Trademark law

Concerns raised over India IPAB abolition; Trademark Express dispute finally ends; Florida State unveils new student-athlete NIL programme; 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.

Concerns raised over India IPAB abolition; Trademark Express dispute finally ends; Florida State unveils new student-athlete NIL programme; and much more
INFORM Consumers Act row; strategic takeaways from Brand Strategy India; new <em>WTR </em>Special Report; and much more
11 Apr 2021

INFORM Consumers Act row; strategic takeaways from Brand Strategy India; new WTR Special Report; 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.

“Offensive trademark owners have an enforcement problem” – study calls for <em>Brunetti</em> rethink
7 Apr 2021

“Offensive trademark owners have an enforcement problem” – study calls for Brunetti rethink

A new study has analysed the impact of the Iancu v Brunetti Supreme Court decision, and argues that the owner of offensive trademarks can be denied enforcement in infringement actions and customs seizures.

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12 Apr 2021

Throwing shade at shadow companies - amendments to the Provisions on Administration of Enterprise Name Regulations

Compelling a shadow company to change its trade name used to be a costly and time-consuming exercise. However, several administrative measures have recently been introduced, marking a major improvement in the fight against shadow companies in China. Read more

4 Apr 2021

ICANN 70 takeaways; Nike ‘Satan Shoes’ spat; tips for well-known status in China; 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

30 Mar 2021

"No company wants to be associated with human blood" – Nike’s Satan Shoes lawsuit should come as no surprise

Nike has filed a lawsuit against art collective MSCHF relating to its 'Satan Shoes' collaboration with Lil Nas X, but the fashion brand's attorneys were left with little choice but to take legal action. Read more

29 Mar 2021

Covid-19’s impact and amended Trademark Regulations - what you need to know

This update provides a brief overview of the effects of the covid-19 pandemic in Uganda and gives a peek into the recently amended Trademark (Amendment) Regulations 2021. Read more

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28 Mar 2021

Alibaba anti-counterfeiting success; the power of green brands; US attorney solicitation email concerns; 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

23 Mar 2021

No registration or proof of use, no problem: how the Turkish IP system supports all legitimate rights holders

Co-published: Registering a trademark grants its owner a number of advantages, but the Turkish Trademark Law does not leave unregistered rights holders defenceless – even when their marks are not in use in Turkey. Read more

21 Mar 2021

Behind the scenes at WIPO and US Homeland Security; ‘unhealthy’ marks in China; the biggest EU and Canadian cases of the past year; and 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

17 Mar 2021

Gleissner trademark auction to go ahead: brand owners given chance to buy millionaire's Latvian marks

Over 900 registrations owned by "trademark troll" Michael Gleissner are set to be auctioned, with WTR exclusively compiling a list of the marks on offer and brand owners asked to express any interest in bidding within 30 days. Read more

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18 Mar 2021

Morality refusal grounds are gone from the United States but are alive and well in China

In China, a broad swath of trademarks are likely to be refused based on the grounds that they are ‘unhealthy’. Read more

11 Mar 2021

A countdown of the biggest trademark lessons from US courts in 2020

The long read: A whistlestop tour of US case law offers brand owners crucial pointers covering everything from generic.com marks to what constitutes useful trade dress. Read more

5 Mar 2021

Philip Morris Korea win highlights importance of royalties documents

Trademark experts explain the importance of distinguishing the kinds of intellectual property that royalty payments are for when importing raw materials into South Korea. Read more

25 Feb 2021

New Zealand far-right group’s use of certification mark demonstrates importance of politically minded enforcement

WTR spoke to brand experts on what recourse Buy New Zealand Made has available, as well as when entering the political fray is necessary to protect a mark’s reputation. Read more

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11 Sep 2020

Russia exhibits strong filings growth on the back of changes to its intellectual property system

Back-end work continues to improve the registry and trademark landscape. Subsequently, there has been a noticeable uptick in local brands pushing for the protection of their rights. 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

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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12 Dec 2020

Why Mexico needs clearer publicity rights

With image rights protected mainly by the Federal Copyright Law, the overlap between an individual’s right to control use of their image and the automatic copyright established on behalf of an author can lead to courtroom conflicts. Read more

12 Dec 2020

EU image rights: when the product is us

In the absence of a harmonised EU law on image rights, individuals are forced to rely on a combination of copyright and human rights claims to protect their most unique asset online – their own image. Read more

12 Dec 2020

Social media and the right of publicity: what advertisers need to know

With no US federal right of publicity and the distinction between celebrities and non-celebrities becoming increasingly arbitrary, companies looking to advertise their products through the likenesses of individuals must be up to date with the latest case law in order to get a clear picture of the risks involved. Read more

12 Dec 2020

How to protect your most valuable rights: publicity and image

With millions of images shared online every day, striking a balance between the rights of the individual and freedom of expression is a complex task. Thankfully, various regulations can offer protection in the absence of specific publicity and image rights. Read more

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