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Madrid System fails to have an impact for local filers: an analysis of the Indonesian trademark market
In this country data report, we hone in on the fast-growing Indonesian trademark market, revealing that the country’s recent accession to the Madrid Protocol has had little impact on local filers, while US applicants have been making the most of the new filing option.
The main drivers that determine the likelihood of a country being involved in the trade of counterfeit goods have been identified by a new report from the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Governance, free trade zones, production facilities, logistical capabilities and facilities and trade facilitation policies are all highlighted as the key determinants.
Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, LeBron James to LA Lakers: the brand perspective on major sporting moves
The last week has seen two of the biggest sporting moves in history, with NBA legend LeBron James joining the LA Lakers and football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo heading to Italian club Juventus. Reports on both moves have focused on the massive money involved in the deals, but experts say that the power of the players’ brands will justify the big dollars being spent by the respective teams.
In the first of a new regular opinion column, the onward march of plain packaging is examined. In the face of seemingly unstoppable momentum, now is the time to consider whether brands will remain on the sidelines or make their voices heard.
Google and Amazon eye hospitality sector as hotel brands diversify their filing strategies: exclusive data analysis
In our latest industry-focused data report, we put the spotlight on the hospitality market, honing in on the hotel sector in particular. We reveal that the top hotel brands have diversified their trademark filings, show that Marriott may soon become the most valuable brand in this space, and highlight the threat from both AirBnB and rising tech platforms.
With a 10% rise in trademark applications mostly spurred by Chinese filings flooding the USPTO in 2017, questions have been raised about whether the office can cope with this influx both now and in the future.
Geographical indications have hit the headlines in recent months, with mainstream debate grappling the extent of their protection but why have they become such a hot political issue?
Rising sales, healthy filings and new opportunities in the dynamic cosmetics sector: exclusive data analysis
In this week’s industry data report, we provide a rundown of the cosmetics market from a branding perspective. We take a big picture look at sales growth and key trends and reveal that technology trademark filings are on the rise among major brands.
An investigation from World Trademark Review has explored the evolving tactics of misleading and often malicious websites that pose as articles from well-known news outlets. Common trends include the use of cryptocurrency and Elon Musk to lure in users, with one expert telling us that tackling hoax articles targeting brands or public figures can feel like “a game of whack-a-mole”.
Last night ICANN published its draft Framework Elements for a Unified Access Model for Continued Access to Full WHOIS Data, which outlines how third parties may access non-public WHOIS data in the future. The document kicks off the effort to minimise the impact of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation on those with a legitimate interest in accessing WHOIS data but questions remain, not least over likely costs.
Despite the potential of the Middle East, excessive fees are leading to a shrinking trademark market: exclusive data analysis
In this week’s country data report, we examine the state of the trademark market and the leading brands in the Middle East, taking an in-depth look at filing trends in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE in particular.
AI and big data will drive the future of trademark services but prosecution work applications are a long way off
AI and big data continue to generate a significant buzz in the IP world, with industry experts confident that demand for advanced data analytics will continue to rocket. However, in terms of substantive prosecution work, there is no expectation that such services will replace the work of attorneys any time soon.
Growth of food and drink brands remains flat, but Chinese register sees explosion in filings: exclusive data analysis
In our latest industry data report, we inspect the food and beverage sector, finding that brand growth has been limited in this dynamic and challenging market. We also take a close look at overarching application trends and reveal that China is the major target for filing activity in this sector.
South Korea rockets to top of customs ranking; illicit trade report reveals countries that need to do more
The Global Illicit Trade Environment Index, launched simultaneously in Hong Kong, Brussels and Panama City, scores 84 economies on the extent that they enable or prevent illicit trade. While taking a broad look at illicit trade, the report contains useful insight on the anti-counterfeiting landscape.
Japan’s filing trends are distorted by a single applicant, while brands plummet in value: exclusive data analysis
In this week’s country data report, we look at the trademark landscape of Japan. Specifically, we highlight the country’s unusual distribution of applications by trademark class, show how a single applicant has obfuscated filing trends and analyse the volatile values of the leading Japanese brands.
This week, the Guardian reported that the treatment of geographical indications is proving a sticking point in the ongoing Brexit negotiations, with the European Union having “stepped up demands on the UK to legislate to preserve the status of European speciality produce”. While trademark associations have confirmed their support for a system of mutual recognition, the UK government has proved resistant to making any guarantees. The result is uncertainty for rights holders and producers.
After months of preparation and dire warnings of its impact, the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) became enforceable last Friday. On that same day, ICANN’s Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data became effective. However, as trademark professionals come to grips with what this all means for online policing, fears have been raised about future engagement with UDRP proceedings on the part of registries and registrars.
In this week’s industry data report, we analyse the vibrant technology landscape. Specifically, we take a broad look at industry trends, provide a full rundown of the filing patterns in this field and gauge the performances of the leading tech brands in the world.
Alibaba boasts “significant progress” in IP protection efforts; development of API urged to allow third-party takedowns
Alibaba has revealed what it describes as “significant progress” in IP protection in 2017, with data showing significantly faster processing time for takedowns and a 42% decline in notice-and-takedown requests. While the results show that the Chinese marketplace giant is confident that its efforts are garnering positive results, people we spoke to still report huge volumes of fakes with one urging Alibaba to develop an API to allow third-party takedowns.
The INTA Board of Directors recently approved the creation of a Brand Value Special Task Force. To get the inside track on this new initiative, and explore how brand owners will benefit, we sat down with co-chair Heather Steinmeyer.
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