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Five minutes with… NAVER

WTR goes behind the scenes with the IP protection team at Korean search portal NAVER.

19 April 2023

Blow for Instagram as High Court dismisses SOUNDGRAM appeal

The appeal court will not interfere with the decision of a hearing officer unless the decision reached was so beyond reasonableness that it was “plainly wrong”.

18 April 2023

UDRP complainant hampered by lack of rights

Merely having a famous name does not equate to unregistered or common law rights for the purpose of standing to file a UDRP complaint.

18 April 2023

Class 9 overcrowding warning: INTA calls for uniformity in treatment of metaverse goods and services

INTA has released two reports exploring challenges and best practices surrounding trademark protection in the metaverse and NFT environments.

17 April 2023

General Court: GOOGLE CAR would take unfair advantage of GOOGLE’s reputation

The court found that the risk of free-riding was obvious, given the reference to the earlier GOOGLE mark and its extremely strong reputation.

17 April 2023

EUIPO refuses to register Burberry pattern for NFT-related goods and services

The EUIPO’s decision to reject the application may seem surprising, especially in light of the comment that “the consumer’s perceptions for real-world goods can be applied to equivalent virtual goods”.

13 April 2023

Is it possible to base an opposition on earlier rights in a domain name?

The decision establishes the main circumstances for applying Article 8(1)(5)(d) of the Trademark Law based on the existence of an earlier domain name.

13 April 2023

UDRP complainants: beware when domain names predate trademark rights

If a complainant’s trademark was registered after the domain name at issue, panels will be prepared to find that a respondent has acted in bad faith only in certain very limited circumstances.

12 April 2023

WTR Industry Awards 2023: shortlisted teams and individuals unveiled

WTR is pleased to reveal the shortlist for the 2023 WTR Industry Awards, with nominees including the corporate trademark teams from Apple, Haleon, Manolo Blahnik, and Treasury Wines Estates.

08 April 2023

Apple fails in APPLE MUSIC claim; IPOPHL to tackle gender disparity in IP; UKIPO updates crypto guidance – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the INTA Annual Meeting numbers surpassing the 2022 DC turnout, issues continuing at the Lebanon IP office, and much more.

07 April 2023

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