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One month until GDPR deadline: INTA and US government call for urgent rethink over WHOIS approach

With the GDPR enforcement date of May 25 fast approaching, the US government and INTA have expanded on their concerns – with a warning that a WHOIS blackout will result "in a field day for bad actors".

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Valuation firm claims Brexit “an opportunity” for British brands; historical data reveals a more nuanced reality

Brand Finance’s annual brand valuation ranking of British companies reveals a year-on-year rise in total value, with the company arguing Brexit is “an opportunity and stimulus for many British brands”. However...

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Lucasfilm trademark scuffle, Breaking Bad beer battle and Tanzania launches counterfeit campaign: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at how half of cybercrime revenues comes from illicit online marketplaces, the Brexit-related mark ruffling feathers, how cryptocoin names are often inspired by movies, and much...

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Preparing for the next round of new gTLDs: ICANN insider reveals key issues brand owners need to be aware of

World Trademark Review sits down with Jeff Neuman, co-chair of ICANN’s Subsequent Procedures Working Group, to talk about the next new gTLDs application window .

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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...

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Kit Kat blow, Comey trademark abandoned, and Russian IP office pledges blockchain support: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the Advocate General’s latest Kit Kat decision, Liverpool FC embroiled in a dispute, a strong start for the ‘.app’ new gTLD, advice on building a fashion retail brand in 2018, and much...

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“Generic drug-making is a fast-track business”: Sandoz trademark head reveals approach to IP management

In a wide-ranging interview, INTA’s president-elect and global head of trademarks for Sandoz, David Lossignol, talks about the challenges of managing pharmaceutical brand rights and the growing threat of IP restrictions...

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New bureau created in the fight for brand safety, but initiative may be “too little, too late”

The formation of a new brand safety network that will enable agencies to share information when brands appear next to objectional content has been unveiled by 4A’s. However, a commentator we spoke to had doubts about the impact...

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adidas takes anti-counterfeiting fight to Instagram sellers, highlights enforcement challenge faced by brands

adidas and Reebok International have filed a lawsuit against 53 sellers of alleged counterfeit goods on social media sites. For those not yet monitoring the platform, the action provides a reminder that Instagram...

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WHOIS access charges, NGOs take aim at watch list plans and INTA applauds ‘Brand India’: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a registry’s plans to charge trademark owners for access to WHOIS data and the war of words over plans for an IP markets watch list.

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Groundbreaking paper suggests neuroscience could transform trademark strategies – both inside and outside the courtroom

​​​​​​​A new research paper foresees a future in which brain scans transform the current understanding of trademarks. We speak with the author on how so-called "neuromarks" could be used as evidence in...

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Trademark activity dwindles as values rise in the engineering and construction industry: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s industry data report, World Trademark Review analyses the engineering and construction sector. We examine key trademark-related data and explore the positions of the leading brands in this space...

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Nepal launches collective tea mark, HP ramps up anti-fakes efforts and new CITMA president: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the election of a new president at CITMA, how HP is stepping up its anti-counterfeiting outreach, and much more.

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GDPR working party has its say on proposed WHOIS model; future access remains uncertain

The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party has written to ICANN to provide guidance on its proposed interim model for the treatment of WHOIS data. It has raised a number of concerns with the proposed approach and did not address the...

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Trademark trolls in Canada? Data reveals rise in “suspicious” applications are nearly all related to millionaire Gleissner

After recent reports of a steep rise in so-called “trademark trolls” in Canada, research suggests most are related to notorious trademark filer Michael Gleissner – leading to calls for the Canadian...

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Inside IP Australia’s digital transformation: from apps to brand-backed lending

​​​​​​​In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, the general manager of IP Australia’s innovation & technology group expands on how the office’s digital transformation is helping users and reveals some of the organisation's...

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Advertising Standards Authority ruling could have far-reaching implications for UK trademark law firm marketing

​​​​​​​The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that Trade Mark Direct cannot claim to be the country’s ‘leading’ or ‘number one’ trademark firm. The decision could lead to a major shift in how firms...

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How the legal profession underutilises paralegals: exclusive interview with Deborah Hampton of Chemours

In the latest of our interview series with leading in-house counsel, The Chemours Company’s Deborah Hampton reflects on how paralegals are often underestimated and her approach to protecting the company’s global brand...

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Call for more robust online RPMs, Alibabacoin hits back and getting legal advice from a robot: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a trademark infringement lawsuit involving US TV sitcom I Love Lucy, Alibabacoin hits back at Alibaba lawsuit, and much more.

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Half of companies have lost revenue to online counterfeits, as darknet infringement predicted to rise

New research reveals that almost half of the companies it surveyed had lost sales revenue to online counterfeits, further finding that almost a third had no online brand protection plan in place.

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“IP is not about politics” – INTA CEO confirms US lobbying spend has dropped, urges counsel to support PAC

​​​​​​​In an exclusive interview, Etienne Sanz de Acedo confirms that the INTA’s spending on government lobbying in the United States has fallen in recent years – and explains why counsel should consider contributing...

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Trump, Brexit and Korean reunification: the political issues weighing on the minds of trademark practitioners

​​​​​​​Research from World Trademark Review reveals the political issues that counsel say could significantly impact enforcement efforts, both now and in the future.

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Tim Hortons brand reputation slides, brand name tattoos, and The Weeknd in Starboy dispute: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the number of brands who conduct influencer marketing, a survey which reveals the number of consumers that would get a brand name permanently tattooed on their body, and much more.

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“Flat is the new increase”: Adobe’s J Scott Evans on budget management, trademark risks and the future of WHOIS

We speak to J Scott Evans about his work as director of trademark and advertising law at Adobe Systems, as well his thoughts on the challenges created by budget cuts and the future of the WHOIS database.

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“No surprise” – significant gender pay gap reported at UK law firms with highly rated trademark practices

​​​​​​​World Trademark Review can reveal that UK law firms with highly ranked trademark practices pay women an hourly rate that is, on average, 28.7% lower than male colleagues. One industry expert says there is “much...

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Massive British American Tobacco deal sets new record and demonstrates the potent power of brands

British American Tobacco's acquisition of Reynolds American is the highest ever recorded brand acquisition, and highlights the critical commercial importance of the work undertaken by trademark practitioners.

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Counterfeits in Casablanca, Kuwait upgrades online filings, and legal blow for Lindsay Lohan: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a warning about counterfeit make-up in China, Casablanca being labelled the “Eldorado of counterfeiting”, and much more.

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“We might not be needed anymore”: research reveals law firm fears for the future

​​​​​​​In this year’s Global Trademark Benchmarking survey, a number of law firm practitioners have expressed concern that the flurry of M&A activity in the non-legal services sector could push prices up and even threaten the current role...

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SIPO transformed: what China’s office reshuffle will mean for enforcement and IP commercialisation

An exclusive guest analysis on the far-reaching implications of last month’s announcement that China’s patent and trademark offices will merge.

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China’s remarkable trademark journey as records are broken at every turn: exclusive data analysis

We explore the vivacious Chinese branding market, which has enjoyed record-breaking trademark application numbers and dramatic changes occurring on the legal and administrative fronts that are affecting brand owners.

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Australian trademark law amendments, WHOIS fears, and EUIPO launches anti-counterfeit prize: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look the end of a heated legal dispute over an Icelandic chant, fears increase of future WHOIS access, Australian government's draft version of an IP law amendment bill, and much more.

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