Superbuy and WeGoBuy need to be on counterfeit enforcement radars

Two of the biggest Chinese shipping agents appear to be helping to make buying counterfeits more convenient and therefore worsening the battle against fakes, argues our Saturday opinion.

Superbuy and WeGoBuy need to be on counterfeit enforcement radars
AB InBev's beyond-beer strategy could transform its brand portfolio
15 Oct 2021

AB InBev's beyond-beer strategy could transform its brand portfolio

Its staple brands still have an important role to play as the brewer looks to expand into adjacent product areas like hard seltzer and canned cocktails

2021 INTA Annual Meeting capsule keynotes; fountain pen trademark drama; Disney+ to expand into Asia – news digest
15 Oct 2021

2021 INTA Annual Meeting capsule keynotes; fountain pen trademark drama; Disney+ to expand into Asia – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Montenegro expanding its TMclass participation, KIPO seeing significant increase in covid marks, and much more.

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17 Oct
2021

Inside a transformed Xerox; H&M dispute ends; Trademark Terminal development; 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

15 Oct
2021

General Court: EUTM for tyres filed in bad faith to take advantage of lack of protection of competitor’s mark in Bulgaria

In these invalidity proceedings between rival tyre manufacturers, the General Court agreed with the EUIPO that it was “practically impossible” that Univers Agro intended to honestly use the mark AGATE in the course of trade. Read more

15 Oct
2021

Amendments to the Law on Industrial Property – key points for IP rights owners

Amendments to the Law No 9947 “On Industrial Property” have entered into force in Albania, introducing several novelties - including the formalisation of the System of Administration of Objects of Industrial Property. Read more

News

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14 Oct 2021

WTR needs your nominations for the 2022 Industry Awards and WTR 300 projects

Act now to ensure that the critical work undertaken by corporate trademark professionals is recognised in the 2022 WTR Industry Awards and the next edition of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals.  Read more

14 Oct 2021

Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis

As the novel coronavirus epidemic continues to spread across the globe, WTR provides an updated look at measures that national IP offices have launched in response. Read more

13 Oct 2021

New low-cost filing platforms with striking similarities to controversial Trademark Terminal target US applicants

Just weeks after controversial low-cost filing agency Trademark Terminal ceased operations, WTR has identified three more platforms that may be related to it. Read more

12 Oct 2021

Alibaba helps SMEs fight counterfeiters; EA considers FIFA rebrand; secrets of corporate logos – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Geek Bar launching anti-counterfeiting measures, Walmart and Netflix creating an exclusive retail hub, and much more. Read more

Analysis

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14 Oct 2021

Renewed calls for US marketplaces and social media platforms to be added to USTR list, as platforms respond

During the comment period for the 2021 Notorious Markets List, calls have been made for US online marketplaces and social media platforms like Amazon and Facebook to be included. Read more

14 Oct 2021

What more can your firm do for LGBTQ+ equality?

The Long Read: Diversity officers at the top-ranking firms for LGBTQ+ equality unpick the fundamentals of an effective D&I strategy. Read more

13 Oct 2021

Brand enforcement takeaways from Brand Strategy Southeast Asia

This week, IPBC Southeast Asia, hosted by IAM, and WTR’s Brand Strategy Southeast Asia, were hosted simultaneously. Read more

11 Oct 2021

Xerox: the company you thought you knew

We go behind the scenes at a transformed Xerox to learn how the company’s trademark strategy is helping it to branch into new markets. Read more

Legal updates

14 Oct 2021

Recovering a trademark after a bad-faith registration: recent decision offers hope to legitimate brand owners

A major problem with first-to-file systems is that bad-faith applicants may be able to obtain a trademark registration before the legitimate brand owner. However, a recent decision by a Thai court shows that there is a solution to this issue. Read more

14 Oct 2021

BODY LASER held to be valid for beauty parlour services

Argentina’s Federal Court of Appeals in Civil and Commercial Matters has confirmed that, although the mark was suggestive, it did not constitute a necessary designation of the services at issue. Read more

13 Oct 2021

The UAE joins the Madrid Protocol - what it means for UAE and international rights holders

The UAE will become a member of the Madrid Protocol from 28 December 2021. This is a momentous development for UAE-based rights holders, as well as international rights holders looking for trademark protection in the UAE. Read more

13 Oct 2021

Madras High Court: WOODS for incense sticks is suggestive

The manufacturer of the Woods incense sticks has failed in its attempt to prevent a competitor from using the mark HEAVEN WOOD. Read more

12 Oct 2021

The colour orange for Champagne – a salutary lesson in ticking the right box

Spending more time checking the boxes in the original trademark application would have saved the applicant 15 years of proceedings. Read more

Insight

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

Events

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21-22 October
2021

ECTA Annual Conference

SAVE THE DATE - ECTA’s 39th Annual Conference will be held on 21 and 22 October 2021 in Vienna in a hybrid format. You will share two days of intensive networking and learning opportunities on the latest trends in trade mark, design law and beyond with numerous professionals and officials from all over the world. We hope to welcome many friends and colleagues, physically and virtually at this event. ECTA members can participate at a reduced fee! More information about the programme and registration will follow in due course.

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