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Significant Intellectual Property Trademark Decisions

by Harris Beach PLLC on

2017 was a year filled with significant developments in case law for trademarks. The below rulings highlight some successes and obstacles faced by companies in the protection of their trademarks and their brand as a...more

Discovery Misconduct Can Cost More Than Just Your Case

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected a sanctioned party’s position that sanctions must be proportional to either the value of the evidence uncovered by remedial measures or the ultimate value of the case,...more

Vintage or Protectable? Steve Madden Creates Waves for the Ark

by Knobbe Martens on

Jasmin Larian, the owner of Cult Gaia, started selling the “Ark” bag in 2013. Since then the Ark bag has been seen on celebrities including Jessica Alba and was even touted as 2017’s “IT” bag. ...more

Domain Names: The dangers of “snapping”

by Hogan Lovells on

DNS Belgium, the Registry operating the .BE country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), recently published an article warning domain name owners of the risks inherent in the practice of “snapping”. ...more

Seasick Trademarks Walking the Plank? Don’t Let Yeezy Make You Queasy

by Knobbe Martens on

Successful brands from the United States, and particularly those branded by U.S. celebrities, are often received with similar enthusiasm in other parts of the world. Recently, YEEZY shoes designed by Kanye West made their...more

Enforcing IP Rights in the Chinese E-Commerce Marketplace

In the last few years, China has become the world’s the largest e-commerce marketplace. On November 11, 2017 alone — a shopping holiday known as “single day” created by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba — Alibaba subsidiary...more

From Runway To Replica: The Most Fashionable Intellectual Property Infringement Beefs Of 2017

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) 2018 kicks off on Thursday, February 8 through Friday, February 16, with a full schedule of exciting an exhilarating runway shows. This year’s designers include many of the usual faces, like Tom...more

Trademark Practice Update: Scandalous? Immoral? It's all Good

On December 15, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the Lanham Act’s prohibitions on registering scandalous and immoral marks discriminated based on content, and violated the First Amendment (In...more

Sites get ICEd in transatlantic assault on cyber crooks

by Hogan Lovells on

As part of a sustained and coordinated effort, law enforcement agencies on both sides of the Atlantic have rounded off their on-going fight against cybercrime known as “Operation In Our Sites” with the traditional annual...more

Federal District Court: Banks Do Not Owe a Duty of Care to Non-Customers Under Tennessee Law

by Burr & Forman on

In Belle Meade Title & Escrow Corp. v. Fifth Third Bank, et al., No. 3:17-cv-874, ECF No. 26, — WL —- (M.D. Tenn. Oct. 17, 2017), a federal district court granted Regions Bank’s motion to dismiss the claims against it,...more

A model Customs case in China: creating the right conditions for effective IP enforcement by Chinese authorities.

by Hogan Lovells on

In May 2016, the General Administration of Customs (“GAC”) and the Public Security Bureau (“PSB”) jointly uncovered large amounts of counterfeit automobile engine lubricants. The lubricants were first sold on e-commerce...more

Lessons from Birkenstock's Dispute With Amazon Over Product Control

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Online sales platforms have made shopping more convenient for consumers around the world. Consumers can purchase goods abroad and receive them within days. This convenience, however, has not come without controversy....more

.CH leads the way in the battle against fraud

by Hogan Lovells on

SWITCH, the Registry responsible for the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) .CH, recently published an article on the subject of counterfeit goods and fraudulent websites hosted under the .CH ccTLD and the measures they...more

Worried About Fake News? You Should Really Worry About Fake Drugs

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

While the concept of “fake news” continues to trigger Twitter followers and grab headlines, the trade in counterfeit drugs is a worldwide problem of significant scale. This article discusses the problem and talks about some...more

The Threat Of Counterfeits Via Social Media Drives Major Investigation From British Government

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

On September 4, 2017, the British government released a detailed study that investigated the impact of social media on counterfeit trade. The report highlights the complexity of trying to quantify recent levels of...more

Catching Counterfeits: Customs Recordation and IP Enforcement

by Knobbe Martens on

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), the primary federal agency responsible for securing America’s borders, is also charged with the protection of intellectual property rights and guarding against the infringement of...more

UK Supreme Court case: criminal sanctions for trade mark infringement

by Hogan Lovells on

R v M; R v C and R v T - The Supreme Court has held that the criminal sanctions under section 92(1) of the Trade Marks Act 1994 (“the Act”) will apply to the sale or so called “grey” market goods as well as counterfeit...more

The Evolution Of Counterfeiting And Five Essential Steps For Fighting Back

by Roetzel & Andress on

Gone are the days where counterfeiters remained in dark alleyways, opening their jackets to reveal fake Rolex watches. Counterfeiters now run sophisticated enterprises around the globe through e-commerce websites such as...more

EU Retail News - July 2017

by Bryan Cave on

On 18 July 2017, the UK's Advertising Standards Authority ("ASA") published a new report which calls for an end to gender stereotyping in advertising. The report comes at the end of an investigation into this issue, during...more

Study highlights prevalence of counterfeit and fraudulent goods online

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Beneath the partisan rhetoric over “fake news” lies an important reality: Fraudulent practices thrive online — not just in news, but also in offerings of goods and services. Fake online stories, like the PizzaGate story,...more

Keeping up with Diverters and Counterfeiters

How do manufacturers hear that they have compromised product in the marketplace? Up to now, there have only been a few ways. A consumer might lodge a complaint. An anomaly in sales to a particular distributor might arouse...more

Procure and Enforce—Canada's Highest Court Hands IP Owners Two Wins in Three Days

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Supreme Court of Canada has issued two IP decisions in the span of three days—both of which spell victory for IP rights-holders. One case confirms the availability of a novel form of worldwide injunction where a non-party...more

Intellectual Property and Technology News (Asia Pacific) June 2017

by DLA Piper on

Welcome to the latest Asia Pacific Edition of the Intellectual Property and Technology News, our biannual publication designed to report on worldwide developments in intellectual property and technology law, offering...more

Proposed Changes to Cross-Border Reporting

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Part III of the Analysis of the Combatting Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017 - As we recently blogged, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Diane Feinstein (D-California) introduced on...more

MBHB Snippets: A review of developments in Intellectual Property Law - Volume 15, Issue 2

Preparing patent applications for examination at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) requires proficient writing, detailed knowledge of the requirements of the Patent Act, and technical acumen. Once a patent...more

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