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Pharmacy chain Boots has become the latest company to signal an intention to terminate a Registry Agreement (RA), this time for the ‘.boots’ TLD. While a negative development for the new gTLD programme, it should not be viewed as an indicator that ‘.brands’ are losing their lustre on the contrary, the rollout of branded spaces shows no sign of slowing.
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.
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.
Fighting the robots: could brand backlash provide an opportunity for counsel battling online infringement? (Blog)
Research from the Chief Marketing Officer Council has found that almost half of consumers would rethink purchasing from brands that place adverts alongside offensive or objectionable content. While the report did not explore the effect of advertising on IP infringing sites, it does provide an opportunity to engage in discussions around the use of programmatic advertising technologies.
As the trademark budget squeeze continues, get the inside track on maximising efficiencies and protection levels (Blog)
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.
Over 90% of brand owners report encountering misuse online but the reality is likely even worse (Blog)
New research from Hogan Lovells has revealed that 94% of in-house counsel have encountered misuse of their company’s trademarks online, with North American brands the hardest hit. Those from the Asia-Pacific region appear least affected by online infringement. However, it appears that this is because they are less likely to look for it, meaning that the true level of infringement is likely even higher.
adidas, Amazon and Apple team members head up list of the world’s leading corporate trademark professionals (Blog)
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.
Following last night's exclusive champagne reception and presentations at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona, World Trademark Review is delighted to reveal the winners at this year’s WTR Industry Awards. Among those honoured were teams and professionals from BMW, Intel, Marriott International, Nike, PepsiCo, Specsavers, the National Association of Realtors and Twitter.
Trademarks on the silver screen, CPA’s busy summer and ‘.sucks’ in the trademark family: INTA 2017 day three report (Blog)
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.
Brand stewards, fake news, transport woes and a Brexit badge for Brits: INTA 2017 day two report (Blog)
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.
Daily drama, fakes on the beach, keynote controversy and a canny crocodile: INTA 2017 day one report (Blog)
The beautiful city of Barcelona is currently packed to the rafters with trademark experts attending INTA’s 2017 Annual Meeting. As ever, the World Trademark Review team is on the ground; reporters Trevor Little, Joff Wild and Tim Lince present some of their highlights and observations from the first full day of the event.
Tencent, LG Electronics and Time Warner revealed as owners of the fastest-growing trademark portfolios (Blog)
New research has revealed the top corporate trademark filers for 2016, with Chinese giant Tencent Holdings leading the way. The company is one of six Chinese powerhouses to make the top 50 list, trailing only US and German businesses with respect to global filing activity.
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).
The trademark industry’s corporate trailblazers revealed in groundbreaking new research project (Blog)
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the publication of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals. This unique resource identifies the in-house experts deemed to be the leading lights of the industry, performing trademark-related duties to the highest standards, adding true value to their organisations and exemplifying the qualities to which other counsel should aspire.
Research suggests budgets “holding steady” but more is being required of trademark departments (Blog)
A new study from Lecorpio suggests that, for the majority of trademark teams, budgets for prosecution and policing are unchanged year on year. However, drilling down it becomes clear that many departments remain under pressure to do more with the same level of resources.
Among the corporate teams featured on the 2017 WTR Industry Awards shortlist are those from adidas, Caesars Entertainment, Expedia, GlaxoSmithKline, Google, Intel, Maus Frères, Netflix, PepsiCo, Sky International, The National Association of Realtors, Twitter and Wyndham Worldwide.
Study finds senior executives fear trademark infringement, but will they loosen enforcement purse strings? (Blog)
New research has revealed that 80% of C-level executives feel that trademark infringement is on the rise, with more than half reporting that their organisation has initiated legal action against third parties in a bid to defend their brands. While a useful insight into the concerns of senior management, the challenge for counsel is turning this into budgetary support for trademark enforcement endeavours.
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.
Revealed: full speaker line-up for this month’s Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle Europe conference (Blog)
With the event just two weeks away, World Trademark Review is pleased to present the session-by-session speaking faculty for Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle Europe. A limited number of delegate places remain for the interactive event which focuses on the creation and exploitation of the value and economic potential that reside in strong brands.
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