WTR Industry Awards 2018: the shortlist revealed

The WTR Industry Awards 2018  honour leading trademark teams and individuals across a range of sectors. We reveal the shortlist.

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General Court: 'apparatus for reproduction of sound and images' not sufficiently precise and narrow

In Sony v EUIPO, the General Court has annulled a decision of the Fourth Board of Appeal of the EUIPO finding that proof of genuine use of a mark had been adduced for “apparatus for the reproduction of sound and images”.

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Sky v Skykick headed to ECJ on breadth of registrations; answers will be significant for all brand owners

The High Court in Sky plc v SkyKick UK Limited will refer five questions to the ECJ on trademark issues relating to bad faith (for filing with no intention to use) and clarity issues with trademark specifications...

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APP STORE refusal overturned on appeal: mark distinctive for goods and services in Classes 9 and 35

The Board of Appeal has overturned a decision of the Patent Office refusing to register the mark APP STORE for goods in Class 9 and services in Class 35 on the grounds that it lacked distinctive character and was descriptive...

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America first... for now: how Chinese and European brands are closing the gap

Exclusive analysis reveals why major US brands are feeling the pressure of increased competition in the global marketplace – and how they can fight back.

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Nepal launches collective tea mark, HP ramps up anti-fakes efforts and new CITMA president: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the election of a new president at CITMA, how HP is stepping up its anti-counterfeiting outreach, and much more.

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Amazon under fire for banning sale of Google Chromecast and “fulfilling” sales of fake and copycat streaming devices

Retail giant Amazon has come in for more criticism over the sale of fakes on its platform, this time for selling copycat Google Chromecast products. Pressure grows for the company to take more action against...

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Gleissner activity called “biggest scam in IP history”, Samsung speculation and USPTO love song: news round-up

In today’s round-up, we look at heavy rock group Iron Maiden pursuing a group of counterfeiters, big changes at the top of the new gTLD leaderboard, and a call for a “flexible IP regime” in Africa.

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Amazon overtakes Apple and Google to be named world’s most valuable brand

​​​​​​​Amazon has supplanted Google as the world’s most valuable brand, according to the latest Brand Finance Global 500 rankings.

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Technology & Consumer Electronics Team of the Year: Western Digital

In May 2016 Western Digital completed a reported $19 billion acquisition of flash memory manufacturer SanDisk. While the deal was grabbing media headlines, the trademark team embarked on a significant integration project.

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In-house Counsel of the Year: J Scott Evans, Adobe Systems

J Scott Evans is associate general counsel at Adobe, where he is responsible for all legal and strategy issues relating to the company’s trademark portfolio and serves as lead attorney for the global marketing organisation.

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Software & Online Services Team of the Year: Twitter

Twitter has long sought to position itself as an information platform, rather than a social media platform. However, 2016 was also a challenging year as it faced up to escalating competition for digital advertising spend.

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Internet & Telecommunications Team of the Year: Intel

The Intel trademark team not only looks after one of the world’s most valuable brands, but also works in a continually evolving company which is constantly integrating acquired brands and developing new products and services – all of which require protection.

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France’s burgeoning tech sector could overtake UK, but filings remain flat: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s country data report, World Trademark Review inspects the trademark landscape in France. We delve into the country’s filing trends and analyse how its leading brands have performed in recent years.

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The Gleissner Files: investigation reveals massive scope of entrepreneur’s global trademark and domain portfolio

The vast domain name and trademark portfolio of entrepreneur Michael Gleissner can be revealed following an extensive investigation by World Trademark Review.

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