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Prosecco producers have toasted victory over rival Nosecco

24-07-2020Alex Woolgar

The sparkling wine group’s IP battle with a rival non-alcoholic brand bubbled over into the English High Court, resulting in an affirmation of Prosecco’s EU Protected Designation of Origin status, says Alex Woolgar of Kemp Little.

Booking.com’s Supreme Court victory: what does it hold for the future of ‘generic.com’s?

14-07-2020LegalDiana Torres

The US Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in favour of Booking.com’s right to register its name as a trademark heralds increased litigation around generic trademarks, but is unlikely to open the floodgates, argues Diana Torres of Kirkland & Ellis.

ECTA: society needs creative lawyers, not ‘skilled’ machines

EU09-07-2020LegalMladen Vukmir

Lawyers must unlearn some of their adversarial thinking to ensure they play a role in human society in the future, says Mladen Vukmir of the European Communities Trade Mark Association.

How to onboard new staff during lockdown

Canada, United States07-07-2020Andrea Conde

During the pandemic lockdown and while teams are working remotely it is vital for new employees to have access to all the information and support they need. Andrea Conde of MF Brands Group provides an update on the International Trademark Association’s young practitioners committee’s first virtual discussion.

Comment: Dropping of PepsiCo’s Aunt Jemima is long overdue

19-06-2020Stephen Coates

PepsiCo is right to drop the crude, racial stereotype featured in its Aunt Jemima brand. But there’s still plenty more brands can do, argues Stephen Coates of Coates IP.

Dissecting SkyKick

EU - TRADEMARKS, United Kingdom15-06-2020Computer software, TelecomsSimon Clark, Lucie Fortune and Elisa Lindemann

Simon Clark, Lucie Fortune and Elisa Lindemann of Bristows unpick the English High Court’s ruling in Sky v SkyKick, one of the most significant trademark decisions of the year.

Interview: INTA CEO talks virtual conferences and digital transformation

International12-06-2020Sarah Morgan

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced IP associations around the world to postpone their conferences this year, either cancelling them entirely or making the move online. The International Trademark Association is no exception, but as CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo says, it’s been planning a digital transformation for some time—the pandemic has just forced its hand. 

Trailblazers: The best advice

International05-06-2020Sarah Morgan

For people starting out in any field, it’s important to learn from the ones who are already making their mark. WIPR spoke to some of the 2019 Class of Trailblazers about their advice for those entering the IP profession and the challenges they’ve overcome.

3M’s litigation crusade: the price-gouging saga

05-06-2020Angela He and Zachary Alinder

What lessons can be learned from 3M’s determined campaign against the alleged price-gouging of its face masks? Angela He and Zachary Alinder of Sideman & Bancroft report.

The great exodus

International04-06-2020Sarah Morgan

Bullying, a dearth of opportunities and lower pay are just some of the reasons why the legal profession is bleeding its minority groups. Sarah Morgan investigates.

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