Singapore introduces trademark applications “on the go”

Singapore introduces trademark applications “on the go”

Singapore has become the first country in the world to enable applicants to file for a trademark registration via an app on their smartphone. “IPOS Go” was built and released by IPOS – the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore. According to IPOS, the new app...

Who’s the Boss? Welsh Brewery finds out … to its cost

Welsh Brewer Boss Brewing applied last year to register two of its beers, “Boss Black” and “Boss Boss”, a process that usually costs in the region of £300. However, clothing giant Hugo Boss objected, insisting that the small Welsh firm “cease and desist” selling the...

Gatorade still “The Sports Fuel Company” after ruling

The Court of Appeals in the US has reaffirmed the right of The Gatorade Company to use the slogan “Gatorade The Sports Fuel Company” in the latest installment of a long-running dispute. SportFuel, a Chicago-based lifestyle and nutrition consultancy which owns a number...

Guns N’ Rosé trademark action to be settled

Hard rock band Guns N’ Roses have agreed to settle a trademark infringement lawsuit brought against brewery Oskar Blues, which had been selling a beer called “Guns ‘N’ Rosé”. The federal lawsuit was filed in May 2019. The brewery had earlier sought to trademark the...

McDonald’s loses exclusive use of “Mc”

American fast food giant McDonald’s has suffered a fresh blow to its “Mc” trademark, losing its exclusive claim to the use of the prefix on a number of its products and services. Irish company Supermac’s, which operates over one hundred food outlets in the Republic of...

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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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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Swatch accuse Samsung of copying watch faces

Samsung has been hit with an infringement suit just days after it unveiled its latest Galaxy Watch. Watchmaker Swatch Group - responsible for Tissot, Omega, Rado and Swatch brands - filed a complaint against Samsung Electronics and its American arm, claiming the...

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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...

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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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Christian Louboutin wins another red sole shoe case

Christian Louboutin secured a victory in its long-running red sole case against Dutch footwear brand Van Haren. Van Haren launched a collection of high-heeled shoes complete with red soles in 2012. Paris-based Louboutin, who own the lacquered Chinese red sole,...

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Cadbury gives up claim on the color purple

Confectionery giant Cadbury has given up its claim to the trademark on the color purple, having used the colour since 1914. The company lost the trademark to this particular shade at the Court of Appeal last year after a case launched by Nestle which claimed trademark...

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Chinese government grant Ivanka Trump five trademarks

The Chinese government has granted preliminary approval of another five trademarks for Ivanka Trump’s company this month. Four trademarks, including child care centres, sunglasses and wedding dresses, were approved on Sunday, with a fifth for brokerage, charitable...

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All Star v EUIPO: Distinctiveness of 3D trademarks

On 29 March 2019, the General Court of the European Union (GC) handed down its decision in Case T-611/17 All Star CV v EUIPO. All Star – famous for its Converse-branded footwear – obtained an EU trademark in 2010 for the threedimensional mark in respect of goods in inter alia class 25.

EU certification and collective marks

As a consequence of trade globalization and the access to a wider variety of goods and services, product quality has become a growing concern for consumers.

Trespass on our trademark

Ben Jenkins of Excello Law examines Luen Fat Metal’s defense of their trademark against Trespass and the protection secured for their “funtime” logo.

New European spirit drinks regulation EU 2019/787

Dydra Donath of Mewburn Ellis breaks down the new regulation the EU has placed on spirit drink trademarks.

Combating counterfeits to protect consumers and the brand promise

2019 INTA President David Lossignol talks about his goals of combating counterfeits and INTA’s efforts in implementing them.

NESTLE WATERS wins first trial

Recently, the court in Dalian City made a first instance decision in favor of NESTLE WATERS, represented by Corner Stone & Partners, on a lawsuit of trademark infringement and unfair competition dispute raised against Shenyang Tuanshansi Mineral Spring Beverage Co., Ltd. and Shahekou District Yisheng Trading Firm.

Multimedia & trademarks – old or new rules for the digital world?

In the last decade, stationary trade has become of stagnating relevance, whereas online-generated business has won a substantial increase.

The protection of Traditional Knowledge in Africa

Inês Monteiro Alves of Inventa International discusses what protections are afforded to Traditional Knowledge methods and practices in Africa.

What comes next after obtaining trademark protection in Poland?

Monika Zieliń ska of Patpol presents a handful of tips on what should be remembered by the holders of Polish national trademarks, especially in view of the latest amendments to the Polish Industrial Property Law.

IP offices: Keeping up with innovation

Sandra Mau and Robert Reading of CompuMark examine the landscapes for IP offices around the world.

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