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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General Court confirms that DUAL EDGE is descriptive for Class 9 goods

In LG Electronics, Inc v EUIPO, the General Court has confirmed that DUAL EDGE is descriptive and lacks distinctive character for mobile phones and related goods.

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Beijing IP Court decides first GUI infringement case

The Beijing IP Court has issued its decision in the first GUI infringement case in China, in a battle between two anti-virus software giants.

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TTAB grants motion for summary judgment as to fraud counterclaim

In Kastle Systems v Lee Strategy Group, the TTAB has granted the opponent’s motion for summary judgment, dismissing the applicant's fraud counterclaim.

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ECJ overturns outsourcing procurement by EUIPO

The ECJ has overturned an outsourcing procurement by the EUIPO, although the latter avoided having to pay damages to a disappointed bidder.

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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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Chinese brands rise, app store warning and K-pop fans furious over T-ARA trademark: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a brand protection company closing a $12m investment round, an author seeking registered protection for a steamy National Hockey League team name, and much more.

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Google’s rising brand value, Gleissner’s filing drive, and Netflix’s “super classy” letter: our 2017 most-read list

With 2017 drawing to a close, and the World Trademark Review Daily email service taking a short break, it’s time to take a look back at the stories which received the most reads from the past year.

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Study reveals the financial payback of intangible assets and Apple’s 42% value capture

According to new research, intangible capital, including branding and design, contributes almost one-third of the value of manufactured products globally. In particular sectors the role of intangibles is even more telling.

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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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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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