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Most used counterfeit trade routes revealed as pressure on enforcement authorities continues to rise (Blog)
New research has revealed that counterfeiters are using Hong Kong, the United Arab Emirates and Singapore as their main global trading hubs, importing containers of fake goods which are then sent by post or courier in smaller consignments. While providing useful intelligence for rights holders and enforcement officials, the report also highlights a worrying conundrum facing Customs authorities.
“We are the online leader in anti-counterfeiting”: Alibaba’s Jack Ma talks tough as company seeks to woo US SMEs (Blog)
This week Alibaba is hosting a two-day conference designed to highlight to a range of US-based small and medium-sized enterprises the lucrative business opportunities available in China (and how the e-commerce giant can help them tap into the market). In an on-stage interview, executive chairman Jack Ma took the opportunity to talk up the company’s anti-counterfeiting activities. By making brand protection a central part of its pitch to new customers, the responsibility to provide a truly trusted environment is increasing.
A violation of the First Amendment: Supreme Court issues long-awaited decision on disparagement clause (Blog)
The Supreme Court has handed down its long-awaited ruling in Matal v Tam, holding that the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. In a unanimous 8-0 opinion, the court states that “the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate’”. In response, the USPTO has confirmed to World Trademark Review that it plans to "issue further guidance" on how it will affect the examination of applications.
Proposed changes to Singapore’s customs regime could aid counterfeiters “looking for enforcement gaps” (Blog)
Time is running out for rights holders to have their say on proposed changes to the Singaporean customs regime. Designed to increase the country’s attractiveness as a transshipment hub, one industry expert has warned that the proposed amendments to the Customs Act could have the opposite effect, and create enforcement gaps that could be exploited by those engaged in counterfeiting and other illicit activities.
The World Trademark Review Yearbook provides legal professionals worldwide with a simple, easy-to-use guide on the structure of trademark regulations in key jurisdictions across the globe. The 10th edition, which includes an interactive online comparison tool which allows practitioners to directly compare trademark procedures in up to four countries, is now available online.
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 (Blog)
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.
Toll of counterfeiting and piracy predicted to top $2.3 trillion as call made for governments to do more (Blog)
New research estimates that the global economic value of counterfeiting and piracy could reach $2.3 trillion by 2022, with job losses totalling in excess of 5 million. The research provides important data to policymakers. The challenge now is to ensure that they pay heed to it.
This week, high-level brand protection professionals, investigators, industry specialists and enforcement officials gathered in Shanghai for World Trademark Review's Brand Protection Greater China summit. Across the packed agenda there were a number of critical practical takeaways for those tasked with protecting the integrity of their brands in the region.
World Trademark Review is pleased to present the session-by-session speaking faculty for Brand Protection Greater China, which takes place in Shanghai on December 7. A handful of delegate places remain for next week’s high-level interactive event, which has been designed to deliver practical, actionable takeaways for professionals engaged in protection and enforcement activities across the region.
Submissions to the Office of the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) annual request for comments to identify the online and physical markets that should be included in the 2016 Notorious Markets List has seen renewed calls for Alibaba to be relisted. However, the online giant has confirmed the filing of a rebuttal comment, telling World Trademark Review that its submission describes its steadfast efforts to fight counterfeiters online.
Major new research project to identify the leading corporate trademark professionals launches (Blog)
World Trademark Review is inviting nominations for an extensive new research project designed to identify and profile the world’s leading in-house trademark professionals. Act now to ensure that the industry’s leading lights are recognised for the invaluable work they undertake.
At this week’s International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property Crime Conference in London, discussion focused on how to take down the ability of counterfeiters to profit from the sale of illicit goods. One tactic is collaboration with the payment processing industry, in a bid to choke off access to funds. However, brand owners were warned that they need to be credible partners and not seek to game the system for competitive edge.
While still in its nascent stages, the success of Pokémon GO has provided a glimpse into the potential of augmented reality (AR) and if the technology goes truly mainstream, there will be a direct impact on the work of trademark counsel. A new study from Perkins Coie and virtual reality proponent Upload takes a look at industry expectations for AR and virtual reality.
Brand owners’ call to arms against online fakes: new edition of World Trademark Review now available (Blog)
In recent months we have reported closely on the outcry against Alibaba’s membership of the International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition, high-profile companies embroiled in public spats with marketplaces and in-fighting between platforms themselves. In the latest edition of World Trademark Review - now available online to subscribers - our cover story focuses on the rights protection mechanisms that some of the world’s biggest brands would like digital marketplaces to implement.
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce that it will be hosting Brand Protection Greater China, a new high-level event for brand protection professionals, in Shanghai on December 7 2016.
The EU IP Office and Europol have joined forces to launch the IP Crime Coordinated Coalition, which will provide operational and technical support to law enforcement agencies. The move comes shortly after a new study revealed the diversity of business models being used by infringers online.
“Don’t panic”: call for calm as Brexit vote creates uncertainty over future scope of trademark protection (Blog)
The UK electorate has voted to leave the European Union, meaning that after months of campaigning and speculation, trademark professionals now face the very real prospect of a changed IP landscape. The exit won’t become a reality until 2018 at the earliest, meaning that EU trademarks and registered Community designs currently remain valid in the United Kingdom. However, in the interim there is a lot to be negotiated, with the UK Institute of Trademark Attorneys urging rights holders “not to panic”.
Study reveals the prevalence of fake luxury goods on Instagram, and the evolving tactics of counterfeiters (Blog)
New research has found that 20% of Instagram posts about luxury fashion brands featured counterfeit or illicit products. The report calls for a comprehensive international strategy to fight the prevalence of fake goods online, but the usual roadblocks remain, meaning that the status quo will not change any time soon.
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016 WTR Industry Awards. Among the corporate teams featured on this year’s shortlist are those from Apple, BMW, Citigroup, eBay, Enterprise Holdings, Google, Hewlett Packard, Itaú Unibanco, Mars, MasterCard, Moncler, PepsiCo, Red Bull, Tory Burch and Visa.
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