INTA Elects Zeeger Vink as 2022 President, approves four resolutions

INTA Elects Zeeger Vink as 2022 President, approves four resolutions

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is pleased to announce the election of Zeeger Vink as the 2022 President of the Association and the Chair of its Board of Directors. Mr. Vink is intellectual property director at MF Brands Group, the Swiss group that owns...

Wedlake Bell further bolsters its Trademark offering

Wedlake Bell further bolsters its Trademark offering

Wedlake Bell is delighted to announce that Emilia Petrossian has been appointed as a Trademark Attorney within the firm’s IP & Commercial group. Emilia joined Wedlake Bell as a Trainee Trademark Attorney in August 2021 and qualified as a Trademark Attorney in...

SONY: the race for GT. Carla Maclachlan reports

SONY: the race for GT. Carla Maclachlan reports

Background to the case. On August 23 2017, Mr Wai Leong Wong (WONG) filed an application to register the trademark GT RACING in the EU in Class 18 which included leather and imitations of leather and goods made of these materials, namely leather bags, cases, holdalls,...

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AMAZON: driving counterfeits to zero

AMAZON: driving counterfeits to zero

The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG) welcomes Amazon’s commitment in their new Policy Position Paper This week, Amazon published a “Policy Position Paper” setting out its commitment to address the marketing and sales of counterfeit products across its platforms....

White & Black expands IP team

White & Black expands IP team

Boutique law firm White & Black has appointed Tom Carver as a partner and head of IP. Tom brings 15 years of experience advising international clients within top intellectual property practices, including 3 years as head of office for an international law firm in...

Jared Hedman joins Greensfelder as Intellectual Property Attorney

Jared Hedman joins Greensfelder as Intellectual Property Attorney

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. is pleased to announce that Jared E. Hedman has joined the firm as counsel in its Intellectual Property practice group. Hedman, a talented litigator with an engineering technology background, complements the IP group’s focus on...

Anaqua Receives Annual ESG Award from Astorg

Anaqua Receives Annual ESG Award from Astorg

Leading IP management software firm recognized for achievements  in gender diversity, ethics, and sustainability  Anaqua, the leading innovation and intellectual property management technology provider, has been recognized for its achievements in Environmental, Social...

Puma fails to stop Nike from attaining registration for FOOTWARE

Puma fails to stop Nike from attaining registration for FOOTWARE

Yvette Spring, Managing Attorney CTMA of Stratagem IPM reports The smart shoe is back! Sorry … what is a smart shoe? While following the Puma v Nike dispute over the trade mark FOOTWARE, we discovered that smart shoes have actually been around for a while. In fact,...

Britannia Industries Ltd V ITC Ltd & Ors

Britannia Industries Ltd V ITC Ltd & Ors

FMCG brands ITC Limited and Britannia Industries Limited recently called off their year long legal battle. The Delhi High Court was brought forth that ITC Limited have modified their packaging of the products “SUNFEAST FARMLITE 5-SEED DIGESTIVE” and ‘SUNFEAST FARMLITE...

A can opening cannot be a sound mark, European court rules

A can opening cannot be a sound mark, European court rules

Maria Koval, Head of IP, IT and Data protection practices at PwC Legal Ukraine The sound of an opening drinks cannot be protected as a trademark according to the European Court. We all know the examples of sound trademarks, for instance, the MGM lion roar, or Netflix...

Back to reality: this year’s MARQUES Annual Conference

Back to reality: this year’s MARQUES Annual Conference

MARQUES Chair Joachim Hofmann introduces the 35th MARQUES Annual Conference, which will be held in a unique hybrid format in September this year. This year’s MARQUES Annual Conference is taking place as a hybrid event in September 2021, meaning it will be the first...

Veteran IP litigator Milton Springut Joins Moses & Singer

Veteran IP litigator Milton Springut Joins Moses & Singer

Moses & Singer LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of Milton Springut as a partner in its Intellectual Property practice. His longtime colleague Caroline Boehm also joins as special counsel. Springut brings more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of IP...

Sky v SkyKick – bad faith and the final judgment?

Sky v SkyKick – bad faith and the final judgment?

Mark Nichols, trademark solicitor at European IP law firm, Potter Clarkson, reviews the implications for brand owners arising from the latest ruling in the long-running Sky v SkyKick trademark infringement case. Back in 2018, the High Court handed down its first...

Oatly’s loss is victory for small producers

Oatly’s loss is victory for small producers

Oatly had claimed that the farm’s product, PureOaty, was too similar to its own, in both name and packaging design. In its defence, Glebe Farm Foods argued that the brand name of its oat milk product and its packaging design featured generic terms and imagery, and...

Japan’s Z Holdings Enhances IP Management  with Anaqua AQX Platform

Japan’s Z Holdings Enhances IP Management with Anaqua AQX Platform

Holding Company of Japan’s leading internet service business groups selects Anaqua software and services to strengthen patent and trademark management, budgeting, and licensing processes BOSTON, August 4, 2021 – Anaqua, the leading innovation and intellectual property...

A Champagne update: Much Ado about Nothing

A Champagne update: Much Ado about Nothing

On July 2, 2021, President Putin signed a law 345-Ф3 “On Making Amendments to the Federal Law On State Regulation of Production and Circulation of Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic Products and on Curbing Consumption (Drinking) of Alcoholic Products”. This law changes the...

New Russian law on Champagne’s label might trigger a WTO complaint

New Russian law on Champagne’s label might trigger a WTO complaint

Enrico Bonadio (City, University of London) – Magali Contardi (University of Alicante) In July 2021 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an amendment to a federal law reserving the use of the Russian term for champagne – Шампанское (shampanskoye) – to sparkling...

Katten appoints new practice heads, building on stellar leadership

Katten appoints new practice heads, building on stellar leadership

(CHICAGO) Katten recently announced  the changes in leadership of several firm practice areas as part of its periodic rotations done to share leadership opportunities and responsibilities within the firm. “Our new practice heads are outstanding individuals who will...

College athletes: Don’t call your agent, call your IP attorney

College athletes: Don’t call your agent, call your IP attorney

Supreme Court unshackles college athletes from anti-competitive NCAA rules; allows monetization of name, image and likeness Troy, Mich.—July 12, 2021—On June 21, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States in National Collegiate Athletic Assoc. v. Alston unanimously...

The General Court find meaning in MILEY CYRUS

The General Court find meaning in MILEY CYRUS

By Tom Sharman, Partner and Rob McLaughlin, Assistant at Reddie & Grose LLP, a firm of patent and trademark attorneys. Smiley Miley, Inc. (‘SMI’), owned by American singer Miley Cyrus, has won a six year battle to register the trademark MILEY CYRUS in the EU.  The...

Shweta Sood Reports: Bull sues Horse – a predictable victory

Shweta Sood Reports: Bull sues Horse – a predictable victory

In a battle between a bull and a horse, the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi passed ex-parte ad interim injunction against the horse based on well-known status given by WIPO to the Bull. The three set parameters for a mark to attain Well Known status as per Indian...

Potter Clarkson underlines firmwide growth with new hires

Potter Clarkson underlines firmwide growth with new hires

Following a period of continued growth, leading European intellectual property law firm, Potter Clarkson has made two new senior hires to join its respected team of IP professionals. The firm has recently welcomed senior associate, Louise Tottie to its growing...

Lex Machina releases 2021 Copyright and Trademark Litigation Report

Lex Machina releases 2021 Copyright and Trademark Litigation Report

Menlo Park, CA — June 3, 2021 — Today, Lex Machina and LexisNexis release their Copyright and Trademark Litigation Report looking at copyright and trademark litigation trends in federal district court. It focuses on the three-year period of 2018 to 2020 and includes...

Laurie Bray comments: Lidl loses out in battle of the gin bottles

Laurie Bray comments: Lidl loses out in battle of the gin bottles

Lidl has been forced to stop selling its own brand gin on the grounds that it looks too similar to that produced by premium gin maker, Hendrick’s. The move to ban the sale of the lookalike gin came following a trademark infringement claim brought by Scottish gin...

INTA reveals more details about the 2021 Annual Meeting

INTA reveals more details about the 2021 Annual Meeting

INTA announced yesterday more details about its 2021 Annual Meeting Virtual +, November 15 to 19, including the cities that will have onsite events and the Meeting’s registration details. The 2021 Annual Meeting will be fully virtual for all five days, November...

Harbottle & Lewis expands IP litigation team with new partner hire

Harbottle & Lewis expands IP litigation team with new partner hire

Harbottle & Lewis welcomes intellectual property specialist Andrew Terry as a partner in the firm’s IP litigation team. With more than two decades of experience handling a broad spectrum of IP, media and brand protection issues, Andrew supports clients across all...

70 new vegan trademarks in 2020 as manufacturers cater to vegan trend

70 new vegan trademarks in 2020 as manufacturers cater to vegan trend

R&D in the food & drink industry grows 40% in five years as manufacturers develop new vegan lines Another 70 vegan trademarks were filed in 2020 as food manufacturers continue to follow the vegan trend, with 265 vegan trademarks now registered in the food and...

World IP Day: Tips for small business owners

World IP Day: Tips for small business owners

Today is World Intellectual Property Day, and this year, we take the time to celebrate small businesses who are the lifeblood of our global economy. In the United States, small businesses drive our economy – they comprise more than 90% of our businesses and employ...

World IP Day: UK SMEs left exposed by failure to protect IP

World IP Day: UK SMEs left exposed by failure to protect IP

New research from Mewburn Ellis and YouGov to mark International IP Day A survey of small and medium businesses (SME) in the UK (1-249 employees) has found that only 21% have taken steps to fully protect their intellectual property (IP) assets. The survey, of 436 SME...

Robert Watson reports: One IPO Transformation launch

Robert Watson reports: One IPO Transformation launch

The formal launch of the One IPO Transformation five-year program on 22 April 2021 marks a welcome step change in the way the UKIPO handles registered IP rights in the digital era.  In fact, work began in March 2021, but this launch marks the publication of the IPO’s...

Intellectual property industry veteran Joe Quinn joins Alt Legal

Intellectual property industry veteran Joe Quinn joins Alt Legal

Alt Legal, Inc., an award-winning IP docketing software company announced recently that Joe Quinn has joined the company as a regional sales director. Quinn brings 20 years of experience helping lawyers and corporate executives evaluate and buy technology products...

M&S sues Aldi in battle of the caterpillars

M&S sues Aldi in battle of the caterpillars

  M&S is suing Aldi for the alleged infringement of its registered trade marks, which were obtained to protect its Colin the Caterpillar cake. M&S claims that Aldi’s Cuthbert the Caterpillar product is similar in appearance and as such, could confuse...

Patpol was awarded the best IP advisor in Poland in 2021

Patpol was awarded the best IP advisor in Poland in 2021

Patpol has picked up the Prosecution Firm of the Year award for Poland at the Managing IP Awards 2021. The awards were presented in a virtual ceremony broadcast worldwide on March 30 2021. The award for IP prosecution recognizes the firm’s achievements in patent,...

Can a hashtag be a trademark?

Can a hashtag be a trademark?

What are hashtags? Even if you spend minimal time on social media, there are three facts that you will agree with. First, social media has become an indispensable marketing channel. Second, the social media platforms are constantly developing online marketing...

Trademark attorney who won Banksy case achieves string of successes

Trademark attorney who won Banksy case achieves string of successes

One of the UK’s leading trademark attorneys, who won a legal battle against famous artist Banksy last year, has enjoyed a trio of successes including top rankings and award nominations. Aaron Wood, part of Blaser Mills Law, which has offices in High Wycombe, Amersham,...

New Balance wins landmark copycat trademark case in China

New Balance wins landmark copycat trademark case in China

The ruling is a welcome boost for international IP rights holders in China American sportswear brand New Balance has won a major legal battle against one of China’s most prolific and aggressive copycat brands, New Barlun, in its 1st instance trial. The compensation...

INTA Announces 2021 Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas

INTA Announces 2021 Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas

The International Trademark Association (INTA) announced today that it will hold its 2021 Annual Meeting on November 15–19, 2021, in Houston, Texas. A mix of in-person and virtual programming, it will feature a wide breadth of innovative educational programming,...

Charlotte Duly Reports: Stuck in a Pearl Jam

Charlotte Duly Reports: Stuck in a Pearl Jam

Tribute acts can have a tough time selecting a name that makes it clear what they are offering whilst avoiding issues with the actual band they seek to imitate. Pearl Jamm encountered the wrath of the band they were paying tribute to, Pearl Jam, and following a cease...

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