Queer decision by IPO

Queer decision by IPO

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) been accused of being out-of-step after it denied an application to trademark the name “Queers & Co” on the grounds that its use of the word “queer” was “contrary to accepted moral values within the UK” and “offensive”....

Is Beyonce’s daughter a “cultural icon” for trademark purposes?

Is Beyonce’s daughter a “cultural icon” for trademark purposes?

Beyonce’s ongoing efforts to trademark the name of her daughter Blue Ivy have met with raised eyebrows after the singer claimed, in response to an objection by a small business, that her 7-year-old is a “cultural icon”. Wendy Morales, who established the “Blue Ivy”...

Air New Zealand’s ‘Kia Ora’ climbdown

Air New Zealand’s ‘Kia Ora’ climbdown

In the face of mounting anger from indigenous Māori groups and a threat by the Māori Council to boycott New Zealand’s national airline altogether, Air New Zealand has announced that it has withdrawn its controversial application to trademark the logo of its in-flight...

Liverpool FC trademark application shown red card

Liverpool FC trademark application shown red card

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has rejected Liverpool Football Club’s controversial application to trademark the word “Liverpool” for the purposes of “football products and services”. Liverpool FC had insisted that it needed the trademark in order to prevent...

USPTO green card backlash

USPTO green card backlash

In August, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) introduced a controversial new requirement, whereby trademark applications made by foreign applicants resident in the United States would only be able to apply to register once they first proved their status as...

Ariana Grande seeks $10 million for Forever 21 infringement

Pop superstar Ariana Grande has commenced proceedings against American fashion retailer Forever 21, alleging trademark infringement as well as a violation of her privacy, and copyright infringement. Grande’s lawsuit alleges that when she declined to feature in a...

The Obamas seek Higher Ground

Former US President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama have been accused of “deplorable behavior” after they applied to cancel the trademark of an e-book publisher. In April, the Obamas had their application to trademark their own company name, Higher Ground...

Litigious Uber goes after “BeauBer”

The owner of a Florida beauty salon has attracted the unwelcome attention of Uber after releasing her own appointment-booking app, “BeauBer”. The name of Carolina Vengoechea’s app is a portmanteau of the two services she offers at her salon, namely “beautician” and...

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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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Brandstock wins groundbreaking verdict for Mondelez “MILKA”

Elena Galletti of Brandstock reviews their latest win for Mondelez.

What happens to seized counterfeit goods?

Aprajita Nigam and Mahima Madan of LexOrbis look at procedures in India for dealing with seized goods.

Opposition procedure in Poland – pros and cons

Aleksandra Kryśka of Patpol examines how trademark opposition procedures operate in Poland.

How trademarks may collide with other IP subject matters

Alina Grechikhina of Gorodissky & Partners highlights the interplay between trademarks and other IP matters in Russia.

Designs – the forgotten IP weapon

Rosie Burbidge, partner at Gunnercooke, looks at the way designs are, and should be, considered within an IP framework.

Venezuelan fees to protect brands owned by foreign IP holders must be paid only in cash

Ricardo A. Antequera, Managing Partner of Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez, looks at the payment of fees to protect brands in Venezuela.

The present situation and prospects for GUI protection in China

John XIA of Corner Stone & Partners discusses the development of Graphical User Interface (GUI) patents.

Safer trademark and branding creation for creative clients

Rachel Pasher Eijkenaar, Adv., Freelance IP lawyer and member of the Israeli BAR, discusses the issues facing creative clients when creating new brands.

Counterfeit goods and waste management

Ashutosh Upadhyaya, Associate, Anand and Anand, talks about the environmental implications surrounding the disposal of counterfeit goods by authorities in India.

The Trademark Law Revised - 2019 Amendments

Liang Hui, with contributions from Chris Fung, of Lifang & Partners, takes an in-depth look at upcoming amendments to Chinese trademark law.

Use of a trademark and proof of use – some thoughts in the light of recent EUIPO and General Court decisions

Klaudia Błach-Morysińska of ZM Legal, Poland, discusses the issues connected with proof of use under Polish and EU law. 

A claim for the prohibition on the use of a trademark in a domain name as a method of the violated rights defense

Roman Larshin of Zuykov and partners, Russia, discusses the defense of trademarks in domain names under Russian law.

Examining the amendments to Mexican Trademark Law which became effective from 10 August 2018

Antonio Belaunzarán and Alonso Camargo of OLIVARES discuss the most important recent amendments to trademark laws in Mexico.

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