The new version of the Global Brand Database is available

WIPO reports about the launch of the upgraded version of the Global Brand Database. The change concerns mainly the interface which, according to WIPO, is more user-friendly now. The database provides some interesting stats for the searches too.

In general, this database provides access to:

  • WIPO international trademarks under the Madrid protocol,
  • national and regional trademarks shared by national and regional IP Offices,
  • International Nonproprietary Names for Pharmaceutical Substances (INN),
  • WIPO appellations of origin under the Lisbon Agreement and
  • WIPO emblems under Article 6ter. It includes WIPO data
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The new edition of the Nice Classification will include blockchain-related goods and services

WIPO has announced the new 12th edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks which will come into force on 01.01.2023.

What is exciting about this addition is the entrance of new types of goods and services and in particular such related to blockchain technologies.

According to the IPKat blog, the following amendments and additions were made in the upcoming edition of the classification:

In Class 9:

  • New goods: “downloadable digital files authenticated by non-fungible tokens [NFTs]”, “computer network routers”, “portable document scanners”, “cases for smartphones incorporating a keyboard”.
  • Amendment of the goods: “downloadable computer software for managing cyptocurrency transactions using blockchain technology” to “downloadable computer software for managing crypto asset transactions using blockchain technology”. 

In Class 42:

  • Amendment of the services: “information technology [IT] consultancy” to “information technology [IT] support services [troubleshooting of software]”. 
  • Amendment of the services: “cryptocurrency mining / cryptomining” to “mining of crypto assets / cryptomining”.  
  • New services: “archaeological excavation”. 

Les Mills won a dispute over a bad faith registered domain name for lesmills.vip

The WIPO Arbitration Center has ruled in the case D2022-3246 regarding a dispute for the domain name lesmills.vip, registered by an individual from the USA.

The New Zealand Company Les Mills International Limited initiated a proceeding against the registration of this domain before the Arbitration Center with a request for the domain name to transferred to the company.

Les Mills International offers fitness programs and classes around the world, having both registered trademarks, including for the US, and registered domain names, including lesmills.com. The company stated that its brand was founded by four-time Olympian Les Mills in 1968 and since then the brand has gained a significant reputation reaching around 6 million people every week.

According to the company, the disputed domain name was registered and used in bad faith. The company considered the Respondent aware of the LES MILLS trademark since his website was offering unlicensed copies of the company’s materials. It contended that the disputed domain name was in itself misleading in suggesting to consumers that it directed to one of the company’s official websites.

According to the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, in order to succeed in the Complaint, the Complainant is required to show that all three of the elements:

  • the disputed domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which
    the Complainant has rights;
  • the Respondent has no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the disputed domain name; and
  • the disputed domain name has been registered and is being used in bad faith.

Considering all of the three elements, WIPO concluded that the domain was similar to the earlier trademarks, from one side, that the Respondent had no legitimate interest to use the domain, and that there was bad faith use of the domain considering the potential risk for consumer misleading.

Based on this the domain was transferred to Les Mills International.

Which is the most innovative country in the world for 2022?

WIPO has published its Global Innovation Index for 2022. According to the report, the most innovative nation in the world is Switzerland followed by the United States, Sweden, and United Kingdom.

Some of the main findings from the report are:

  • The top global corporate R&D spenders increased their R&D expenditure by almost 10 percent to over USD 900 billion in 2021, higher than in 2019 before the pandemic. This increase was primarily driven by four industries: ICT hardware and electrical equipment; Software and ICT services; pharmaceuticals and biotechnology; and construction and industrial metals.
  • Investments in global R&D in 2020 grew at a rate of 3.3 percent, but slowed from the historically high 6.1 percent R&D growth rate recorded in 2019. Government budget allocations for the top R&D spending economies showed strong growth in 2020. For 2021 government R&D budgets, the picture was more varied, with spending growing in the Republic of Korea and Germany, but falling in the US and Japan.
  • Venture capital (VC) deals exploded by 46 percent in 2021, recording levels comparable to the internet boom years of the late 1990s. Latin America and the Caribbean and Africa regions witnessing the strongest VC growth. The VC outlook for 2022 is more sober however; tightening monetary policies and the effect on risk capital will lead to a deceleration in VC.

The full report can be found here.