Exclusive research into how brand professionals use private investigators

A new WTR survey shines a light on everything from what qualities trademark professionals most value to the areas in which they are planning to employ gumshoes in the near future.

Exclusive research into how brand professionals use private investigators
A tech giant with a portfolio to match: exclusive interview with PayPal’s in-house counsel
6 Jul 2020

A tech giant with a portfolio to match: exclusive interview with PayPal’s in-house counsel

Cliff Webb and Olga Stansell discuss how they've led PayPal’s lean two-person trademark and brand protection team in one of the world's fastest moving companies.

Keep calm and carry your brand through the covid-19 crisis
6 Jul 2020

Keep calm and carry your brand through the covid-19 crisis

Claire Jones, senior trademark attorney at HGF, provides insight into how trademark teams should focus their activities at a time when brand protection is more important than ever.

Featured

6 Jul
2020

Taiwan courts grant broad protection to foreign trademark licensor

In cancellation proceedings against the mark DADA SUPREME, the  Taiwanese courts have imposed strict criteria for the cancellation of a trademark registration based on the improper use of the mark by a local licensee. Read more

6 Jul
2020

Green with envy? Energy Beverages fails to revoke Frucor’s mark for colour green

Under threat of trademark infringement proceedings, Energy Beverages LLC has unsuccessfully challenged Frucor Suntory’s trademark registration for the colour green in New Zealand. Read more

6 Jul
2020

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

News

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5 Jul 2020

Booking.com sparks range of reactions; ICANN 68 puts key issues under the spotlight; Sky v Skykick rages on; 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

4 Jul 2020

From the WTR archive: a snapshot of trademarks in the beginning

In this latest edition of our series delving into WTR’s unrivalled archive of trademark content, we head back to the first issue of WTR magazine.  It is a reminder that the more things change, the more they remain the same. Read more

3 Jul 2020

New trademark law in Cyprus; Burger King trolls McDonald’s; INTA looking for tomorrow’s leaders – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Uber looking to bolster its food delivery unit, China approving 33 IP centres, the EUIPO unveiling an SME offering, and much more. Read more

2 Jul 2020

Are non-legal trademark services suppliers delivering what you need? WTR wants to know

WTR is polling law firm and corporate trademark professionals for their thoughts on how the trademark services sector is matching up to expectations. Read more

Analysis

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3 Jul 2020

What we learnt about INTA’s website and Annual Meeting plans from CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo

WTR presents insights from INTA on the association’s digital transformation strategy, plans for this year’s combined Annual and Leadership Meeting, and how virtual offerings may play into future association events – including San Diego 2021. Read more

2 Jul 2020

Key takeaways for trademark professionals from ICANN’s latest policy forum

In this guest analysis, experts from Winterfeldt IP Group present key takeaways from ICANN 68, including on issues related to rights protection, Domain Name System abuse and WHOIS. Read more

2 Jul 2020

As tobacco brands suffer amid covid-19 pandemic, cannabis brands thrive – despite USPTO restriction

As the tide continues to turn for the cannabis market, we investigate how long federal trademark legislation will lag behind this rapidly growing market. Read more

1 Jul 2020

Cost versus quality – how to pick a local partner for trademark work in Cambodia

Cambodia is fast becoming an important market. Speaking with local practitioners, WTR highlights the factors to consider before engaging a Cambodian firm, either directly or to conduct work on behalf of clients. Read more

Legal updates

3 Jul 2020

Just desserts for MR. WHIPPY on appeal

This decision in UK opposition proceedings suggests that genuine use may be found where the evidence relates to a precursor of the goods covered by the specification, rather than the goods themselves. Read more

3 Jul 2020

UDRP complainant cheesed off in ‘taleggio.net’ case

A WIPO panel has denied the transfer of the domain name ‘taleggio.net’ under the UDRP because the complainant, an Italian consortium promoting and commercialising Taleggio cheese, had failed to prove that the respondent had acted in bad faith. Read more

2 Jul 2020

General Court upholds Louis Vuitton’s appeal in checkerboard pattern case

This case, which involved a beige-and-blue chequerboard pattern trademark owned by French fashion house Louis Vuitton Malletier, highlights that those hoping to obtain EUTM protection by showing acquired distinctiveness will have their work cut. Read more

2 Jul 2020

In a space of their own: new second-level ‘.au’ domains

Australian third-level domains may soon be outdated due to the release of the new second-level ‘.au’ domain. This update presents key takeaway points to maximise the prospects of securing a second-level ‘.au’ domain. Read more

1 Jul 2020

International trademark registration under the Madrid System in Thailand: practical points for brand owners

With the Madrid System now in its third year in Thailand, this update identifies the practical points for brand owners to consider when deciding which channel – the Madrid System or the direct national route – is the most efficient. Read more

Insight

6 Jul 2020

How to take counterfeiters down (cheaply) during a pandemic

The economic crisis following covid-19 has pushed rights enforcement down company agendas, while unwary online consumers in lockdown make easy prey for counterfeiters. With litigation slow, costly and unlikely to succeed, there are quick and easy ways to thwart the fakers. Read more

6 Jul 2020

Challenging times: anti-counterfeiting in the age of covid-19

Locked-down consumers with heightened health worries could be easy prey for fast-acting counterfeiters. Legal authorities have foreseen some of the risks, but is the European Union sufficiently prepared for an influx of fake medicines and equipment? Read more

6 Jul 2020

Supreme People’s Court opinion directs judges to protect owners’ rights

A wide-ranging opinion recently issued by the Supreme People’s Court provides guidance on how the courts can better protect IP owners’ rights and promises to support trademark owners’ anti-counterfeiting actions. Read more

6 Jul 2020

Can we overcome counterfeiting without tackling the mindset behind it?

Trademark owners have a mountain to climb if they want local judges to grant orders to seize counterfeit goods in Turkey. Things are better at the border, but changes to judicial processes are required. Read more

Events

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Oct 6-15
2020

WTR Connect 2020

WTR Connect has been purpose-built for trademark and brand protection experts globally. From 6-15 October, WTR will be hosting more than 20 individual interactive digital sessions, designed to facilitate discussion, benchmarking and the sharing of best practice around key topic areas and challenges facing trademark and brand leaders.

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