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MLB’s top TTAB user, Thai IP Office gets an upgrade and Russia to introduce “Made in Prison” label: news round-up
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at how India may remove the controversial Goods and Services Tax exemption for unbranded food products, how the Chicago Cubs are tackling an increase in counterfeiting following on-field success and the Japanese government’s partnership with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation.
UKIP “ripping off” Premier League logo, Greece warns of fake GIs, US brands in the age of Trump: news round-up
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at the latest brand value ranking table, research into US brands in the Trump era, a darknet seller arrested on his way to a beard competition and the death of a notorious cybersquatter and “news satirist”.
In a new survey, almost one-half of senior marketing respondents reported that reputational problems have resulted from advertisements being placed alongside offensive or objectionable content. Crucially, one-fifth cited "trademark infringement or content piracy" as a primary concern when safeguarding brands online, opening the door to increased collaboration with their trademark colleagues.
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce that it will be hosting Brand Strategy China 2017 in Shanghai on December 7. This is a high-level knowledge-sharing event for professionals tasked with protecting the integrity and maximising the value of their brands in the region.
New anti-counterfeiting best practice for landlords issued; doubts over willingness to cooperate with brand owners
A new paper from the International Chamber of Commerce’s Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy addresses a number of challenges that landlords face in stemming the flow of counterfeit products. It also encourages increased cooperation between landlords and brand owners. However, market experts have expressed scepticism over the prospect of landlords becoming proactive partners in the fight against fakes.
Velcro’s anti-genericide song is big, bold and brash but critics question whether it will actually be effective
The legal team at Velcro Companies will be patting itself on the back today as its marketing campaign to educate the public about the proper use of its trademark went viral overnight. Response to the song has been mixed, with some commentators sceptical that it will actually lead to a change in behaviour. Nonetheless, it has raised awareness of an issue that Velcro has been grappling with for a number of years.
In today’s news round-up, we look at the ongoing trademark dispute between two comic conventions, how Jaguar Land Rover is seeking to protect a discontinued vehicle design, the latest in Amazon’s bid for the ‘.Amazon’ generic top-level domain and the lessons that can be gleaned from US President Donald Trump’s trademark activity in China.
This week, Alibaba’s Anti-counterfeiting Alliance (AACA) announced the creation of a brand advisory board to facilitate greater collaboration between the e-commerce giant and AACA members on the protection of IP rights. One brand protection leader for a major international company has welcomed the development, but hopes that “truly new” approaches to anti-counterfeiting are the result, rather than extensions, of existing programmes.
Netlix and Escobar family’s trademark tussle, registration fall in new gTLDs and intellectual property in Westeros: news round-up
In today’s news round-up, we look at the trademark dispute between the Escobar family and Netflix, a lawsuit between two Fish IP firms, Gene Simmons’ pledge to trademark oxygen and the significant proportion of new generic top-level domains that have seen a drop in registrations in the past 12 months.
World Trademark Review is now inviting nominations for its extensive annual research project, designed to identify the world’s leading corporate trademark counsel and teams. Nominate now to ensure that the important work undertaken by in-house professionals across the globe receives the recognition it deserves.
“Super classy” Netflix cease-and-desist letter shows how to boost goodwill while tackling infringement
A cease-and-desist letter sent by Netflix to a bar that was using its trademark without permission has drawn effusive praise from online media outlets. The streaming service adopted a good-humoured approach and, in doing so, has shown how large brands can avoid accusations of trademark bullying when enforcing their rights.
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In the latest edition, we look at the Office of the US Trade Representative reviewing Thailand’s IP status, Canada's advance towards introducing plain packaging, a luxurious approach to generic top-level domain pricing and a scramble for the Amiga trademark.
Lady Gaga sues Radio Gaga, Olympic legend to speak at IP event, UrWork hits out at WeWork: news round-up
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In the latest edition, we look at trademarks filed in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, a three-time Olympic gold medallist speaking at an IP event and Lady Gaga stoking online anger with a Radio Gaga lawsuit.
A new report has revealed that few consumers have had personal experience with counterfeit food goods, as three-quarters admitted that they would not be able to identify such fake products. The problem is so bad that the head of the National Food Crime Unit told us that “there is little” consumers can do to protect themselves from fake food and drink products.
The full session-by-session line-up for the upcoming Managing Trademark Assets conference is now live online. The early bird booking deadline for the event, being held in Chicago on October 17, expires tomorrow. Book now to save $100 and guarantee your place at the event, where attendees will be able to hear from and share best practice with senior experts representing organisations such as Amazon, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Thermos, Toyota, Under Armour and Wells Fargo.
Kodi calls out “trademark trolls”, UAE fakes clampdown, pressure builds in Havana Club dispute: news round-up
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at the upswing in China's overseas IP revenues, the latest in the long-running Havana Club dispute, the US politicians calling on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to introduce tighter generic top-level domain regulations and a software company's angry response to so-called 'trademark trolls'.
Major initiative launches to combat illicit trade, aims to unite anti-counterfeiting and supply chain innovators
A new private sector initiative, the Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade, was unveiled this week with a mandate to “stop the significant and growing economic and social damages caused by illicit trade”. Director General Jeffrey P Hardy told World Trademark Review that anti-counterfeiting efforts will be just one work stream, with the organisation aiming to foster a cross-sectorial effort against illicit trade in all of its guises.
McDonald’s sticky situation, Taylor Swift overreactions, USPTO’s Irma notice and Brexit reaction: Friday round-up
To accompany our usual analysis and commentary, we bring you the latest news updates from around the trademark world. From the outcry over Taylor Swift’s latest trademark applications to industry reaction to the EU Commission position paper on IP rights post-Brexit, here are the developments that we think are worth having on your radar.
Trump makes USPTO top pick, new Redskins trademark foe and a bitter Bentley battle: Tuesday round-up
Starting today, every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review will present a digest of news and happenings from across the trademark world. Alongside our usual analysis and commentary, these round-ups will highlight other developments we think are worth having on your radar.
Houston IP Law Association president calls on trademark community for support following Hurricane Harvey
The president of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association has spoken to World Trademark Review about the ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Noting that countless members of the IP community have been severely affected by the storm, she has urged law firms and organisations to offer space or resources if they can.
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