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The introduction of a bill in the California legislature, which seeks to create the ability to secure state-level trademark protection for cannabis products, has led to a wave of media reports highlighting the challenges facing the marijuana industry. Crucially, it also shines a light on the potential role that state-based registrations can play.
The 2017 edition of WTR 1000, identifying the world’s leading trademark professionals, now available online (Blog)
The 2017 edition of World Trademark Review 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals is our biggest yet, with 90 country and US state-specific chapters analysing local trademark legal services markets and profiling the firms and individuals singled out as leaders in their respective fields. As such, it serves as the definitive tool for locating high-calibre trademark partners worldwide.
Jo Johnson, a Member of Parliament since 2010, has been confirmed as the new Minister for Intellectual Property. The move comes at a crucial time given uncertainty over the UK’s future intellectual property landscape in the wake of the BREXIT vote making it important that he occupies the role for longer than some of his predecessors.
Corporate and law firm professionals are being invited to participate in the ninth annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey, which measures the pulse of the industry, tracks industry trends and identifies how trademark practice is evolving to counter new threats and exploit new opportunities. Participation in the survey is free of charge and designed to give counsel both in-house and in private practice the opportunity to have their say on the state of the industry.
The USPTO’s Performance and Accountability Report for fiscal year 2016 has revealed that trademark filings rose by 5.2% last year, while the number of trademarks proceeding to registration spiked by almost 10%.
In the largest URS decision to date, the National Arbitration Forum has suspended 474 domains using marks owned by Ashley Furniture Industries. The decision comes at a time when the URS, alongside other rights protection mechanisms, is under review, with brand owners being urged to act now to shape the online enforcement environment of tomorrow.
US government releases national IP strategy; concern over ‘introduction of shadow regulation’ (Blog)
While the community waits to see what impact a Donald Trump presidency has on the IP ecosystem in the US, the US government’s gears are still turning and this week it released the 2017-2019 US Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement. The report signals the key focus areas for federal government agencies over the coming few years. While welcomed by IP stakeholders, there have been accusations that the plan represents an effort to introduce shadow regulation for the online world.
This week, high-level brand protection professionals, investigators, industry specialists and enforcement officials gathered in Shanghai for World Trademark Review's Brand Protection Greater China summit. Across the packed agenda there were a number of critical practical takeaways for those tasked with protecting the integrity of their brands in the region.
The nominations window for the WTR Industry Awards 2017 closes on December 13. Act now to ensure that the leading in-house trademark departments, groups and individuals receive the recognition they deserve.
Intel Security’s McAfee Labs 2017 Threats Predictions Report focuses on the cybersecurity challenges facing all organisations and is important reading for those in the IT sector. However, while not written for a trademark counsel audience, it highlights a number of issues that both mark owners and the law firms that work with them need to be alive to not least attacks that directly erode brand trust.
World Trademark Review is pleased to present the session-by-session speaking faculty for Brand Protection Greater China, which takes place in Shanghai on December 7. A handful of delegate places remain for next week’s high-level interactive event, which has been designed to deliver practical, actionable takeaways for professionals engaged in protection and enforcement activities across the region.
Brand owners are losing the battle against typosquatters; study highlights tactics that could be effective (Blog)
New research has found that typosquatters are becoming increasingly adept at securing the most valuable brand-related domains, with the authors suggesting that many brands “do not know which domains they should target for reclaim”.
The latest available data from Lex Machina estimates that 3,529 trademark litigation suits will be filed in the United States in 2016. If so, the level of filings will be the lowest since 2001. For law firms, competition for the trademark litigation dollar seems set to intensify.
World Trademark Review is currently seeking nominations for the WTR Industry Awards 2017 and there is not long left to recommend the leading in-house trademark departments, groups and individuals for recognition.
Record-breaking year confirms financial payback of strong brands, even if counsel don’t get the credit they deserve (Blog)
Heinz’s $41.3 billion acquisition of the Kraft Foods portfolio has been identified as a record-setting brand-based transaction, dwarfing the previous biggest acquisition, Procter & Gamble’s $25.5 billion takeover of Gillette in 2005. Analysis of the most expensive brands that changed hands in 2015 further suggests that big ticket, brand-backed deals could be back after a post-recession lull.
Lawyer, politician, marketer: the hats corporate counsel must wear as they fight for internal recognition (Blog)
The opening conference session of this week’s International Trademark Association (INTA) Leadership Meeting explored how counsel can bridge the divide that often exists between business units and the legal function in an effort to deepen the understanding of trademarks. It was a timely issue, with INTA currently digesting recommendations on how to bolster the profile and career development of in-house trademark professionals.
ECJ delivers blow to Rubik’s Cube; fears raised that decision paves the way for increased counterfeits (Blog)
The European Court of Justice has handed down its long-awaited decision on the Rubik’s Cube 3D mark, annulling the EU Intellectual Property Office decision which confirmed registration of the shape in question as an EU trademark. The company has characterised today’s decision as “a damaging precedent”; while one legal commentator, who regards the decision as “bad news” for both brand owners and consumers, warns that it could pave the way for an increase in knock-offs and counterfeits on the market.
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce that Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle, our unique forum for trademark professionals to share best practice and cutting-edge strategies for maximising the value that resides in brands, is coming to Europe in 2017.
New research from The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse has revealed the extent of identity squatting targeting this year’s presidential election candidates, as well as members of the US Congress and Senate.
Next week Alibaba is to place virtual reality (VR) technology at the centre of its Singles Day sales drive, the latest in a series of high-profile uses of the technology in China. With the country’s VR industry predicted to be worth Rmb55 billion ($8.14 billion) by 2020, it makes the market one to monitor for counsel concerned over how brands may be used (for good and bad) in the virtual environment.
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