Alibaba re-listed as a top US counterfeit concern
201612.22
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Alibaba re-listed as a top US counterfeit concern

Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce company which provides sales services to both consumer and business users has been placed back onto the United States Trade Representative (USTR) office’s notorious markets list. The USTR have argued that their decision to place Alibaba back onto the list stems from the Chinese company’s online retail platform, Taobao, being a…

3D trademarks used alongside brand names
201612.19
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3D trademarks used alongside brand names

A recent application for revocation of a 3D European Union Trademark (EUTM) has provided some interesting insight into 3D trade marks in the EU. A German company registered a 3D trademark for the shape of an oven in 2005. It appeared that the shape was, at the time of registration, distinctive. EUTMs are liable to…

Michael Jordan Scores A Slam Dunk In China
201612.14
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Michael Jordan Scores A Slam Dunk In China

Basketball legend Michael Jordan has scored an important victory for the enforcement of intellectual property rights in China. The People’s Supreme Court in China issued a decision on 8 December 2016 in favour of Mr Jordan’s claim that a sportswear company had infringed his trademarks. In 2012 Jordan started legal proceedings against Chinese sportswear company…

‘Glee’ Fight Goes On To Supreme Court
201612.13
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‘Glee’ Fight Goes On To Supreme Court

We have previously reported on one of the more well-known trademark stories of the past year concerning a legal battle over the name ‘Glee’. Aspects of the case are now due to be heard by the Supreme Court. Most people associate Glee with the American TV series centred around a high school singing team and…

Part 36 Offers and Fixed Costs
201612.12
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Part 36 Offers and Fixed Costs

A part 36 offer is designed to offer parties a means of seeking to resolve proceedings which offers incentives to both parties to a dispute to settle. The incentive is actually the opportunity to avoid potential cost consequences (by accepting the offer), which a party rejecting a part 36 offer will face if it subsequently…