EUIPO report confirms link between fake goods and organised crime

EUIPO report confirms link between fake goods and organised crime

Counterfeiting is far from a victimless crime. We’ve suspected for a long time that counterfeit goods have been used to fund organized crime, terrorist organizations and large-scale crime syndicates. French authorities found that the Charlie Hebdo attackers financed...

Iron Maiden sue makers of video game for $2 million

Iron Maiden’s holding company have launched a $2 million trademark suit against the makers of video game Ion Maiden. The lawsuit, filed at the Central District of California court on 28th May, accuses creators 3D Realms Entertainment of using an “incredibly blatant"...

INTA president asks members for unity in stopping counterfeits

International Trademark Association (INTA) members should help stop the propagation of counterfeits, according to association president David Lossignol. This comes after INTA released a report which showed up to 79% of 18-23-year-olds surveyed had purchased...

INTA Gets Underway in Boston

More than 11,100 brand owners, trademark practitioners, and other intellectual property (IP) professionals from 150+ countries are gathering today through May 22 in Boston, Massachusetts for the 2019 Annual Meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA) to...

23% of global domains targeted by cyber-attacks

Almost one-quarter of brands have had their domain targeted by cybercriminals, according to the latest global research report released by MarkMonitor. The report also highlighted that 62% of brands reported that cybercrime impacted their business in the last year....

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Iron Maiden sue makers of video game for $2 million

Iron Maiden’s holding company have launched a $2 million trademark suit against the makers of video game Ion Maiden. The lawsuit, filed at the Central District of California court on 28th May, accuses creators 3D Realms Entertainment of using an “incredibly blatant"...

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INTA Gets Underway in Boston

More than 11,100 brand owners, trademark practitioners, and other intellectual property (IP) professionals from 150+ countries are gathering today through May 22 in Boston, Massachusetts for the 2019 Annual Meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA) to...

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23% of global domains targeted by cyber-attacks

Almost one-quarter of brands have had their domain targeted by cybercriminals, according to the latest global research report released by MarkMonitor. The report also highlighted that 62% of brands reported that cybercrime impacted their business in the last year....

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Trump to tackle illicit goods and piracy

U.S. president Donald Trump yesterday signed a memorandum that aims to stop the trafficking of counterfeit and pirated goods. The memorandum, outlines policies aimed at tackling counterfeits online and the administration's goal to “protect American businesses,...

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Red Points gains $38m in funding

Red Points announced today that it has closed $38 million in funding, bringing the company’s total capital raised to $64 million. The round was led by Summit Partners, with additional participation from existing investors Northzone, Mangrove, Eight Roads Ventures and...

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What Brexit means for UK Intellectual Property rights

With Brexit still rumbling on, Mike Sweeney, Senior Legal Counsel at brand protection provider Incopro, has provided his thoughts on the three possible scenarios of Brexit and what it could mean for UK Intellectual Property rights and businesses. 1. What it means for...

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Swatch accuse Samsung of copying watch faces

Samsung has been hit with an infringement suit just days after it unveiled its latest Galaxy Watch. Watchmaker Swatch Group - responsible for Tissot, Omega, Rado and Swatch brands - filed a complaint against Samsung Electronics and its American arm, claiming the...

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Kim Kardashian sued for $430m for emojis

A social-media developer is suing reality show celebrity Kim Kardashian West and her company, Kimsaprincess Inc., over a series of emojis and images. In a suit filed Tuesday in the federal court in Oklahoma City, the developer alleges he and a team collaborated with...

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Anaqua receives major investment from Astorg

Anaqua today announced that the business will receive a significant equity investment from Astorg, a  European private equity firm. As part of this transaction, Astorg will become the controlling shareholder of Anaqua, replacing Insight Venture Partners and Bessemer...

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Trademarks dance with Mary Jane

Max Vern from Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP explores the practical aspects of protection of cannabis-related trademarks in the United States.

Italy: Supreme brand granted “recognition” and injunction order in Venice Court

Francesco Bonini of Studio Bonini breaks down the case Chapter 4 Corp.DBA Supreme v International Brand Firm and others: Supreme is distinctive for wide gained recognition and the court hits counterfeiters with Injunction order.

CITMA – looking to the future

Tania Clark, President of The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA), discusses CITMA’s recent achievements and developments over the past three years.

Malicious trademark registration and Chinese law

Guanbin XIE, Bin ZHANG and Xiao WANG, of Lifang & Partners, discuss malicious trademark registration practices in China and what measures are in place to safeguard against them.

The brave new world of enforcing IP rights by way of preliminary injunctions in Germany

Dr. Carsten Menebröcker and Valeska Töbelmann of CMS discuss enforcing IP rights through preliminary injunctions in Germany.

Brazilian PTO’s backlog: What to expect in 2019?

Paulo Parente Marques Mendes, Bárbara Angela Leitão and Eriça Tomimaru from Brazil’s leading IP office Di Blasi, Parente & Associados explore the updates on the backlog reduction in the trademark sector and what to expect when Brazil enters the Madrid Protocol.

Infringement on the rise: 35% of brands suffer industrial design infringement

Karl Doane, Senior Product Manager at CompuMark, examines the rising infringement of industrial designs.

Well-known trademarks unknown in Russia: Why?

Natalia Radchenko, Trademark Attorney at Gorodissky & Partners, discusses the differences with well-known trademarks in Russia.

Evolution of trademark concept in Mexico

Senior Associate Gerardo Parra gives brief overview of 2018 amendments to the Industrial Property Law.

Fighting counterfeiting in Nigeria: Where we stand on this issue

Inês Duarte Tavares, IP Consultant for Inventa International, discusses the battle against counterfeits in Nigeria.

Trademark protection in Poland

Joanna Piłka of PATPOL explains why it is worth protecting trademarks in Poland, walks through the trademark registration system in Poland and points out some important issues to keep in mind.

It is not just about the “Big Fish”: Helping SMEs go global in a trademark world

Micheline Dessureault, partner at Joli-Coeur Lacasse Avocats, talks about how trademark practitioners focused on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) face very different challenges from those of practitioners serving firms that target major portfolio clients.

The implementation of theory of relativity in sound mark registration in China

Shirley Ya LIN & Nikita Min XUE of HongFangLaw examine the tech company Tencent’s successful challenge against the Chinese trademark review administration and give their take on this case and its implications, analyzing why the Tencent case is unique and how sound marks could be registrable in China.

Service Provider Spotlight

Introducing our newly created segment: Service Provider Spotlight. This segment gives a platform for IP service providers to thoroughly explain their system, alongside other systems which provide the same, or different services, to create a holistic one-stop database for all your IP admin needs.

Joining causes of action in trademark & design cases under Indian law

Soumik Chakraborty and Suhrita Majumdar of S. Majumdar & Co. walk-through the joining causes of action in trademark & designs cases.

Madrid protocol: Brazil almost there

Eduardo Machado, senior partner at Montaury Pimenta, Machado & Vieira de Mello, explains Brazil’s delay in joining the Madrid Protocol and the benefits of joining.

Looking back on 20 years of the country’s intellectual property system

Sergio Braz of Braz and Associates looks at the 20-year journey the IP system has undergone in Mozambique.

The new notion of distinctive combination in Russia

Marina Karaldina from Patentica analyzes the positive changes brought by the recent amendment to the Russian Civil Code allowing registration of distinctive combinations.

How to recognize a well-known trademark in China

Hongxia WU of CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office walks through the process of how well-known trademarks can be identified in China.

The cost of confusion: Trademark infringement damages in a globalized, digital age

Pat Breslin, CEO of Breslin Consulting LLP, discusses the pivotal roles that trademarks and related IP play in global IP disputes, in the contexts of globalization and the expanding digital economy.

Why legal teams should work with alternative legal service providers to achieve optimal efficiency

VP Marketing at Brandstock Group Elena Galletti explains the benefit legal teams derive from working with service providers.

Glen Buchenbach – Scotch whisky?

Dydra Donath, partner at Mewburn Ellis, discusses the recent CJEU decision on the long-running battle between TSWA and Germany distillery Waldhorn over the use of the word ‘Glen’.

Innovation Box – new regulation introducing tax relief on the commercialization of innovations

Attorney at law and patent attorney for ZM Legal, Klaudia Błach-Morysińska, walks through the new regulations on Polish tax and its implications on IP rights.

Tea companies May and Orimi ended with the exclusion of the word element “HIGHLAND”

Sergey Zuykov and Alexandra Pelikh of Zuykov and Partners discuss a case which saw the confrontation of the tea companies May and Orimi, which ended with the exclusion of the word element “HIGHLAND” from the legal protection in the trademarks of LLC Orimi.

Utilizing co-existence agreement / letter of consent to overcome a trademark refusal in China

Mr. Nick Ji of Corner Stone & Partners explores the possibility of overcoming a trademark refusal with the help of a co-existence agreement / letter of consent.

Trademarks in Malta

Steven Decesare and Sharon Xuereb of Camilleri Preziosi discuss the trademark landscape in Malta.

Creating a mentally healthy workplace

For Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May), LawCare CEO Elizabeth Rimmer looks at what legal workplaces can do to look after the wellbeing of their workforce.

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