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,...
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...
Facebook is suing four Chinese companies that allegedly sold fake Facebook and Instagram accounts. The complaint was filed on March 1 in U.S. federal court and argues that the companies manage multiple websites promoting the sale of fake accounts since 2017. Three...
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...
Streetwear brand MLGB lost its trademark on Monday after a Beijing IP court ruled that the name endangers “socialist morality,” or mainstream values. Four lawyers allegedly approached the state watchdog in 2015, seeking the annulment of Chinese TV presenter Li Chen...
A new report commissioned by Red Points ‘Faking it’, the Barcelona-based company shows that sex toys are popular among consumers’ gift considerations for Valentine’s day. Nearly 2 out of 3 adults surveyed (66% of shoppers) in the U.S said they would consider buying a...
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...
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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Pocket lighter maker BIC Corporation filed a Section 337 infringement complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) seeking to stop the importation of infringing pocket lighters. BIC also filed a complaint in the Eastern District of New York with...read more
Amazon is being sued for allegedly copying one of Williams-Sonoma's protected chair designs. Williams-Sonoma filled a trademark and design patent infringement lawsuit in a federal court in California against the American e-commerce giant. With its “cutout back, and...read more
New research findings by Red Points, the Barcelona-based IP detection and enforcement company, shows that 1 in 3 shoppers would stop buying an electronic brand if they found fakes online. Furthermore, 15% of respondents said they would switch to a competitor or...read more
Counterfeiters are capitalising on Christmas; this is according to new research by brand protection company MarkMonitor. One in three (30%) consumers has inadvertently bought a fake product, with 68% of the counterfeit items being bought as Christmas presents. The...read more
A new report out today reveals that more than six out of ten customs seizures of counterfeit or pirated goods are of small parcels sent through postal or courier services. The research, carried out by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the...read more
The European Union Intellectual Property Office has denied an appeal by famous golf course St Andrews to register their name as a trademark. St Andrews links wanted the name of the Scottish coastal town to be protected in order to stop other companies around the world...read more
Cadbury today lost their appeal to trademark the color purple. The case concerns Cadbury’s registered UK trademark for the color purple, which states “The mark consists of the color purple (Pantone 2685C) as shown on the form of application, applied to the whole...read more
Scooter distributor violates BMW’s trademark rights by promoting a “Mini”/”mini”/”MINI” electronic scooter series
Background There already is a “MINI” car on the market and it’s popular, so why not link it to our new “Mini” series of electronic scooters? And so they did. Chinese manufacturer Ninebot (Tianjin) Tech Co., Ltd. (“Ninebot”), which acquired U.S. scooter company Segway...read more
Red Bull's attempt to oppose the trademark registration for a beverage company called "Big Horn" over their logo has failed with the EUIPO.Citing brand protection, Red Bull argued that the logos were too similar, as both feature bulls and a yellow background, but Big...read more
Close to one in 10 UK consumers (9%) who have bought a counterfeit product online in the past year have been injured as a result of purchasing the item, according to an independent report by online brand protection company, Incopro. Of those consumers who have been...read more
IP experts from Latin America and Europe have arrived in Mexico City to take part in three events organised by IP Key LA, an international cooperation project in the field of IP under the direction of the European Commission, and executed by the European Union...read more
EU trademarks and designs will continue being valid in UK post Brexit under the draft withdrawal agreement. Article 54 of the withdrawal agreement confirms owners of EU trademarks - even those registered or granted in the 21-month transition period - will ‘without any...read more
Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 11 November 2018, is a day for the nation to commemorate the contribution of men and women who have sacrificed themselves for our freedom, wearing a remembrance poppy to show support and appreciation. But unfortunately – like a lot...read more
Based on a study of data in the Darts-ip case database, the aim of this report is to discuss rejections based on grounds of immorality in different jurisdictions around the world. The data within this report covers Europe, USA, Russia, Japan, China, Australia and...read more
The majority of companies will change their brand protection strategies to cover new cybersecurity and fraud threats in the next year, according to new research by MarkMonitor, the world leader in enterprise brand protection. In addition, 72% said that brand...read more
Who is allowed to promote a MINI coffee machine and MINI XL-coffee pots? BMW German trademark decision
Car manufacturer BMW successfully challenged coffee retailer Tchibo’s use of the term “MINI” for coffee machines and coffee cups (Decision of the District Court of Frankfurt/Main of August 18, 2018, docket number 2-03 O 288/17). Competing on the market for...read more
Procter & Gamble Co. have lost a dispute on their claim that Solav's skincare trademark application of a stylized drawing of a woman’s face and brand name was similar to their trademark for Olay skincare. London company Nelovy Healthcare Ltd applied last year to...read more
The estate of the deceased musician Prince has reportedly filed a claim to trademark a particular shade of purple, which could bar media producers from using it. The posthumous foundation of Prince, Paisley Park Enterprises Inc, filed a trademark application for “Love...read more
Clarivate Analytics to enhance AI-driven trademark research solutions with TrademarkVision acquisition
Clarivate Analytics today announced the acquisition of Australian AI-technology company TrademarkVision - a company composed of over 30 professionals. It joins Boston-based company CompuMark, the trademark clearance and protection partner for 9 out of 10 of the...read more
Alibaba won a preliminary injunction against Alibabacoin Foundation for trademark infringement. The Fortune 500 company opened a trademark infringement case against the cryptocurrency company for brand confusion. The injunction stops ABBC from using any materials...read more
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