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Squatting evolution in China: why your mid-sized brand could be at risk

A curious case involving US lifestyle range the Pioneer Woman and a lone individual in China serves as a warning that alleged trademark squatters are switching tactics in their attempts to target mid-sized brands.

11 November 2021

“Enormous momentum” – global spread of plain packaging revealed in new report

A new report delves into health warnings and plain packaging on tobacco products, revealing a significant uptick in brand restrictions over the past couple of years.

10 November 2021

Maradona trademark dispute; Afghanistan IP office resumes operations; Ghana joins Geneva Act – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Chinese buying agent WeGoBuy launching an offer to users of a counterfeits forum, PepsiCo being ordered to cease use of its ‘Rise’ name, and much more.

09 November 2021

CRUSTUM opposition highlights interplay of trademarks and copyrights

The Appeal Division of the State Patent Bureau of Lithuania has rejected an opposition filed by UAB Gustum against the registration of the mark CRUSTUM based on alleged copyright in the sign CRUSTUM.

08 November 2021

EUIPO gears up for API launch; Buy Safe America Coalition calls for action; Fat Brands acquires Fazoli’s – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at why brands with sonic logos are perceived as 5% more valuable, Coca-Cola gaining full control of BodyArmor, and much more.

05 November 2021

UKIPO not lovin’ trademark application for MCVEGAN

The reputation and distinctiveness of McDonald’s earlier family of marks - particularly given the presence of several “‘Mc’ plus descriptor” marks in the family - would result in a significant number of average consumers being confused.

02 November 2021

General Court confirms distinctiveness of lobster logo for confectionary

In this dispute between two confectionery manufacturers, the General Court has confirmed that there was nothing to prevent consumers from perceiving a lobster logo as an indication of the origin of the goods.

29 October 2021

TTAB: reckless disregard for truth satisfies ‘intent to deceive’ requirement

In a landmark decision, the US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has expanded the grounds on which fraud may be found by holding that proof of reckless disregard for truth or falsity may be sufficient to show an intent to deceive.

27 October 2021

Apple loses Huawei legal battle; Trump’s trademark spree; Gucci counterfeits seized – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at CPA Global announcing that it will go by Clarivate, how e-commerce is used to peddle fake goods, and much more.

26 October 2021

FRUTARIA decision: General Court considers proof of use where trademark was assigned during relevant period

The transfer of a mark cannot lead to its new proprietor being deprived of the opportunity to adduce proof of genuine use of the mark in the course of the period during which it was not the proprietor of the mark.

26 October 2021

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