Retail

America first... for now: how Chinese and European brands are closing the gap

Exclusive analysis reveals why major US brands are feeling the pressure of increased competition in the global marketplace – and how they can fight back.

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Polo/Lauren Company fails to invalidate 'polo player' mark

The Polo/Lauren Company has failed to invalidate the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club's registration for a composite mark containing the word 'polo' and the device of a polo player.

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Alibaba on the offensive: warns brands not to trust Notorious Markets List, undecided on future cooperation

​​​​​​​Alibaba Group continues to talk tough in the wake of Taobao remaining on the USTR's latest Notorious Markets List, now suggesting that brand owners should no longer trust the report.

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adidas wins latest dispute against H&M in Hague Court

The District Court of The Hague has ruled in favour of adidas in the main proceedings of its saga against H&M regarding the companies' respective stripe marks.

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Crushing blow for colour combination marks

The EU General Court recently upheld the decision to invalidate Red Bull’s registrations for its blue and silver colour combination mark, reiterating that the mark is devoid of distinctive character.

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Alibaba labels itself a “scapegoat” as Taobao remains on USTR's Notorious Markets List

​​​​​​​The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has released the latest edition of its annual Review of Notorious Markets. The re-admission of Taobao to the list has spurred owner Alibaba Group to label itself a "scapegoat".

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Trump's USPTO nominee confirmed, victory for Louboutin, and significant changes at Nigerian IP registry: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we report why Louboutin's red sole mark was declared ‘well known’ in India, upcoming changes at Nigeria’s trademark registry, and much more.

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EUIPO doubles funding for IPC3, Poundland launches Twin Peaks and Birkenstock clashes with Amazon (again): news round-up

In the latest round-up, we look at the European Parliament’s document on IP issues related to three-dimensional printing, a landmark decision for Manuka honey protection, and much more.

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Revealed: the $300 billion plain packaging threat to the beverage industry

​​​​​​​Startling new research from valuation firm Brand Finance has estimated that the spread of plain packaging to the beverage industry would result in close to $300 billion in brand value losses.

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China: How Michael Jordan transformed publicity rights in China

Much progress has been made in recent years when it comes to protecting name and image rights, and to fighting against bad-faith registrations in China.

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US retail brands are teeming with life despite the so-called 'retail apocalypse': exclusive data analysis

World Trademark Review takes an in-depth look at the retail sector. As one of the most dynamic branding environments of any industry sector, we analyse how the top brands in this field have performed.

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