Litigants cannot choose their opponent’s Lawyers

Litigants cannot choose their opponent’s Lawyers

In a rather rare application, Scottish glass producer Glencairn sought to prevent the Leeds team at IP law specialist Virtuoso Legal from acting for Glencairn’s opponent, Canadian-based Product Specialities Inc.  The basis for the case was that the Virtuoso Legal...

Facebook tech fails to detect fake Which? advert

With all the public battles that Facebook has been confronted with recently, it’s no surprise that Which? managed to, very easily, work its way through the company’s ad monitoring process. What is shocking is how long the advert managed to stay active and unnoticed –...

Over 2 Million AI-Powered Trademark Searches Completed

Trademark professionals have completed over 2 million AI-powered trademark searches in 7 years through TrademarkNow’s platform. The amount of searches is growing rapidly every month, as evidenced by an increasing number of companies implementing intellectual property...

JetBlue files infringement lawsuit against Walmart

JetBlue Airways has filed an infringement suit against Walmart for the name Jetblack. According to court filings, JetBlue claimed that Walmart tried to capitalize on the goodwill associated with the airline’s trademark name. JetBlue state that Walmart's mark causes...

General Court of EU confirms invalidity of the adidas EU trademark

The General Court of EU today confirmed the invalidity of the adidas EU trademark. The court stated that adidas has failed to prove that their mark, which consists of three parallel stripes applied in any direction, has acquired, throughout the territory of the EU,...

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...

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Litigants cannot choose their opponent’s Lawyers

In a rather rare application, Scottish glass producer Glencairn sought to prevent the Leeds team at IP law specialist Virtuoso Legal from acting for Glencairn’s opponent, Canadian-based Product Specialities Inc.  The basis for the case was that the Virtuoso Legal...

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Over 2 Million AI-Powered Trademark Searches Completed

Trademark professionals have completed over 2 million AI-powered trademark searches in 7 years through TrademarkNow’s platform. The amount of searches is growing rapidly every month, as evidenced by an increasing number of companies implementing intellectual property...

read more

Facebook tech fails to detect fake Which? advert

With all the public battles that Facebook has been confronted with recently, it’s no surprise that Which? managed to, very easily, work its way through the company’s ad monitoring process. What is shocking is how long the advert managed to stay active and unnoticed –...

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JetBlue files infringement lawsuit against Walmart

JetBlue Airways has filed an infringement suit against Walmart for the name Jetblack. According to court filings, JetBlue claimed that Walmart tried to capitalize on the goodwill associated with the airline’s trademark name. JetBlue state that Walmart's mark causes...

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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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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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