The legal sector is traditionally a male-dominated industry and although that is changing, more work needs to be done to combat inequality.
Alibaba Vice President Matthew Bassiur invites brands to collaborate with the company in the fight against fakes as the group collects WTR’s award for Asia-Pacific Team of the Year.
With its origins in Instagram, Swedish watch company Daniel Wellington is no stranger to online counterfeit issues. The IP team’s core activity lies in enforcement, working both offline and online to purge fake goods.
The trademark team operating in Latin America is faced with a unique set of challenges – being prepared is the best defence against the high level of infringement it faces.
The WTR North America Team of the Year Award was presented to the team handling HBO’s trademark legal needs, including the TV phenomenon Game of Thrones. Trademark head Judy McCool offers insights into protecting brands connected to the biggest show on Earth.
As a global powerhouse, adidas has the gargantuan task of protecting its brand and policing misuse and infringement, but the Fashion, Cosmetics and Luxury Goods Team of the Year is up to the challenge.
Juggling global operations spread out among affiliates can be a daunting task but open communication, company-wide interaction and knowledge sharing allows these trademark professionals to manage an impactful and efficient portfolio.
The in-house team at food giant Mars continuously adapts its approach to tackle the range of prosecution and enforcement challenges it faces. Although the department is decentralised, strong internal communication keeps the brand’s IP strategy robust and consistent.
Zoetis’ Jane Ungaro shares her trademark strategy and methodology after a record-breaking year for acquisitions to reveal how Zoetis pipped Pfizer and Specsavers to WTR's Healthcare and Life Sciences Team of the Year.
Restructuring can cause a number of headaches for a company, but the WTR Household and Consumer Goods Team of the Year, Reckitt Benckiser, has proven that adaptability and effective communication are the secret to ensuring that enforcement efforts remain uncompromised during times of upheaval.
Netflix’s human approach on social media extends to its legal team; Ali Buttars and Jeremy Kaufman discuss the difficulties and techniques in running the streaming giant’s trademark section.
We take a closer look at the inaugural winners of the WTR Industry Award for Local Team of the Year, Cambirdge-based Sage Therapeutics and how it is winning plaudits for innovative marketing and branding work.
Lindesay Low, deputy director – legal at the Scotch Whisky Association, reveals how the company has upheld enforcement efforts amid Brexit chaos and why it remains confident in the face of international infringement, proving itself the worthy winner of WTR’s Not-for-Profit Organisation Team of the Year.
Alison McDade, senior trademark counsel at 7-Eleven, reveals why communication and integration are key to protecting the IP rights of the world’s largest convenience store franchise.
Following a 2018 infringement suit that won the company a permanent injunction and over $12.2 million in damages, we reflect on the vigilant stance taken by WTR’s Software and Online Services Team of the Year – Nintendo of America.
Daniel Zohny, IP head at FIFA, looks back at the intense workload taken on by his team during the 2018 World Cup and looks forward to the next tournament as the worthy winner of WTR’s Sports, Entertainment and Media Team of the Year.
Christopher George, director of trademarks and brands at Technology and Consumer Electronics Team of the Year Intel, has spoken to WTR about the difficulties his team faces when tasked with protecting the brands of so-called ‘ingredient’ tech components, rather than final products.
WTR sits down with John Wilson, senior vice president and chief counsel of intellectual property and commercial at Caesars Entertainment, to discuss how the fourth-largest gaming company in the world is broadening its horizons.
Toyota has taken big strides in the last year, with a 17% increase in brand value in 2018 alone. Managing counsel Theresa Conduah discusses the trademark implications of this busy 12 months.
In an exclusive interview, Judy McCool – senior vice president, legal affairs at Home Box Office – reveals why sharing expertise, empowering others and embracing change are the cornerstones of effective leadership.
The eminent Jack Chang sits down with WTR to give an insight into his varied career. From establishing the China Anti-counterfeiting Coalition and the Quality Brands Protection Committee to being personally thanked by Vice Premier Madam Wu Yi for his work, Chang has significantly altered the trademark landscape in China.
A new study shows that start-ups and SMEs that invest in trademarks have a much better chance of experiencing high growth, yet only a small proportion of such businesses make this investment.
An understanding of the law is just the first step to successful brand protection in China. WTR talked to local in-house counsel and private practitioners to get the inside track on how to craft a multifaceted trademark strategy for the region.
A group of senior trademark and brand professionals recently convened in New York to discuss strategies for protecting, enforcing and monetising fashion and luxury brands. This special report details some of the key points and presents essential takeaways.
The new EU Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive has significant potential for content creators and publishers – but the nuances of the new rules must be properly understood.
Nigeria has long been a challenging jurisdiction in which to obtain and enforce registered trademark rights. Recent changes represent significant and positive steps forward, as issues are finally being addressed.
The principle of national treatment may hinder the ability of some foreign companies to exercise their right to appeal Trademark Review and Adjudication Board decisions to the Beijing IP Court. However, there are various strategies that foreign companies can employ to overcome the hurdles that they face.
With the regulatory gap in food and beverage labelling yet to be bridged, the legal landscape for manufacturers looking to enter the hemp-based cannabidiol market remains murky.
The acceptance of non-traditional trademarks has increased in most Latin American jurisdictions in recent years. We provide an overview of the current state of play.
Less than a year into Christian Archambeau’s tenure as executive director, the EUIPO is laying the groundwork for future expansion. World Trademark Review’s annual focus on the office assesses current operations, reveals the most proactive filers and explores how the agency is taking a global view of trademarks.
Over the past couple of years rapid improvements have been made at the Russian IP office. In an exclusive feature, the head of the registry looks at its current operations and speaks candidly about plans for the future.
Kangxin Partners PC
Pharmaceutical products play a key role in public healthcare. As a result, the protection of pharmaceutical trademarks is fraught with unique challenges, particularly when it comes to a pharmaceutical product’s name and generic name.
The European Union offers an increasingly interesting market for pharmaceutical companies, thanks to its growing elderly population, above average expenditure on drugs and robust use of branded drugs over generic equivalents. Pharmaceutical trademarks are a crucial element of this.
Henry Goh & Co
While disputes over pharmaceutical trademarks are few and far between, decisions can have a significant effect on product manufacturing and public health.
Uhthoff, Gómez Vega & Uhthoff
Similarity among prescription drug names should be avoided, as the potential confusion carries a risk to consumer health. Bringing the best pharmaceutical trademark to market can be arduous, but it will assist in the safe prescription of medication.
Gorodissky & Partners
The pharmaceutical industry is a high-tech development priority and pharmaceutical production must happen alongside the development of an appropriate IP protection strategy. Pharmaceutical trademarks owners would be well advised to consider any issues in the context of the Russian market.
United States of America
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
There are numerous hurdles to branding a new pharmaceutical. In addition to traditional marks, non-traditional marks offer a route to protection where a drug’s appearance has acquired distinctiveness, but obtaining such registrations is not all plain sailing.