

Amended German trademark law comes into force - key changes highlighted

The Trademark Law Modernisation Act, which aims to transpose Directive 2015/2436 into German law, has come into force. This update reviews the changes that will have the greatest impact on mark owners.

16 January 2019

Sky skewers Samsung in ‘Q’ case

The UK Intellectual Property Office has upheld an opposition filed by Sky, the owner of a figurative mark intended to be seen as ‘Q’, against the registration by Samsung of a mark representing the letter ‘Q’.

15 January 2019

Court of Appeal deviates from ‘first to register’ rule and protects foreign brand owner

In a significant victory for brand owners, Nigeria’s Court of Appeal has deviated from the ‘first to register’ rule and held that the true owner of the mark KASEA was a Chinese company which was not a party to the proceedings.

11 January 2019

Johnson & Johnson data focus: inside the world’s biggest trademark portfolio

In the first of a new series, we shed light on how this pharmaceutical giant's trademark holdings have contributed to its business strategy.

10 January 2019

The red-and-white jersey belongs to all Peruvians - but not when it includes the Peruvian Football Federation’s shield

The Peruvian Trademark Office has allowed the registration of two trademarks representing the red-and-white jersey of the national football team - but only because the marks included the Peruvian Football Federation’s shield.

10 January 2019

New study finds registered trademark protection has “substantial effect on export prices”

New research highlights the tangible effect that registered trademark protection has on prices – and discovers that such protection can “significantly and considerably increase the levels and growth rate of export prices”.

10 January 2019

Eurasian Economic Union makes progress with Customs Register and Eurasian trademark

Two documents have recently been signed in order to move forward the process of establishing a unified IP system in the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Among other things, EAEU trademarks are expected to become the new standard for the region sometime next year.

10 January 2019

How Discovery wields a range of rights to fight piracy: exclusive interview

At Discovery Inc, anti-piracy efforts go beyond the sending of enforcement letters and filing lawsuits, with trademark rights a key weapon in the company’s armoury, explains senior vice president of intellectual property and litigation David Modzeleski.

08 January 2019

UDRP complainants: be careful not to trigger a finding of reverse domain name hijacking

In recent UDRP proceedings, a panel has denied the transfer of a domain name that was identical to the complainant's mark and also made a finding of reverse domain name hijacking - even though the respondent did not specifically ask for such relief.

07 January 2019

Cadbury’s colour purple mark can’t be split - clarity and precision are the winners in the Court of Appeal

In a significant blow to Cadbury, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales has rejected the confectionary giant’s argument that its trademark registration for the colour purple was actually a series mark which could be split and partially maintained.

04 January 2019

Singapore Treaty enters into force in Peru

The Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks has entered into force in Peru. This update highlights four areas of change resulting from the coming into force of the treaty.

04 January 2019

Trademark litigation overtakes patent actions as ‘new normal’ emerges

New data reveals that 4,017 trademark litigation actions were filed in the United States in 2018. After a near decade of decline, it appears that litigation levels are stabilising in the country – a contrasting picture to that of patents.  

03 January 2019

Myanmar adopts long-awaited Trademark Law

The long-awaited Myanmar Trademark and Geographical Indication Law was passed by the Lower House on 12 December 2018. This update reviews the most notable changes introduced by the new law.

03 January 2019

General Court: Board of Appeal failed to sufficiently examine ownership of goodwill in The Commodores name

The EU General Court has issued its decision in a dispute between founding members of the band The Commodores over the mark THE COMMODORES.