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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The Legal Services Board (LSB) has today published its revised internal governance rules (IGR) and new accompanying statutory guidance, setting out the requirements for the approved regulators of legal services to ensure the separation of regulatory and representative...
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...
Amazon today announced the expansion of Transparency, its product serialization service, to France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K., India, and Canada. When brands use Transparency to apply unique codes to their products, customers, brands, Amazon, and other participants...
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International Trademark Association (INTA) members should help stop the propagation of counterfeits, according to association president David Lossignol. This comes after INTA released a report which showed up to 79% of 18-23-year-olds surveyed had purchased...read more
A new study published by the International Trademark Association (INTA) showed 79 percent of 18-23-year-olds surveyed bought a fake version of a branded product in the year prior to the study, and only 48 percent believed it was morally wrong to buy a counterfeit....read more
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...read more
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....read more
A House of Commons summit has thrown the spotlight on how British businesses need to educate themselves on intellectual property (IP) and how it can help them succeed in a tough economic climate – or if Britain leaves the EU. Top IP institutions, law firms,...read more
Car manufacturer BMW prevails against the Finland-based rim manufacturer Vannetukku.fi Oy using signs similar to world-famous automotive trademarks of BMW for car parts (Decision of the Regional Court of Frankfurt/Main, case No 2-06 O 169/17, 28 January 2019). Car...read more
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,...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Hong Kong-based toy manufacturer Luen Fat Metal and Plastic Manufactory Co. has successfully brought a claim against the owners of the well-known Trespass outdoor clothing brand, Jacobs & Turner Ltd, for trademark infringement over their range of toys bearing the...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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,...read more
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...read more
Lawyers have told the Electronic Frontier Foundation that, for the second time in a month, their legal claims were sent in error. Lawyers representing British fashion company ASOS sent a email to an EFF attorney, apologizing for the recent cease-and-desist letter over...read more
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...read more
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