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Trademark litigation slump continues; the law firms capitalising on dispute-related work revealed (Blog)
In November we reported that the decade-long downward trend in US trademark litigation actions showed no sign of correction. The latest tracker data from Lex Machina confirms that the slump continued in 2017, with the 3,782 cases filed representing a nine-year low. With competition for the litigation dollar intensifying, the data also reveals the firms which are leading the representation rankings.
Bodies representing IP solicitors, barristers and chartered trademark and patent attorneys have teamed up to urge the UK government to address key IP concerns related to Brexit urgently. While limiting its list to five key areas of concern, the document warns that a multi-year transitional period will likely be required to reach a suitable solution.
Just days after California started legally selling recreational marijuana, the Trump administration has signalled a U-turn on the federal marijuana enforcement policy, bringing it into conflict with a number of states. Experts tell World Trademark Review that the move also creates further uncertainty about the prospects for brands in the sector.
“There’s a new sheriff in town”: LegalForce founder reveals motivation behind lawsuits against competitors (Blog)
LegalForce RAPC Worldwide, the firm behind Trademarkia, has initiated a number of lawsuits against competitor online trademark filings portals, with shareholder Raj Abhyanker telling World Trademark Review that “this is just the start”. With more litigation filings expected, he contends that the regulation he adheres to as a law firm is restricting his ability to operate on a level playing field with some competitors. As such, he argues that his end goal is a resolution that benefits the entire legal trademark profession.
A law firm commissioned by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to explore the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on publicly available WHOIS data has recommended a temporary ‘layered access’ solution be adopted. While this will buy time to engage in further talks with authorities on the future of WHOIS, it notes that such a layered approach is problematic for rights holders seeking to process data to investigate IP infringements. In short, the protection of trademark rights looks set to become more burdensome.
With 2017 in the rear-view mirror, the latest edition of World Trademark Review identifies 25 trademark industry developments and trends that you should be mindful of in the months and years ahead.
Google’s rising brand value, Gleissner’s filing drive, and Netflix’s “super classy” letter: our 2017 most-read list (Blog)
With 2017 drawing to a close, and the World Trademark Review Daily email service taking a short break, it’s time to take a look back at the stories which received the most reads from the past year. Our list includes the news that Google had wrestled the ‘Most valuable brand’ crown from Apple, analysis of a groundbreaking study that suggested trademark count is a better predictor of corporate innovation that patent numbers, and coverage of the savvy enforcement strategies being adopted by major brands.
Courts get creative and changes coming to WeChat: practical takeaways from Brand Strategy China 2017 (Blog)
Last week in Shanghai World Trademark Review hosted our latest event, Brand Strategy China 2017, a high-level, industry-led exploration of brand protection and value creation strategies for businesses operating in China. The day was packed with critical insights and practical takeaways for those tasked with creating, protecting and managing brands in the region. A selection is presented here.
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, with The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo among those with the most value at risk. The report warns that the true economic toll will likely be much higher and comes after a recent call for brands to take a stand against plain packaging.
European Commission unveils plans for IP Market Watch List, a major new tool in the fight against fakes (Blog)
The European Commission has presented a series of measures designed to ensure that IP rights are better protected, in a bid to spur innovation and creativity in EU-based companies. The package of initiatives includes plans for a watch list similar to the Office of the US Trade Representative's Notorious Markets List, providing brand owners with a new tool for pressuring physical and online actors to do more to fight the trade in counterfeits around the world.
Maximum retention, minimum costs: INTA reveals Brexit position and behind-the-scenes advocacy work (Blog)
The International Trademark Association (INTA) has published a Brexit position paper, making a series of recommendations to negotiators on the treatment of intellectual property. INTA has also revealed that it is working directly with the negotiating parties and the UK Intellectual Property Office to ensure that IP and brand-related issues are properly addressed.
Trading Standards versus Facebook: fakes on social media in the spotlight as issue rises up UK policy agenda (Blog)
To coincide with the buying frenzy surrounding Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a report in the Sunday Times this weekend states that “the biggest investigation in Britain into fake goods on social media has identified tens of thousands of listings for counterfeit products on Facebook”. The article has been picked up by numerous outlets and comes at a time when counterfeiting on social media is rising up the UK policy agenda.
Chanel bursts through $1 billion damages barrier as Coach revealed as top US trademark litigation filer (Blog)
New data reveals that while Coach has filed the most US trademark litigation actions over the past nine years, Chanel is a clear leader in terms of bang for their litigation buck. Over that period, the luxury brand was awarded more than $1 billion in damages almost double that of second-place Burberry. While these are headline-grabbing figures, the decade-long downward trend in litigation actions is set to continue, with this year’s filings level expected to hit a nine-year low.
ICANN criticised for “premature” WHOIS data move as more registries reveal GDPR compliance plans (Blog)
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 non-compliance with contractual obligations relating to the handling of registration data. The move has been criticised as a “reactionary” gambit by one leading IP expert.
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.
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.
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.
Australia launches “world first” trademark platform, set to go head to head with service providers (Blog)
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.
New figures released by Nominet reveal that the number of ‘.uk’ domain name suspensions doubled over the last 12 months, with enforcement takedowns topping 16,000. The UK Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has been a major contributor to this rise, accounting for more than 13,500 requests for action.
Seen by senior management as a cost centre, many practitioners toiling in the brand protection trenches struggle to secure funding. However, Ford's brand protection manager, Asia-Pacific, Angela Chen, has told World Trademark Review in an exclusive interview that her team's focus on hard recovery has led to a fundamental shift in perception. She notes that “Ford’s leadership is convinced that brand protection is a great revenue generator”, and has told us how this was achieved.
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