Blog results - found 1,998
Boycotts, backlashes and Russian bots: Keurig crisis highlights challenge for brands in politically partisan times (Blog)
It has been a particularly tumultuous week for coffee maker Keurig, with the hashtag BoycottKeurig trending on social media following the company’s public declaration that it was pulling advertising linked to a right-wing news pundit. As one expert tells us, the week’s events highlight the challenge that brands face at a time when partisan tensions are at an all-time high.
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.
“The results were mind-blowing”: study reveals widespread problem of domain name combosquatting (Blog)
Recent research has provided new insights into the little-understood phenomenon of domain name ‘combosquatting’. Revealing that the scale of the problem is far greater than previously imagined, the study is a wake-up call for online brands that see their trademarks being used to lure internet users to malicious websites. As well as underscoring the difficulties with tackling these activities, the study’s authors have hinted at some of the possible responses that brand owners might adopt.
The Slants trademark registered, fake poppies seized and Jared Kushner visits notorious Silk Street Market: news round-up (Blog)
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In the latest edition, we look at video game developer Activision being sued for its use of humvees in Call of Duty games, Qatar launching an electronic trademark registration system and an artist causing a stir by selling a fully-functional toilet made of authentic Louis Vuitton bags.
A paper analysing the value of brands has recently been updated to explore in more detail the effect of trademark protection on a company’s profitability and innovation. It reveals the link between greater trademark protection and increased profits, and is a reminder of the tangible financial rewards of effective brand protection.
Major disruptions in the insurance sector and how brand strategies must evolve: exclusive data analysis (Blog)
In World Trademark Review’s latest industry report, we turn to the insurance sector which is undergoing an incipient transformation that could present significant risks and opportunities. We analyse how the leading brands in this space have performed and how trademark strategies are adapting in light of increased regulation, slow economic growth and the upsurge of new technologies.
China pledges IP cooperation, Kanye West trademark fuels rumours, takeaways from INTA Leadership Meeting: news round-up (Blog)
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at some takeaways from the recent International Trademark Association Leadership Meeting, China’s latest pledge to increase cooperation over IP rights and a tense trademark dispute over honey.
US trademark filings from China soar, but law firms struggle to capitalise amid warnings of suspicious activity (Blog)
New data obtained by World Trademark Review has revealed a startling increase in trademark applications at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that originate in China. Despite this influx of new filings, our investigation highlights how new Chinese applicants are bypassing traditional law firms, with smaller organisations responsible for thousands of applications. The USPTO’s trademark commissioner also notes a “dramatic increase” in illegitimate Chinese filings this year with urgent calls for the office to take action against this “pervasive” problem.
Nominations have been flowing since World Trademark Review launched our annual search for the world’s best corporate trademark professionals at the end of September. There is still time to nominate an in-house team or individual before the process ends on December 8 2017.
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.
The 2018 rankings tables for the WTR 1000 are now available to WTR subscribers. This exclusive early access provides a unique first look at the leading trademark legal service providers from more than 70 jurisdictions.
Canada’s proposed Child Health Protection Act is making its way through the country’s legislative process. Outlawing the marketing of unhealthy foods to children, it could have a significant impact on the use of food and beverage trademarks. Although the bill exempts affected trademarks from cancellation through non-use, there are fears that it will create a new class of brands deemed to be “in limbo”.
81% of consumers believe “branding on products matters”, as Canadian scepticism of plain packaging highlighted (Blog)
New research has revealed that eight out of 10 Canadian consumers believe that “branding on products matters” because it provides information and distinguishes goods from one another. The study also suggests that Canadians are sceptical about the introduction of standardised packaging for both tobacco and marijuana products although the government’s consultation paints a different picture of public opinion on the measure.
USPTO unveils pilot programme, Nike logo implicated in Paradise Papers leak and EUIPO grants BREXIT trademark: news round-up (Blog)
In the latest news round-up, we look at a new pilot programme launched by the US Patent and Trademark Office, the IP attorney seeking to be Virginia’s next governor, the launch of the world’s first automated trademark assistant and how Nike’s ‘swoosh’ logo has been implicated in this week’s Paradise Papers leak.
EU/US disagreements highlighted as USPTO rejects inclusion of intellectual property in Hague Convention (Blog)
The US Patent and Trademark Office has used the recent quarterly meeting of its Trademark Public Advisory Committee to announce its opposition to the inclusion of IP law in the proposed Hague Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments. The newly-announced position brings the office into conflict with the European Union on an issue which is proving to be divisive in the IP community.
Russia’s trademark landscape buoyant despite economic and political woes: exclusive data analysis (Blog)
In this week’s country data report we turn our attention to Russia, analysing the country’s most important industries, key filing statistics and how its brands have fared against the backdrop of a troubled economy and increasingly tense political climate.
Comic Con battle escalates, UK opposition levels jump and tomorrow’s trademark leaders: news round-up (Blog)
In our latest news round-up we report on the escalation of a Comic Con trademark spat into a free speech row, the unveiling of trademark industry leaders, the formation of a new Argentinian law firm and how North Korea is working towards the establishment of “world-class” consumer brands.
Thousands more trademarks linked to Michael Gleissner unearthed; leading in-house lawyer calls for action (Blog)
An expanded investigation by World Trademark Review can reveal nearly 2,000 more trademarks linked to entrepreneur and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner. The total now spans over 4,400 marks across 38 jurisdictions worldwide. As the scope of Gleissner’s extensive filing operation widens, a leading in-house lawyer has called on IP bodies to offer guidance to brand owners affected by this unprecedented activity and to consider whether any action should be taken in response.
Heather Forrest has been elected as chair of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ Generic Names Supporting Organisation Council, the first time that an IP Constituency councillor has taken on the role.
Appeals court strikes blow for London Taxi Company; decision highlights challenge facing shape mark applicants (Blog)
The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has backed a High Court of Justice finding that the three-dimensional shapes of particular models of taxi were invalid and therefore not infringed by the manufacturer of the Beardmore, Oxford and Metrocab models of London taxi. One leading industry commentator noted that the decision “is a further example of the difficulties faced by applicants for ‘shape’ trademarks in demonstrating distinctive character”.
Register for more free content
- Read more World Trademark Review blogs and articles
- Receive the editor's weekly review by email