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23 August 2016

Mystery over entertainment tycoon’s web of trademarks, domains and company names

Eyebrows have been raised over recent trademark filings by businesses linked to prolific domain owner and entertainment entrepreneur Michael Gleissner.

18 April 2017

Apple case highlights UKIPO's strict approach in awarding costs

In this recent case before the UKIPO, the applicants had filed 68 applications to revoke Apple’s registered trademarks on the grounds of non-use. The hearing officer accepted Apple’s submissions that the applications constituted an abuse of process and that, therefore, it was entitled to off-scale costs. However, the hearing officer found that Apple’s assessment of the on-scale costs was wrong and decided to award only off-scale costs.

26 April 2017

As mysterious Gleissner trademark portfolio grows, insider denies “far-fetched” claim of link to domain

Over six months after our original reporting into the vast trademark and domain portfolio of entertainment magnate Michael Gleissner, his attorneys are continuing their prolific filing activity.

While industry experts speculate that the mysterious filings could be linked to acquiring lucrative domain names, a source related to one of Gleissner’s companies tells World Trademark Review that

12 May 2017

UKIPO slammed for "not doing anything proactive to defend existing trademark owners" following Gleissner

World Trademark Review to criticise the UK Intellectual Property Office’s (UKIPO) handling of trademark applications filed by entities related to entrepreneur and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner

15 August 2017

Mystery over fake TMview site owned by Gleissner; source suggests tycoon may seek license fee from EUIPO

A website owned by a company related to notorious trademark filer Michael Gleissner has been found imitating the EU Intellectual Property Office’s search platform TMview.

05 October 2017

The Gleissner Files: investigation reveals massive scope of entrepreneur’s global trademark and domain

The vast domain name and trademark portfolio of entrepreneur Michael Gleissner can be revealed following an extensive investigation by World Trademark Review.

20 October 2017

Google tackles phishing, Apple faces Animoji fight and domain headache for Gleissner: news round-up

Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at the Japanese company suing Apple over use of the name Animoji, the latest World Intellectual Property Organisation report on Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy figures, a counterfeiting case which led to allegations of attorney misconduct and a brand expert urging more use of social media by law firms.

02 November 2017

Thousands more trademarks linked to Michael Gleissner unearthed; leading in-house lawyer calls for action

An expanded investigation by World Trademark Review can reveal nearly 2,000 more trademarks linked to entrepreneur and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner.

10 November 2017

US trademark filings from China soar, but law firms struggle to capitalise amid warnings of suspicious activity

New data obtained by World Trademark Review has revealed a startling increase in trademark applications at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that originate in China.

15 December 2017

Game changers and scam fighters: WTR's trademark personalities of the year (part two)

Continuing our rundown of the trademark personalities of 2017, we look at the final selection of figures that have had a profound impact on the industry this year. 

15 December 2017

Google’s rising brand value, Gleissner’s filing drive, and Netflix’s “super classy” letter: our 2017

With 2017 drawing to a close, and the World Trademark Review Daily email service taking a short break, it’s time to take a look back at the stories which received the most reads from the past year.

01 January 2018

Blazing ahead: 25 developments set to shape the future of trademarks

As a new year begins, World Trademark Review looks ahead at some of the key changes and trends that could present both risks and opportunities to our industry

08 January 2018

More information about Gleissner trademark activity emerges as business owner voices frustration

Business owners have spoken to World Trademark Review about their anger and confusion over the mysterious trademark activity of entrepreneur Michael Gleissner

25 January 2018

"Infamous troll" Michael Gleissner involved in 5% of all live contested trademark cases in United Kingdom

UKIPO reveals that entities related to Michael Gleissner account for 5% of all live contested trademark cases in the United Kingdom – demonstrating the unprecedented volume of the millionaire’s filing