Moving in the right direction: Myanmar’s soft opening of new IP office on course for success

Despite concerns over clarity of trademark systems, filings are progressing well. The opening should bring Myanmar’s IP landscape up to speed with its neighbours.

Moving in the right direction: Myanmar’s soft opening of new IP office on course for success
Apple wrestles ‘most valuable brand’ crown from Amazon as diversification drives growth
26 Jan 2021

Apple wrestles ‘most valuable brand’ crown from Amazon as diversification drives growth

Apple has replaced Amazon at the top of the Brand Finance Global 500 2021 ranking of the world’s most valuable brands following a stellar 87% increase in brand value over the past year.

WeChat nudges past Ferrari to top brand strength rankings
26 Jan 2021

WeChat nudges past Ferrari to top brand strength rankings

WeChat has been named the world’s strongest brand in new research from Brand Finance, with Ferrari dropping to second place and Sber moving up to third.

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26 Jan
2021

New ARIPO director ‘vision for future’; AAFA counterfeit liability call; Boohoo buys Debenhams – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Nike taking a kick at counterfeit footwear manufacturers, USPTO reopening a comment period on state sovereign immunity, ICANN inviting leadership applications, and much more. Read more

26 Jan
2021

Superior Court of Justice of Madrid confirms criminal conviction for wholesale and retail of fake adidas garments

The Civil and Criminal Section of the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid has upheld a decision sentencing the defendant to a two-year prison sentence for selling fake adidas garments, rejecting once again the application of the ‘consumer error’ theory to IP crimes. Read more

26 Jan
2021

Next stop for the MULTIBUS mark: registration

Multinational car company Volkswagen has failed in its attempt to oppose the registration of MULTIBUS in Class 12 based on its earlier MULTIVAN mark. Read more

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25 Jan 2021

A close look at the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit GI regime

In an exclusive guest post, experts at Hogan Lovells explore the current status of geographical indications in the United Kingdom – and what the future could hold for their protection. Read more

25 Jan 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

24 Jan 2021

Intellectual property under Biden; EUIPO data exclusive; service provider debut; 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

22 Jan 2021

Beckham brand boost; USPTO leadership changes; Pearl Jam versus Pearl Jamm – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the USPTO announcing an acting director after Andrei Iancu’s exit, the EU General Court decision in a dispute over HALLOUMI and BBQLOUMI,  and much more. Read more

Analysis

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22 Jan 2021

iaidō launch adds new player to the IP legal services provider market

Matching business intelligence with a case management system infrastructure, the dual launch aims to provide innovation that the service provider landscape is currently lacking. Read more

14 Jan 2021

Renault disappears and Aston Martin returns: brand lessons from two teams in the 2021 F1 season

As Renault F1 and Racing Point rebrand to Alpine F1 and Aston Martin respectively, WTR asks brand experts whether these are savvy moves or will cause consumer confusion. Read more

13 Jan 2021

The rise of clone perfume: a growing challenge for fragrance brands?

In an interview with WTR, the owner of a business that sells ‘smell-alike’ perfumes reveals why the popularity of cloned fragrances is on the rise, and why he believes using their own brand avoids any potential legal risk from major perfume companies. Read more

13 Jan 2021

Tracking fakes: revealing the most popular regions for buyers of counterfeit goods

New research from WTR reveals where people searching for counterfeit goods are residing, uncovering a significant difference between brands. Read more

Legal updates

25 Jan 2021

Strengthened IP protection in China: key amendments highlighted

Recent amendments to the Patent Law, Copyright Law and Criminal Law demonstrate the state’s commitment to strengthening IP protection in China, and to adapting to the advancements of society and technology. Read more

25 Jan 2021

Good news for IP owners as several IP treaties are reinstated in Venezuela

In a welcome development for IP rights owners, late last year SAPI announced the direct application of the TRIPS Agreement and other international IP treaties in Venezuela. Read more

22 Jan 2021

No likelihood of confusion between BIM FREELANCE and BIM READY due to relevant public’s high level of attention

In this arguably debatable decision, the EU General Court concluded - contrary to the EUIPO - that there was no likelihood of confusion between BIM READY and BIM FREELANCE for “training services” in Class 41. Read more

22 Jan 2021

Vans successfully registers iconic ‘Checkerboard Slip-On’ design for trainers

The Peruvian Trademark Office’s Direction of Distinctive Signs has upheld an appeal by Vans Inc claiming that its internationally famous ‘Checkerboard Slip-On’ design has a high level of distinctiveness and is associated with a specific business origin. Read more

21 Jan 2021

Swissness – recent developments in the protection of the ‘Swiss’ brand

Following a recent evaluation of the Swissness legislation, which came into force four years ago, the Federal Council has noted that there is no need to revise the legislation, but there is still a need for action and enforcement - particularly abroad. Read more

Insight

12 Dec 2020

Why Mexico needs clearer publicity rights

With image rights protected mainly by the Federal Copyright Law, the overlap between an individual’s right to control use of their image and the automatic copyright established on behalf of an author can lead to courtroom conflicts. Read more

12 Dec 2020

EU image rights: when the product is us

In the absence of a harmonised EU law on image rights, individuals are forced to rely on a combination of copyright and human rights claims to protect their most unique asset online – their own image. Read more

12 Dec 2020

My name, my face, your trademark? Protecting publicity and image rights in China

A series of high-profile cases has seen publicity and image rights in the spotlight in recent years. Although the laws protecting these rights can be broad, a well-thought-out strategy with evidence of reputation will see celebrities triumph over bad-faith filers. Read more

12 Dec 2020

Social media and the right of publicity: what advertisers need to know

With no US federal right of publicity and the distinction between celebrities and non-celebrities becoming increasingly arbitrary, companies looking to advertise their products through the likenesses of individuals must be up to date with the latest case law in order to get a clear picture of the risks involved. Read more

Events

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27-28 January
2021

IP Risk Management 2021

IP is one of the most important assets a business can own and is increasingly prominent on the corporate agenda. While budgets get tighter and resources scarcer, threats continue to grow. All the while, IP leaders must ensure they are protecting their assets and proactively mitigating the risks surrounding them. WTR’s IP Risk Management event, live on Zoom on January 27 and 28 2021, will focus on key strategies, best practices and lessons learned for identifying, measuring and mitigating IP risk.

15-19 March
2021

WTR Connect Spring 2021

WTR Connect returns to Zoom for a week of purpose-built trademark and brand protection discussions with the world’s leading experts. From March 15-19, WTR will be hosting more than 20 individual interactive digital sessions live on Zoom, each designed to facilitate discussion, benchmarking and the sharing of best practice around key topic areas and challenges facing trademark and brand leaders.

Brand Strategy Southeast Asia 2021

With global trade tensions showing no signs of abating, Southeast Asia looks set to benefit as manufacturers shift strategic facilities into the region - further boosting the burgeoning tech and R&D sectors. However, this growth will place unprecedented pressures on an already uneven IP landscape and rights-owners, both international and home-grown, will need to navigate with care.

Against this background, IAM is pleased to announce the return of our combined programme: IPBC Southeast Asia, hosted by IAM, and Brand Strategy Southeast Asia, presented by World Trademark Review, to the Grand Hyatt Singapore on September 2021.

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