Trademark law

MESSI scores win over MASSI but legal expert laments CJEU’s “unfortunate” decision

The Court of Justice of the European Union has dismissed appeals against a judgment of the General Court authorising football player Lionel Messi to register the trademark MESSI for sports equipment and clothing.

MESSI scores win over MASSI but legal expert laments CJEU’s “unfortunate” decision
CBP seizure of ‘counterfeit’ AirPods shows the value of configuration marks
16 Sep 2020

CBP seizure of ‘counterfeit’ AirPods shows the value of configuration marks

Despite OnePlus’s products being ostensibly genuine products, CBP would not release them, showing the potential value of registering configuration marks.

Gross Domestic Failure – Banksy trademark portfolio “at risk” after registration ruled invalid
14 Sep 2020

Gross Domestic Failure – Banksy trademark portfolio “at risk” after registration ruled invalid

Street artist Banksy has had a trademark for one of his well-known artworks cancelled for being filed in bad faith, with the panel claiming that Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product shop “undermined” the case.

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13 Sep 2020

Black Lives Matter brand battle; French IP office exclusive; trademark services survey results; 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

12 Sep 2020

From the WTR archive: the rush to capitalise on movements, tragedies and high-profile events

For this week’s delve into WTR’s unrivalled archive of trademark content, we present a selection of articles exploring the growing trend of third parties seeking to capitalise on tragedies, movements and high-profile events. Read more

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

11 Sep 2020

US trademark modernisation act advances; UKIPO seeks AI views; Finnish marks on the rise – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Louis Vuitton pulling out of the Tiffany deal, how livestream counterfeiting is a growing problem in Vietnam, the AIPLA naming its new executive director, and much more. Read more

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6 Sep 2020

Combatting anti-IP sentiment; brand value added to Global Innovation Index; TikTok risks; 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 Aug 2020

Major Corsearch acquisition; Singapore IP Week highlights; exclusive interview with Discovery; 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 Aug 2020

Policing online counterfeits; the risks of livestream e-commerce; key takeaways from Tiffany v Costco; 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

21 Aug 2020

Corsearch and VerifyMe team up; Diageo adds brands; USPTO wins award – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a new anti-counterfeiting tie-up, the chairman of IPOS being conferred The Public Service Medal, Fat Brands’ $25 million acquisition bid, a legal victory for Hindustan Unilever, and much more. Read more

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10 Sep 2020

Reducing legal risk when managing marks on global websites

This guest analysis provides best practices for marking trademark registrations on websites with global reach. Read more

27 Aug 2020

IPOS looks to future, Lego’s brand DNA and trademark filing trends: eight takeaways from Singapore IP Week

For 2021, Singapore’s IP Week event has gone virtual. Here we present key takeaways and observations from the discussions. Read more

20 Aug 2020

Five ways to beat the odds and protect your brand in Asia

We shine the spotlight on some of the biggest challenges facing brands in Asia and reveal what steps WTR’s trademark elite – from Beijing to New Delhi – are taking to overcome them. Read more

19 Aug 2020

Legal experts react to appeal court’s $21 million damages decision in Tiffany v Costco

The decision highlights the importance of controlling a trademark’s use in the marketplace. WTR spoke to legal experts for brand takeaways. Read more

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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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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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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