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Zambia joins TMview; AI bots clash on brand protection views; WB Mason wins BLIZZARD lawsuit – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Hailey Bieber being sued for trademark infringement, ICANN and EURid teaming up, and much more.

24 June 2022

ALLMAX NUTRITION v ALLNUTRITION: General Court finds likelihood of confusion based on weakly distinctive shared component

The weak distinctive character of an element, due to its descriptive meaning, does not necessarily imply that this element is negligible in the overall impression.

24 June 2022

Opponent wins trademark opposition despite inadmissible evidence

Sailun Group Co Ltd successfully opposed the registration of the trademark SAILWIN, even though all of its evidence was deemed inadmissible. Luckily for Sailun, it had a prior trademark registration to rely upon.

24 June 2022

Gettr: a rising social network that should be on brand owner radars

WTR analyses the brand protection dimensions of 'free speech' network Gettr and why the platform should be on enforcement radars of trademark practitioners.

23 June 2022

Drink up, but not with the Lehman brand

The Federal Circuit upheld a Trademark Trial and Appeal Board refusal to register a trademark based on likelihood of confusion with a famous - but expired - mark.

23 June 2022

Taiwanese legislature passes amendments to Trademark Act to meet CPTPP requirements

It is expected that the amendments will strengthen the protection of trademark rights, uphold social justice and respond to the industry's expectations.

23 June 2022

District court rejects laches defence in infringement case on remand from appellate court

A court has ruled that a statute of limitations for infringement has expired after a trademark owner waited 12 years to bring legal action. Therefore, the burden of disproving delay has shifted from the alleged infringer to the trademark owner.

23 June 2022

With trademark conflicts on the rise, General Court takes more lenient approach to use requirement

The decision confirms that trademark holders have a variety of flexible means at their disposal to show genuine use.

22 June 2022

CIPO initiative criticised; TTAB manual updated; Mumbai police seizes fake designer watches – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a video game returning to sale after a trademark dispute, Musinsa checking the authenticity of imported goods, and much more.

21 June 2022

Trademark troll loses registration after appropriating well-known mark

This is the first decision applying the new bad-faith ground for trademark expungement, added to the Trademarks Act in 2019.

21 June 2022

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