“What I saw in China 8 years ago, I am now seeing in Brazil”: strategic insights from New Balance’s brand protection lead

World Trademark Review speaks to Daniel McKinnon, New Balance’s head of global brand protection, about his approach to trademark enforcement. The WTR 300-featured attorney criticised the “paltry” damages awarded in China and explained his strategy for mitigating the problems posed by “parasite brands” in the country. He also highlighted an emerging problem with Latin American …

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Rights holders evidence enforcement struggles as WHOIS data requests go unanswered

At this week’s ICANN meeting in Panama, the Government Advisory Committee heard from rights holders who have faced significant enforcement challenges following the enactment of the GDPR. Among the concerns of brand owners are the difficulties in investigating potential infringement, the lack of response to legitimate data access requests and registers not engaging with the …

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ICANN unveils framework for future WHOIS access; cost and compliance uncertainty remains

Last night ICANN published its draft Framework Elements for a Unified Access Model for Continued Access to Full WHOIS Data, which outlines how third parties may access non-public WHOIS data in the future. The document kicks off the effort to minimise the impact of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation on those with a legitimate interest in accessing WHOIS …

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Bitcoin, CNN and Elon Musk under attack: how scammers are stepping up their game

​​​​​​​An investigation from World Trademark Review has explored the evolving tactics of misleading and often malicious websites that pose as articles from well-known news outlets. Common trends include the use of cryptocurrency and Elon Musk to lure in users, with one expert telling us that tackling hoax articles targeting brands or public figures can feel like “a …

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Governments call for urgency in WHOIS efforts, but rocky road lies ahead

​​​​​​​Last week we reported on a session at the ICANN meeting in Panama, in which the Government Advisory Committee heard from rights holders who have faced significant enforcement challenges following the enactment of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. As the week went on, it became clear that those frustrations will continue for some …

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Data authorities respond to ICANN call for help; WHOIS future left up in the air

The European Data Protection Board has responded to ICANN’s call for guidance to enable the development of a GDPR-compliant model for access to personal data processed in the context of WHOIS. However, the eight-page document largely takes a broad-brush approach to guidance, raising the prospect that a more conservative approach to WHOIS data publication will …

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