In our latest round-up, we look at China kicking off an online infringement campaign, Helly Hansen launching a trademark lawsuit against an Italian streetwear brand, a detailed look at the Cockygate story, research into so-called ‘piggyback marketing’, and much more.
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the publication of the enhanced version of the 2018 WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals list. This community-led research project identifies the individuals deemed to be the leading lights of the corporate trademark world, and now features profiles of many of the industry’s leading trailblazers.
The Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) has voted to recommend that Christian Archambeau, currently the acting general director of the EUIPO, be appointed on a permanent basis. While the recommendation needs to be formalised, this last step is expected to be a formality.
In our latest news round-up, we look at the World Cup teams fined for displaying unauthorised commercial branding, the Philippines IP Office expanding its trademark application fee waiver program, the EPO and EUIPO’s event to improve the IP ecosystem, and the most trustworthy brands according to young people.
This week the UK government published its much-anticipated blueprint for the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union. While IP rights are specifically addressed in the White Paper, trademark practitioners will be left with several significant unanswered questions.
Legislation was tabled yesterday in the US House of Representatives calling for the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), following a week in which over 100 elected officials declared their support for dismantling the organisation. It sparked a reminder that the agency plays a crucial role in the fight against counterfeits, with a leading trademark lawyer describing the calls for ICE’s complete abolition as “short-sighted”, warning that such a move would damage brand rights enforcement as well as other positive functions it serves.
The main drivers that determine the likelihood of a country being involved in the trade of counterfeit goods have been identified by a new report from the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Governance, free trade zones, production facilities, logistical capabilities and facilities and trade facilitation policies are all highlighted as the key determinants.
The last week has seen two of the biggest sporting moves in history, with NBA legend LeBron James joining the LA Lakers and football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo heading to Italian club Juventus. Reports on both moves have focused on the massive money involved in the deals, but experts say that the power of the players’ brands will justify the big dollars being spent by the respective teams.
In the first of a new regular opinion column, the onward march of plain packaging is examined. In the face of seemingly unstoppable momentum, now is the time to consider whether brands will remain on the sidelines or make their voices heard.
In our latest round-up, we look at how there’s been a flurry of trademark applications around the world for the name of the deadly nerve agent Novichok, how Kenya is stepping up its anti-counterfeit efforts, how Cornish pasties are getting a new authentication scheme, and – on the eve of England’s World Cup semi-final match – how a UK gift shop has filed a trademark application for the term “It’s coming home”.