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Germany: Influencers, distinctiveness and reputation. A translation round-up

The following short posts covering competition issues in influencer advertising, trademark distinctiveness for media services and limitations to the power of reputation are translated from our German language blog. We will publish futher English translations from this blog periodically: Berlin: Influencer must identify presented products as advertising In an attention-grabbing decision (case ref. 52 O 101/18), the District Court

Federal Circuit revives Converse’s Chuck Taylor trademark and infringement claims

In a recent decision that illustrates the relevance of timing in evaluating the question of secondary meaning, the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit breathed new life into Converse’s “Chuck Taylor” sneaker design trademark by vacating an earlier ruling by the International Trade Commission (ITC) invalidating protection for that same mark. Background Relying upon

Key trademark decision secured for ZF before China’s highest court.

A team from our Shanghai IP Agency and Hogan Lovells Fidelity  has recently obtained a remarkable trademark decision for its client ZF and its affiliate ZF TRW Automotive Holdings (“ZF TRW”) before China’s highest court, the Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”). The case revolved around ZF TRW’s opposition action against a trademark application for its brand “TRW,”

Japan “Going Global”: Upcoming IP seminars in our multi-track event

We are excited to be holding the “Going Global” cross-practice, multi-track seminar again this year, 26 November in Osaka and 28 November in Tokyo. Our IP speakers will guide participants through the following issues:   Advanced trademark issues: What Japanese companies need to know about prosecution and enforcement in the U.S. and the EU This year, we are delighted to

Brand Benchmarking 2018 TMT Trends: Companies focus on EU and North America

The Hogan Lovells Brand Benchmarking 2018 report was published earlier this year. In the second of a series of articles, we look at some of the findings relating to the Technology, Media and Telecoms sector. TMT companies accounted for 23% of the 200 responses to the survey, making them the second largest sector after Diversified

Brand Benchmarking 2018: Trademark challenges and opportunities in China

In the first of a series of articles looking in more depth at the findings of the Brand Benchmarking 2018 report, we examine trends in China and East Asia. East Asia (comprising China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan) features prominently in the latest Brand Benchmarking report, while China specifically tops the list of challenging jurisdictions but

Asia IP webinar series: The recordings so far…

We are running a series of webinars to help you stay up to date with Intellectual Property news and developments in the Asia Pacific region.  So far we have held webinars on the areas listed below. If you were unable to attend live, the recorded version of these webinars can be accessed at the sign-up links: Parallel imports: Good,

Setting the right example: China’s Supreme People’s Court selects the top 10 IP cases of 2017

China’s Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) has recently published its list of the “top 10 significant IP cases” for 2017, which it has done yearly since 2007. Although these cases are not strictly binding precedents under China’s civil law system, these cases are used as persuasive judicial guidance for China’s courts at all levels. In this

China announces plan to consolidate administration and enforcement of trademarks, patents and geographic indicators.

The National People’s Congress (“NPC”) is the top legislature and the highest organ of state power in China. The NPC is elected for a term of five years and holds a plenary meeting every year to, among others, determine statue issues, appoint high-level government officials and enact or amend the Constitution or other national laws.

Hogan Lovells named MIP Global Firm of the Year

London, 9 March 2018 – Hogan Lovells global IP practice has been awarded the accolade of ‘Global IP Firm of the Year’ at the Managing Intellectual Property EMEA awards, in recognition of its market leading and innovative work on matters across Europe and beyond. The firm was shortlisted in 16 categories, also winning awards for:

Asia IP Webinar – Trademark disputes in Asia: Strategies that can pave your way to success

Having an eye for strategic detail is often a key to winning the IP disputes in Asia, whether you’re enforcing or defending your IP rights. In this webinar, trademark experts from our Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo offices will discuss the strategies to improve your chances in winning the trademark disputes in your jurisdictions. Topics covered during

EU/U.S. – Trademark Protection: Recorded comparative session

Last month we gave a Trademarks and Brands webinar focusing on European Union Trademark Protection. In this webinar, Pan-European trademark attorney, Julie Schmitt, and United States trademark attorney, Valerie Brennan, highlight the differences between trademark rights acquisition, protection, and enforcement in the EU and the U.S. They also touch on hot topics in EU trademark law, such as the

Italy: Trademark exhaustion in parallel imports – A question of venue and owner consent in the State of importation.

By order issued on October 17, 2016, the Court of Milan ruled on exhaustion of trademark rights and on the activities preliminary to the commercialisation that may amount to trademark infringement. The decision centred upon the purchase of imported products from the owner in the State of importation and assigning the court having venue where

Japan: MIPRO’s Foreign Brands Directory is now open for your entry

Until 2014, Japan’s Manufactured Imports and Investment Promotion Organization (“MIPRO“) published an annual “Directory of Foreign Brand Right Holders” (the “Directory“). The Directory was used by various enforcement agencies, and contained key information about foreign businesses’ trademarks as well as the contact details of brand owners. While MIPRO was unable to issue the Directory in 2015

On your mark… Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey 2016

Last year’s survey revealed several trends and key findings, including: that U.S. and European companies spend twice as much of their trademark budget on enforcement than those in Asia. With your help, we will be preparing our analysis of this year’s market trends and will be happy to share the final report with any respondents