US lawyer trademarks “Sussex Royal”

US lawyer trademarks “Sussex Royal”

Having trademarked their new charity, “Sussex Royal” in the UK, and following a turbulent week for the couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, face an additional and perhaps entirely foreseeable IP road-bump, with news that a US lawyer...

Trademark infringement rising year-on-year says CompuMark report

Trademark infringement rising year-on-year says CompuMark report

According to a troubling new report, 85% of brands experienced trademark infringement in the past year, showing a steady upward trend from 81% in 2018 and 74% in 2017. This is according to the latest research from CompuMark, a Clarivate Analytics company and industry...

Key Russian appointment for Rouse

Key Russian appointment for Rouse

Leading international IP firm Rouse has announced the appointment of Yana Tsygankova as the new Country Manager for Russia. Highly experienced in IP enforcement and prosecution cases across Russia and CIS, Yana has been a core member of Rouse's Moscow team since the...

Beijing tech firm infringed BBC trademark

Beijing tech firm infringed BBC trademark

Beijing technology developer iYuba has been ordered to pay the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) damages and costs totaling some 1 million yuan (around $145,000) after a Chinese court found that the company, which develops applications designed to help Chinese...

Harry and Meghan’s trademark spree

Harry and Meghan’s trademark spree

Having formally split from the joint charitable foundation, The Royal Foundation, they previously shared with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, and amid continuing rumors of animosity between the two couples, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan...

Bruce Lee’s estate aims fist of fury at Chinese fast-food chain

Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee has launched trademark infringement proceedings against Real Kungfu, a Chinese restaurant chain headquartered in Tianhe District, Guangzhou, alleging that the chain’s logo, a stylized kung fu artist with black hair and dressed in a...

Fake AirPods lead Britain’s counterfeit Christmas

According to research commissioned by online retailer Vape Club, and based on data from UK Trading Standards, fake Apple AirPods are set to be the most “popular” counterfeit item this Christmas in the UK, with trading standards having already seized £134,000 worth of...

Injunction changes everything for Nike campaign

Sportswear giant Nike has been forced to suspend a significant advertising campaign, unveiled earlier this year at a Major League Baseball game and said to have cost some $16 million, after a federal court in North Carolina found that the campaign’s slogan “Sport...

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US lawyer trademarks “Sussex Royal”

Having trademarked their new charity, “Sussex Royal” in the UK, and following a turbulent week for the couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, face an additional and perhaps entirely foreseeable IP road-bump, with news that a US lawyer...

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Beijing tech firm infringed BBC trademark

Beijing technology developer iYuba has been ordered to pay the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) damages and costs totaling some 1 million yuan (around $145,000) after a Chinese court found that the company, which develops applications designed to help Chinese...

read more

Key Russian appointment for Rouse

Leading international IP firm Rouse has announced the appointment of Yana Tsygankova as the new Country Manager for Russia. Highly experienced in IP enforcement and prosecution cases across Russia and CIS, Yana has been a core member of Rouse's Moscow team since the...

read more

Harry and Meghan’s trademark spree

Having formally split from the joint charitable foundation, The Royal Foundation, they previously shared with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, and amid continuing rumors of animosity between the two couples, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan...

read more

Fake AirPods lead Britain’s counterfeit Christmas

According to research commissioned by online retailer Vape Club, and based on data from UK Trading Standards, fake Apple AirPods are set to be the most “popular” counterfeit item this Christmas in the UK, with trading standards having already seized £134,000 worth of...

read more

Injunction changes everything for Nike campaign

Sportswear giant Nike has been forced to suspend a significant advertising campaign, unveiled earlier this year at a Major League Baseball game and said to have cost some $16 million, after a federal court in North Carolina found that the campaign’s slogan “Sport...

read more

Vegan butchers sharpen knives after USPTO decision

The USPTO has caused consternation and anger after it approved Nestlé’s trademark application for “The Vegan Butcher”, having previously rejected a pair of vegan chefs’ application for the strikingly similar “vegan butcher” on the basis that the term was “merely...

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Black Friday sees spike in counterfeits

Having started life as a US-centric pre-Christmas Sales phenomenon, the day after Thanksgiving, now universally known as “Black Friday”, traditionally sees retailers offering heavily promoted discounts on everything from televisions and mobile phones to luxury fashion...

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INTA elects 2020 President

The International Trademark Association (INTA) has elected Ayala Deutsch as the 2020 President of the Association and the Chair of its Board of Directors. Ms. Deutsch, currently Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at NBA Properties in New York, begins...

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Beyond Meat registers new UK trademark

Beyond Meat, the LA-based meat substitute manufacturer, has registered the trademark “Beyond Mince” with the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Having previously launched its animal-free “Beyond Burger” and “Beyond Sausage” in the UK, the US company, which began...

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Booking.com books trip to The Supreme Court

The long-running trademark dispute over the name of market-leading room booking site Booking.com has finally made its way to the US Supreme Court, after the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) successfully petitioned the Court to hear arguments over whether it...

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USPTO asks public to comment on AI-generated IP

In a sure sign that the controversial issue of AI-created patents seems set to run and run, the US Patent and Trademark Office has amended an entry in the Federal Registry, giving notice that, having decided in August 2019 to gather “information about the impact of...

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Bentley Clothing defeats Bentley Motors

Manchester-based Bentley Clothing has won its action against Bentley Motors, whom the former accused of trademark infringement after the luxury car manufacturer developed a range of clothing bearing the “BENTLEY” name. The ruling comes after a long dispute between the...

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T-Mobile claims exclusive right to use the color magenta

An online insurance company founded in 2015 and based in New York has been told by T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom that it must desist from using the color magenta in any of its advertising and marketing activities in the German market. Deutsche Telekom’s...

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Kanye West cannot hold “SUNDAY SERVICE” trademark

Hip Hop icon and born-again Christian Kanye West has failed in his attempt to trademark the words “SUNDAY SERVICE” for a range of merchandise. The controversial musician has been touring the US with a series of Christian-themed “Sunday Service” shows, sharing the...

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Rubik’s Cube puzzled by trademark loss

The European General Court has upheld a European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) decision to cancel a trademark held by the Rubik’s Cube. The famous puzzle was invented in 1974 by Hungarian inventor Ernő Rubik and has sold around 400 million units...

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Sky v Skykick rumbles on

Advocate General Evgeni Tanchev of the European Court of Justice has released his opinion on the ongoing Sky v Skykick case. Sky, the well-known telecommunications company, brought proceedings for trademark infringement and passing off against Skykick, a business...

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Craft spirits drive trademark upswing

The number of trademarks registered in the UK for liqueurs and spirits rose by 12% in 2018 according to recently released figures. London law firm RPC put the dramatic rise, from 2,210 filings in 2017 to 2,482 filings in 2018, down to the continuing boom in...

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David v Goliath: An Exclusive Interview with Bentley Clothing’s Chris Lees

In an exclusive interview, Bentley Clothing Director and co-owner Chris Lees speaks to The Trademark Lawyer.

How will AI transform the management of Intellectual Property? IP TrendMonitor Survey 2019

The latest IP Trend Monitor study, a joint effort by the Dennemeyer Group and CTC Legal Media, focuses on the impact of AI on the business of IP.

Your trademark policy for Generation Z

Petter Rindforth, Managing Partner at Fenix Legal, discusses the specific challenges posed by “Generation Z” when it comes to brand engagement.

A “Queer” decision by the UKIPO?

Nora Fowler, Associate at EIP, talks about changing attitudes regarding what might be considered offensive in light of a recent, and controversial, UKIPO decision.

The battles over “Halloumi” never end

Nikoletta Vanezou of Markides, Markides & Co LLC looks at how the Cypriot legal system responds to attempts to register trademarks relating to halloumi cheese.

Cultural (mis)appropriation in trademarks: can you register culturally sensitive names?

Andy King, Partner and Trademark Attorney at Mewburn Ellis, discusses the controversial issue of cultural appropriation in an IP context.

Proving use of a trademark in opposition proceedings in Turkey

Ayla Oktar, founding partner, Ayşegül Sel, senior associate, and Zeynep Acar, senior associate, OKTAR & OKTAR, examine the Turkish approach to trademark opposition proceedings.

Global issue: Poor domain management puts IP under threat

Stu Homan, Director of Domain Management at MarkMonitor, looks at online security threats and their consequences for brand protection.

A discussion on the subject of judgment concerning Chinese designs

Dr. Yongqiang Qi, Partner and Patent Attorney at Corner Stone & Partners, looks at how, in some jurisdictions, it is Trademark Departments that look after designs.

Not every COCO is Chanel

Carolina Sánchez Margareto of Margareto IP looks at recent French infringement proceedings concerning the Chanel brand.

Web-based content for a specific audience transcends physical borders

Akanksha Kar, Senior Associate at LexOrbis, looks at a recent infringement case that came before the High Court of Delhi.

The new certification marks in Mexico

Wilma Caraza and Jaime Rodriguez of OLIVARES explain the importance of certification marks to Mexico’s newly-amended trademark framework.

Conference Season – Editor’s report

Matt Seex, Editor of The Trademark Lawyer Magazine, looks back at the 2019 AIPPI World Congress in London and the 47th Annual Meeting of the IPO in Washington DC.

China’s newly enacted regulation governing trademark applications seeks to further reduce trademark squatting

Ray ZHAO, Senior Partner at Unitalen, looks at recent efforts to curtail bad faith trademark applications in China.

What about USMCA?

Natalia Vera Matiz, partner at VERA ABOGADOS ASOCIADOS, examines the potential impact of USMCA on the competing principles of protecting both intellectual property and freedom of speech online.

Purpose of use matters for trademark applications in China

Roger HUANG and Nikita XUE of HongFangLaw discuss the newly amended Trademark Law in China.

Trademarking in Switzerland – opportunities and threats

Dr. Jeannette Wibmer, Partner at Badertscher Attorneys, sets out the Swiss approach to trademark registrations.

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