Customs seizures drop a third in pandemic, EUIPO report finds

The number of fake items detained at the EU border fell by over a third last year, according to a new report by the EUIPO and the European Commission.

Customs seizures drop a third in pandemic, EUIPO report finds
Senior industry figures expect positive trademark environment but difficulties lie ahead
1 Dec 2021

Senior industry figures expect positive trademark environment but difficulties lie ahead

A deep-dive analysis of a year of the WTR Trademark Elite Expert Panel Report data reveals that senior industry leaders are increasingly positive about the regulatory and legislative environment for brands.

Tommy Hilfiger and Under Armour among first to join Mercado Libre’s new Anti-counterfeiting Alliance
30 Nov 2021

Tommy Hilfiger and Under Armour among first to join Mercado Libre’s new Anti-counterfeiting Alliance

We go behind the scenes at Mercado Libre’s new Anti-counterfeiting Alliance to learn how the collaboration project fits in with the platform’s aims to fight online infringement.


1 Dec

Federal Court of Justice: trademark owners bear the burden of proving the public recognition of a trademark

The German Federal Court of Justice has recently clarified that trademark owners bear the burden of proving the public recognition of a trademark within the relevant trade circles in both cancellation and trademark application proceedings. Read more

1 Dec

Louis Vuitton successfully opposes registration of HUMAN HORIZONS in Classes 18 and 25

Louis Vuitton Malletier has prevailed in opposition proceedings against the registration of the mark HUMAN HORIZONS for goods in Classes 18 and 25, including luggage and wallets, based on its HORIZON mark. Read more

30 Nov

USPTO reveals ID verification details; Peloton sues Lululemon; Guinness packaging blunder – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Uber resolving a dispute with a New York ad agency, amendments to the Hague System Common Regulations, and much more. Read more


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30 Nov 2021

Corsearch investigates ‘suspicious activity’; some services taken offline as precautionary measure

Corsearch has suffered an outage on some of its services since last Tuesday, with the company revealing in an email it follows “suspicious activity” on its network servers. Read more

29 Nov 2021

One week left to nominate the industry’s leading lights for recognition

Act now to ensure that the critical work undertaken by corporate trademark professionals is recognised. Read more

28 Nov 2021

Microsoft brand boom; INAPI exclusive; Bored Ape NFT evolution; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

26 Nov 2021

Lord of the Rings crypto domain dispute; NextCar acquires Autonomy brand; IPOPHL enhances IP Depot  – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at GIview celebrating its first birthday, the acquisition of the Autonomy brand and related IP, the latest law firm appointments, and much more. Read more


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29 Nov 2021

Crisis management: increasing recalls put strain on consumer products and auto industry

Consumer products and auto brands will have to reassess their crisis management strategy to prevent reputational damage in the face of increased product recalls. Read more

25 Nov 2021

A new dawn: how INAPI is recovering following devastating arson attacks

In an exclusive interview, INAPI national director Loreto Bresky reveals how the last 12-month period has been one of the most complex in the agency’s history, and pledges “we are going forward”. Read more

24 Nov 2021

NFTs – the next generation: how cartoon apes could change the face of digital ownership

The Bored Ape Yacht Club has got lawyers scratching their heads over what native intellectual property in the non-fungible token space means for the future of IP rights. Read more

19 Nov 2021

INTA reveals new Strategic Plan; NFTs to revolutionise anti-counterfeiting; INAPI gives Madrid Protocol update – INTA 2021 report

For a final time, WTR takes a look at the highlights and learnings from this year’s INTA Annual Meeting. Read more

Legal updates

30 Nov 2021

GHD successfully opposes application for GOOD HAIR DAY based on slogan mark

This dispute over the right to register the sign GOOD HAIR DAY in respect of hair products shows that, once the hurdles to registration have been overcome, slogans can be a powerful tool for owners to protect their rights. Read more

30 Nov 2021

Soremartec successfully invalidates registration of ART GLACIO RAFAELIO based on earlier RAFFAELLO marks

Soremartec SA was successful in proving that the registration of the mark ART GLACIO RAFAELIO for goods in Classes 29 and 30 in Lithuania would exploit the reputation of the RAFFAELLO mark and weaken its distinctive character. Read more

29 Nov 2021

How to initiate a trademark infringement action against a registered trademark in China

This landmark case involving US company Travel Sentry Inc should encourage IP rights owners to fight against free-riders who successfully register infringing trademarks. Read more

29 Nov 2021

A UDRP complaint out of the clear blue sky

This UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘’ highlights that it is crucial for complainants to avoid presenting speculative arguments. Read more

26 Nov 2021

Pfizer’s opposition against registration of RUXXIMLA partially successful

The case confirms that the high degree of attention of the relevant public in respect of goods/services related to the medical field does not automatically rule out the existence of a likelihood of confusion. Read more


2 Jul 2021

Top tips for how brand owners can work with online platforms to fight counterfeiting

WTR’s Global Leaders set out an eight-point checklist for what rights holders and e-commerce sites can do to take meaningful action against the online trade in fake goods. Read more

1 Jul 2021

“Do not be afraid to take risks”: leading in-house counsel reveal the secrets to their success

WTR’s Global Leaders share personal insights into how they got to where they are today and offer advice to those considering the same career path. Read more

30 Jun 2021

The Chinese IP protection landscape looks bright – but more still needs to be done

Leading trademark practitioners discuss how the Chinese IP regime is improving for brand owners and, crucially, what the key areas of focus should be next. Read more

24 Jun 2021

How to work with Customs – six key tips for brand owners

IP practitioners in Europe, Central America and the United States discuss how brand owners can work with Customs to clamp down on counterfeiting in their region. Read more


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30 November – 1 December

IPBC Australasia and Brand Strategy Australasia 2021

IPBC Australasia 2021 will be held as a dedicated virtual programme comprising eight sessions spread across two days - on 30 November and 1 December. As always it will attract an extensive industry-led audience of senior executives from major IP-owning corporates – both regional and international – as well as key figures from the research and governmental communities.

3 December

The Future of Trademark Management and Brand Protection 2021

Taking place in London, WTR Live: The Future of Trademark Management and Brand Protection will facilitate discussion, benchmarking and the sharing of best practice around key topic areas and challenges facing brand leaders, and offer a glimpse into what the future of trademark practice looks like.

13 - 14 December

WTR Industry Review 2021

WTR’s Industry Review 2021 will launch this December, providing the brand protection community with strategic insight into five key business sectors: food and beverage; pharmaceuticals; fashion and luxury; retail and consumer goods; and technology. The series will reflect pivotal moments and lessons learned in 2021, and look towards what’s to come in 2022.

Join us on 13-14 December online to recap on the year’s fundamental regulatory developments, crucial court decisions, and new legislation with your peers.

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