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Tam’s trademark delivery, Tequila sweatshirts and a collective noun for IP lawyers: INTA 2018 standout moments
On Tuesday evening the WTR Industry Awards celebrated another year of excellence in corporate trademark practice. While we are in the awards mood, we thought we should recognise the standout moments and individuals from this year’s INTA Annual Meeting.
Following an exclusive champagne reception and presentations at the Seattle Art Museum, World Trademark Review is delighted to reveal the winners at this year’s WTR Industry Awards. Among those honoured were teams and professionals from Apple, Amazon, Expedia, Google, Harley-Davidson, Netflix, Sandoz International, Superdry and Velcro Companies.
The INTA Board of Directors recently approved the creation of a Brand Value Special Task Force. To get the inside track on this new initiative, and explore how brand owners will benefit, we sat down with co-chair Heather Steinmeyer.
With the 2018 INTA Annual Meeting in Seattle now in full flow, it’s time to take a deep-dive into the numbers. Will this year’s meeting be the biggest ever in terms of attendance? How many of the world’s leading brands are represented? We dig into the data to find out.
The World Trademark Review team has arrived in Seattle for the 2018 Annual Meeting. If you are in town, then visit us in the exhibition hall at stand 213 to meet us, demo the World Trademark Review platform and pick up some of our latest publications.
Released today, Apple, Mars and Procter & Gamble head up the 2018 edition of the WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals. Now in its second edition, this community-led research project identifies the individuals deemed to be the leading lights of the corporate trademark world.
Based on extensive first-hand experience, Seattle-based trademark experts both working in corporate departments and at law firms give us the inside track on what to do, see, eat and drink while visiting the Emerald City for this year’s INTA Annual Meeting.
New research from CompuMark reveals that the number of Chinese trademark applications to foreign registers has doubled over the past two years, with Huawei Technologies leading the charge. As a result, the report predicts that China could overtake the US as the world’s leading source of foreign trademark applications by 2020.
ICANN has published its Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data in a bid to ensure WHOIS compliance with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, while maintaining the existing WHOIS system to the greatest extent possible. Subject to further revision prior to a board vote, the model proposes the establishment of a mechanism to allow contact with domain name registrants while cloaking their identity.
Analysis of the latest data from Lex Machina suggests that US trademark litigation filing numbers will be flat in 2018 potentially ending a four-year decline. As to the most popular venue for litigation and the go-to law firms so far in 2018, familiar names abound.
In a much-delayed decision, an appeal against the refusal of a Class 32 UK application for BREXIT has been dismissed. Notably, the decision contrasts with a recent EUIPO board of appeals decision, which gave the green light for a BREXIT mark; the appointed person stated that he did not find the reasoning in the latter case persuasive.
Google’s ‘.app' TLD exited sunrise yesterday, with registrations powering past the 3,000 mark. While a majority of the world’s most valuable brands have registered their names in the string, a number of international powerhouses appear to have chosen not to.
One of the feature-length analysis articles in the latest issue of World Trademark Review focuses on the UDRP, concentrating on the debate over reverse domain name hijacking. Reflecting on the chasm that often exists between the domain and brand owner communities on this issue, the author calls for “a healthy and even-handed debate” over the future of the UDRP.
Private practice perspectives on diversity: “We must push forward in the name of achieving greater equality”
Law firm professionals reflect on the theme of this year’s World IP Day, which highlights the ingenuity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world.
In-house perspectives on diversity in the trademark industry: “All of us in this field need to do more”
The theme of today’s World IP Day is ‘Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity’. In the first of a two-part piece, corporate trademark professionals reflect on the topic of the day.
This week ICANN representatives met with the Article 29 Working Party (WP29), seeking clarity over the future of WHOIS in light of the GDPR. With the enforcement date of May 25 fast approaching and registries rolling out different policies in a bid to be compliant, the US government and INTA have expanded on their concerns with the WP29 guidance with the latter warning that “a WHOIS blackout on May 25 will result in a field day for bad actors to purchase and misuse domain names at the public’s expense”.
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 and SVP for Com Laude for the USA. With the former’s initial report imminent, he confirms that the recommendation will be that the next new gTLDs application window be formatted as a “round”, and identifies the key issues that brand owners need to be alive to.
adidas takes anti-counterfeiting fight to Instagram sellers, highlights enforcement challenge faced by brands
In a lawsuit filed last week on behalf of adidas and Reebok International in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the sports brands took aim at 53 sellers of alleged counterfeit goods on social media and e-commerce sites (ie, eBay.com, Bonanza.com, iOffer.com and Instagram.com). For those not yet monitoring the platform, the action provides a reminder that Instagram should be a part of policing strategies.
The Article 29 Data Protection Working Party has written to ICANN to provide guidance on its proposed interim model for ensuring that the treatment of WHOIS data is compliant with the GDPR. While welcoming ICANN’s efforts to date, it raised a number of concerns with the proposed approach and did not address the request for a moratorium on enforcement.
In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, the general manager of IP Australia’s innovation and technology group, Rob Bollard, expands on how the office’s digital transformation will help users and reveals that the organisation is exploring the establishment of a Centre of Excellence to encourage intangible asset lending in Australia.
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