21 Nov 2017

Analysis ICANN criticised for “premature” WHOIS data move as more registries reveal GDPR compliance plans

As the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers community grapples with the potential threat of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation regime to the WHOIS system, the organisation is deferring enforcement actions over noncompliance with contractual obligations related to the handling of registration data. The move has been criticised as a “reactionary” gambit by one leading IP expert. Read blog

21 Nov 2017

News Valuing the monarchy, a counterfeiting crackdown and avoiding brand backlashes: news round-up

In our latest news round-up we report on a new collaboration that aims to leave counterfeiters with “nowhere to hide”, examine Brand Finance’s research into the brand value of the British monarchy, assess the Office of the United States Trade Representative’s IP priorities in the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations and look at the communication challenge facing brands when partisan tensions are at an all-time high. Read blog

21 Nov 2017

News Speaker line-up revealed for Brand Strategy China 2017

World Trademark Review is pleased to unveil the speaking faculty for the second annual Brand Strategy China event, taking place in Shanghai on December 7. Among the confirmed speakers on our high level roster are senior industry leaders from adidas, Chanel, Honeywell, NBC Universal, New Balance and Whirlpool Corporation. Read blog

20 Nov 2017

Analysis Time to “take a step back”: industry expert urges counsel to engage with CSR

Pieter van den Bulck, legal IP director at the world’s largest brewing company, has called on trademark professionals to engage more closely with their brands’ corporate social responsibility strategy. Speaking exclusively to World Trademark Review, he noted that this will require “a very open mind” and willingness to check traditional legal approaches at the door. Read blog

20 Nov 2017

News Study reveals the financial payback of intangible assets and Apple’s 42% value capture

According to new research, intangible capital, including branding and design, contributes almost one-third of the value of manufactured products globally. In particular sectors the role of intangibles is even more telling, with Apple’s value capture equating to 42% of the retail price of the iPhone 7. Read blog

17 Nov 2017

Analysis Germany’s hearty trademark scene and stunning courtroom win rates: exclusive data analysis

This week’s World Trademark Review country data report focuses on the bustling trademark landscape in Germany. We reveal the European powerhouse’s leading sectors, present essential filing data and explain how the country’s robust brands have continued to surge in value. Read blog

17 Nov 2017

News Wine seized after Alibaba tip-off, EUIPO opens design awards nominations and Gene Simmons gets emotional: news round-up

Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at the Chinese authorities seizing thousands of bottles of wine after an Alibaba tip-off and a literally EPIC battle between beer brewers, Gene Simmons gets hot-under-the-collar about his withdrawn ‘devil horns’ trademark application, and a lawyer commends the “pitch perfect realism” of a TV comedy show's depiction of a court case. Read blog

17 Nov 2017

Analysis MARQUES hits out at UK government inaction, urges EUIPO and UKIPO to begin Brexit talks

​​​​​​​MARQUES has laid out a series of recommendations for the treatment of IP rights in a post-Brexit world. In addition to calling for the harmonisation of rights to continue, it expressed frustration over the UK government’s “complete silence” on the issue and the absence of exploratory discussions between the UKIPO and EUIPO. Read blog

17 Nov 2017

Analysis Australia launches “world first” trademark platform, set to go head to head with service providers

​​​​​​​This week, in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Melbourne, IP Australia has announced its development of a “single, internationally-linked trademark database”, TM-link. The free to use offering is being positioned as an alternative to “expensive” country-specific trademark databases, bringing the tool into competition with commercial service providers. Read blog

16 Nov 2017

Analysis Boycotts, backlashes and Russian bots: Keurig crisis highlights challenge for brands in politically partisan times (1 comment)

It has been a particularly tumultuous week for coffee maker Keurig, with the hashtag #BoycottKeurig trending on social media following the company’s public declaration that it was pulling advertising linked to a right-wing news pundit. As one expert tells us, the week’s events highlight the challenge that brands face at a time when partisan tensions are at an all-time high. Read blog


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