The top 25 trademark industry influencers – revealed

The long read: WTR identifies the movers and shakers set to shape the trademark landscape over the next couple of years.

The top 25 trademark industry influencers – revealed
Innovation at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office: spotlight on cutting-edge tools and services
4 Mar 2021

Innovation at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office: spotlight on cutting-edge tools and services

In an exclusive guest post, representatives from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) reveal the agency’s innovative non-core tools and services for trademark users – and those planned for the future.

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

Featured

4 Mar
2021

Madagascar: the air of mystery extends to trademarks

Obtaining a trademark registration can be very difficult and expensive in Madagascar, as demonstrated by a recent case. Read more

4 Mar
2021

Fashion boutique ordered to pay exemplary fine for copying Burberry pattern

Burberry has obtained an outstanding result in a dispute with a Peruvian fashion company over the use of its pattern trademark, with the Trademark Office using its discretion to increase the amount of the fine imposed. Read more

3 Mar
2021

"We troll counterfeiters": team behind Unified Patents goes on offensive against online infringers

Unified Patents has launched a new subsidiary, Unified Brands, which aims to combat counterfeiters on behalf of SMEs on a ‘no cost’ basis. Read more

News

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3 Mar 2021

“I will never give up” – Filipino small business owner on legal battle with Duke and Duchess of Sussex

In an exclusive interview, a small business owner in Manilla, Philippines, who is embroiled in a trademark dispute with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, has described it as a “duel to the death”. Read more

2 Mar 2021

IP Hall of Fame nominations open; USPTO reflects on future of designs; Philip Morris prevails in Korea – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Mr Potato Head going gender neutral, Beyond Meat signing new licensing deals, Pink Lady owner defending its trademark, and much more Read more

2 Mar 2021

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in bitter Archewell trademark dispute in Philippines

An entity representing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is pursuing legal action against a small business owner in the Philippines related to their Archewell brand, WTR can reveal, and the dispute is set to be a fiery one. Read more

1 Mar 2021

USPTO urged to set up task force to address scams following massive Pakistan fraud case

A week after WTR revealed a massive fraud and money laundering case in Pakistan involving the targeting of USPTO users, experts are calling for urgent action to identify those potentially impacted. Read more

Analysis

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3 Mar 2021

The future-facing approach to diversity and inclusion at Finnegan

Chief recruitment and professional development officer, Tim Henderson, provides in-depth insight into the firm’s approach to DE&I. Read more

26 Feb 2021

United States tumbles down Brand Finance Soft Power Index due to covid-19 response

In a star-studded launch event, Brand Finance held a virtual conference with speakers including Hilary Rodham Clinton, Carl Bildt and David Miliband. Read more

25 Feb 2021

New Zealand far-right group’s use of certification mark demonstrates importance of politically minded enforcement

WTR spoke to brand experts on what recourse Buy New Zealand Made has available, as well as when entering the political fray is necessary to protect a mark’s reputation. Read more

20 Feb 2021

Consolidation continues in IP services sector but further tech innovation expected (not least from law firms)

In our Saturday opinion piece, we consider recent activity in the non-legal IP services market. Read more

Legal updates

3 Mar 2021

Supreme Court: ‘zombies’ do exist in New Zealand after all

In a dispute between SC Johnson and Son and International Consolidated Business over the ZIPLOC mark, New Zealand’s highest court has effectively held that ‘zombie’ trademarks do exist in the country. Read more

3 Mar 2021

Does the use of a trademark on a book cover qualify as infringement?

In a case which highlights the crucial importance of filing trademark infringement and unfair competition claims cumulatively, the Turkish Court of Cassation has considered that the use of a trademark on a book cover was a legitimate use. Read more

2 Mar 2021

Nigeria’s Trademark Opposition Tribunal finally set in motion

The long-awaited Trademark Opposition Tribunal - which was announced as far back as June 2019 by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment - has finally been commissioned. Read more

2 Mar 2021

Cloudy outcome despite identical trademark

This UDRP decision shows that respondents may be able to provide sufficient evidence that they have rights and legitimate interests in a domain name matching a complainant’s trademark, despite having no trademark rights themselves. Read more

1 Mar 2021

Full Federal Court: don’t count descriptive elements out

This decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia demonstrates that descriptive elements may constitute the striking and important feature of a mark. 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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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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