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“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

Reverse domain name hijacking: a very public risk, and how to minimise it

How reverse domain name hijacking can amount to a public shaming for complainants and their advisors, and tips to avoid it.

25 October 2021

Covid and counterfeits: how brand owners are fighting back against pandemic opportunists

In an exclusive guest post, experts at Gowling look at how brand owners have tackled a significant rise in counterfeit goods during the covid-19 pandemic.

21 October 2021

Unearthed truth: lack of evidence from complainant means success for respondent

This UDRP decision shows that, to prove bad faith, it is crucial for complainants to establish the existence of their trademarks or their reputation at the time the disputed domain name was registered - rather than when commercial use was being made of the domain name.

19 October 2021

Pressure for US to crack down on counterfeits as study reveals alarming impact of fakes

The Buy Safe America Coalition has published a scathing new study revealing “the devastating impact of the sale of fraudulent goods” on US consumers, businesses and the economy as a whole.

18 October 2021

Brand enforcement takeaways from Brand Strategy Southeast Asia

This week, IPBC Southeast Asia, hosted by IAM, and WTR’s Brand Strategy Southeast Asia, were hosted simultaneously.

13 October 2021

New low-cost filing platforms with striking similarities to controversial Trademark Terminal target US applicants

Just weeks after controversial low-cost filing agency Trademark Terminal ceased operations, WTR has identified three more platforms that may be related to it.

13 October 2021

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