Singapore eyes IP lawsuit fast-track, Samsung hits Galaxy snag, and feign observance poppies: news round-up

Every Tuesday and Friday, WTR presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from opposite a streamer sphere. In a latest edition, we demeanour during claims that an Amazon reviewer was criminialized after job out a feign product, a US supervision weighing in on ICANN’s ‘cooling off’ debate, seized counterfeits double in Greece, how field are embracing e-filing in China, and many more. Coverage this time from Trevor Little (TL), Adam Houldsworth (AH), Bridget Diakun (BD) and Tim Lince (TJL).

Market radar:

UK supervision warns of feign poppies forward of Remembrance Day – The UKIPO has warned consumers about a probability of being sole feign poppy products. This comes in a run adult to a annual Remembrance Day on Nov 11, wherein red poppy sell is usually sole by or on seductiveness of a Royal British Legion, that owns applicable copyright and streamer rights. However, counterfeiters have in new years sought to distinction from a commemoration; in 2017, £150,000 value of fakes poppy keyrings, scarves and badges were intercepted by UK limit forces as they were being alien from China. Making a warning, a UKIPO pronounced that donations dictated to advantage a Armed Forces and veterans could advantage fraudsters instead. It advises consumers to buy from central vendors, to equivocate cheaper products, and to benefaction by The Royal British Legion if in any doubt. The Royal British Legion’s poppy-related rights have been in a news some-more than once in new weeks. On Friday, WTR reported on a recover of a new documentary about a 1990s brawl between a gift and a makers of anti-war video diversion Cannon Fodder, who designed to use red poppies on a game’s cover. At a time, a diversion generated poignant controversy, with a British press dubbing a diversion unpleasant and offensive. (AH)

Samsung hits a obstacle with Galaxy Watch streamer – As Samsung looks to align a products underneath a ‘Galaxy’ name, a Seoul District Court has perceived an application from South Korean watchmaker Orient to postpone sales of a Samsung Galaxy on accusations of streamer infringement. Both trademarks ‘Galaxy Watch’ and ‘Samsung Galaxy Watch’ have been opposed, and it seems Orient is filing defensively by a Korean Intellectual Property Office to forestall destiny issues with a famous telecom provider. While Samsung ‘has not nonetheless perceived any information per a lawsuit’, this matter is expected to reveal shortly. (BD)

Amazon examination plead counterfeits leads to user anathema – A column on a record website How To Geek claims that an Amazon user got criminialized after job out a tawdry object in a review. According to a column, author Chris Hoffman “got scammed by a counterfeiter on Amazon”, expanding: “I left a examination on a product warning others about my experience. Eventually, Amazon deleted my examination and criminialized me from withdrawal reviews for ‘violating Community Guidelines’.” He serve explains that his criticism eventually got reinstated, though he questioned either other users had been criminialized for identical callouts – and if counterfeiters are filing fake reports to mislay such reviews. If so, Amazon will hopefully demeanour for a fortitude as such reviews can be a halt opposite a trade of fakes. (TJL)

US supervision group weighs in on ICANN ‘cooling off’ plead – While WHOIS entrance was arguably a hottest articulate indicate in Barcelona during final week’s ICANN meeting, a use of new gTLD auction deduction and a fallout from a news that Akram Atallah, prior conduct of ICANN’s Global Domains Division, had assimilated new gTLD user Donuts a new CEO. At a open forum in Spain, calls were done for a cooling off duration to forestall ICANN executives from walking true into high form roles in a industry, where they could precedence insider knowledge. Now David Redl, conduct of a National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), has weighed in, lifting a “concern about an burden necessity during ICANN” and stating: “Recent ICANN comparison staff departures have highlighted that ICANN lacks post-employment restrictions. Given that ICANN, by a coercion of a contracts with domain name registries and registrars, performs an attention self-regulatory function, it is required that conflicts of seductiveness or coming of reprobate function be minimized… One intensity repair could be “cooling off periods” for ICANN employees that accept practice with companies concerned in ICANN activities and programs. This is an reliable approach to safeguard that conflicts of seductiveness or appearances of reprobate function are minimized.” Expect this to sojourn a holding indicate until ICANN responds. (TL)

Word-of-mouth selling pairs with blockchain to boost brands online – According to an essay by Forbes, brands are referred to others scarcely 2.1 billion times any day, either it be by friends, amicable media, blogs, emails or benefaction messaging. As such, brands contingency exercise strategies that effectively daub into a digital domain and one association views blockchain as a answer. WOM is operative towards formulating a ‘blockchain-based custom that gives brands, calm creators, publishers, and amicable networks a approach to monetise word-of-mouth recommendations on any app or platform’. The CEO of WOM, Melanie Mohr, believes that selling has been wasting income on advertisements that a younger era do not bond with, additionally saying that “consumers are increasingly careful of sponsored amicable media and roughly half cruise influencers inauthentic – that rises to 75% if a post comes from a celebrity”. She argues: “The WOM Protocol has a intensity to accommodate everyone’s needs. It rewards consumers for a value they move to brands. It gives brands a approach to daub into organic word-of-mouth in a quantifiable and scalable way. And it provides platforms with a monetisation indication that isn’t formed on invasive advertising.” It is essential for brands to invariably correct selling strategies to keep on tip of an increasingly critical and really opposite consumer market. Whether blockchain binds a pivotal to success stays to be seen. (BD)

Confiscated tawdry and smuggled products double in Greece – The financial crime patrol announced on Wednesday that a series of tawdry and smuggled products it has seized so distant this year is roughly twice as vast as in a homogeneous duration final year. It is estimated that bootlegging and tawdry trade outcome in 3.5 billion euros of income being mislaid to a country’s already-strained government. The recently expelled total uncover that 2,000,319 equipment were confiscated in a initial 3 buliding of 2018, adult from 1,056,377 in a analogous duration final year, with wardrobe accounting for many of a transport (652,238 items). (AH)

Legal radar:

Singapore eyes IP lawsuit fast-track – Singapore’s Law Ministry is proposing that polite disputes be combined in a High Court, with a fast-track regime for IP lawsuit also envisioned. Currently, IP disputes are listened in a High Court, state courts or Intellectual Property Office of Singapore, depending on a inlet of a right, a form of move or a value of a claim. The proposals disagree that “placing many of a IP cases in a High Court simplifies and creates clearer to users what a suitable forum is”. Over all, a proposals are designed “to position Singapore as a choice venue for IP brawl fortitude in Asia” and a criticism duration is open until a finish of November. Details are available here. (TL)

Office radar:

Applicants welcome China e-filing use – In a circular to users, WIPO has supposing an refurbish on a launch of a new e-filing use by a China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). Looking behind during a initial month of operation for a system, that allows online filings for general applications (Madrid), WIPO reveals that a use has already perceived 358 electronic applications – about 52% of all general applications filed in a nation during that period. (TL)

Chile IP Office discusses digital initiatives – In a post on a website, Chile’s National Institute of Intellectual Property (INAPI) has presented a effective ways they have used digital collection and platforms in new years. This was during a display with dual other parties in Chile, a Superintendency of Social Security (SUSESO) and a Superintendency of Banks and Financial Institutions (SBIF), that both also looked during a ways they have implemented digital iniatives. During a presentation, INAPI settled that 100% of a procedures can be achieved online, with 90% of applications submitted in that way. The office’s new inhabitant director, Carolina Belmar, serve explained: “Today we have modernized electronic signature, that has authorised us to be a paperless office, and incorporate collection grown with synthetic intelligence, to control similarities of images compared with brands. These changes in enlightenment authorised us to be fit with resources and that 35% of INAPI officials could telework.” (TJL)

And finally…

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