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“An endorsement of consequential and dangerous decisions”: ICANN asked to reopen issue of Trademark Clearinghouse secrecy and submissions

A newly published missive has contended that ICANN staff bypassed the multi-stakeholder process and took policymaking into their own hands during the development of the Trademark Clearinghouse.

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

IP Court decision highlights evidence of use required to defend against non-use cancellation action

This decision of Taiwan’s IP Court demonstrates what type of evidence is required to prove trademark use when the mark at issue is used on a website that does not have a ‘.tw’ top-level domain.

09 November 2021

CIRA partners with ScamAdviser to combat fraudulent sites

The Canadian domain name registry has recently announced a partnership with ScamAdviser aimed at strengthening its anti-fraud capabilities.

05 November 2021

“Disgusting fraud” – USPTO targets Trademark Terminal operator Abtach with scathing show-cause order

In one of the biggest anti-fraud crackdowns in its history, the USPTO has issued a show-cause order to Pakistan-based company Abtach Ltd.

04 November 2021

Civil IP courts grant full protection to genuine rights holder against bad-faith registrant

The Turkish IP courts prioritised the legitimate rights of a foreign e-commerce platform over a local bad-faith registrant.

04 November 2021

“We need to move on this”: Senate committee hearing widens discussion on platform counterfeiting responsibilities

At the annual meeting of ASOP Global, calls were made for social media companies and e-commerce platforms to be compelled to do more to fight illicit trade. Shortly after, a Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing explored just that.

03 November 2021

Inside the battle against illegal online pharmacies: interview with ASOP Global

WTR sits down with Libby Baney from the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies to get the inside track on their efforts to combat illegal online drug sales.

28 October 2021

General Court confirms that BLOCKCHAIN ISLAND lacks distinctive character

The General Court found that the relevant public would perceive the mark as a promotional reference to the status of an island as a hub for blockchain technology.

28 October 2021

Transferring a parody domain name? Never ever!

Merely showing that a domain name is used to heavily criticise a trademark holder will often not be sufficient under the UDRP - as demonstrated by this decision involving the domain name ‘nevereverfx.com’.

26 October 2021

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