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In the largest URS decision to date, the National Arbitration Forum has suspended 474 domains using marks owned by Ashley Furniture Industries. The decision comes at a time when the URS, alongside other rights protection mechanisms, is under review, with brand owners being urged to act now to shape the online enforcement environment of tomorrow.
While the community waits to see what impact a Donald Trump presidency has on the IP ecosystem in the US, the US government’s gears are still turning and this week it released the 2017-2019 US Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement. The report signals the key focus areas for federal government agencies over the coming few years. While welcomed by IP stakeholders, there have been accusations that the plan represents an effort to introduce shadow regulation for the online world.
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.
The nominations window for the WTR Industry Awards 2017 closes on December 13. Act now to ensure that the leading in-house trademark departments, groups and individuals receive the recognition they deserve.
Intel Security’s McAfee Labs 2017 Threats Predictions Report focuses on the cybersecurity challenges facing all organisations and is important reading for those in the IT sector. However, while not written for a trademark counsel audience, it highlights a number of issues that both mark owners and the law firms that work with them need to be alive to not least attacks that directly erode brand trust.
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.
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”.
The latest available data from Lex Machina estimates that 3,529 trademark litigation suits will be filed in the United States in 2016. If so, the level of filings will be the lowest since 2001. For law firms, competition for the trademark litigation dollar seems set to intensify.
World Trademark Review is currently seeking nominations for the WTR Industry Awards 2017 and there is not long left to recommend the leading in-house trademark departments, groups and individuals for recognition.
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.
Lawyer, politician, marketer: the hats corporate counsel must wear as they fight for internal recognition
The opening conference session of this week’s International Trademark Association (INTA) Leadership Meeting explored how counsel can bridge the divide that often exists between business units and the legal function in an effort to deepen the understanding of trademarks. It was a timely issue, with INTA currently digesting recommendations on how to bolster the profile and career development of in-house trademark professionals.
ECJ delivers blow to Rubik’s Cube; fears raised that decision paves the way for increased counterfeits
The European Court of Justice has handed down its long-awaited decision on the Rubik’s Cube 3D mark, annulling the EU Intellectual Property Office decision which confirmed registration of the shape in question as an EU trademark. The company has characterised today’s decision as “a damaging precedent”; while one legal commentator, who regards the decision as “bad news” for both brand owners and consumers, warns that it could pave the way for an increase in knock-offs and counterfeits on the market.
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce that Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle, our unique forum for trademark professionals to share best practice and cutting-edge strategies for maximising the value that resides in brands, is coming to Europe in 2017.
New research from The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse has revealed the extent of identity squatting targeting this year’s presidential election candidates, as well as members of the US Congress and Senate.
Next week Alibaba is to place virtual reality (VR) technology at the centre of its Singles Day sales drive, the latest in a series of high-profile uses of the technology in China. With the country’s VR industry predicted to be worth Rmb55 billion ($8.14 billion) by 2020, it makes the market one to monitor for counsel concerned over how brands may be used (for good and bad) in the virtual environment.
With IP-focused cyber-attacks on the rise, incident response plans are critical: free webinar announced
New research suggests that IP cyber theft incidents are expected to rise over the next 12 months. Reflecting the need for law firm practitioners to implement cyber breach plans, and for in-house trademark counsel to evaluate and require the response planning of partners, we are pleased to announce a one-hour webinar designed to provide critical knowledge and guidance on this increasingly important issue.
Brands unleash scathing review of ‘.feedback’ top-level domain; seek investigation against registry (updated)
A collective of brands filed a public interest commitment dispute resolution procedure (PICDRP) complaint with ICANN this week, seeking a review into an allegedly “escalating pattern of discriminatory, fraudulent and deceptive registry misconduct” by the operators of the ‘.feedback’ gTLD. The move marks an escalation of the long-standing tensions between trademark owners and the registry.
New research reveals that, after a decline across the previous two quarters, in Q3 2016 the number of third-party advertisers bidding on trademark terms on Google jumped 32%. Across the search engine landscape, such bidding resulted in 2.5 billion impressions and 38 million clicks being lost by brands.
New research from Brand Finance has revealed that, while the United States’ nation brand boasts the biggest overall value, Singapore comes out top for brand strength. While trademark counsel are rightly focused on the value that resides in the corporate brands that they protect and nurture, it is important not to under-emphasise the impact that national identity and worth has to the health of corporate brand value and vice versa.
The WTR Industry Awards honour leading in-house trademark departments, groups and individuals. Last year the awards ceremony, held in Orlando, was our biggest yet, celebrating a decade in corporate trademark excellence. Nominate now to ensure that the industry’s leading lights are recognised in next year’s awards scheme.
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