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Cuba issues first consumer protection rules, IHOB “a flop”, and cost of a country rebrand: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Alibaba and Kantar teaming up to redefine brand building in China, how the trademark in fake Italian goods costs Italy billions, Ukraine developing an institution of IP inspectors, and a hip-hop artist has been ordered to pay $2 million for infringing on an independent rapper’s trademark.
As Canada legalises marijuana, research finds majority of Canadians want branded packaging for cannabis products
The Canadian parliament has passed legislation which will allow the recreational use of marijuana nationwide. The law could pave the wave for hundreds of new brands, and a new survey suggests that two-thirds of consumers in Canada would prefer branded rather than generic or plain packaging for this new market of marijuana products.
New research has highlighted the beneficial effect of trademark ownership for start-up companies. One of the first studies to explore the relationship between brand rights and a firm’s financial performance, it demonstrates that fledgling companies with more trademarks achieve higher valuations, attract greater investment and perform better after IPOs.
During a session at last week’s ECTA Annual Conference, experts made some bold often startling predictions on where they see the trademark industry in 10 years. While some were unsurprising, such as how artificial intelligence and automation will improve efficiency, there were some unexpected suggestions, including how the role of law could change in the future.
ICANN steps up GDPR clarity bid, Squire Patton Boggs resolves China dispute, and insights from ECTA 2018: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at various insights from ECTA’s 37th annual conference, Squire Patton Boggs resolving a dispute in China over use of its name and related domain name, a potential disagreement between Jack Daniel’s and a Chambord estate, the Financial Times winning a trademark dispute, and how domain registrations for sports betting are on the rise.
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.
The EUIPO has released a new report, compiling research since 2013, to present a comprehensive and updated picture of the scope and impact of IP rights infringement in the European Union.
A new IP law will come into force in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos this weekend, introducing trademark opposition procedures to the country for the first time. The new law stipulates the creation of a new digital platform for brand rights and expands the range of images eligible for trademark protection in the jurisdiction, among other things.
The Scotch Whisky Association’s director of legal affairs pulls back the curtain to reveal how the industry protects its heritage.
Bayer retires Monsanto brand, cocky trademark struck down and Nigeria kit attracts counterfeiters: news round-up
In our latest news round-up, we look at the World Cup football kit which has attracted a scourge of fakes, why Bayer has decided to retire the Monsanto brand name, how Kenzo is prevailing in a trademark lawsuit and how the Kenya Revenue Authority is destroying millions worth of fake alcohol, among other things.
Two trade associations in the United States have spoken publicly about their concerns over the Trump administration’s recent steel and aluminium tariffs on the European Union. Talking to World Trademark Review, a representative for one of those associations claims targeting trade allies rather than partnering with them “weakens” the ongoing battle against the scourge of fake goods.
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.
New research has revealed that the sellers of counterfeit cosmetic goods are increasingly utilising social media to attract and dupe consumers. Importantly, the study has revealed that half of the consumers polled expect brands to take responsibility for protecting them from fakes.
In a move that brings South Africa a step closer to plain packaging for tobacco products, the Department of Health has invited public comment on the Draft Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill 2018 by August 9 2018. Among other things, the proposed legislation aims “to regulate the packaging and appearance of tobacco products and to make provision for the standardisation of their packaging”.
The $20 million Annual Meeting, Amazon’s everyday heroes and Smurfs make an appearance: INTA 2018 day two report
As well as often being the busiest day for attendees, with proceedings having kicked off on Saturday, the Monday of the INTA Annual Meeting marks the halfway point of the event. Trying to keep up with the rapid pace of activities (and maintain energy levels), the World Trademark Review editorial team presents some of their highlights from the second jam-packed day of the event.
Fake press passes, ‘.sucks’ gun violence debate and the Annual Meeting heads to Singapore: INTA 2018 day one report
The great and the good of the trademark industry have descended on Seattle for INTA’s 2018 Annual Meeting. The World Trademark Review team is on the ground, and we will be presenting a daily round-up of event highlights and observations. Here’s what caught our attention on the first full day of proceedings.
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.
In our latest round-up, we look at a number of trademarks that appear to be related to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the USPTO unveiling a new resource center, a look at Facebook takedown numbers in the second half of 2017, and how the Toys-R-Us brand is now on the market.
With the legalisation of recreational cannabis impending in Canada, new business models and opportunities are emerging for a surprising variety of brand owners.
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