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21 October 2019

Crafting cross-company collaboration: exclusive interview with Uber’s Raphael Gutierrez 

While a relatively young brand, Uber faces the gamut of IP risk – from phishing to genericism. Raphael Gutierrez explains how he keeps the platform’s IP fully protected.

20 October 2019

USPTO fees proposals backlash; online brand protection takeaways; Amazon pushes back over anti-counterfeiting criticism; Ethiopia’s counterfeiting hotspots; plus 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.

18 October 2019

Brazil’s accession to the Madrid Protocol – what you need to know

Following the coming into force of the Madrid Protocol in Brazil on 2 October 2019, this update reviews the key aspects that foreign legal entities and individuals seeking to file applications designating Brazil should take into consideration.

17 October 2019

Mattel Inc overcomes obstacle to BARBIE® trademark registration in Ukraine

Mattel Inc has obtained the cancellation of the mark БАРБІ (‘BARBI’ in Cyrillic) in Classes 29, 30 and 32, thereby removing the obstacle to the registration of its BARBIE mark in Classes 8, 29, 30 and 32.

17 October 2019

Patent and Trademark Office issues new guidelines for examination of trademark applications

Following the entry into force of the Industrial Property Code on 10 January 2017, the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office has announced the issuance of long-awaited new guidelines for the examination of trademark applications.

16 October 2019

Lost in translation? Board of Appeal should have considered Italian and Spanish-speaking public

In Vafo Praha sro v EUIPO, the EU General Court has annulled a decision of the Fourth Board of Appeal of the EUIPO finding that there was no likelihood of confusion between the marks MEATLOVE and CARNILOVE.

16 October 2019

USPTO fee rises: registry bombarded with letters from graphic designers and small business owners

The USPTO has received hundreds of letters in relation to its proposal to change various trademark fees. Many originate from the Trademark Watch Dawgs group, although one attorney claims that it is the result of an astroturfing campaign.

16 October 2019

Global trademark growth slowing as China continues to dominate – breaking down the WIPO Indicators 2019 report

WIPO has published World Intellectual Property Indicators 2019, charting the growth of global IP filing for 2018. WTR presents key takeaways from the trademark data.

14 October 2019

More justification needed: proposed USPTO trademark fee increases could hinder small businesses

In an exclusive guest post, IP expert Erik Pelton explains how the proposed fee increases being mooted by the US Patent and Trademark Office could have a severe impact for small businesses.

13 October 2019

NBA backlash over Hong Kong tweet; associations target WeChat; crowd-shipping counterfeits threat; plus much more

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

11 October 2019

ADDICTED 'marijuana' device mark invalidated on application by adidas

In a decision that provides a warning to companies seeking to parody well-known brands, the UK Intellectual Property Office has upheld adidas's application for a declaration of invalidity of the device mark ADDICTED.

10 October 2019

Vietnam joins the Hague System

On 30 September 2019 Vietnam presented its instrument of accession to the Hague System to WIPO. Vietnam is now a member of all three international registration systems, in addition to the PCT system for patents and the Madrid system for trademarks.

10 October 2019

#DARFERDAS? case: CJEU clarifies distinctiveness requirements

In a case involving the mark #DARFERDAS?, the Court of Justice of the European Union has held that, when examining the distinctive character of a mark, all the likely types of use must be taken into account.

09 October 2019

The similarity threshold for trademark dilution under Article 8(5) – how low does it go?

The EU General Court has overturned the denial of Volvo’s opposition against the registration of the mark V-WHEELS, holding that the EUIPO had incorrectly found that the relevant marks were dissimilar for the purposes of Article 8(5) of EU Regulation 2017/1001.

07 October 2019

General Court confirms lack of likelihood of confusion between MEDIWELL and WELL AND WELL

The EU General Court has upheld a decision of the EUIPO finding that there was no likelihood of confusion between IRF’s figurative mark MEDIWELL and earlier WELL AND WELL marks belonging to Pharmadom.