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As the year draws to a close, World Trademark Review has decided to take a look back and identify the trademark personalities that have had a significant impact in 2017. Be it those who dominated the news agenda, influenced public dialogue or raised the profile of trademarks (for good or bad), a whole host of personalities both individuals and entities have hit the headlines this year.
With Black Friday in full swing, exclusive research reveals brand protection gaps in new gTLDs (Blog)
While consumers enjoy the low prices offered on Black Friday, the sales period is a significant challenge for trademark practitioners especially for protecting shoppers from online scams. Exclusive research looks at how well-known fashion and retail brands have utilised (or not) key new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), including ‘.blackfriday’ and ‘.shop’. We find that few brands are taking advantage of new gTLDs for marketing purposes and, unsurprisingly, numerous examples of cybersquatting and unusual examples of brand hijackings.
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.
Velcro’s anti-genericide song is big, bold and brash but critics question whether it will actually be effective (Blog)
The legal team at Velcro Companies will be patting itself on the back today as its marketing campaign to educate the public about the proper use of its trademark went viral overnight. Response to the song has been mixed, with some commentators sceptical that it will actually lead to a change in behaviour. Nonetheless, it has raised awareness of an issue that Velcro has been grappling with for a number of years.
American typo: how Trump’s COVFEFE Twitter error inspired dozens of trademarks and product launches (Blog)
When US president Donald Trump mistakenly posted the typo ‘covfefe’ on Twitter in May, it quickly went viral and led to over 50 trademark filings across the globe. In the months since, a number of those applications have reached registration, with one applicant telling World Trademark Review that he is confident a brand name featuring the seven-letter misspelling will be a catalyst for business success.
Lawyer suggests trademark law be used “as a weapon against neo-Nazis” following misuse of Detroit Red Wings brand in Charlottesville (Blog)
A leading litigator at Florida firm Johnson Pope has spoken out about how trademark law can be used “as a weapon” against the misuse of brands by hate groups. This follows global media coverage of white supremacists using the branding of the Detroit Red Wings during recent protests in Charlottesville, with the hockey club forced to issue a statement to clarify that it was not associated with the protesters.
More brands should convey political values and take a stand on divisive issues, research suggests (Blog)
A new research paper by an academic at the University of North Carolina School of Law has proposed that rights holders conceptualise trademarks “as a frontier for social entrepreneurship”. The research finds that in an environment of increasing political and media distrust, brands could fill that void and provide consumers with “authenticity and enduring values”, but must also weigh up the risks of taking certain divisive positions.
As mysterious Gleissner trademark portfolio grows, insider denies “far-fetched” claim of link to domain acquisitions (Blog)
Over six months after our original reporting into the vast trademark and domain portfolio of entertainment magnate Michael Gleissner, his attorneys are continuing their prolific filing activity. While industry experts speculate that the mysterious filings could be linked to acquiring lucrative domain names, a source related to one of Gleissner’s companies tells World Trademark Review that this claim is “far-fetched” and “gross” and reveals an unusual business strategy involving the ‘farming’ of brands.
Survey reveals few indie game developers seek trademark protection; law firms urged to show door is open (Blog)
A poll conducted by World Trademark Review at gaming conference EGX Rezzed last week suggests only a small percentage of independent video game developers consider registered trademark protection during the process of releasing a game. While various reasons were stated, one repeatedly brought up was the daunting prospect of approaching a law firm, with a more bespoke approach suggested in a bid to benefit both communities.
Rise of the Instagram counterfeit educators: Yeezy Busta on exposing celebrities for wearing fakes and why brands should hook up with influencers (Blog)
A new generation of anti-counterfeiting advocates are spreading the word about fake goods on social media, often gaining hundreds of thousands of followers in the process. One of the most respected in this fledgling scene, Yeezy Busta, has spoken to World Trademark Review about the support he’s received from adidas and the need for high-profile brands to work with influencers to “make wearing fakes socially unacceptable”.
Companies must shore up their social media defences in light of Donald Trump’s targeting of brands (Blog)
Protecting brand reputation and managing the possible legal fallout from crisis situations are some of the main responsibilities of an in-house trademark department. One recent element that has created headaches for numerous brands in that regard is the tweeting habit of US president-elect Donald Trump, and specifically his regular calling out of companies and brands. As he prepares to take office on January 20, we take a look at how brands can react should they be the unwitting target of a Trump Twitter tirade.
Trademark implications of Brexit, Trump and Samsung Note 7 crisis feature in our most-read list of 2016 (Blog)
As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the blogs which received the most reads in the past 12 months. Our list includes the brand value hit of Samsung’s Note 7 crisis, Alibaba’s spat with Chinese ecommerce rival JD.com and trademark applications attempting to commercialise the Panama Papers, Brexit and the once-popular ‘meme’ Be Like Bill.
Trademark filings in Kurdistan have been suspended until further notice due to “administrative and management issues” at the office, World Trademark Review understands. Those seeking to secure registrations that cover the entirety of Iraq which has had two self-autonomous trademark offices since 2011 will likely have to wait until early next year for operations to resume. The development could cause headaches for brand owners seeking to enforce rights in the region, including US president-elect Donald Trump, with a ‘Trump Fish’ restaurant recently opening in the Iraqi city of Duhok.
Health insurance giant reveals why cybersecurity response planning is critical to retain brand value after hack (Blog)
A legal representative from one of the largest health insurance companies in the United States has claimed that it is “no longer if, but when” a company will face a hacking incident. At INTA's Digital World Conference, Heather C Steinmeyer, managing associate general counsel at Anthem Inc, went on to reveal that responding to a cyber-breach effectively is the only way to ensure brand value is not significantly affected long term.
Eyewear giant Specsavers has successfully secured registered trademark protection on the term SHOULD’VE, a shortened version of its well-known tagline ‘Should’ve gone to Specsavers’. The initial application at the UK Intellectual Property Office spurred negative media reaction earlier this year, with reports claiming that it demonstrates the overreach of trademark law. However, in exclusive comments to World Trademark Review, Antony Douglass, principal IP counsel at Specsavers, has hit out at the “inaccurate commentary” surrounding the mark.
Following an investigation by World Trademark Review, leading crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has been labelled “a treasure trove of product designs for would-be counterfeiters and copycats” by a brand protection expert. The investigation found that countless popular crowdfunding projects are being copied and sold on major online marketplaces often before the legitimate product is available to buy.
YouTuber pushes FixTheFakes campaign to highlight issue of copycat channels; urges ‘crowdsourced reporting’ (Blog)
Popular YouTube user Thinknoodles, who has over 1.7 million subscribers, has spoken out over the perceived inadequacy of brand protection measures available for YouTube channels, hitting out at this week’s decision to modify the site's ‘verified’ tick. He contends that the most popular channels face a significant challenge in tackling copycat accounts, and that a crowdsourced effort may streamline this burdensome process.
Samsung committed the “cardinal sin of crisis management” now trust in its entire brand is at risk (Blog)
This has been arguably the most difficult month in Samsung’s history, with the South Korean tech giant left reeling from worldwide reports of battery failures and fires caused by its flagship Galaxy Note 7 device. A crisis expert suggests that its “speed over diligence” response to the situation was dire, putting “the entire brand” in the court of public opinion and it could have a long way to go to restore trust among consumers.
Online communities of so-called ‘alt right’ internet users have developed code words to hide bigoted slurs on social media in a bid to avoid perceived censorship. The code uses high-profile brand names, including Google, Yahoo and Skype, to substitute for offensive words to describe ethnic groups including African Americans, Mexicans and Jews. World Trademark Review has spoken to experts about what the affected brand owners can do but in terms of legal remedies, the options appear to be limited.
IP industry maverick Erich Spangenberg, once dubbed the “most notorious patent troll in America”, has told World Trademark Review about the “opportunity” he now sees in trademarks, and to expect Marathon Patent Group to make future investments in the space. His comments follow a recent ‘David versus Goliath’ trademark opposition spat that he advised on, which resulted in a “rare” worldwide co-existence agreement.
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