Trump to tackle illicit goods and piracy

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,...

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...

Facebook sues Chinese companies for infringement and cybersquatting

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...

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...

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...

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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BIC files infringement complaints for pocket lighters

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...

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Amazon hit with trademark and patent lawsuit over chair design

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...

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Six of ten fake goods seizures are from small parcels

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...

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‘St Andrews’ trademark application dismissed by EU court

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...

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Cadbury lose appeal on trademarking color Purple

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...

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Red Bull fails to convince EUIPO for opposition filing

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...

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One in ten UK consumers injured after buying counterfeit goods

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...

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Transferable IP rights confirmed post Brexit

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...

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Fake poppy sellers diverting cash away from charities

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...

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New Darts-ip Report on Immoral Trademarks

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...

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P&G loses trademark dispute over Olay image

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...

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Prince’s estate files trademark for a shade of purple

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...

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E-commerce Giant Alibaba wins infringement case

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...

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McDonald’s, Supermac’s and trademark bullying

Christopher Lees, Director of BENTLEY clothing, imparts his personal view on the McDonald’s and Supermac case, and by reflecting on his company’s similar case, offers solutions on how these cases could be more equal for the smaller companies.

Registration and protection of 3D trademarks in China

Partner of Corner Stone & Partners Maggie Yang highlights the registration and protection procedures for 3D trademarks in China.

Louis Vuitton makes a fashion statement before the EU General Court

Hilda-Georgina Kwafo-Akoto of Bristows LLP analyses the twin victories of Louis Vuitton in establishing the reputation of the figurative LV trademark within the European Union.

Infringement on the rise: 81% of brands suffered trademark infringement in 2018

Ronda Majure of CompuMark analyzes global perspectives on filing, infringement and the challenges of the trademark ecosystem.

An interview with Allen & Overy’s global head of IP David Stone

Allen & Overy’s global head of IP David Stone discusses with The Trademark Lawyer his work as a global IP head, globalisation of brands, its challenges, diversity, digitalisation, and the changes in IP jurisdictions like China, and even (potentially post-Brexit), the UK.

McDonald’s loses its rights over ‘Mac’ and ‘McCafe’ trademark in Nepal

Managing Attorney of Apex Law Chamber Ram Chandra Subedi examines another trademark loss in another jurisdiction for the fast-food giant.

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