Fashion & Luxury

With a fast-improving IP office and flourishing brands, Italy’s outlook is bright: exclusive data analysis

Our latest country data report focuses on the branding landscape of Italy. We explore key filing data and the performance of the leading Italian brands, revealing that their total brand value has increased at a quicker rate than that of the top global players.

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WeChat reveals infringer demographics as anti-counterfeiting efforts stepped up

WeChat has issued a report outlining its anti-counterfeiting efforts and unveiling improvements to its Weixin Brand Protection Platform. Crucially, the report contains some interesting data for those fighting infringement on its platforms.

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Crocs Inc successfully enforces 3D marks in biggest ever anti-counterfeiting operation

Following a request for an injunction by Crocs Inc, the Ecuadorian IP Office has seized more than 37,000 items during operations carried out simultaneously in three different cities.

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IPEC: the cost(s) of a 'Big Fat Gypsy Wedding' dress

In Madine v Phillips, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court in London has provided useful guidance on the cap on recoverable costs.

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Defendant found guilty in Barbados' first ever criminal trial for sale of counterfeit goods

Barbados has concluded its first criminal trial for the sale of counterfeit goods, with the Crown obtaining a guilty verdict. The case involved shoes and backpacks that counterfeited the ‘Fenty PUMA by Rihanna’ line.

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WIPO reveals strong growth in Madrid applications; L’Oreal, Novartis and Abercrombie feature in top filers list

​​​​​​​WIPO has released filing statistics on the Madrid System for trademarks, revealing growth for international marks, with those originating in China, Russia and the United Kingdom showing significant rises...

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USPTO goes after the fakers; experts praise initiative to combat improper specimens, call for further action

The United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched a pilot program to help combat improper specimens on trademark applications. The move has been welcomed, although one expert calls for more to...

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Expert wonders if adidas enjoys “hyperprotection” as sportswear giant prevails in EU three stripes battle

The EU General Court has ruled that two parallel stripes on footwear infringes the 'three stripes' trademark rights of adidas. One IP expert has questioned whether it is an example of a brand enjoying “hyperprotection...

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USPTO director makes first public comments, Louboutin dismisses media speculation, and ‘.com’ rises: news round-up

In our latest news round-up, we look at the first public comments from the USPTO’s new director, further details on trademarks after Brexit, and much more.

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Asia-Pacific Team of the Year: Burberry Asia

It has been a challenging few years for luxury brands and 2016 was no different. In such an environment, brand protection becomes even more important, so it is gratifying to see the Burberry Asia team step up to fight infringement.

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Fashion, Cosmetics & Luxury Goods Team of the Year: Maus Frères

The Maus Frères team celebrated a number of wins in 2016, as it worked hard to protect powerhouse brands such as Lacoste, Aigle and Gant. Notable was the securing of well-known status for Lacoste’s crocodile mark in both the European Union and China.

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Anne Gundelfinger

After her invaluable contribution to the global trademark community was recognised at the WTR Industry Awards, Anne Gundelfinger sat down with us to reflect on an illustrious career.

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Identifying the networks of professional counterfeiters undermining the fashion industry

The fashion industry has always been a target for counterfeiters and copycats. While criminals were previously restricted to selling on the streets, the Internet has completely transformed their operations.

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