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Recent research suggests that online travel agencies are progressively bidding on internet search keywords that incorporate terms trademarked by hotel chains. The findings highlight the pressure on brand owners to monitor increasing online uses of their trademarked terms by third parties.
Pakistan-based online B2B trading platform TradeKey has been found liable for contributory trademark counterfeiting by a California federal court in a case brought by Swiss luxury brand owner Richemont. The court’s decision which includes a permanent injunction against TradeKey illustrates how brand owners can hold overseas-based e-commerce sites accountable for selling fake goods.
Experts highlighted opportunities and trends in brand licensing in the fashion industry during a session at this week’s Brand Licensing Europe convention in London. The insights shared during the session provide some helpful brand strategy pointers for trademark counsel.
Data shared at last week’s Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) annual meeting in Boston suggests that too few trademark owners are contributing to a united front against counterfeiting.
The Australian trademarks registrar has rejected Melbourne-based microbrewer Thunder Road Brewery’s attempt to wrest control of several heritage beer brands from Carlton & United Brewers (CUB). CUB’s success demonstrates the importance of having a trademark strategy that is fully aligned with the business’ overall commercial objectives.
India's Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion has clarified the government’s position with regard to foreign single-brand retailers’ sale of ‘sub-brands’. Brand owners expanding their presence in India after the relaxation of foreign direct investment rules should review their trademark strategies to ensure they have adequate protection in place to meet this requirement.
Recent research from the Luxury Institute has shed light on the attitudes of affluent consumers towards collaborations between high-end brands. While research participants indicated that they place high value on brand partnerships, they also emphasised the risk of brand dilution. The findings reiterate the key role for trademark counsel in joining forces with third-party brands.
The UK IP Bill proposed legislation that would introduce criminal sanctions for infringement of industrial design rights was passed yesterday by the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the UK Parliament. However, the potential criminalisation of certain instances of designs infringement has met with criticism from some sections of the IP community.
A start-up law firm in the US state of Minnesota is taking legal action against a non-profit organisation that had earlier claimed the legal practice infringed its trademark rights and accusing it of bullying. At a time when lawmakers in the state are considering the introduction of litigation to curb overreaching legislation, the dispute highlights some of the complexities surrounding this divisive topic?
A recent study highlights how social media has rapidly increased in importance to the United States’ biggest brand owners in recent years. That can only mean one thing for trademark counsel...
A number of service providers are offering crowdsourcing solutions that allow individuals to report, document and combat counterfeiting in return for rewards. While using the eyes, ears and collective wisdom of the crowd is an innovative approach to anti-counterfeiting, it will need to be backed up by consumer education and engagement if it is to be a game changer.
A recent report estimates that the $13.4 billion Indian franchising industry could grow almost fourfold by 2017. The findings suggest vast opportunities for brand owners to take a stake in the country’s booming consumer market but trademark counsel will have to be vigilant to ensure that brands are protected when entering into franchise relationships.
The ‘cronut’ a cross between a croissant and a doughnut has taken the US patisserie world by storm. The growth in popularity of the pastry has been so rapid that it has already been widely imitated, highlighting the need for a nimble approach to trademark protection early in product development.
A San Francisco start-up is hoping to revolutionise the legal services market by getting lawyers to bid for briefs. The new platform gives early-stage businesses the chance to get top-shelf legal advice at cut prices, with trademarks one area targeted.
License! Global magazine reports that the world’s top 150 brand licensors generated US$230 billion globally in 2012 from retail sales of licensed products, while the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association has found that North American businesses received $4.454 billion in royalties from trademark licensing last year. Such statistics can benefit trademark teams in their efforts to demonstrate corporate value but in-house counsel must also assume a leading role in brand monetisation if they are to do so.
Billabong saw its share price plunge to a record low today after negotiations with two potential buyers failed. But while the company faces an uncertain future, its trademark team is taking the lead on creating corporate value.
As the debate over plain packaging for tobacco products continues, a new medical study has found that tobacco advertising in films is waning. At the same time, screen-time for alcohol brands is on the rise, particularly in films aimed at younger audiences. Will the call for new constraints on advertising for products that harm adolescents be followed by plain packaging and other advertising restrictions in the alcoholic beverages sector?
A third of US consumers would not purchase a branded product if they knew the brand belonged to a Chinese company, a recent survey has found. The findings underline the difficulty that Chinese brand owners face in penetrating the US market so what can be done from a trademark perspective to gain a foothold?
Last night WTR celebrated the sterling work carried out by in-house counsel. While we are in the awards mood, we thought it apt to also recognise the successes that make the INTA Annual Meeting, well, the INTA Annual Meeting. And perhaps a few of the best ‘fails’
There are rumoured to be as many as 12,000 attendees at this year’s INTA and each one of them is certain to have a packed schedule. WTR sat down with Gretchen Testerman, senior corporate counsel at CenturyLink, to find out what an average day-in-the-life of an in-house counsel at INTA is like.
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