World of IP Round Up: May 2018 | INTA and GDPR

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May 2018 is a month that will go down in infamy for any lawyers working in IP and commercial law in general.

Without a doubt, GDPR and its coincidence with the International Trademark Association (INTA) conference, could not have been timed better (at least for doctors looking after IP lawyers’ blood pressure on commission). This gave a truly unique flavour to a month characterised by some last minute data protection DIY in contrast with the biggest annual celebration of the Intellectual Property trade to date.

Now that the dust has settled on both of these monumental moments, we can look back on May in the light of day – and all of the other news that was going on (comparatively) behind the scenes.

World of IP Round Up: The Big Ones

INTA 2018

This year’s INTA meet-up was in Seattle, Washington in the USA and was the most highly attended conference to date.

There were a range of hot topics discussed over the course of the meeting – which garnered a record 11,000+ attendees.

World IP Review spoke to the co-chairs about Seattle as a venue and what the event had in store.

Managing IP provide a round-up of some of the key talking points of the conference.

INTA provide a daily paper for each day of the event (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) for those looking to see what they missed.

World Trade Mark Review take a look into the numbers behind this year’s record attendance.

GDPR: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Whilst the best and brightest in the profession were embracing the challenges set to come – those that were left behind found themselves in the unenviable position of bringing their GDPR efforts over the line.

Naturally, amongst the maelstrom there was a host of headlines to furrow the brow. Of particular interest (and somewhat unresolved) is the status of WHOIS and the correct handing of personal data when domains are registered.

(There were also a lot of memes.)

The WHOIS connundrum

Domain Sherpa discuss in this video what the end of WHOIS means.

World IP Review reports the ICANN asks the German court for WHOIS clarity.

Onlinedomain relay ICANN’s interesting meeting with the GDPR Working group.

CircleID provide a clear and concise description of the current state of play.

Other GDPR bits (if you’re a glutton for punishment)

Burges Salmon muse on what powers the ICO have in event of a breach.

Mycustomer give an outline of how marketing works under GDPR.

And those companies that weren’t prepared for GDPR took a more extreme path by blocking EU users for the time being.

And of course, the memes.

Digit were nice enough to put together a top 20 GDPR list to keep everyone sane.

Whilst this was going on there were also a couple of minor headlines that caught IP professionals’ eyes…

IP pros may have been pulled from pillar to post in May – but that didn’t stop a couple of big stories coming through the pipeline.

This included one of the biggest licensing deals ever – with Starbucks’ products soon to reach shelves worldwide courtesy of Nestlé

The UK government response to the EU Trade Secrets Directive (the next big legislative change) was published.

And! If that wasn’t enough, Apple managed to prise $539m from Samsung as a consequence of the verdict in their long protracted patent case.

World of IP Round Up: The Best of the Rest

Technology

Amazon Web Services is moving into blockchain with a new partnership |  @cnbc https://buff.ly/2rLAW3P

EFF Wins Final Victory Over Podcasting Patent | https://buff.ly/2rJlrsT

30+ Real Examples Of Blockchain Technology In Practice | @Forbeshttps://buff.ly/2wQzZwJ

Amazon is Inundated with Louis Vuitton x Supreme, Kylie Cosmetics, Apple Fakes | @thefashionlaw https://buff.ly/2Gqvfxg

Telegram Takes Trademark Squatter to Court over ‘Gram’ Cryptocurrency  | @CNN https://buff.ly/2wFjpzQ

U.S. Investigating Nintendo for Alleged Switch Patent Infringement | @Variety https://buff.ly/2G56Ptd

Amazon still sells counterfeit goods despite efforts to clean up | @vergehttps://buff.ly/2HXkMPI

How Cybersquatters Use ‘https’ to Confuse Internet Users | @gigalaw https://buff.ly/2I4UTJN

How might you stop media piracy? Pay the pirates (with Crypto). | @Forbes https://buff.ly/2K50NLF

Judge Rules Against Alibaba in Crypto Trademark Case | @CoinDeskhttps://buff.ly/2Krr9s1

Qualcomm updates network patents to ease tensions with Apple | @androidcentral https://buff.ly/2KsAIHn

Snap wins infringing domains in UDRP dispute | @ipprotihttps://buff.ly/2KtrKcL

Apple Filed Four Trademark Applications for “SHAZAM” Covering Augmented Reality, CarPlay and more | @PatentlyApplehttps://buff.ly/2Iz4BaP

The Rise of Counterfeit Products on Facebook | @IPWatchdoghttps://buff.ly/2IGiL9Z

Apple Wins Patents for Smart Fabrics, a Liquid Metal Alloy and the iPhone 7 Plus Dual Camera | https://buff.ly/2jXOGVE

Amazon wins patent for data feed marketplace that could include bitcoin transactions | @CNBC https://buff.ly/2J7yATE

Microsoft hinged, bendable display patents could create book-like business laptops | @TechRepublic https://buff.ly/2jo7zAx
Business

Intellectual Property Portfolio Can Be A Game-Changer For Startups | @Inc42 https://buff.ly/2FA2caf

Jack Daniels Sues Whiskey Competitors For Brand Dilution | @Forbeshttps://buff.ly/2jqqYRz

Alibaba anti-infringement alliance triples in size with renewed brand confidence | ipprotheinternet.com https://buff.ly/2ryrdhc

US Court Rules Alibaba Powerless to Stop Cryptocurrency Using Its Name | https://buff.ly/2FClifM

Wal-Mart’s $32.5 Million BACKYARD Brawl | https://buff.ly/2KUDRQb

Alibaba’s Second Annual Report Touts Significant Improvements on Counterfeiting | @thefashionlaw https://buff.ly/2x4eJ6S

International

[Australia] Telstra gains access to TiVo intellectual property under licensing deal | @ZDNet https://buff.ly/2jkNqeL

[US Opinion] Should International Trade in Intellectual Property Be Regulated? | @HBSWK https://buff.ly/2FBk44E

Patents Concern Is No Excuse to Start a Trade War, China Says | @bpolitics https://buff.ly/2K745xT

The Black Hole of Misappropriation: Astronaut’s Right of Publicity and Trademark Claims Survive Summary Judgment | https://buff.ly/2EGKIII

In New Zealand tattoo artists calling for right to have copyright on their work – https://buff.ly/2kmYOHD

China extends drug patents to 25 years https://buff.ly/2Kt9Shr

Assigning China Trademarks: Things to Know | https://buff.ly/2rWMQst

The New Fake Trade? Chinese Suppliers to Armani, McQueen, Burberry Selling Unbranded Copies | @thefashionlaw https://buff.ly/2s00L0W

[US] “Content Creators Coalition” Calls on Congress to Grill Google Over Privacy and Drug Sales Concerns | @ipwatchdog  https://buff.ly/2IRSdmv

8 Ways Brands Can Fight Counterfeits in China | @HarvardBizhttps://buff.ly/2rxbrTN

At Home

Design rights in a post-Brexit Britain | @Lexology https://buff.ly/2KpdS3g

CITMA unveils contentious trademark proceedings guide | @ipprotihttps://buff.ly/2KwwqyD

The ‘perfect’ wedding dress | @The_IPO https://buff.ly/2wTgSCp

Now it’s all said and done… Making your Markle: Royal emblems and souvenirs | @ipwatchdog https://buff.ly/2IyL4Eg

Fashion

Burberry Slaps Target With Multi-Million Dollar Counterfeiting Lawsuit | @TheFashionLaw https://buff.ly/2HW8oPW

Amazon Slapped with Lawsuit Over Look-Alike, Sound-Alike Private Label | @thefashionlaw https://buff.ly/2HhGMjZ

How to Spot a Counterfeit Handbag | @RobbReporthttps://buff.ly/2qGWXRl

Is Kim Kardashian’s New Body Bottle (Legally) Too Similar to Jean-Paul Gaultier’s? | @TheFashionLaw https://buff.ly/2FzK1l8

Under Armour Quickly Shifts From Reporting Earnings To A New Trademark Case Against Armore Fitness | @Forbes https://buff.ly/2FTsJQd

Federal Judge in Harper Lee Lawsuit Gives Scott Rudin 15 Days to Film Broadway-Bound “MOCKINGBIRD” | @BroadwayWorldhttps://buff.ly/2Itxq8I

What is the State of Luxury’s Hundred Million Dollar Licensing Deals? | @thefashionlaw https://buff.ly/2Ik3oAQ

adidas Scores Partial Victory in Lawsuit Against Skechers Over Lookalike Sneakers | @TheFashionLaw https://buff.ly/2IxMty0

Givenchy Designer Slams Kanye West For Ripping Off His Design Sketches @DesignTAXI | https://buff.ly/2ICQxND

Plimsoll Gear, which sells T-shirts with icon, threatens trademark lawsuit https://buff.ly/2rN8XR6

How Brands Like Louis Vuitton & Fendi Enlisted Us to Advertise for Them – For Free | @thefashionlaw https://buff.ly/2ILMFdf

Design

VIDEO: The hidden meanings behind car logos | @BelTelhttps://buff.ly/2FzPatu

Apple And The Internet Celebrates The 20th Anniversary Of The iMac | @designtaxi https://buff.ly/2If3ywH

Survey Shows Majority Of Consumers Cannot Remember Food Brand Logos Correctly |@designtaxi https://buff.ly/2KaoJxe

Pepsi Lets Fans Custom Design And Order Their Own Vintage Can Creations | @DesignTAXI https://buff.ly/2INzxnC

Ikea wins in UDRP dispute | @IPProTI https://buff.ly/2s15df2

Pepsi Topples Coca-Cola To Become World’s ‘Most Effective’ Brand | @designtaxihttps://buff.ly/2kmV5JY

Culture

Social media crime: 20 000 packages of counterfeit medicine, mobile phones, jewellery, sunglasses and watches seized | @Europolhttps://buff.ly/2FGYOKT

Kendall Jenner, Apple Music Slapped with Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Over PizzaBoys | @TheFashionLaw https://buff.ly/2IqDkHi

Keeping up With the Kardashian/Jenners’ Copying Call-Outs and Legal Woes | @TheFashionLaw https://buff.ly/2wtbx4q

Game-maker Sues Lucasfilm over Han Solo Movie | @DuetsBloghttps://buff.ly/2wJvIeq

Tomahawk Chops and Native American Mascots: In Europe, Teams Don’t See a Problem https://buff.ly/2Ik6DLM

‘Star Trek’/Dr. Seuss Mashup Creator Beats Trademark Claims | @thrhttps://buff.ly/2GGuoZr

Fortnite sued for ‘copying’ rival game | @BBCNewshttps://buff.ly/2JePMdC

Hamptons Branding: What’s In A Name? | @27east https://buff.ly/2xoelQV

Wonder Woman 2 Title May Be Found in New Domain Names | @CBRhttps://buff.ly/2IWbxQ4

Everything Else

PANTONE Unveils Spring/Summer Color Palette Forecast For 2019 | @designtaxi via @MarksmenTweets https://buff.ly/2KJYqxS

F1 trade mark ‘Shoey’ to claim rights to Daniel Ricciardo’s famous celebration | @Independent https://buff.ly/2Kt4SKy

Do patents tell us what’s next for bicycle technology? Not necessarily. | @velonews https://buff.ly/2jt6o3a

Preventing opioid deaths by overriding patents on anti-overdose drug | @futurism https://buff.ly/2KzEQFF

Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup syndicate to change name after trademark row with British Olympics | @NZStuff https://buff.ly/2ryaBpD

Doctor! Doctor! My trade mark opposition has been dismissed! | @Ipkathttps://buff.ly/2rBPbIj

‘Pet-tech’ of the future? Patents reveal bizarre inventions (not sure many of these will see the shelves…) | @dailymail https://buff.ly/2IppmTb

Super Soaker Inventor: Keep toys and millions of other products in the pipeline — protect the patent system | @foxnews https://buff.ly/2rL90Oq

Domaining for Beginners, Part 2: What Makes an Effective Domain Name? | @NamesCon https://buff.ly/2IZQbAV

Hasbro just trademarked the smell of Play-Doh | @vergehttps://buff.ly/2ITVQbm

7-Eleven Debuts Self-Chilling Canned Coffees To Keep You Cool & Energized | @designtaxi https://buff.ly/2keWH8P

Faking It. Cycling and counterfeits – everything you need to know | @BikeBizOnline https://buff.ly/2sl3H7u

3 Branding Secrets for eCommerce Success on Amazon | @Entrepreneurhttps://buff.ly/2GcJ5TZ

Colour it mine: protecting colour trademarks | @Lexologyhttps://buff.ly/2IUassa

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World of IP Round Up: May 2018 | was written by Dr. Martin Douglas Hendry

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