From the WTR archive: Industry predictions (that we got right and wrong)

In January 2018, the cover story of issue 71 of WTR saw the editorial team identify and explore 25 developments we felt would shape the future of trademarks in the years to follow.

From the <em>WTR</em> archive: Industry predictions (that we got right and wrong)
Innovation at IP Australia: spotlight on non-core tools and services
14 Aug 2020

Innovation at IP Australia: spotlight on non-core tools and services

In a new regular series on WTR, national intellectual property offices share the innovative non-core tools and services that they have launched or are developing for the future. This week, we focus on innovation at IP Australia.

How cross-collaboration helps Wells Fargo’s trademark team to repair reputational damage
14 Aug 2020

How cross-collaboration helps Wells Fargo’s trademark team to repair reputational damage

Coordinating the trademark needs of any business always requires a keen sense of the inner workings of the company. WTR spoke to Wells Fargo's team on business integration.

Featured

14 Aug
2020

Ben & Jerry’s gets political; Brazil to decide on iPhone mark; another Amazon anti-counterfeiting measure – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property looking to regulate its IP industry, Instagram’s new Reels brand facing a trademark lawsuit, and much more. Read more

14 Aug
2020

Supreme Court confirms that temporary covering of Apple mark amounts to trademark infringement

This decision of the Supreme Court of Norway illustrates the strong protection afforded to trademark owners in the country, even where the affixed trademark is not visible. Read more

14 Aug
2020

Shandong High Court awards Rmb500,000 in damages in case involving BORDEAUX GI collective mark

In a landmark case that is expected to serve as a point of reference for the protection of GIs in China, the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux has successfully enforced its GI collective trademark BORDEAUX波尔多 in a civil lawsuit in the Shandong Province. Read more

News

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13 Aug 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

12 Aug 2020

Indie devs and trademarks: exclusive research reveals brand protection issues of independent video games

New research from WTR has analysed the brand protection of some of the most successful independent video games, and found significant gaps that could lead to expensive legal issues. Read more

11 Aug 2020

Apple versus Prepear; IP Australia teams up with National Rugby League; ‘China quit India’ campaign launched – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at WhatsApp and Google being used by scammers to dupe consumers, ICANN heads to Kuala Lumpur, Lao joins TMclass, and much more. Read more

10 Aug 2020

Just days left to have your say on whether non-legal trademark services suppliers are delivering what you need

WTR needs your views on trademark search, watch and portfolio management services Read more

Analysis

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12 Aug 2020

”I decided to take up the challenge” – IP director at MF Brands on communicating intellectual property to the C-suite

A new book, titled The Great Catapult: How Integrated IP Management Will Shoot Your Brand to Success, aims to take the IP message to the C-suite, so WTR sat down with author Zeeger Vink to get the inside track on the publication. Read more

11 Aug 2020

Sugargoo launches: new Chinese shopping agent targets marketing to counterfeit buyers

New Chinese shipping agent Sugargoo officially launched this week, with its primary marketing focused on forums for western buyers of counterfeit goods. Read more

11 Aug 2020

Amazon extends Project Zero’s geographical footprint: 10,000 brands now enrolled in the programme

Amazon has announced the expansion of its Project Zero initiative to seven new countries - the latest in a series of anti-counterfeiting announcements made by the e-commerce giant. Read more

6 Aug 2020

Counterfeit hotspots in Bangladesh that brand owners should be aware of

In the latest instalment in our regular series on marketplaces around the globe that are reportedly notorious for being counterfeit havens, we head to the Bay of Bengal and the nation of Bangladesh. Read more

Legal updates

13 Aug 2020

FAKE DUCK v SAVE THE DUCK: it takes two separate tests to assess the likelihood of confusion

In EUIPO v Equivalenza, the Court of Justice of the European Union had underlined that the assessment of the similarity between two signs and that of the likelihood of confusion are two clearly distinguishable tests. This recent decision of the General Court provides a good example of how to carry out these tests. Read more

13 Aug 2020

‘shethepeople.org’ decision: geography and field of business lead to complainant's defeat

A UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘shethepeople.org’ shows that a potentially similar field of activity does not suffice to prove a registrant's lack of rights/legitimate interests and bad faith, even if the complainant holds prior trademark rights. Read more

12 Aug 2020

Impact of covid-19 pandemic on Argentina’s trademark practice

The major financial crisis that resulted from the covid-19 pandemic has hit Argentina particularly hard. The number of trademark applications and renewals has decreased, and trademark conflict resolution has dropped to close to nothing. However, it is not all bad news. Read more

12 Aug 2020

Supreme Court dismisses cassation appeal against criminal conviction in case involving import of counterfeit adidas shoes

In a case involving the import for commercial purposes of counterfeit shoes bearing brands and designs owned by adidas, the Spanish Supreme Court has dismissed a cassation appeal against a judgment imposing an 18-month prison sentence on the defendants. Read more

11 Aug 2020

‘Dominican rum’ registered as denomination of origin

Six years after the Dominican Association of Producers of Rum first applied for the ‘Dominican rum’ denomination of origin, the National Industrial Property Office has finally granted the application. The denomination of origin has caused controversy, with certain rum producers opposing the application. 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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