Trademark law

Study calls for shake-up of geographical indications to forge path towards universal trademark system

In conversation with WTR, the academic behind the research says a shake-up of indications of geographical origin could be the first step towards the “high ideal” of a universal trademark system.

Study calls for shake-up of geographical indications to forge path towards universal trademark system
Going to the dogs: the Ninth Circuit’s erosion of trademark rights – exclusive guest post
28 May 2020

Going to the dogs: the Ninth Circuit’s erosion of trademark rights – exclusive guest post

In this guest post, it is argued that the VIP Products LLC v Jack Daniel’s Properties Inc ruling, as it presently stands, is alarming and opens the floodgates to widespread theft of goodwill under the guise of the First Amendment.

“A veiled threat” – UK government releases draft EU free trade agreement with geographical indications omitted
19 May 2020

“A veiled threat” – UK government releases draft EU free trade agreement with geographical indications omitted

The UK government has published an outline of a free trade agreement with the European Union which omits geographical indications (GIs) – a move that suggests GIs will remain a contentious issue as negotiations continue.

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1 Jun 2020

Trademark Office issues first opposition decisions since change in law

Argentina’s Trademark Office has issued its first decisions in opposition proceedings since amendments to trademark law and practice were introduced in early 2018. Read more

31 May 2020

Dismantling unconscious biases, practising intentional diversity, making the business case for intellectual property, and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

28 May 2020

Winning the fight against fakes through collaboration - featuring Wish.com

Everything you should know about combating brand abuse and online counterfeiting by partnering with e-commerce platforms. Read more

24 May 2020

Filing levels recover, United Kingdom omits GIs from EU trade agreement, firms offer wellbeing advice, and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

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17 May 2020

Covid-19 survey results, future of trademark practice, Facebook leadership advice, and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

16 May 2020

From the WTR archive: inside high-profile brand battles

In this latest edition of our series delving into WTR’s unrivalled 17-year archive of trademark content, we present a selection of in-depth pieces focused on disputes involving such names as Apple, Bacardi, Cisco, Michael Jordan, Pernod Ricard and Samsung. Read more

15 May 2020

St Andrews Links Trust lands in trademark bunker; new Benelux online tools; Gleissner covid-19 donation – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Hard Rock International acquiring the rights to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the KIPO president getting dunked with flowers, and more. Read more

15 May 2020

“Lucky finally gets lucky” as Supreme Court issues defence preclusion decision

The US Supreme Court issues decision in Lucky Brand Dungarees v Marcel Fashion Group, the dispute centring on the issue of whether res judicata in the form of claim preclusion can also apply to defences. Read more

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7 May 2020

Confusing CBD: post-legalisation trademark strategies for food and beverage marks

In this guest piece, Andrea Anderson and Lee Gray offer insight into how the USPTO may approach examination of CBD marks once legal prohibitions are lifted. Read more

29 Apr 2020

“A very significant development”: latest SkyKick ruling could have wide bad-faith implications

The English High Court has partially invalidated trademarks owned by Sky. Legal experts say the ruling could open up a new line of attack for defendants against brand owners. Read more

13 Apr 2020

Submarine marks: how black holes can help keep filings secret

The tech press has long jumped on a new filing for a news story, but there are many reasons why a company would rather keep a lid on upcoming launches of a new brand. Read more

25 Mar 2020

While ‘Tokyo 2020’ will now take place in 2021, brands will get their time to shine

The Olympics is a world-renowned brand which lends its powerful reputation to its partners and sponsors. Given its reach and reputation, the IOC does not play around with its trademark protections. Read more

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10 Aug 2018

Food delivery marks on the rise, as Starbucks leads the way in restaurant brand filings: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s industry data report we look at the food service industry. We reveal that Starbucks has the most robust trademark portfolio in the industry, the rise in 'food delivery' applications, and more.

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29 Jun 2018

How brands should prepare for the big changes coming to Canada’s trademark market: exclusive data analysis

In our latest report, we delve into Canada’s trademark landscape. We examine how a major overhaul of its trademark laws may lead to a clogged up register, take a look at filing and litigation trends, and much more.

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17 Mar 2018

Argentina’s emergency trademark law amendments and reassuring filing figures; exclusive data analysis

<em>World Trademark Review</em> examines the IP profile of Argentina, exploring the potential impact of the new emergency decree on trademark law, while providing a thorough breakdown on filings at the Argentine register.

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8 Jan 2018

More information about Gleissner trademark activity emerges as business owner voices frustration

Business owners have spoken to <em>World Trademark Review</em> about their anger and confusion over the mysterious trademark activity of entrepreneur Michael Gleissner. 

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23 Apr 2020

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Canada

Unsurprisingly, 2019 also saw the increase of shipments detained destined for fulfilment centres associated with e-commerce third-party marketplaces. Read more

23 Apr 2020

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Panama

Customs authorities are empowered to inspect and seize merchandise that is subject to customs procedures and which may violate Panama’s IP laws, regardless of its final destination. Read more

23 Apr 2020

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Turkey

Turkey is a party to a number of international conventions, including the Paris Convention, the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights and the Berne Convention. Read more

23 Apr 2020

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Italy

In the case of infringement, police investigations, undercover operations and seizure measures are available. Read more

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