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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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Paris Court of Appeal orders cancellation of FRANCE.COM marks and transfer of '' domain name

In Inc v Traveland Resorts, the Paris Court of Appeal has ordered the cancellation of trademark registrations for FRANCE.COM, and ordered the transfer of the domain name ‘’ to the French State.

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Application for the word mark SCATTER SLOTS refused

The General Court has upheld the decision of the EUIPO Board of Appeal to reject the application for the word mark SCATTER SLOTS on the ground that it is descriptive.

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‘Juwel’ not registrable for games

The EU General Court has confirmed a decision of the EU Intellectual Property Office First Board of Appeal, rejecting the registration of JEWEL as an EU trademark.

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Court of Appeal finds modified mark likely to cause confusion

The Federal Court of Appeal has found a likelihood of confusion between the partly faded trademarks of two direct competitors in the Canadian luggage and bag marketplace, Wenger and Travelway.

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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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K-pop superstars T-ara vow to fight for rights to their name; experts predict bitter legal battle ahead

Members from one of the most popular Korean bands in the world, T-ara, are taking legal action for rights to use the group name following a trademark application by their former management agency.

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Super Bowl star tackles fakes, Chinese trademark record and Redskins return to court: news round-up

In our latest news round-up, we look at an education initiative from the UKIPO which has received some criticism, Canada Goose’s attempt to tackle a network of unnamed counterfeiters, and much more.

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Escobar ends Netflix feud, F1 logo issues, and brands warned of cryptocurrency cybersquatting: news round-up

In our latest news round-up we look at the significant changes to Vietnam’s IP laws that came into force this week, how the Formula 1 rebrand may have hit a speed bump, and much more.

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Travel & Leisure Team of the Year: Marriott International

In September 2016 Marriott International acquired Starwood Hotels & Resorts to create the world’s largest hotel company, operating or franchising more than 5,700 properties and 1.1 million rooms globally.

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North America Team of the Year: World Wrestling Entertainment

For many, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is first and foremost a professional wrestling promoter. However, the company comprises a portfolio of businesses which create and deliver original content globally.

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Sports, Entertainment & Media Team of the Year: Nike

This year Nike ranked third in the Brand Finance list of the world’s most powerful brands and, with a worth of $32 billion, was also identified as the most valuable apparel brand, after a 13% rise.

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