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The London office of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) a general practice firm with top-rated trademark credentials, previously touted as “the first global law firm headquartered in Asia” entered administration this week. In the aftermath of what is reported to be the largest ever law firm collapse in the UK, KWM has established a new business to maintain a strategic presence in Europe.
Head & Shoulders dispute suggests that increasingly sophisticated counterfeits are entering the supply chain without detection
Procter & Gamble recently filed suit against UK discount store chain Poundstretcher, alleging that the retailer has infringed its trademarks by selling counterfeit P&G-branded products. The case provides useful insights into what can happen when counterfeits make their way into the supply chain.
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.
The Group’s 2012 Social Media Index sheds new light on the shifting social media strategies of FTSE 100 companies. The index suggests that publicly-traded companies are increasingly realising the potential of using social media tools to manage their corporate reputations but an effective strategy requires a hands-on approach.
There is more to the new coffee shop chain Harris + Hoole (H+H) than meets the eye. At first glance it appears to be an independent concern. In reality, H+H is part-owned by Tesco. While the creation of a seemingly ‘independent’ brand could pay dividends for the world’s third-largest retailer, it can also put brand equity at risk.
Last week, Sky News reported that a portfolio of trademarks and other IP rights relating to the term ‘man of the match’ had been sold at auction for an undisclosed fee to an anonymous bidder. While the sale of the rights to a slogan familiar to sports fans around the world has attracted a modicum of mainstream press interest, it also resurrects a key question for trademark owners and practitioners: will trademark auctions be the next big thing or are they just a flash in the pan?
A recent article in the UK’s Daily Telegraph shone a light onto the seemingly recession-proof performance of fixed-price budget chains, including Poundland. One way in which it pulls in the punters is by marketing so-called ‘phantom brands’ to create a more appealing shopping experience. Other retailers have also deployed phantom brands to increase market share setting alarm bells ringing for name-brand owners already facing massive competition from supermarkets.
Two years ago WTR considered the role the trademark team could play in managing BP’s corporate reputation in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. A new study suggests that the company has made positive progress over the past 24 months, with the key takeaway being that sometimes actions speak louder than a managed message.
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