P&G applications spark WTF reaction, Pinduoduo’s counterfeit crackdown, and McCarthy on the move: news round-u

In our latest round-up, we look at how the USPTO is seeking input on its draft strategic plan, the frontman of rock band Aerosmith sending a cease-and-desist to US President Donald Trump, the UKIPO publishing a delicious IP blog, a trademark dispute involving Bob Dylan’s whiskey company, and much more.

“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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Reputational risks on free speech social network Gab; research reveals scale of brand misuse

​​​​​​​Following various far-right accounts being banned from major social media platforms in recent weeks, many users have been migrating to “free speech social network” Gab. Exclusive research from World Trademark Review has found that many major brand names have already been registered by third-parties on Gab, with the related pages sometimes featuring homophobic and racist …

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Trademark “reveals” Star Trek series name, T-ARA denied, and PewDiePie responds to “fake” sponsorship: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a call to boycott a Hawaiian food chain over trademark enforcement, YouTube star PewDiePie hits back over “fake” sponsored video accusation, an analysis of cutting-edge technologies being developed in the fight against counterfeit food, the name for Patrick Stewart’s Star Trek TV series may have been revealed in …

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Amazon, Brexit, GDPR, Gleissner, Novichok, Trump: our most-read stories of 2018 so far

A look at the most popular articles and legal updates we have published over the past 12 months – with Amazon overtaking Apple and Google to be named the world’s most valuable brand topping the table.

Inadequacy of Intellectual Property Law

We are all affected by intellectual property, online security, and internet law. Here, I present you with my talk on the subject. Hello and thank you for joining me for this talk which is titled The law relating to the Internet is inadequate. It will primarily focus on UK law, but there will be references to other …

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Defunct NFL franchise trademarks, counterfeiters target Kickstarter and Pinduoduo investigated: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Chinese regulators launching an investigation into e-commerce platform Pinduoduo, how tomato DNA is being used to combat dangerous counterfeits, an IP workshop in Kashmir, the Vega+ games console losing branding rights, reveal the members of the new WHOIS working group and much more.

GDPR “unmitigated victory” for scammers, Thunderpussy support and World Cup fakes crackdown: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the questions that arose over whether US President Donald Trump violated Deere’s trademark rights, registrations rising for UK spirit marks, Interpol celebrates collaboration, GDPR being labelled “an unmitigated victory for spammers and scammers” and much more.

ICANN steps up GDPR clarity bid, Squire Patton Boggs resolves China dispute, and insights from ECTA 2018: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at various insights from ECTA’s 37th annual conference, Squire Patton Boggs resolving a dispute in China over use of its name and related domain name, a potential disagreement between Jack Daniel’s and a Chambord estate, the Financial Times winning a trademark dispute, and how domain registrations for sports betting …

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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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