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Tip of the iceberg: beneath the ‘surface web’

International, US07-10-2015Charlie Abrahams

Charlie Abrahams, senior vice president at brand protection company MarkMonitor, explains what can be done to prevent brand infringements on the dark side of the web.

Politics and IP: a tough balance

UK, US30-09-2015

Politicians, often under intense scrutiny, should be careful when asserting claims of IP infringement, even more so in the digital age. TBO reports.

Trademark parody: taking the mickey

International23-09-2015Miikka Timonen

Trademark parody is a form of art that everybody can relate to, and denying these parody artists would be a serious restriction of our freedom of expression, and also deny the world some hearty laughs. But it must be done with thought and care, says Miikka Timonen of TrademarkNow.

E-books: a sad tale of new territory for pirates

Germany, International16-09-2015Ulrike Grübler and Michael Schidler

The rise of e-books has led to a growing amount of pirated content, and there is not yet a consistent approach to fighting it, although progress is being made, say Ulrike Grübler and Michael Schidler of Bird & Bird.

Anti-Counterfeiting Group: fighting the good fight

International09-09-2015Phil Lewis

It is impossible to win the battle against illicit online traders, so raising public awareness is essential. In the UK, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, which represents more than 140 multi-nationals, offers a variety of services to help fight fakes. Phil Lewis, of the ACG, reports.

How good is the Trademark Clearinghouse?

International02-09-2015Joel Vertes

ICANN has announced that it is looking for external providers to carry out an independent review of the TMCH. Joel Vertes of law firm Olswang assesses its performance so far.

Sweet smell of success

China26-08-2015Lee Macfarland

Local knowledge and boots on the ground led to the exposure of a counterfeit perfume operation in China, as Lee Macfarland of CBI Consulting reports.

Twitter’s balancing act


Twitter has a tough job of protecting IP rights while facilitating open discussion, and this year just 7% of trademark complaints have been upheld. TBO finds out why.

The war on counterfeiting

International12-08-2015Stuart Fuller

The fight against counterfeiting is about small marginal gains rather than one major offensive, and all brand owners and protection specialists have a role to play on the battleground, says Stuart Fuller of NetNames.

The joke’s on you

International, US05-08-2015

After a US comedian recently sued TV host Conan O’Brien for allegedly copying his jokes that were posted on Twitter, TBO considers whether such funny remarks can be protected by copyright and how protection might be enforced on social media.

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