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Rights holders shouldn’t hold their breath over significant progress on Asia-Pacific trademark protection
Improvement of the regional trademark protection landscape was a key discussion point during the 13th China-ASEAN Expo, which draws to a close today in the Chinese city of Nanning. But in spite of the promising overtures from registration and enforcement agencies, heightened geopolitical tensions could hinder any attempts at progress.
ICANN report says “little benefit” in extending gTLD protection mechanisms, despite lack of trademark owner engagement
ICANN has released a draft report on the efficacy of the Trademark Clearinghouse and rights protection mechanisms that suggests that there is little evidence to support an expansion of rights protection mechanisms but the level of input from trademark owners may lead to questions over the findings’ usefulness in ICANN’s future policymaking.
Asian and South American netizens have highest awareness of new gTLDs but uptake is another question
ICANN recently published the findings of its latest Global Consumer Research Survey, aimed at measuring the progress of the new gTLD landscape. The findings highlight an encouraging trend in terms of awareness of new gTLDs particularly in regions where internet use is growing most rapidly. But the evidence of new gTLDs as a web navigation tool is disappointing.
Around 75% of consumers around the world consider geographical origin to be the most important driver in their purchase decisions, or at least as important as other factors, according to recent research from Nielsen. The findings point to the increasingly prominent role that geographical indications can play in companies’ IP portfolios.
Recently compiled data from analytics site ntldstats.com has revealed that a staggering 53.4% of all domain registrations in new gTLD strings have their origin in China. The registration numbers are likely to come as an expected, and unwelcome, development for trademark counsel, who could be bracing themselves for a spike in cybersquatting. There is likely more to the picture, however.
Apple recently removed Magic AdBlock, a program used to block and filter online advertisements, from its App Store after receiving a complaint of trademark infringement from the producers of rival software AdBlock Plus. The dispute underlines the often crucial role that branding and trademarks can play in open source projects where patent and copyright protection is absent.
Leading officials of the trademark issuing authorities of India and Mexico have offered a riposte to recent criticisms levelled at their offices.
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.
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.
Versace is to launch a range of products inspired by knock-off versions of the Italian company’s designs. While the fashion house is keen to portray the collection as highlighting the issue of counterfeits, it waits to be seen whether the impact on anti-counterfeiting efforts proves to be positive or negative.
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.
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.
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 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.
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’
Colombia, Mexico and New Zealand acceded to the Madrid system in the 12 months that have passed since last year’s INTA meeting in Washington DC. WTR spoke to the heads of the three countries’ IP offices to find out how the change has impacted on trademark practice.
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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