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Anti-counterfeiting: protecting your brand – why it is important and how to do it

Intellectual property (“IP”) is often the DNA of a business. A brand can be integral to reputation, revenue streams and goodwill. However, protecting IP is becoming increasingly difficult, particularly with the proliferation...more

Law À La Mode: Special Edition – INTA 2014

In This Issue: - MODERNISATION OF THE TRADEMARK SYSTEM: Is Europe on the cusp of trademark law reform? - FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: Brand owners face unique challenges in Russia - DETAINING COUNTERFEIT GOODS: New...more

Help Them Help You: Partnering With U.S. Customs And Border Protection To Safeguard Your Brand

Given rapid advances in manufacturing technology and online commerce, counterfeiting has become a serious problem across virtually all business sectors. Despite brand owners’ best efforts, counterfeiting has expanded both in...more

Law À La Mode - Issue 13 - April 2014

In This Issue: - PRIVACY BY DESIGN? FASHION FLAIR TRANSFORMS WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES: The rise of the wearables – and the data protection challenges they bring - EFFECTIVELY DELIVERING IT SERVICES IN THE RETAIL...more

Rolex Says "Time is Up" for alleged Craigslist Counterfeiter

On February 5, 2014, Rolex Watch U.S.A.,Inc. (“Rolex”) of New York, New York, filed a complaint against Nicholas Peter Karettis (“the defendant”) of Tyrone, Georgia, alleging Trademark Counterfeiting and Infringement under 15...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News - Issue 20, Q4 2013

In This Issue: - CHINA AMENDS TRADEMARK LAW: PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS FOR BRAND OWNERS - SUPREME COURT CORNER - A CASE FOR COUNTERFEIT TRADE DRESS - MANAGING YOUR IP ACROSS BORDERS - Excerpt...more

Trade Dress Watch: A case for counterfeit trade dress

Can a product which imitates the look and feel of another product, but does not use the trademarked brand name, still be considered a “counterfeit” product under United States law? Owners of popular brands (like Louis Vuitton...more

IP Buzz - October 2013

In this issue: - How Capitol Records v. Vimeo Shapes the Content Stream - Internet Platform Held Liable for Counterfeit Sales – Hope for Brand Owners - Daily Journal quotes Greg Sater on native...more

Louis Vuitton - Almost Famous? (Australia)

The Federal Court recently handed down judgment in Louis Vuitton Malletier v Sonya Valentine Pty Ltd [2013] FCA 933. Louis Vuitton Malletier (Louis Vuitton) alleged that Sonya Valentine Pty Ltd (Sonya Valentine) had...more

Building a Smarter Counterfeit Strategy

When I have watched the ad below around some savvy marketing and supply-chain management folks, the reactions have been generally been in the “wow – that’s really cool” vain. IBM seems to really be doing something right...more

Poor Quality is No Defense to Trademark Infringement

On May 31, 2013, the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Indiana ruled in favor of Plaintiffs Coach, Inc. and Coach Services, Inc. ("Coach") and against Defendants The Treasure Box, Heather Hiatt and Michael Hiatt...more

Counterfeits, Trademark Infringement, and Contributory Liability: Your Vendors are Your Problem

Counterfeit goods seem to be everywhere, and efforts to police their ubiquitous existence often seem futile. However, a recent decision involving counterfeit Coach products should inspire those who host vendors of counterfeit...more

Louboutin Sees Red Again: Protecting Color as a Trademark

Christian Louboutin filed suit last week in Federal District Court in New York against Charles Jourdan Fashion Footwear and unnamed companies and John and Jane Does for trademark counterfeiting and infringement and other...more

Novel Trademark Counterfeiting Count Nixed

In Brief - Where goods bearing a genuine trademark are altered and resold without altering the mark itself, such conduct does not constitute trafficking in counterfeit goods. Actual use of a counterfeit mark is a...more

Anti-counterfeiting strategies in the United States

Counterfeiting is a critical problem for trademark and copyright owners (‘IP owners’) affecting all industries, from pharmaceuticals and medical devices to electrical and auto products, toys and fashion items. To effectively...more

Focus On Intellectual Property (IP) - March 2012: Counterfeiter’s Beware – Canada Introduces New Law To Deal With Counterfeit And...

In This Issue: - Counterfeiter’s Beware – Canada Introduces New Law to Deal with Counterfeit and Pirated Products - A “Sign” of Things to Come – How Bill C-56 Will Change Canadian Trade-Mark Law - Excerpt...more

Canada Combats Counterfeiting with Bill C-56 (Copyright Act and the Trade-marks Act)

On March 1, 2013, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-56 in the House of Commons (The Combating Counterfeit Products Act). Bill C-56 introduces a series of amendments to the Copyright Act and the Trade-marks Act,...more

Bill C-56: Combating Counterfeit Products Act

Parliament has introduced a new bill (Bill C-56) to amend the Copyright Act and the Trade-marks Act, to combat counterfeit products. The bill, if it becomes law, would add new civil and criminal remedies such as...more

Proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Bill Includes Wide Sweeping Changes to the Trade-marks Act

On March 1, 2013, the Canadian Government introduced Bill C-56, Combating Counterfeit Products Act. This Bill, which is being promoted by the Government as a means of reducing the presence of, and trade in, counterfeit goods...more

Government Introduces Proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Legislation to Strengthen Rights of Copyright and Trade-mark Owners

On March 1, 2013, the Canadian Government introduced Bill C-56, Combating Counterfeit Products Act. The passage of Bill C-56 would result in amendments to the Copyright Act and Trade-marks Act designed to strengthen the...more

Getting Real on the Counterfeit Goods Front: The Growing Problem on Distribution of Counterfeit Products Through the Internet

Originally published in the Portland Business Journal on February 22, 2013. Counterfeit sales make up as much as 7 percent of worldwide trade. All told, counterfeiting is a $650 billion industry. An estimated...more

It’s All in the Bag – Fendi Counterfeiter Held Liable for Willful Infringement

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently awarded Fendi at least $12.3 million in damages, finding that the trademark infringement of importer Ashley Reed Trading, Inc. was willful....more

Trademark Review - Volume 2 | Issue 12 December 2012

In This Issue: • Owner of “WOULD YOU RATHER...?” Wins $8.3 Million • PC ON A STICK Is Not Merely Descriptive • Sonoma Wine Producer Wins Geographically Limited Injunction • Brand Owners Awarded Favorable Damages...more

Customs Helps Protect Against Counterfeit Trademarks

Under United States federal statutes it is unlawful to import into the United States any merchandise of foreign manufacture if such merchandise, or the label, sign, print, package, wrapper, or receptacle, bears a trademark...more

Registering Trademarks & Copyrights with U.S. Customs [Video]

It is estimated that counterfeiting robs U.S. businesses of over $200 billion dollars annually. However, there are guidelines in place to protect the rightful owners of these counterfeited goods. In this video, Monica Riva...more

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