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  • Puma wins mark appeal against EUIPO

    September 26, 2018

    The EU General Court has ruled that the relevant public could make a connection between Puma’s marks and those of Doosan Machine Tools because of the former’s reputation. The EUIPO has been ordered to look at the matter again

  • Brexit no-deal IP guidance published

    September 25, 2018

    The UK government has published guidance on trade marks, copyright, patents, geographical indications, designs and exhaustion, confirming trade mark cloning and giving more information on SPCs and GIs. However, more information on exhaustion is still needed

  • Top Brexit considerations for trade mark owners

    September 21, 2018

    Taylor Wessing’s Roland Mallinson spoke to MARQUES delegates about what they should do to prepare for a Brexit no-deal scenario if they have trade mark registrations or oppositions pending

  • Fashion firms reveal how they protect IP

    September 21, 2018

    Counsel at Lacoste, Chanel, Swarovski and Furla talked about what they look for in external counsel, clearance, mitigating infringement risk, what and when to register and enforcement at MARQUES

  • Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2018: Shortlist announced

    September 21, 2018

  • An overview of the post-graphical representation landscape

    September 20, 2018

    Speakers at MARQUES looked at non-traditional trade mark filing practices since the scrapping of the graphical representation requirement last year

  • How the EU Copyright Directive could affect trade marks

    September 20, 2018

    Speakers at the MARQUES annual conference analysed how the European copyright legislation could raise challenges for brand owners and benefit the furniture industry. They delved into amendments made to the directive draft voted through last week

  • Inside BMW’s counter-cybersquatting strategy

    September 20, 2018

    Senior trade mark counsel Aimee Gessner told delegates at MARQUES about how BMW uses WIPO’s uniform domain-name dispute-resolution policy to fight website trolls

  • In-house counsel reveal challenges of protecting and enforcing designs

    September 19, 2018

    Counsel at Red Bull, Nestlé and Ferrero answered questions at MARQUES about when you should file, what to seek protection for and using surveys to protect non-traditional marks. One panellist declared: “3D marks are dead”

  • London IP Week is coming

    September 19, 2018

    The London IP Week, a three-day interactive IP summit, is coming to the UK capital in December this year – don’t miss it

  • How automotive brands are fighting the rise of counterfeit parts

    September 17, 2018

    European counsel at Audi, Philips Automotive and a German car manufacturer tell Managing IP about how they’re using a combination of litigation, technology and communication to fight off the growing fake car-parts market

  • CIPA urges UK government to stay in EUIPO after Brexit

    September 17, 2018

    The president of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys has sent a letter to the UK prime minister and Brexit secretary asking the government to negotiate continued participation in the EU trade marks and designs system after it leaves the bloc

  • China’s new e-commerce law still has loopholes for infringers

    September 17, 2018

    The law is unclear on disclosure of vendor identification data and duty of care for e-commerce platforms, which could place a large new burden on IP owners

  • US government likely to be disappointed in Brunetti review quest

    September 14, 2018

    The USPTO has appealed to the Supreme Court to allow it to control immoral and scandalous trade mark registrations. Review and reversal of In re Brunetti seems unlikely because a similar issue was addressed in Tam

  • The IP implications of the US taking aim at China’s tech ambitions

    September 11, 2018

    The US’s FIRRMA and ECRA regulations and WesternGeco v ION Geophysical ruling will make Chinese tech acquisitions and tech export to China an uphill battle

  • Sky appeal plea kicked out by UK Court of Appeal

    September 10, 2018

    In the latest development in the Sky v Skykick case, the UK Court of Appeal has refused Sky’s application for permission to appeal its case and to stay the related CJEU references but left open the possibility for rights holders to appeal against EU court references in the future

  • Souvenir industry battered by CJEU castle name ruling

    September 07, 2018

    The CJEU has dismissed a trade mark appeal over a German castle name in a decision that overrules the German Federal Court and opens the gates for other European heritage-site owners to monopolise their marks

  • The IP challenges for intangible asset-driven businesses

    September 06, 2018

    Leading IP and business leaders discussed the issues faced by companies with intangible assets at the core of their businesses

  • Creating an effective FinTech IP strategy

    September 06, 2018

    AWA Asia’s IP strategy and patent team in Beijing looks at the China FinTech market, discusses available IP protection mechanisms and considers how revised guidelines could provide opportunities to protect technology in this rapidly developing sector

  • Global heads of IP offices reveal their challenges in the digital economy

    September 05, 2018

    The heads of IP offices from the US, Singapore, China and Japan discussed their role and strategies for supporting innovation in a new economy of enterprises centred on intangible assets

  • Recordals tipped to be one of blockchain’s main IP uses

    September 05, 2018

    Panellists including David Kappos at IP Week in Singapore agreed the most important IP use for blockchain will be to record registration in order to understand who owns patents and trade marks

  • UK court doubles down in case transferred in error

    September 05, 2018

    The UK High Court, which transferred the Massimo Osti case to the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court on its own initiative at the triage stage, has now concluded that the IPEC is the right forum for the claim anyway

  • Recent CJEU trade mark opinions you should know

    September 01, 2018

    Patrick Wingrove analyses the most-important recent trade mark-related rulings from the CJEU, including cases involving Nestle, Puma, Louboutin and Red Bull

  • Why is it so hard to register shape marks in the EU?

    September 01, 2018

    David Stone discusses the difficulties of registering and enforcing shape trade marks in the European Union

  • Utynam’s Heirs

    September 01, 2018

    Our monthly column devoted to IP curiosities and controversies includes Judge Gilstrap's Google grumble, Delaware's judge gap closing and Clint Eastwood's involvement in an unusual patent case

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