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06 December 2018

Democratising trademark surveys – academic calls for step change in distinctiveness evidence gathering

New study calls for a revolution in trademark survey evidence, with an expert telling us he hopes that brand owners will start embracing lower-cost survey alternatives.

20 November 2018

Russian president on fakes, Google trademark win, and story of the counterfeit-catching brothers: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Pakistan stepping up its fight against fakes, the Finnish IP office reminding users about an impending trademark change, IP Australia seeking user input, and much more.

19 November 2018

Good news for Converse as Federal Circuit vacates ITC finding that Chuck Taylor mark is invalid

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has vacated the International Trade Commission’s determination that Converse’s trademark in the midsole design of its Chuck Taylor All Star shoe was invalid.   

15 November 2018

“Online platforms are benefiting way too much from counterfeits and infringement”: Exclusive interview with American National Red Cross’ Allison Leader

As part of our ongoing series of interviews with WTR 300-featured corporate trademark counsel, we spoke to Allison Leader about the challenges she faces at American National Red Cross and what it takes to successfully manage brand rights in the not-for-profit sector.

09 November 2018

Sweden to modernise trademark rules, new USPTO deputy director, and BOIP fee changes: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a study showing the scale of illicit alcohol, a Counterfeit Mini ad being lauded, luxury brands' increasing use of sound design in their products, and much more.

05 November 2018

“Close call” involving recurrent online sales triggers minimum contacts, specific jurisdiction

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has confirmed that a foreign company subjected itself to specific personal jurisdiction in a trademark dispute where that company had sizeable continued online sales to US customers.

05 November 2018

What trademark owners can learn from the Federal Circuit’s Converse decision

We look at the key takeaways from the decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to throw out the 2016 ITC ruling that Converse’s Chuck Taylor trade dress rights are invalid. 

29 October 2018

Choose your weapon: litigating trademarks US-style

While there is an arsenal of tools with which a rights holder can address infringement, each requires careful consideration. The initial choice of remedy is a good place to start.

24 October 2018

“Counterfeiters have no compunction about hurting or killing people”: exclusive interview with Gilead’s Gretchen Stroud

WTR spoke to Gilead's Gretchen Stroud about the fight against fake drugs being sold on social media, the trademark challenges that arise when drugs go off-patent, and much more.

23 October 2018

Events focused on online brand protection and cost-effective portfolio management set for Chicago

WTR is pleased to announce the new events Brand Protection Online: Strategies for Ethical Enforcement and Managing Trademark Assets USA will take place in Chicago in March 2019. 

23 October 2018

GI face-off – debating current geographical indication protections

We bring together two organisations with different perspectives on geographical indications to discuss the best route forward for this unique form of protection.

18 October 2018

Can anonymous internet comments be used as evidence in trademark litigation?

While the role of anonymous confusion is still somewhat muddied by inconsistent approaches, parties should be prepared to handle concerns as to relevance, hearsay and authentication.

17 October 2018

Success for Deckers as court rules that UGG is not generic for type of boot

In Deckers Outdoor v Australian Leather, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has held on summary judgment that the defendant had failed to prove that UGG was generic for a type of sheepskin boot.  

12 October 2018

No Yin and Yang here: only one may experience TAI CHI for tea

In Tai Chi Green Tea Inc v Diamond Hong, the US Federal Circuit has affirmed a TTAB decision to cancel a registration after the TTAB refused to consider the registrant’s reply brief and the evidence included in the main brief.   

10 October 2018

USMCA “breaks new ground” in geographical indications policy, contends GI consortium

The Consortium for Common Food Names has praised the new USMCA trade deal, claiming it “marks a sea change” in GI policy. In a strongly-worded statement, it also hits out at the EU for “monopolising common names and terms”.