Topic: Enforcement and Litigation

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USPTO welcomes new TPAC members; INTA files amicus brief; Match and Muzmatch set for court battle – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Fanatics acquiring Topps trading cards for $500 million, Disney losing its Winnie the Pooh exclusivity, and much more.

04 January 2022

Decades-long Havana Club dispute enters next phase as Bacardi launches new legal action

Bacardi launched legal action against the USPTO last week, asking the court to set aside an earlier decision and declare that Cubaexport’s HAVANA CLUB US trademark registration expired in 2006.

04 January 2022

Champagne, lipstick, energy drinks: the five most-read Legal Updates of the year

An EU General Court decision concerning use of the colour orange in relation to champagne tops the list of 2021's most-read Legal Updates.

31 December 2021

Moving the goalposts: the attachment of trademarks to found jurisdiction

The football and legal words recently met for a clash of the titans in an appeal heard by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal.

17 December 2021

Spider-Man comic trademark battle; UKIPO denies New Zealand manuka honey GI; CIPO backlog appears to stabilise – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at WIPO launching a new global awards programme, Cincinnati Customs and Border Protection officers seizing fake jewellery and scarves, and much more.

17 December 2021

New bill aimed at tackling illegal online pharmacies introduced in US Senate

One market expert tells WTR that, if enacted, the bipartisan bill would provide powerful new protections to keep consumers safe from counterfeit and illegal drugs.

16 December 2021

General Court reiterates criteria for assessing validity of designs in cheese design case

This case serves as an important reminder that designs can be declared invalid based on a much wider range of prior rights than for trademarks.

16 December 2021

A STEALTH-y acquisition of trademark rights

This case raises important questions as to how long two entities must co-exist with the same or a similar mark to meet the requirements for a successful defence of honest concurrent use.

16 December 2021

Cognac house Martell wins Rmb5 million in damages from Chinese copycats

This case is notable because the controlling shareholder was found jointly and severally liable with the accused companies as a result of receiving payments from buyers of the infringing products.

15 December 2021

A tasty “no” to Champagne bars

Two recent decisions of the Thai registrar of trademarks represent a major win for the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne and GI owners in general.

15 December 2021

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