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Plain packaging in Korea, UKIPO’s 12 fake days of Christmas and Bud Light infringer gets Super Bowl invite: news round-up (Blog)
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 another creative cease and desist, a company’s “secret battle” with North Korea over counterfeit goods and the sharp rise in UK lawyers registering in Ireland in an effort to prepare for Brexit.
A well-loved Canadian pastry company got entangled in a PR crisis this week over accusations of perceived trademark enforcement overreach. While the marketing team gave a canny response on social media which appears to have quelled most of the outcry, evidence suggests that the negative impact could have a lasting effect on the brand. It is another reminder of the risks of trademark enforcement and how practitioners must tread carefully in the age of social media.
Barbie setback, Fiji pledges improved IP environment and Coco a success despite trademark backlash: news round-up (Blog)
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 Mattel is facing a trademark opposition setback in Japan, how domain name growth has slowed due to a drop in new generic top-level domains and how a pop superstar identified counterfeits of her own merchandise being sold, which led to the arrest of her uncle.
In this week’s industry data report, we turn the spotlight on the sprawling pharmaceutical sector. We break down how the sector is being affected by political and economic pressures, and identify the industry-specific developments that are driving change. We also analyse the performance of the leading brands in this space and identify the most important markets for rights holders.
China pledges more affordable IP protection, “Weird Al” gets defensive and CITMA celebrates first anniversary: news round-up (Blog)
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 Thailand is considering a new industrial design law, a Wu-Tang Clan member’s trademark dispute with a dog-walking company, China's State Council premier making fresh IP pledges and Alibaba forging a new brand protection partnership.
With Black Friday in full swing, exclusive research reveals brand protection gaps in new gTLDs (Blog)
While consumers enjoy the low prices offered on Black Friday, the sales period is a significant challenge for trademark practitioners especially for protecting shoppers from online scams. Exclusive research looks at how well-known fashion and retail brands have utilised (or not) key new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), including ‘.blackfriday’ and ‘.shop’. We find that few brands are taking advantage of new gTLDs for marketing purposes and, unsurprisingly, numerous examples of cybersquatting and unusual examples of brand hijackings.
Our annual search for the world’s outstanding in-house trademark practitioners comes to an end soon. If you wish to nominate an outstanding trademark professional or team for recognition, please act now before the opportunity passes.
Chanel bursts through $1 billion damages barrier as Coach revealed as top US trademark litigation filer (Blog)
New data reveals that while Coach has filed the most US trademark litigation actions over the past nine years, Chanel is a clear leader in terms of bang for their litigation buck. Over that period, the luxury brand was awarded more than $1 billion in damages almost double that of second-place Burberry. While these are headline-grabbing figures, the decade-long downward trend in litigation actions is set to continue, with this year’s filings level expected to hit a nine-year low.
World Trademark Review is pleased to unveil the speaking faculty for the second annual Brand Strategy China event, taking place in Shanghai on December 7. Among the confirmed speakers on our high level roster are senior industry leaders from adidas, Chanel, Honeywell, NBC Universal, New Balance and Whirlpool Corporation.
This week’s World Trademark Review country data report focuses on the bustling trademark landscape in Germany. We reveal the European powerhouse’s leading sectors, present essential filing data and explain how the country’s robust brands have continued to surge in value.
Wine seized after Alibaba tip-off, EUIPO opens design awards nominations and Gene Simmons gets emotional: news round-up (Blog)
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 Chinese authorities seizing thousands of bottles of wine after an Alibaba tip-off and a literally EPIC battle between beer brewers, Gene Simmons gets hot-under-the-collar about his withdrawn ‘devil horns’ trademark application, and a lawyer commends the “pitch perfect realism” of a TV comedy show's depiction of a court case.
Australia launches “world first” trademark platform, set to go head to head with service providers (Blog)
This week, in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Melbourne, IP Australia has announced its development of a “single, internationally-linked trademark database”, TM-link. The free to use offering is being positioned as an alternative to “expensive” country-specific trademark databases, bringing the tool into competition with commercial service providers.
Boycotts, backlashes and Russian bots: Keurig crisis highlights challenge for brands in politically partisan times (Blog)
It has been a particularly tumultuous week for coffee maker Keurig, with the hashtag BoycottKeurig trending on social media following the company’s public declaration that it was pulling advertising linked to a right-wing news pundit. As one expert tells us, the week’s events highlight the challenge that brands face at a time when partisan tensions are at an all-time high.
“The results were mind-blowing”: study reveals widespread problem of domain name combosquatting (Blog)
Recent research has provided new insights into the little-understood phenomenon of domain name ‘combosquatting’. Revealing that the scale of the problem is far greater than previously imagined, the study is a wake-up call for online brands that see their trademarks being used to lure internet users to malicious websites. As well as underscoring the difficulties with tackling these activities, the study’s authors have hinted at some of the possible responses that brand owners might adopt.
Major disruptions in the insurance sector and how brand strategies must evolve: exclusive data analysis (Blog)
In World Trademark Review’s latest industry report, we turn to the insurance sector which is undergoing an incipient transformation that could present significant risks and opportunities. We analyse how the leading brands in this space have performed and how trademark strategies are adapting in light of increased regulation, slow economic growth and the upsurge of new technologies.
Nominations have been flowing since World Trademark Review launched our annual search for the world’s best corporate trademark professionals at the end of September. There is still time to nominate an in-house team or individual before the process ends on December 8 2017.
Seen by senior management as a cost centre, many practitioners toiling in the brand protection trenches struggle to secure funding. However, Ford's brand protection manager, Asia-Pacific, Angela Chen, has told World Trademark Review in an exclusive interview that her team's focus on hard recovery has led to a fundamental shift in perception. She notes that “Ford’s leadership is convinced that brand protection is a great revenue generator”, and has told us how this was achieved.
USPTO unveils pilot programme, Nike logo implicated in Paradise Papers leak and EUIPO grants BREXIT trademark: news round-up (Blog)
In the latest news round-up, we look at a new pilot programme launched by the US Patent and Trademark Office, the IP attorney seeking to be Virginia’s next governor, the launch of the world’s first automated trademark assistant and how Nike’s ‘swoosh’ logo has been implicated in this week’s Paradise Papers leak.
Russia’s trademark landscape buoyant despite economic and political woes: exclusive data analysis (Blog)
In this week’s country data report we turn our attention to Russia, analysing the country’s most important industries, key filing statistics and how its brands have fared against the backdrop of a troubled economy and increasingly tense political climate.
Appeals court strikes blow for London Taxi Company; decision highlights challenge facing shape mark applicants (Blog)
The Court of Appeal of England and Wales has backed a High Court of Justice finding that the three-dimensional shapes of particular models of taxi were invalid and therefore not infringed by the manufacturer of the Beardmore, Oxford and Metrocab models of London taxi. One leading industry commentator noted that the decision “is a further example of the difficulties faced by applicants for ‘shape’ trademarks in demonstrating distinctive character”.
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