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Fake Doraemon trademark ruled invalid in China

The Japan Times

BEIJING – A Chinese intellectual property court has ruled invalid the trademark given to a character that is remarkably similar to popular Japanese manga character Doraemon, according to local media reports. The trademark, filed by a sports goods company in Fujian province, southeastern China, was rejected by the Beijing court due to copyright infringement, said the reports, including that of the Beijing Youth Daily. Doraemon is also popular in China. The company brought the case to the intellectual property court after the trademark was judged invalid by authorities after it was initially filed. China is strengthening its crackdown on fake products in response to requests from Japan, the United States and other countries.

Run-D.M.C. files $50 million trademark infringement suit against Wal-Mart, Amazon

Los Angeles Times

Attorneys for the Run-D.M.C. brand have filed a $50 million lawsuit against Amazon Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Co., and a few other outlets for trademark infringement and trademark dilution, among other things. First reported by TMZ Thursday, the legal filing was made in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The complaint, which includes numerous images of Run-D.M.C.-inspired products as they appeared on Amazon's and Wal-Mart's respective sites, alleges that the retailers are advertising, selling, manufacturing, promoting and distributing multiple Run-D.M.C. styled products. Eyewear, hats, T-shirts, wallets and patches are among the items referenced, some of which are said to use the Run-D.M.C. trademark. The complaint charges that the products being sold "confuse the public and suggest that Run-D.M.C. endorses the products."

Clarivate Improves Trademark Search for the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property


The Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP) has partnered with Clarivate Plc, a global leader in providing trusted information and insights to accelerate the pace of innovation, to improve its trademark research services. Using AI-powered technology from Clarivate, BOIP has simplified the process of researching image trademarks for uniqueness and availability. BOIP joins innovative IP offices around the world like the EU Intellectual Property Office, IP Australia and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore who have adopted image recognition (IR)1 and new technologies to deliver innovative and more accessible services to users. Technology has transformed trademark research, automating a previously time-consuming and manual task. Today, the ability to search and compare image trademarks is essential as 40% of trademarks worldwide contain an image component2.

U.S. Supreme Court to hear case on vulgar trademarks

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a case brought by a clothing line named Fuct, which the government has refused to register, claiming it would promote vulgarity. The case pits a provision of U.S. trademark law that allows the government to deny requests on the basis "immoral" or "scandalous" words against the bedrock principles of free speech enshrined in the Constitution. A date of hearing has not yet been fixed. But it is a safe bet no case before it will have exposed the nation's top judges to so many profanities. The street wear brand was founded in 1990 by Los Angeles-based designer Erik Brunetti.

Christian Louboutin may lose trademark to red-soled shoes

FOX News

Christian Louboutin is fighting to keep a Dutch company from copying the signature feature of his red-soled heels.