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Jones Day has been named the strongest law firm brand in the United States for the second year running. According to the Acritas US Law Firm Brand Index 2018, Jones Day extended its lead in the table, while second place Skadden strengthened its brand over the past year. Bubbling below the surface, though, is the rising threat to traditional law firms from alternative legal service brands.
Online and media criticism of a Ram Trucks ad aired during this week’s Super Bowl broadcast continues to rumble on. For its part, parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has stood its ground, noting that the King Estate had given approval of its use of a Martin Luther King Jr sermon. The key question from a brand perspective is whether holding ground in the face of a social media storm is the right approach or whether appeasing critics is the better option.
Just days after California started legally selling recreational marijuana, the Trump administration has signalled a U-turn on the federal marijuana enforcement policy, bringing it into conflict with a number of states. Experts tell World Trademark Review that the move also creates further uncertainty about the prospects for brands in the sector.
World Trademark Review is pleased to unveil the speaking faculty for the second annual Brand Strategy China event, taking place in Shanghai on December 7. Among the confirmed speakers on our high level roster are senior industry leaders from adidas, Chanel, Honeywell, NBC Universal, New Balance and Whirlpool Corporation.
This week the Wall Street Journal reported that luxury brands are demanding a firmer commitment from Amazon to police counterfeits on the platform, with talks between the e-commerce giant and Swatch breaking down over Amazon's unwillingness to do more. While the call for increased brand protection mechanisms is persistent, for some luxury brands the decision not to utilise the platform is a wider strategic one, rather than specifically tied to anti-counterfeiting programmes.
A press release issued today has announced that Kering and Alibaba Group have signed a “landmark agreement” to cooperate in the protection of intellectual property and engage in joint enforcement activities. The shock move, by an organisation that has been highly critical of the e-commerce giant, brings to an end Kering’s headline-grabbing lawsuit against the Chinese company.
From taskforces to formal codes of conduct: how Lacoste, AIG and Intel manage internal trademark positioning
Building an understanding and appreciation of trademarks across the corporate structure is a significant challenge for many corporate counsel. However, it isn’t an impossible mission and a number of this year’s WTR Awards winners have expanded on how the legal function in their organisation has been positioned as a meaningful business partner rather than remaining in a legal silo.
It has been reported that Nike is preparing to sell products directly through Amazon.com for the first time, utilising the latter’s new brand registry offering. As well as representing a potential commercial win for both companies, the move could highlight the benefits of the e-commerce giant’s new programme for brands fighting the spectre of counterfeit goods on the platform.
As the trademark budget squeeze continues, get the inside track on maximising efficiencies and protection levels
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the third annual Managing Trademark Assets. Held in Chicago on October 17, the event will drill down into the cost-effective management and communication of international portfolios. The focus comes against a backdrop of continued budget cuts for many corporate trademark counsel.
Sharp Corporation has initiated an unfair competition lawsuit against Chinese brand licensee Hisense, which produces and markets Sharp branded televisions in the Americas. A rare instance of a brand rather than patents taking centre stage in a tussle between tech giants, the dispute also highlights the delicate balancing act that must be walked when initiating an action that could harm brand reputation.
adidas, Amazon and Apple team members head up list of the world’s leading corporate trademark professionals
Last week, World Trademark Review published the WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals. The list was generated from a community-led research project designed to identify the individuals deemed to be the leading lights of the industry. Among the companies with the most trademark team members included are adidas, Amazon, Apple, Google, Mars, Red Bull and Sky.
Trademarks on the silver screen, CPA’s busy summer and ‘.sucks’ in the trademark family: INTA 2017 day three report
For many INTA 2017 Annual Meeting delegates, the busiest days are over and the end is in sight; but determined not to let the long days and nights wear us down, the World Trademark Review editorial team of Trevor Little, Joff Wild and Tim Lince have been running between sessions, meetings and receptions with a few stops for coffee along the way to bring you the latest stories and insights from Tuesday’s proceedings.
Often the busiest day for attendees, the Monday of the INTA Annual Meeting usually features a full schedule of meetings, sessions, table topics and receptions reaching a crescendo that often goes into the early hours of Tuesday. Trying to keep up with the rapid pace of activities, the World Trademark Review editorial team of Trevor Little, Joff Wild and Tim Lince report on the action.
The World Trademark Review team has arrived in Barcelona for this year’s Annual Meeting. If you are in town, then visit us in the exhibition hall at stands C67-C68 to meet the team and pick up some of our latest publications (while stocks last).
Last week, World Trademark Review hosted the Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle Europe conference in Munich. Much of the discussion on the day focused on how trademark teams can ensure that relationships across the corporate enterprise are meaningful and cooperative, rather than conflictive or inefficient. And, of course, juggling budgets to accommodate such efforts was a recurring conversation point.
Publicising ‘aggressive’ trademark enforcement; HomeVestors reveals motivation behind unusual PR move
In a press release issued last week, HomeVestors of America highlighted the range of legal actions it initiated in 2016 and pointed to its growing reputation for aggressive trademark enforcement. For many companies, the ‘aggressive’ label is one to be avoided so World Trademark Review reached out to obtain insight into the business motivations for shouting about its willingness to litigate.
Keep it simple, stupid: study reveals how simplicity boosts customer affinity and economic performance
New research from brand consultancy Siegel+Gale has analysed nearly 900 brands to create a ranking of those which succeed due to brand promise simplicity. While the survey found that consumers are more willing to pay a premium for goods and services from companies that boast a simple brand promise, achieving simplicity remains an uphill battle for many brands.
The introduction of a bill in the California legislature, which seeks to create the ability to secure state-level trademark protection for cannabis products, has led to a wave of media reports highlighting the challenges facing the marijuana industry. Crucially, it also shines a light on the potential role that state-based registrations can play.
Brand owners are losing the battle against typosquatters; study highlights tactics that could be effective
New research has found that typosquatters are becoming increasingly adept at securing the most valuable brand-related domains, with the authors suggesting that many brands “do not know which domains they should target for reclaim”.
Record-breaking year confirms financial payback of strong brands, even if counsel don’t get the credit they deserve
Heinz’s $41.3 billion acquisition of the Kraft Foods portfolio has been identified as a record-setting brand-based transaction, dwarfing the previous biggest acquisition, Procter & Gamble’s $25.5 billion takeover of Gillette in 2005. Analysis of the most expensive brands that changed hands in 2015 further suggests that big ticket, brand-backed deals could be back after a post-recession lull.
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