Not blocked – Meghan, Harry and a tale of trademark misreporting

As four more notices of threatened opposition are filed, the trademark activity of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle continues to pique the interest of the mainstream media. What has been particularly troubling is the significant inaccuracies in much of the coverage.

Not blocked – Meghan, Harry and a tale of trademark misreporting
24 Jan 2020

Brand Tracker: the filing trends of the world’s most valuable brands  

In the first instalment of a new series, we track the trademark filing activity of the world’s most valuable brands – revealing that Mercedes-Benz may be gearing up to launch an AI assistant.

24 Jan 2020

Beanie Babies counterfeit video, ‘Amazon Pharmacy’ filing, crowdfunding trademark litigation: news digest

 In our latest news digest, we look at the USPTO welcoming new members to the TPAC, Gowling WLG expanding its trademark offering in China, consumer cynicism over environmental claims, and much more.

Featured

26 Jan
2020

The world’s most valuable brands, Sussex Royal trademark spat, Alibaba reveals IP enforcement data, Brexit uncertainty revealed, 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

24 Jan
2020

Have your say on the state of the trademark industry

WTR is currently inviting trademark professionals to participate in our annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey, which measures the pulse of the industry and identifies how practice is evolving. Read more

24 Jan
2020

US Postal Service, Amazon and Google named most trusted brands for reliability – but consumer priorities are changing

The US Postal Service, Amazon and Google have topped a ranking of the most trusted brands in the United States. But while reliability is key to securing consumer trust, ethical issues are becoming increasingly important.  Read more

News

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23 Jan 2020

Sussex Royal trademark challenged: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle face legal battle after receiving threat of opposition

A trademark application filed by the Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for the brand name 'Sussex Royal' has received a notice of threatened opposition this week, WTR can reveal.  Read more

23 Jan 2020

Kasper VPN scam: YouTube urged to combat fraudulent ads featuring third-party brands

Scam adverts on YouTube are using popular brand names to lure viewers to download potentially malicious phone apps. The fraudulent activity is being viewed by hundreds of thousands of people and is a difficult issue for brand owners to enforce or monitor. Read more

22 Jan 2020

Amazon retains world’s most valuable brand title by smashing through $200 billion barrier

Amazon has once again been named "the world’s most valuable brand", with its brand valued at over $200 billion in the latest Brand Finance Global 500 report. It is not good news for all though, with a brand value slowdown suggesting that troubled times could lie ahead. Read more

22 Jan 2020

Marillyn Hewson named world’s best brand guardian, but ranking remains dominated by men

The CEO of Lockheed Martin, Marillyn Hewson, has been named the “world’s best brand guardian” in a new report from Brand Finance. However, she is one of just four women in the top 100 ranking, highlighting a stark gender disparity. Read more

Analysis

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23 Jan 2020

Alibaba reveals 2019 IP enforcement data; Siemens, Dyson and Coach among brands joining AACA  

WTR analysed data from Alibaba's latest IP Protection Report, revealing that it has supplied 1,045 IP-related leads to law enforcement authorities in the past 12 months.  Read more

23 Jan 2020

A third of companies admit uncertainty over post-Brexit trademark strategy

A new study has revealed that a third of UK and European businesses remain uncertain of what their trademark registration strategy will be after the UK leaves the European Union. Read more

22 Jan 2020

Baker McKenzie reigns supreme as world’s strongest law firm brand

Acritas has released its annual index of the world's strongest law firm brands. Once again, the top 20 list includes a number of firms with strong trademark practices, many of which feature in the WTR 1000. Read more

21 Jan 2020

“UK will become paradise for free riders”: CJEU referral highlights potential Brexit IP schism

Four questions have been referred to the CJEU which could lead to a landmark judgement on a trademark owners’ rights to stop resales. The decision may further enlarge the gulf between the UK and the EU's position on exhaustion post-Brexit. Read more

Legal updates

24 Jan 2020

Court of Appeals refers to "fruits" of trademark infringement in landmark decision

Referring for the first time to the profits - or “fruits” – obtained by the defendant, Argentina’s Federal Civil and Commercial Court of Appeals has imposed the highest-ever amount of damages in a trademark infringement case. Read more

24 Jan 2020

Ukraine amends GI law – what you need to know

Amendments to the Ukrainian Law on Geographical Indications, which bring the national legislation into line with Regulation 1151/2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs, entered into force on 1 January 2020.   Read more

23 Jan 2020

Blow for Nestlé as General Court finds that it failed to establish reputation of its ONE mark

In Amigüitos pets & life v EUIPO, the General Court has scored one for the little guy against big hitter Nestlé. Read more

23 Jan 2020

When it’s all in the family: reverse confusion not a basis for broad trademark remedies

In Fabick Inc v JFTCO Inc, a trademark dispute originating from a family feud, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has addressed the issue of reverse trademark confusion and the scope of available remedies. Read more

22 Jan 2020

No free ticket for toys at the border: BMW successfully defends itself against lawsuit by toy manufacturer

Well-known car manufacturer BMW has successfully defended itself against a lawsuit filed by a toy car manufacturer in Germany. The plaintiff sought an injunction and damages following an allegedly inadmissible seizure of goods at the border. Read more

Insight

16 Jan 2020

Online brand protection takeaways: tales from the trenches

Throughout 2019 WTR hosted a number of events that provided practical, strategic brand protection takeaways. Below are some of the key action points and insights. Read more

16 Jan 2020

Turkey tackles online sales of counterfeit goods

According to the Customs Union Report (September 2019), fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly €740 million were stopped by various EU customs authorities in 2018. The number of interceptions of fake goods imported into the European Union increased as a result of the large volume of small parcels sent in the post. Read more

16 Jan 2020

How to increase efficiency of online brand protection efforts in Russia

According to the available statistics, counterfeit products account for more than 46% of the global market, significantly more than sales of heroin (7%), cocaine (8%), gambling games (14%), prostitution (18%) and other illegal businesses. Read more

16 Jan 2020

Lost in the Amazon: how to combat trademark infringement in the e-commerce marketplace

With the growing popularity of e-commerce, the rules by which sellers and buyers interact have changed. Read more

Events

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28 January
2020
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Managing Trademark Assets Europe 2020

WTR’s Managing Trademark Assets Europe will bring together trademark counsel and brand experts from a variety of industries. It will provide a space in which to benefit from new insights, discuss best practice and share cutting-edge strategies for cost-effectively building and protecting brands.

3 March
2020
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Managing Trademark Assets USA 2020

In its fifth year, WTR’s Managing Trademark Assets USA returns to Chicago, playing host to senior trademark experts as they look to explore solutions to the significant challenges and risks faced as portfolios grow in strength and visibility.

4 March
2020
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Brand Protection Online USA 2020

Returning to Chicago after a sell-out inaugural event in 2019, WTR’s Brand Protection Online will play host to senior experts from the world’s leading brands and provide a unique forum for in-house counsel to discuss the challenges, opportunities and risks being faced as online and technological environments continue to evolve.

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