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The latest issue of World Trademark Review is now available online to subscribers. The cover story presents exclusive analysis of the Global Benchmarking Survey, which found that, while budget levels are improving for some trademark teams, for the majority the situation remains straitened, with one-fifth of respondents expecting further cuts over the next 12 months.
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2014 WTR Industry Awards. Amongst the in-house teams featured on the shortlist are those from Amazon.com, Apple, BMW, Campbell Soup Company, China Mobile, GlaxoSmithKline, Google, Lego, Pepsico, Rovio Entertainment, Unify and Zippo Manufacturing Company.
While new gTLD domain registrations have surpassed the half a million mark, less than a quarter of corporate trademark counsel have made changes to their online enforcement strategies in reaction to the gTLD expansion, according to World Trademark Review’s annual Global Benchmarking Survey.
This week the battle for protection for geographical indications in the ‘.wine’ and ‘.vin’ strings heated up, with the European Federation of Origin Wines threatening an ongoing campaign should the strings be delegated without mechanisms in place.
Topping the list of most-read WTR Premium Updates in March was analysis of a Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) decision which considered the issue of the revocation of a trademark due to inactivity of the proprietor.
Analysing the read statistics for March, when it comes to the trademark news reported on the WTR blog it is easy to crown the King, with our analysis of the trademark strategy related to online game Candy Crush Saga boasting the highest number of reads. Elsewhere developments in the online world featured prominently on the top 10 list.
On World Trademark Review we tend to shy away from ‘news round-up blogs’, but having spent the last week in Singapore attending the ICANN meeting, it is worth providing a few takeaways from the event.
According to figures released today, the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) has delivered 500,000 Claims Notices to date. Of particular interest to trademark counsel will be the news that 95% of the queries for trademark terms triggering Claims Notices are not being followed through to a live registration.
It was inevitable that the issue of gTLD registries charging trademark owners excessive sunrise fees to register names in gTLD sunrise periods would be high on the agenda of the Intellectual Property Constituency (IPC). At today’s ICANN meeting in Singapore, however, ICANN’s ability to clamp down and prevent brand owners from being held to ransom was in doubt.
In the programme update session at ICANN’s Singapore meeting, the organisation announced that 182 new gTLDs have been delegated (as of this morning). While the rollout continues, a number of domain industry voices have expressed frustration at both the level of brand owner engagement with the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) and the advice some lawyers are giving their clients.
The prospect of a permanent gTLD application window opening as early as 2015 was discussed in London yesterday as well as critical issues that need to be ironed out before such a move. One such area relates to the setting of sunrise fees, with criticism mounting on one applicant’s plans to charge trademark owners $25,000 per registration in the ‘.sucks’ sunrise.
Today officially marks the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. In addition to the many positive benefits of the electronic era, it is fair to say that the web’s silver jubilee also marks the anniversary of a new era of trademark challenges. The big question is, will the web’s next phase constitute a quantum leap or business as usual in terms of trademark practice?
In the aftermath of the trademark spat involving King’s attempts to prevent others from using CANDY with respect to online games, a number of satirical games have been developed to mock both the developer and the trademark system as a whole. Constructive dialogue with the developer community should therefore be an important focus for associations and institutions seeking to address negative perceptions of IP but the right approach will be critical.
While The LEGO movie was riding high at the US box office, a somewhat different story involving the brand was published on the World Trademark Review blog in February albeit one that similarly topped our chart of most-read blogs for the month.
IBM’s success in the first-ever decision under the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) system against domain names registered using new generic top-level domains topped the list of most-read WTR Premium Updates in February.
The submission window for the sixth annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey closes tomorrow. Conducted annually by WTR, the research project is designed to give counsel both in-house and in private practice the opportunity to have their say on the state of the industry, and build up a comprehensive picture of current trends and best practice.
In its latest bulletin, the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) has revealed that almost 17,500 notifications had been sent to trademark holders to date, while brand owners themselves had submitted 26,802 marks to the TMCH.
The latest issue of World Trademark Review is now available online to subscribers in PDF and digital edition formats. The cover story presents exclusive analysis of the 2014 Brand Finance Global 500, which identifies the world’s most valuable brands. For the first time, the methodology incorporates a trademark audit, allowing counsel to correlate their efforts directly to the bottom line.
This week, a new list of China’s most valuable brands has been generating media coverage. While comparison with other lists highlights the disparity in valuations that different methods create, it is clear that Chinese brands are going from strength to strength. And with an increased emphasis on the power of brands, the country is now playing an active role in the professionalism of the brand valuation sector itself something which will be of benefit to all.
There is just over a week left to participate in the sixth annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. Conducted annually by WTR, the research project is designed to give counsel both in-house and in private practice the opportunity to have their say on the state of the industry, and build up a comprehensive picture of current trends and best practice.
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