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Walmart takes on Kanye West; EUIPO extends presence in Africa; Crayola teams up with Build-A-Bear – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the USPTO seeking innovation medal nominations, the McCarthy Institute heading to Arizona, delivery apps changing the branding game, and much more.

30 April 2021

A case of striking impression (and all that jazz)

This decision of the Federal Court of Australia in a case involving the use of the terms ‘corner’ and ‘corner hotel’ for live music venues reinforces the importance of considering the ‘striking’ impression left by the uncommon element(s) of a mark.

29 April 2021

Privacy alarm as applicant passport details published by China National Intellectual Property Administration

China’s National Intellectual Property Administration has published the passport details of thousands of individuals, WTR can reveal, including public figures such as Taylor Swift, JK Rowling and Lionel Messi.

28 April 2021

Court of Appeal confirms that UK GYMNASTICS infringes BRITISH GYMNASTICS

This decision of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in a trademark dispute between gymnastics associations acts as a reminder that a high degree of conceptual similarity can offset a low degree of visual and aural similarity.

27 April 2021

WTR Brand Elite analysis: March 2021

Featured in Stock market performance

The WTR Brand Elite project tracks how a defined set of brand-focused companies with industry-leading trademark teams perform against stock market indices.

26 April 2021

Chile to allow non-traditional trademarks; Spanish government pledges IP commitment; GRILLOUMI dispute – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Chinese officials obtaining registered trademarks for the entire South China Sea, Dubai Customs recycling 134,000 counterfeit items, and much more.

23 April 2021

Record amount of compensation awarded in GYRO case

This decision of the Oslo District Court illustrates the benefits of trademark registration and the importance of registering a trademark as soon as it becomes clear that it will be used in connection with the sale and marketing of a product.

22 April 2021

European Super League: a competition based on brand, not on-field success

Analysis from WTR finds that the clubs set to be involved in the European Super League are leading holders of brand value and trademark registrations – even if, in some cases, they have had little trophy success in recent years.

19 April 2021

The Lego brick saga continues: is Lego’s design registration valid?

The General Court has found that the EUIPO had erred in finding that a registered Community design representing a building block from a toy building set was invalid, having failed to examine the relevance of the exception relied on by Lego under Article 8(3) of Regulation 6/2002.

13 April 2021

Attorneys’ fees: the steep price of not being exceptional

In this dispute between two hotel operators, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has considered the appropriate standard for determining what makes a trademark case sufficiently exceptional to warrant an award of attorneys’ fees.

08 April 2021

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