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17 February 2020

More encouraging news for owners of products with famous shapes: district court recognises distinctive nature of Chanel bags

A recent decision of the Seoul Central District Court in a case involving lookalike Chanel bags should encourage owners of products with famous shapes to consider taking more forceful steps to stop the sales of lookalikes in Korea.

17 February 2020

Appellate court rules that use of a registered trademark as part of a trade name may constitute actionable infringement

In SkyWorld Development Sdn Bhd v Skyworld Holdings Bhd, the Malaysian Court of Appeal has held, for the first time, that an action for infringement can be based on the use of a registered mark as part of a trade or company name.

16 February 2020

WIPO director general race exclusive, USPTO email backlash, <em>WTR 1000 </em>2020<em> </em>revealed, and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

14 February 2020

India to reassess IP laws; Amazon tops brand intimacy ranking; Valentine’s fakes warning – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at fakes markets in China being closed during the coronavirus epidemic, Netflix suffering a blow in ‘choose your own adventure’ dispute, and much more.

13 February 2020

First opposition to a collective mark in Singapore: Bavaria NV successfully opposes registration of BAVARIAN BEER

Singapore’s first opposition proceedings against an application for a collective mark highlight that collective  marks have a different function than regular trademarks.

12 February 2020

Supreme Court confirms revocation of TOPPÍS in ice cream war

In the long-running dispute between ice cream manufacturers Emmessís ehf and Kjörís ehf, the Supreme Court of Iceland has upheld a First Appeal Court decision ordering the revocation of Kjörís ehf’s mark TOPPÍS for goods in Class 30. 

11 February 2020

USPTO protest letter passes 80 signatories; KIPO face mask warning; Inter Milan scores win – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Benelux IP Office adding its trademark image data to the EUIPO’s TMview platform, Greece being identified as a transit point for counterfeit cosmetics, and much more.

11 February 2020

TIMBERLAND cuts down TIMBERZ

In a victory for international outdoors clothing company Timberland, the Patent and Market Court has found that there was a likelihood of confusion between the mark TIMBERZ and the earlier mark TIMBERLAND for clothing.

10 February 2020

Supreme Court affirms transfer of ‘appear.in’ is reasonable remedy for infringement

The Norwegian Supreme Court has upheld a decision ordering the transfer of the domain name ‘appear.in’ on the grounds that its use constitutes infringement of the Norwegian trademark APPEAR TV.

09 February 2020

Corona beer-coronavirus mix-up, David Gooder announced USPTO commissioner for trademarks, Gleissner launches brand consultancy firm, and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

07 February 2020

OK BOOMER trademark refusal; WIPO leadership battle intensifies; EUIPO green stats – news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at the debate over the Washington Redskins name being reignited, a wooden box that could ‘solve the counterfeit sneaker crisis’, a new version of DesignView being launched, and much more. 

06 February 2020

EU countries criticised for diverging IP policies in latest US Chamber of Commerce IP Index

The index appraises the global IP environment, with the US regime regarded as the gold standard, providing insight into the fracture lines that exist between EU and US policy, as well as current sentiment towards China’s trade efforts.

05 February 2020

"Trademark troll" Michael Gleissner launches N-Cubator brand consultancy

WTR has discovered that multi-millionaire Michael Gleissner appears to have launched a brand consultancy firm, called N-Cubator, which boasts of having access to “a large portfolio of trademarks and domain names”.

04 February 2020

Super Bowl counterfeit crackdown; BTS trademark blocked; Pelton scammer stunt – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the Cyprus government re-securing a HALLOUMI trademark, another call for unhealthy food plain packaging, the UKIPO’s Cardiff office closing, and much more.

03 February 2020

Thirteen counterfeit hotspots in India that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest instalment in our regular series on marketplaces around the world that are reportedly notorious for being counterfeit havens, we head to India.