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JD.com leverages relationship with LVMH to boost its own reputation

All the brand’s touchpoints are covered, giving the e-commerce giant a leg up in a competitive market

JD.com leverages relationship with LVMH to boost its own reputation
Victoria’s Secret on the up, while General Motors grapples with recall challenge in latest <em>WTR </em>Brand<em> </em>Elite analysis
23 Sep 2021

Victoria’s Secret on the up, while General Motors grapples with recall challenge in latest WTR Brand Elite analysis

The WTR Brand Elite project tracks how a defined set of brand-focused companies with industry-leading trademark teams perform against stock market indices.

Brand owners not blamed for counterfeits, but they still suffer the most
22 Sep 2021

Brand owners not blamed for counterfeits, but they still suffer the most

Electronics shoppers are most likely to cut ties with an official brand online after the accidental purchase of a fake, while unintentional counterfeit buys happen most often in the fashion space.

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21 Sep 2021

Philippines IP office seeks to form IP task forces as agencies react to WIPO innovation report

The IPOPHL has published an ambitious call for renewed partnerships between the corporate and academic worlds in the wake of a new WIPO report. Read more

21 Sep 2021

USPTO sanctions another attorney for signing off trademark applications from China without proper checks

The OED has published a new order regarding a US licensed attorney who admitted to performing ‘inadequate’ reviews of trademark filings as part of a business relationship with a foreign firm. Read more

20 Sep 2021

Online marketplaces in Indonesia that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars

In the next instalment in our regular series identifying the digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor as part of their global anti-counterfeiting efforts, we head to Indonesia. Read more

20 Sep 2021

Brand activity propels Korea up innovation rankings as China edges nearer to top 10

WIPO has published its 2021 Global Innovation Index, with brand-related activity propelling Korea into the top five of its innovation rankings for the first time. Read more

18 Sep 2021

Ray-Ban Stories is one to watch

Facebook and Essilor Luxottica’s cutting-edge smart glasses are a bold new move in wearable tech – and one that trademark owners should keep an eye on. Read more

17 Sep 2021

Why 2021 could be the year China’s trademark volume starts to decline

A decade of explosive growth has greatly altered the country’s IP and brand ecosystems, but preliminary numbers indicate negative growth is a very real possibility this year. Read more

16 Sep 2021

Scammer takedown: USPTO solicitation fraudster fined $4.5m and sentenced to prison

The US Department of Justice has announced a significant win in the fight against trademark solicitation scams, with a Latvian national sentenced to more than four years in prison for defrauding thousands of USPTO trademark registrants. Read more

16 Sep 2021

All eyes on SCOTUS: dispelling confusion on initial interest confusion

A longstanding circuit split could be resolved if the US Supreme Court accepts certiorari in a case that hinges on the initial interest confusion doctrine. Read more

16 Sep 2021

How to weather the coming storm of ex parte cancellations

The Long Read: Winterfeldt IP Group’s Brian Winterfeldt and David Rome prepare for the purge of ex parte cancellations in the United States by offering practical considerations and key strategies for brand owners and practitioners alike. Read more

16 Sep 2021

Microsoft wrestles world’s most intangible company crown from Apple

Microsoft has been named the world’s most intangible company, with its intangible asset value approaching $2 trillion. Read more

15 Sep 2021

Inconsistency, fraud, laundering – research decries challenges for cannabis companies at the USPTO

A new study has investigated the so-called ‘trademark laundering trap’ that cannabis companies face if they seek brand protection at the USPTO. Read more

15 Sep 2021

Online marketplaces in Vietnam that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars

In the next instalment in our regular series identifying the digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor as part of their global anti-counterfeiting efforts, we head to Vietnam. Read more

13 Sep 2021

Craft Europe steps up advocacy for new non-agricultural GI regime

Speaking to WTR, a spokesperson for the group argues that such a regime would have economic, sustainability and anti-counterfeiting benefits for EU and non-EU rights holders. Read more

13 Sep 2021

Biggest-ever raid proves UK role in global counterfeiting

As the UK police stages its biggest ever anti-counterfeiting operation, a new UKIPO report reveals where and how infringement is occurring. Read more

9 Sep 2021

11 steps to build your firm’s brand and win more clients

The Long Read: Elyssa LeFevre Chayo of Firm Forward LLC sets out key ways to help IP law firms practice what they preach when it comes to strategic brand management. Read more

9 Sep 2021

Online marketplaces in the UK that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars

In the next instalment in our regular series identifying the digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor as part of their global anti-counterfeiting efforts, we head to the UK. Read more

8 Sep 2021

Mysterious Black Lives Matter trademarks cause headaches for applicants and representatives

Two new trademark applications covering terms related to the Black Lives Matter movement have been filed in the United States. Read more

8 Sep 2021

Questel completes Novagraaf and PAVIS acquisition: NovumIP integrated behind master brand

IP solutions provider Questel has closed the acquisitions of IP service provider PAVIS and consulting group Novagraaf, deepening its brand offerings. Read more

6 Sep 2021

Online marketplaces in China that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars

In the latest instalment in our regular series on the digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor as part of their global anti-counterfeiting efforts, we head to arguably the world’s main focal point for fake goods: China. Read more

6 Sep 2021

USPTO report fails to answer central questions on state infringement but highlights enforcement challenge for rights holders

While it failed to answer some of the central questions it was posed, the publication illustrates the uphill battle rights holders face when dealing with infringement by states. Read more

4 Sep 2021

USTR launches notorious market comment period as online counterfeiting remains hot button political issue

Rights holders would be wise to engage with the USTR’s calls for comments ahead of the next notorious markets list, argues our latest Saturday opinion column. Read more

3 Sep 2021

adidas moves on from Reebok to focus on core brand

The German sportswear company spent years trying to bolster the Reebok brand, but now it will focus exclusively on key franchises under its main money maker. Read more

2 Sep 2021

China moves to increase pressure on e-commerce platforms, threatening to revoke business licences for IP violations

China’s SAMR has announced its intention to amend the country’s E-commerce Law, threatening to revoke the licences of platforms that fail to take proper action against counterfeiters. Read more

2 Sep 2021

Exclusive data reveals how brand owners are reacting to the rising tide of online infringement

The Long Read: WTR has polled a select group of corporate and law firm trademark professionals to gauge the extent to which the shift to online shopping during successive covid-19 lockdowns has led to a growing rise in trademark violations – and to dig deep into how those on the receiving end are fighting back. Read more

2 Sep 2021

Latvian trademark environment returns to normal following explosion of Michael Gleissner activity

After Latvia’s trademark sector was “transformed” by the activities of Michael Gleissner two years ago, experts reveal how normality is returning – and that up to 900 of the millionaire’s trademark registrations are up for auction. Read more

1 Sep 2021

AfrIPI officially launches but firms urged to raise awareness of ongoing activities

The Africa Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation Project officially launched during the Africa Regional IP Organisation Diplomatic Conference in late August. Read more

1 Sep 2021

Online marketplaces in South Africa that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars

In the latest instalment in our regular series on digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor as part of their global anti-counterfeiting efforts, we head to South Africa. Read more

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