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Gleiss Lutz heads to the metaverse; UKIPO announces interim head; Love Island counterfeit jibe goes viral – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Chinese trademark registrations reaching 40.4 million, the USPTO and US Copyright Office studying NFTs, and much more.

15 July 2022

A soda shake-up: Federal Circuit rules against Coca-Cola

The Federal Circuit found that Coca-Cola had failed to show that its interest lay within what the Supreme Court called “the zone of interests protected by the law invoked”.

15 July 2022

Unauthorised brand use on OpenSea still widespread as more NFT marketplaces launch

IP infringement is still prevalent on OpenSea, a WTR investigation finds, but one expert claims the platform is working on changes that could be “fantastic for brand owners”.

14 July 2022

Brand jamming: international perspectives on a reputational risk

Businesses have long observed their brands used in public interest and other campaigns without permission, opening up the risk of reputational harm.

14 July 2022

Appeal court awards Rmb10 million in damages in civil case

In this dispute between rivals in the valve industry, the Guangdong High Court has found that the defendants’ glaringly obvious bad faith and the severity of the infringement warranted the award of hefty damages.

14 July 2022

The Ohio State University wins trademark protection for THE

OSU’s years-long battle with the USPTO and Marc Jacobs has ended with the university overcoming arguments that the mark is merely ornamental, prompting the question of how the brand will use this to grow its already substantial licensing and trademark programme.

14 July 2022

Notable trends in trademark litigation and enforcement in China: takeaways from QBPC’s top 10 cases lists

QBPC’s selected cases highlight new methods of calculating damages and compensation, the use of big data, and increased cooperation between authorities and businesses.

13 July 2022

The battle for Dunder Mifflin: the global effort to trademark a fictional paper company

NBCUniversal has challenged a US trademark for DUNDER MIFFLIN, with the applicant hitting back at what he calls “puffed-up claims”.

13 July 2022

Verisure’s ZEROVISION mark found to be descriptive for smoke machines and security systems

In a blow to international security company Verisure, the Oslo District Court has upheld the refusal to register the mark ZEROVISION for smoke machines in Class 7 and security systems in Class 9.

13 July 2022

MADE IN NATURE v NATURE MADE: a primer on practice at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board took the lawyers for each side to task for ignoring TTAB rules in the presentation of their case.

13 July 2022

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