Black Friday sees spike in counterfeits

Black Friday sees spike in counterfeits

Having started life as a US-centric pre-Christmas Sales phenomenon, the day after Thanksgiving, now universally known as “Black Friday”, traditionally sees retailers offering heavily promoted discounts on everything from televisions and mobile phones to luxury fashion...

INTA elects 2020 President

INTA elects 2020 President

The International Trademark Association (INTA) has elected Ayala Deutsch as the 2020 President of the Association and the Chair of its Board of Directors. Ms. Deutsch, currently Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at NBA Properties in New York, begins... books trip to The Supreme Court books trip to The Supreme Court

The long-running trademark dispute over the name of market-leading room booking site has finally made its way to the US Supreme Court, after the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) successfully petitioned the Court to hear arguments over whether it...

Beyond Meat registers new UK trademark

Beyond Meat registers new UK trademark

Beyond Meat, the LA-based meat substitute manufacturer, has registered the trademark “Beyond Mince” with the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Having previously launched its animal-free “Beyond Burger” and “Beyond Sausage” in the UK, the US company, which began...

USPTO asks public to comment on AI-generated IP

USPTO asks public to comment on AI-generated IP

In a sure sign that the controversial issue of AI-created patents seems set to run and run, the US Patent and Trademark Office has amended an entry in the Federal Registry, giving notice that, having decided in August 2019 to gather “information about the impact of...

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...

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...

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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Iron Maiden sue makers of video game for $2 million

Iron Maiden’s holding company have launched a $2 million trademark suit against the makers of video game Ion Maiden. The lawsuit, filed at the Central District of California court on 28th May, accuses creators 3D Realms Entertainment of using an “incredibly blatant"...

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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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Brandstock wins groundbreaking verdict for Mondelez “MILKA”

Elena Galletti of Brandstock reviews their latest win for Mondelez.

What happens to seized counterfeit goods?

Aprajita Nigam and Mahima Madan of LexOrbis look at procedures in India for dealing with seized goods.

Opposition procedure in Poland – pros and cons

Aleksandra Kryśka of Patpol examines how trademark opposition procedures operate in Poland.

How trademarks may collide with other IP subject matters

Alina Grechikhina of Gorodissky & Partners highlights the interplay between trademarks and other IP matters in Russia.

Designs – the forgotten IP weapon

Rosie Burbidge, partner at Gunnercooke, looks at the way designs are, and should be, considered within an IP framework.

Venezuelan fees to protect brands owned by foreign IP holders must be paid only in cash

Ricardo A. Antequera, Managing Partner of Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez, looks at the payment of fees to protect brands in Venezuela.

The present situation and prospects for GUI protection in China

John XIA of Corner Stone & Partners discusses the development of Graphical User Interface (GUI) patents.

Safer trademark and branding creation for creative clients

Rachel Pasher Eijkenaar, Adv., Freelance IP lawyer and member of the Israeli BAR, discusses the issues facing creative clients when creating new brands.

Counterfeit goods and waste management

Ashutosh Upadhyaya, Associate, Anand and Anand, talks about the environmental implications surrounding the disposal of counterfeit goods by authorities in India.

The Trademark Law Revised - 2019 Amendments

Liang Hui, with contributions from Chris Fung, of Lifang & Partners, takes an in-depth look at upcoming amendments to Chinese trademark law.

Use of a trademark and proof of use – some thoughts in the light of recent EUIPO and General Court decisions

Klaudia Błach-Morysińska of ZM Legal, Poland, discusses the issues connected with proof of use under Polish and EU law. 

A claim for the prohibition on the use of a trademark in a domain name as a method of the violated rights defense

Roman Larshin of Zuykov and partners, Russia, discusses the defense of trademarks in domain names under Russian law.

Examining the amendments to Mexican Trademark Law which became effective from 10 August 2018

Antonio Belaunzarán and Alonso Camargo of OLIVARES discuss the most important recent amendments to trademark laws in Mexico.

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