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Mexico jurisdiction report: Further hope for non-traditional marks
The current Mexican IP legislation covers the following trademark types: word marks, design (figurative) marks, 3D marks, and composite marks (mix of any of the types of marks)

Alibaba and China-UK business group expand brand protection
E-commerce platform Alibaba and the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) have strengthened their efforts to enhance IP protections for UK-based entities

Are you fur real? Wu-Tang Clan and dog walkers in TM fight
Woof-Tang Clan, self-described as walking the “illest group of dogs in New York City”, has found itself at the centre of a trademark dispute with hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan

Red Bull colour trademark clash: a preview
On November 30 the EU General Court will hand down its ruling in a trademark dispute involving energy drinks company Red Bull, with much at stake

Advocate general recommends CJEU rejects appeal
An advocate general has advised the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to reject an appeal from, a German online marketplace for vehicles, over a decision on the validity of its ‘’ trademark

EU General Court backs decision dismissing ‘Ezmix’ trademark
The decision was handed down by a three-judge panel at the General Court on Wednesday, November 22

Activision granted more time to oppose ‘Call of Doo Dee’ mark
An Illinois citizen, who owns the company, filed a trademark application for ‘Call of Doo Dee’ in June  covering dog waste removal services

INTA agrees five Brexit principles, including minimum costs
The International Trademark Association (INTA) has set out five “core principles” to be supported, promoted and safeguarded in the Brexit negotiations

Starbucks trademark opposition rejected in Singapore
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) has rejected an opposition from Starbucks to a trademark application from a Japanese manufacturer of dairy products

Coca-Cola accused of bullying UK coffee shop owners
Reports in the Plymouth local newspaper The Herald yesterday, November 28, stated that Wyatt Cavalier and his wife Grace, who have run Honest Coffees since 2013, were told to change the name by Coca-Cola

EU General Court rules against Red Bull colour combination mark
A trademark consisting of the mere juxtaposition of two colours, without a systematic arrangement, is not sufficiently precise and uniform to be valid, the EU General Court has ruled in a case concerning the Red Bull blue/silver mark


Intellectual Property

Long way to go for UK Chancellor’s IP tax plans, say lawyers
UK Chancellor Philip Hammond has set out plans to prevent companies from gaining an unfair advantage by locating IP in low or “no tax” jurisdictions, but lawyers have suggested the proposals will be difficult to implement

China announces plans to step up IP protection
China will step up its protection of IP rights to provide “sustained impetus for economic development”, according to the country’s state-owned news agency

Tokyo 2020: Taking part, and winning
Tokyo 2020 has already been embroiled in some embarrassing IP mishaps, but the Olympic Committee, police and customs are determined to tackle any IP infringement that might arise, as WIPR finds out



Singapore’s IP office makes first innovation fund investment
The fund invested S$70 million ($52 million) in MyRepublic, a Singapore-headquartered internet company



Malaysia jurisdiction report: The complex interplay between designs and copyright
A 2015 decision of the Ipoh High Court considered the difficult question of whether copyright can exist in a registered industrial design

Musician refuses to let it go in copyright suit against Disney
Jaime Ciero sued Disney, along with singer Demi Lovato, actor Idina Menzel and the songwriters of “Let it Go”, at the US District Court for the Central District of California on Thursday, November 23

CJEU rules on private copying in the cloud
The making available of copies of TV programmes on a cloud computing service constitutes a “communication to the public” and must therefore be authorised by the copyright owner, Europe’s highest court said today

US authorities charge man over ‘Game of Thrones’ hack
Behzad Mesri was charged with the hack in a sealed indictment on Tuesday, November 21



Italy jurisdiction report: Calculating reasonable royalties
Italian law provides that if ‘an debeatur’ (ie, the infringement) is declared to have occurred, then a decision on ‘quantum debeatur’ (ie, the amount of damages, deriving from the actual loss and the loss of profits suffered by the patent owner) will be made, usually in the same proceedings

EPO and SIPO renew patent cooperation
The European Patent Office (EPO) and China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) reinforced their collaboration yesterday with the signing of a strategic partnership agreement

Independent Patent Owners File Briefs with Supreme Court in Oil States
A review of amicus briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in advance of oral arguments in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC revealed that, by and large, the American tech ruling class wishes to see SCOTUS leave the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) intact in the face of the constitutional challenges facing the PTAB in the case

Are antibody inventions patent-eligible?
Antibody products, compositions and methods are patent-eligible in the US, as long as applicants follow some clear guidelines, say Gerald Murphy and John Heithaus of Birch Stewart Kolasch Birch

The future of IPR: which way will SCOTUS rule?
With the US Supreme Court today hearing a constitutional argument that could reshape the patent system by eliminating inter partes review (IPR), WIPR explains how we got here and which way the court might rule

European Commission releases guidance on SEP licensing
The European Commission released its communication on the licensing of standard-essential patents (SEPs) yesterday, with the guidance being backed by both IP Europe and The App Association

Georgia jury sides with Velcro in patent case
The US District Court for the Middle District of Georgia has issued its first patent jury verdict since 2001, in a case between Japanese company YKK and its rival Velcro



Online counterfeiting: You can run, but you can’t hide
With the help of tracking technology, it is increasingly difficult for online IP infringers to go undetected, as Rafael Lacaz Amaral of Kasznar Leonardos explains

Louis who: counterfeiting or infringement?
The difference, if any, between trademark-infringing and counterfeit goods is an issue that is often raised by clients of global IP firm Dennemeyer & Associates, which gives a rundown of different views from around the world



Pulling the plug on INPI’s backlog
Brazil’s government is expected soon to launch an emergency measure to eliminate the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office’s (INPI) backlog by automatically granting 231,000 pending non-pharmaceutical applications


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PIPCU closes more than 1,000 websites a month
The City of London’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) closed more than 1,000 “illicit websites” per month between November 2016 and 2017

Europol reveals 20,000 domains seized in latest operation
Europol has announced that as part of a joint operation with US authorities it has seized over 20,000 domain names selling counterfeit goods in the last six months

New Balance accuses Chinese company of ‘riding coattails’ of fame
New Balance filed the complaint (pdf) against New Bunren International at the US District Court for the District of Delaware on November 22

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