“Amazon Pharmacy” trademark filed globally

“Amazon Pharmacy” trademark filed globally

Amazon has applied to the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to register the trademark “Amazon Pharmacy”, in a move that has, unsurprisingly, been taken as a strong indication that Amazon intends to enter the UK’s pharmaceutical space. This follows recent and...

US lawyer trademarks “Sussex Royal”

US lawyer trademarks “Sussex Royal”

Having trademarked their new charity, “Sussex Royal” in the UK, and following a turbulent week for the couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, face an additional and perhaps entirely foreseeable IP road-bump, with news that a US lawyer...

Beijing tech firm infringed BBC trademark

Beijing tech firm infringed BBC trademark

Beijing technology developer iYuba has been ordered to pay the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) damages and costs totaling some 1 million yuan (around $145,000) after a Chinese court found that the company, which develops applications designed to help Chinese...

Trademark infringement rising year-on-year says CompuMark report

Trademark infringement rising year-on-year says CompuMark report

According to a troubling new report, 85% of brands experienced trademark infringement in the past year, showing a steady upward trend from 81% in 2018 and 74% in 2017. This is according to the latest research from CompuMark, a Clarivate Analytics company and industry...

Key Russian appointment for Rouse

Key Russian appointment for Rouse

Leading international IP firm Rouse has announced the appointment of Yana Tsygankova as the new Country Manager for Russia. Highly experienced in IP enforcement and prosecution cases across Russia and CIS, Yana has been a core member of Rouse's Moscow team since the...

Fake AirPods lead Britain’s counterfeit Christmas

According to research commissioned by online retailer Vape Club, and based on data from UK Trading Standards, fake Apple AirPods are set to be the most “popular” counterfeit item this Christmas in the UK, with trading standards having already seized £134,000 worth of...

Injunction changes everything for Nike campaign

Sportswear giant Nike has been forced to suspend a significant advertising campaign, unveiled earlier this year at a Major League Baseball game and said to have cost some $16 million, after a federal court in North Carolina found that the campaign’s slogan “Sport...

Vegan butchers sharpen knives after USPTO decision

The USPTO has caused consternation and anger after it approved Nestlé’s trademark application for “The Vegan Butcher”, having previously rejected a pair of vegan chefs’ application for the strikingly similar “vegan butcher” on the basis that the term was “merely...

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Sky v Skykick rumbles on

Advocate General Evgeni Tanchev of the European Court of Justice has released his opinion on the ongoing Sky v Skykick case. Sky, the well-known telecommunications company, brought proceedings for trademark infringement and passing off against Skykick, a business...

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Craft spirits drive trademark upswing

The number of trademarks registered in the UK for liqueurs and spirits rose by 12% in 2018 according to recently released figures. London law firm RPC put the dramatic rise, from 2,210 filings in 2017 to 2,482 filings in 2018, down to the continuing boom in...

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Sony challenges “PlayTable”

Games developer Prizm Labs has been sued by Sony Interactive Entertainment over the latter’s “PlayTable”, a tablet-like games console that its designers claim will allow players to interact with various boardgames displayed on the screen using physical items such as...

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Gucci’s horsebit setback

Fashion giant Gucci has suffered a serious blow in its near-decade-long battle against an Italian shoe manufacturer. Gucci shoes have long been known for incorporating a distinctive “horsebit”-style metal chain across their uppers. So distinctive is this feature, that...

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Amazon uses IP protection to enter legal services space

In a move that could point to possible future directions for the technology giant, Amazon has announced its “Amazon Intellectual Property Accelerator” service, “a new program that helps brands more quickly obtain intellectual property (IP) rights and brand protection...

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“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”....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Nintendo steps up trademark and copyright war

Japanese videogame giant Nintendo has launched proceedings against website RomUniverse, an online source of unauthorized videogame ROMs, including for many popular Nintendo games. ROM files are essentially illegal copies of games, which can be played on modified game...

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Ohio State University fails to trademark “The”

Ohio State University baffled many when it recently attempted to trademark the word “The”, insisting that the full name of the institution, founded in 1870, is “The Ohio State University” and, as such, it was entitled to trademark the word “The” in order to license...

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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David v Goliath: An Exclusive Interview with Bentley Clothing’s Chris Lees

In an exclusive interview, Bentley Clothing Director and co-owner Chris Lees speaks to The Trademark Lawyer.

How will AI transform the management of Intellectual Property? IP TrendMonitor Survey 2019

The latest IP Trend Monitor study, a joint effort by the Dennemeyer Group and CTC Legal Media, focuses on the impact of AI on the business of IP.

Your trademark policy for Generation Z

Petter Rindforth, Managing Partner at Fenix Legal, discusses the specific challenges posed by “Generation Z” when it comes to brand engagement.

A “Queer” decision by the UKIPO?

Nora Fowler, Associate at EIP, talks about changing attitudes regarding what might be considered offensive in light of a recent, and controversial, UKIPO decision.

The battles over “Halloumi” never end

Nikoletta Vanezou of Markides, Markides & Co LLC looks at how the Cypriot legal system responds to attempts to register trademarks relating to halloumi cheese.

Cultural (mis)appropriation in trademarks: can you register culturally sensitive names?

Andy King, Partner and Trademark Attorney at Mewburn Ellis, discusses the controversial issue of cultural appropriation in an IP context.

Proving use of a trademark in opposition proceedings in Turkey

Ayla Oktar, founding partner, Ayşegül Sel, senior associate, and Zeynep Acar, senior associate, OKTAR & OKTAR, examine the Turkish approach to trademark opposition proceedings.

Global issue: Poor domain management puts IP under threat

Stu Homan, Director of Domain Management at MarkMonitor, looks at online security threats and their consequences for brand protection.

A discussion on the subject of judgment concerning Chinese designs

Dr. Yongqiang Qi, Partner and Patent Attorney at Corner Stone & Partners, looks at how, in some jurisdictions, it is Trademark Departments that look after designs.

Not every COCO is Chanel

Carolina Sánchez Margareto of Margareto IP looks at recent French infringement proceedings concerning the Chanel brand.

Web-based content for a specific audience transcends physical borders

Akanksha Kar, Senior Associate at LexOrbis, looks at a recent infringement case that came before the High Court of Delhi.

The new certification marks in Mexico

Wilma Caraza and Jaime Rodriguez of OLIVARES explain the importance of certification marks to Mexico’s newly-amended trademark framework.

Conference Season – Editor’s report

Matt Seex, Editor of The Trademark Lawyer Magazine, looks back at the 2019 AIPPI World Congress in London and the 47th Annual Meeting of the IPO in Washington DC.

China’s newly enacted regulation governing trademark applications seeks to further reduce trademark squatting

Ray ZHAO, Senior Partner at Unitalen, looks at recent efforts to curtail bad faith trademark applications in China.

What about USMCA?

Natalia Vera Matiz, partner at VERA ABOGADOS ASOCIADOS, examines the potential impact of USMCA on the competing principles of protecting both intellectual property and freedom of speech online.

Purpose of use matters for trademark applications in China

Roger HUANG and Nikita XUE of HongFangLaw discuss the newly amended Trademark Law in China.

Trademarking in Switzerland – opportunities and threats

Dr. Jeannette Wibmer, Partner at Badertscher Attorneys, sets out the Swiss approach to trademark registrations.

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