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USPTO seeks greater cooperation with the Department of Justice in fight against fraudulent solicitation scammers
US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Trademark Commissioner Mary Boney Denison has expanded on the office’s proactive efforts to clamp down on fraudulent and misleading trademark solicitation campaigns. Offering assurances that the matter is being dealt with as a priority, she disclosed plans to have USPTO staff members placed in the Department of Justice to aid prosecution efforts.
Tobacco industry’s revolution thriving brands, new products and shifting markets: exclusive data analysis
In this week’s World Trademark Review industry report, we shine a light on trends in the tobacco sector, reviewing the performance of the top brands in the field and analysing the broader trademark landscape in which they operate. We also reveal how brands are adapting their filing strategies in the face of political and societal challenges, such as the rise in vaping and the spread of plain packaging.
Preparing for Brexit, working with competitors and trademark challenges following a Trump tweet: dispatches from Managing Trademark Assets 2017
Our latest event Managing Trademark Assets, which took place in Chicago last week, was focused around the theme of cost-effective management and communication of international portfolios. In this article we present just a few of the practical takeaways and discussion points from the day, including how to approach crisis communications and the creative tactics that can be employed to foster a cross-enterprise understanding of trademarks.
Mexico shows robust filing figures, as services overtake goods for first time: exclusive data analysis
In World Trademark Review’s latest country data report, we take a look at Mexico and how brands fare in the country. We will be examining key filing statistics, the top industries and the performance of the Mexican trademark office to determine areas of opportunity and risk.
As remarkable growth of sports industry continues, exclusive data analysis reveals the key trademark trends
From today, World Trademark Review will be producing a new series of industry-specific data reports. We will be looking at a select industry’s performance in recent years and its outlook for the future, consider key areas of concern and opportunities, and provide insight into the trademark and brand-related activities of the leading companies in the field. We start with a deep dive into sports and sporting goods.
In the first of a new series of country data reports from World Trademark Review, we identify the key trademark trends in the Korean market, consider where filing business is emanating from and highlight the performance of leading domestic brands.
Jamie Oliver dispute highlights certification risks; experts say new EU right creates opportunities for canny brands
British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver hit the headlines this week when his online recipes were accused of infringing a US gluten-free certification mark. The lawsuit coincides with the recent introduction of EU certification rights. While an increased risk of similar infringement suits could stir up concern among European brands, lawyers are confident that the opportunities offered by the new EU marks far outweigh the risks.
“Super classy” Netflix cease-and-desist letter shows how to boost goodwill while tackling infringement
A cease-and-desist letter sent by Netflix to a bar that was using its trademark without permission has drawn effusive praise from online media outlets. The streaming service adopted a good-humoured approach and, in doing so, has shown how large brands can avoid accusations of trademark bullying when enforcing their rights.
From taskforces to formal codes of conduct: how Lacoste, AIG and Intel manage internal trademark positioning
Building an understanding and appreciation of trademarks across the corporate structure is a significant challenge for many corporate counsel. However, it isn’t an impossible mission and a number of this year’s WTR Awards winners have expanded on how the legal function in their organisation has been positioned as a meaningful business partner rather than remaining in a legal silo.
A new report has revealed that, while Apple ranks as the leading company in terms of intangible value (including brands and trademarks), it drops out of the top 100 entirely when only disclosed intangible value is assessed, with AT&T taking the number one spot. This disparity has led to calls for a “reporting revolution”, in which companies would be required to disclose their opinion of the fair value of key intangible assets. Should this become a reality, it could have a significant impact on trademark practice.
Manchester United crowned champions of trademark Premier League; expert warns football clubs “missing huge opportunities” to capitalise on brands
New research conducted by World Trademark Review reveals that, for the second year in a row, Manchester United has the most registered trademarks of any club in the English Premier League although champions Chelsea are not far behind. However, one leading industry commentator has warned that most clubs do not make effective use of their lucrative brand assets.
As mysterious Gleissner trademark portfolio grows, insider denies “far-fetched” claim of link to domain acquisitions
Over six months after our original reporting into the vast trademark and domain portfolio of entertainment magnate Michael Gleissner, his attorneys are continuing their prolific filing activity. While industry experts speculate that the mysterious filings could be linked to acquiring lucrative domain names, a source related to one of Gleissner’s companies tells World Trademark Review that this claim is “far-fetched” and “gross” and reveals an unusual business strategy involving the ‘farming’ of brands.
Last year was another busy one in terms of trademark strategy news, and the world’s largest and fastest-developing regional market was often at the centre of it all. World Trademark Review presents a retrospective on some of the key trademark and brand management developments in Asia-Pacific jurisdictions during 2016.
Trademark implications of Brexit, Trump and Samsung Note 7 crisis feature in our most-read list of 2016
As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the blogs which received the most reads in the past 12 months. Our list includes the brand value hit of Samsung’s Note 7 crisis, Alibaba’s spat with Chinese ecommerce rival JD.com and trademark applications attempting to commercialise the Panama Papers, Brexit and the once-popular ‘meme’ Be Like Bill.
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.
YouTuber pushes FixTheFakes campaign to highlight issue of copycat channels; urges ‘crowdsourced reporting’
Popular YouTube user Thinknoodles, who has over 1.7 million subscribers, has spoken out over the perceived inadequacy of brand protection measures available for YouTube channels, hitting out at this week’s decision to modify the site's ‘verified’ tick. He contends that the most popular channels face a significant challenge in tackling copycat accounts, and that a crowdsourced effort may streamline this burdensome process.
This has been arguably the most difficult month in Samsung’s history, with the South Korean tech giant left reeling from worldwide reports of battery failures and fires caused by its flagship Galaxy Note 7 device. A crisis expert suggests that its “speed over diligence” response to the situation was dire, putting “the entire brand” in the court of public opinion and it could have a long way to go to restore trust among consumers.
With the event just one week away, World Trademark Review is pleased to present the session-by-session speaking faculty for Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle 2016. A handful of delegate places remain for next week’s high-level interactive conference, which focuses on practical strategies for the maximisation of the value that resides in, and revenues derived from, strong brands. Make sure you reserve your place now before it's too late.
A recent report has highlighted the prevalence of SMiShing (SMS phishing) attacks, with a third of consumers reporting that they had received messages trying to trick them into disclosing personal information. Patrick M Flaherty, assistant general counsel, marketing, IP and digital media law and policy, at Verizon, tells World Trademark Review that text phishing is on the up, but imparts some practical pointers for brand owners seeking to combat such fraud.
Foxconn’s $3.5 billion acquisition of a majority stake in Sharp, which was completed last month, marked what is presumably the largest foreign takeover of a Japanese company yet. And with the Taiwanese outfit’s installation of one of its own team as CEO, Sharp’s brand strategy appears to be heading in a new direction.
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