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India’s revitalised trademark landscape fails to boost leading brands: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s exclusive country data report, we provide a rundown of India’s trademark landscape. We explore the surge in registrations at the Indian IP office, reveal the top filers, and inspect the widespread fall in value of the country’s top brands.

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Biggest ever attendance? The 2018 INTA Annual Meeting by the numbers

With the 2018 INTA Annual Meeting in Seattle now in full flow, it’s time to take a deep-dive into the numbers. Will this year’s meeting be the biggest ever in terms of attendance? How many of the world’s leading brands are represented? We dig into the...

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Flurry of royal wedding marks, Israel added to TMview, and India unveils IP mascot: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a number of trademarks that appear to be related to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the USPTO unveiling a new resource center, the sale of the Toys-R-Us brand, and much more.

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The world’s leading corporate trademark professionals revealed

Released today, Apple, Mars and Procter & Gamble head up the 2018 edition of the WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals. Now in its second edition, this community-led research project identifies the leading lights of the corporate...

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The INTA Annual Meeting 2018 is here: our unofficial guide to Seattle

Based on extensive first-hand experience, Seattle-based trademark experts – both working in corporate departments and at law firms – give us the inside track on what to do, see, eat and drink while visiting the Emerald City for this year’s INTA Annual...

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Brexit, GDPR and embracing technological innovation: exclusive pre-Annual Meeting interview with INTA president

In anticipation of this year’s INTA Annual Meeting, which kicks off this weekend, we speak with 2018 president Tish Berard. She gives us the inside track on what to expect in Seattle and the issues at the heart...

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Manchester United tops Premier League of trademarks; Messi overtakes Neymar in player rankings

Exclusive research by World Trademark Review reveals the filing activity of the world’s most valuable football clubs and players, and finds that Manchester United boasts the most trademarks of any team in the world.

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Staggering rise of trademark applications from Chinese companies revealed

Startling new research reveals that the number of Chinese trademark applications to foreign registers has doubled over the past two years, with Huawei Technologies leading the charge.

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Groundbreaking study finds AI more accurate than experienced lawyers in contract reviews

​​​​​​​A new study has revealed that legal contract reviews conducted by an artificial intelligence platform can now reach an accuracy rate surpassing experienced lawyers.

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MEME mark refused, Trump trademark snag for Israeli club and WHOIS working group set to disband: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a MEME trademark related to serial filer Michael Gleissner, how an Israeli football team adding ‘Trump’ to its name could land the club in trademark hot water, and much more.

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ICANN releases new WHOIS specification plan as GDPR countdown nears zero

With the May 25 enforcement date for GDPR just two weeks away, there has been a flurry of activity at ICANN in the last few days as it seeks to make WHOIS compliant with GDPR. With a new temporary specification released, the question now is: will WHOIS...

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Chinese players fail to make the cut in the fashion world as major brands prove resilient: exclusive analysis

Examining the apparel sector, we show that the leading brands have remained robust, analyse how filing patterns have changed, and reveal that Chinese brands have failed to make the cut in the list of the world’s...

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NBA star to deliver USPTO event keynote, Frida Kahlo lawsuit, and Google named most loved US brand: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the keynote speaker at the USPTO's National Trademark Expo in July, why Amazon’s Alexa has been named the “biggest challenge for brands since the Internet”, and much more.

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Honeywell chief IP counsel on the transforming trademark enforcement landscape in China

World Trademark Review catches up with Jerry Xia, deputy general counsel and chief IP counsel, Asia Pacific, for Honeywell. He shares his insights into how the Chinese brand protection landscape has developed in recent years, offers...

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As Alibaba’s Anti-counterfeiting Alliance grows, is Amazon now the primary battleground in the war against fakes?

Alibaba Group has confirmed that membership to its Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance has climbed to over 100 brands. Exclusive survey data reveals the Chinese retail giant is still a challenge for rights holders...

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“A potentially existential peril”: the barriers facing the next generation of trademark lawyers

In this guest blog, Peter Sloane, vice-chair of INTA’s Law Firm Committee, warns that the lack of substantive training available for junior lawyers – primarily due to the drive to cut costs – could pose a long-term existential...

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China’s trademark office to drastically reduce filing times; experts confident quality will be maintained

China’s State Intellectual Property Office has revealed that filing review times at the trademark office will be reduced to six months by the end of the year and to four months by 2020. We speak with experts in the...

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Is the trademark litigation slump over? 2018 trends and predictions

Analysis of the latest data from Lex Machina suggests that US trademark litigation filing numbers will be flat in 2018 – potentially ending a four-year decline. We also take a look at the most popular venues for litigation and the go- to law firms so far...

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Burberry targets Target, Google launches GDPR-ready WHOIS records and battle of the cat hotels: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Burberry filing suit against Target, a report showing low awareness and interest for IP litigation insurance, Google changing its WHOIS records to be GDPR compliant, and much more...

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UK trademark scene post-Brexit: a world-class IP office dealing with uncertainty in a volatile brand environment

We provide a breakdown of the UK trademark market – examining how Brexit has affected filing strategies, inspecting brand value trends, and analysing the stellar performance of the UK IP Office.

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Supreme most searched counterfeit brand, IACC training programme and massive confectionery brand portfolio sold: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Under Armour launching a trademark suit against a competitor, how online searches for fake fashion is soaring, details of the IACC’s latest training program, and...

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Refusal of BREXIT beer trademark upheld; UK reasoning conflicts with EU decision

In a much-delayed decision, the appointed person has dismissed an appeal against the refusal of a class 32 UK application for BREXIT. Notably, the decision contrasts with a recent EUIPO board of appeals decision, which gave the green light...

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adidas and Nike revealed as most visible brands on social media platforms

The brand logos which appear the most on Instagram and Twitter have been revealed, with sports brands adidas and Nike leading the pack. The results also reveal which brands are perceived the most positively and negatively, as well as those most targeted...

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Trademark rights “at risk” in Yemen following opening of second independent IP office

​​​​​​​Following ongoing unrest in Yemen, international brand owners have been warned of “a very serious and significant change” to trademark rights in the country following the formation of a second IP office.

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Brazil set to accept Madrid applications in early 2019; associations being kept “in the dark” over plans

The president of the Brazilian IP Agents Association reveals that it is expected the registry will begin accepting international applications early next year – but there is concern over a lack of information for local...

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Sunrise registrations in ‘.app’ TLD soar, but some major brands remain on the sidelines

​​​​​​​Google’s ‘.app' TLD exited sunrise yesterday, with registrations powering past the 3,000 mark. While a majority of the world’s most valuable brands have registered their names in the string, a number of international powerhouses...

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“No middle ground when it comes to the UDRP”: searching for balance in domain name disputes

Reflecting on the chasm that that often exists between domain and brand owners over the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, Julius Stobbs from Stobbs IP calls for “a healthy and even-handed debate”.

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Plain packaging in South Africa, Alibaba cryptocurrency blow and a trademark tour of Seattle: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Pfizer’s counterfeit enforcement stats, Apple’s purchase of a non-registered Chinese mark, the South African government’s comment period on plain packaging, and much more.

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US government ranks Canada’s border enforcement on same level as China; Special 301 adds Saudi Arabia and UAE

The USTR has published the 2018 Special 301 Report, and Canada has been added to the Priority Watch List due to “a failure to resolve key longstanding deficiencies in protection and enforcement of IP”.

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Telecom brands experience fall in filings and values as industry approaches tipping point: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s industry data report, we dig into the telecommunications sector, providing an overview on the industry, revealing the trademark filing trends of telecom carriers, and exploring the fluctuations...

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Jack Daniel’s sues rival, Amazon “awash” with fakes, and Lionel Messi lifts trademark dispute trophy: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a call for an annual Trademarks Day, the Chilean and Jordan IP offices joining TMview, Jack Daniel’s suing a whiskey rival, China pledging to step up IP protection efforts...

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