Analysis: Market

UK election: parties silent on brand protection issues as campaigns focus on Brexit

Major UK political parties are sharing their policy platforms in the hopes of attracting the British electorate’s vote. However, when asked by WTR about their stance on various brand protection issues, most parties are silent.

UK election: parties silent on brand protection issues as campaigns focus on Brexit
21 Nov 2019

Zhihu and IP protection: the brand risks and opportunities on China’s trendy new social media app

Zhihu is a new social media platform making inroads on the Chinese market. With doubts around the IP enforcement capabilities of the platform, WTR takes a closer look at the app with the help of brand protection experts in China.

21 Nov 2019

INTA steps up efforts against brand restrictions: exclusive interview

In an exclusive interview with WTR, CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo expanded on the association’s newly adopted stance on brand restrictions and how it will seek to ensure that governments act in a balanced and proportional manner.

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19 Nov 2019

“A step in the right direction” – IP experts on brand protection implications of India’s draft e-commerce rules

The Indian government has released a draft of its new e-commerce rules, with some provisions addressing counterfeit goods. Talking to WTR, a number of India’s most high-profile IP experts praise the draft rules, although some claim that they do not go far enough. Read more

18 Nov 2019

Singapore IP Office chief executive confirmed as candidate as WIPO leadership race prepares for take-off

With a new WIPO director general expected to be appointed by May 2020, the first candidates have been officially revealed – all hailing from Asia. Read more

18 Nov 2019

Counterfeit hotspots in Portugal that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest edition of our series on physical marketplaces around the world that are reportedly notorious for the sale of counterfeit goods, we head to Portugal. Read more

14 Nov 2019

Seven counterfeit hotspots in Thailand that brand owners need to know about

In the next edition of our series on physical marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to Thailand. Read more

14 Nov 2019

Microsoft tops intangible value list; companies warned to prepare for economic turbulence

Microsoft takes top position on the list of companies boasting the highest level of intangible value. However, at a global level, the picture looks gloomy, with the first fall in undisclosed intangible asset value since 2011. Read more

13 Nov 2019

Lagging behind? Trademark issues revealed as substantial risk for esports industry

A major new survey finds IP and licensing are the most significant legal issues facing the esports industry. The findings reveal an opportunity for law firms across the world in the fledgling esports space. Read more

13 Nov 2019

AI, blockchain, Telegram, TikTok and trade wars – unpacking the latest counterfeit trends forecast

A new report documents the counterfeit trends it expects to shape brand protection efforts in 2020. WTR identifies the most valuable takeaways from the report and the actions that brand owners should be taking. Read more

12 Nov 2019

Apple reportedly eyes 2023 AR glasses launch: what it means for trademark professionals

In our latest opinion column, we consider reports that Apple is eyeing a 2023 launch for its planned augmented reality (AR) glasses, highlighting the potential impact for trademark professionals. Read more

12 Nov 2019

Counterfeit hotspots in Australia and New Zealand that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest edition of our regular series focused on marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to Australia and New Zealand. Read more

11 Nov 2019

A new approach to deter and identify China’s internet counterfeiters – exclusive guest post

How brand owners can identify the producers and sellers of counterfeit goods in China, the threat of which could help curb their illicit activity altogether. Read more

8 Nov 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots in Nepal that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest edition of our regular series on marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to the mountainous nation of Nepal. Read more

7 Nov 2019

Unpacking a most peculiar global trademark: exclusive interview with American Red Cross’s Allison Leader

The Red Cross emblem embodies many of the most important qualities of globally recognised brands, yet its separate societies work independently. Director, legal counsel Allison Leader explains how the American Red Cross has led the pack. Read more

6 Nov 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots in New York that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest edition of our series on marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to the US state of New York. Read more

5 Nov 2019

OpSec to acquire MarkMonitor’s brand protection business as Clarivate looks to streamline offerings

OpSec Security and Clarivate Analytics have announced an agreement which will see OpSec acquire MarkMonitor’s brand protection, anti-piracy and anti-fraud business. The announcement came on the day that Clarivate reported its third-quarter results, the company noting that the move will allow it to streamline its IP solutions offerings. Read more

4 Nov 2019

“They hoped to grind us down” – Bentley Clothing voices relief at trademark win against motoring giant

UK family-run fashion business Bentley Clothing has prevailed against Bentley Motors in a long-running trademark dispute. Talking to WTR, the owner of Bentley Clothing speaks of the stress that the case has caused. Read more

4 Nov 2019

Chinese company to acquire Thomas Cook brand and appears to have grabbed a bargain

In our latest opinion piece, we consider the news that Fosun Tourism Group is purchasing the Thomas Cook brand, recently valued at £836 million, in a deal worth £11 million – arguing that the company is making a canny acquisition. Read more

4 Nov 2019

KIPO’s crackdown on Korean copycats and what it means for foreign brands

A Korean government crackdown on alleged copycat brands has seen two businesses have offices shut down, and product seizures in shops operating overseas. WTR consulted Korean practitioners to ascertain how foreign brands need to adapt to stay safe of the campaign. Read more

2 Nov 2019

DHgate steps up anti-counterfeiting messaging; denies business relationship with Superbuy

Major Chinese online marketplace DHgate has published a stringent defence of its anti-counterfeiting efforts and – following the discovery of a possible link to Superbuy – denies any relationship with the popular Chinese shipping agent. Read more

1 Nov 2019

Six counterfeit hotspots that you must be aware of in Indonesia

In the latest edition of our  series on marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods we head to Indonesia. Read more

30 Oct 2019

Study on trademark intensity in Latin America leads to call for policymakers to build on encouraging results

A joint study from INTA and ASIPI has compared trademark-intensive industry activity across 10 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The findings are promising but highlight the room for growth, with INTA’s CEO calling on policymakers to now accelerate efforts. Read more

30 Oct 2019

NCAA set to loosen name and image rights rule but do not expect an IP bonanza just yet

The governing board of the National Collegiate Athletics Association has voted unanimously to permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of its name, image and likeness. The move could be a boon for law firms and major brands. Read more

29 Oct 2019

Groundbreaking research reveals significant risks in AI analysis of trademark registers

A new study looking at how AI is used by IP offices warns that “the seductive appeal of the all-seeing algorithm should be resisted” due to current limitations. Read more

28 Oct 2019

How to recover from a reputational tailspin: lessons from the Boeing 737 Max crisis

Boeing is under scrutiny and pressure following recent incidents involving its Boeing 737 Max fleet. For any brand owner preparing for crisis management, Boeing’s experience and response offer a number of strategic takeaways.   Read more

28 Oct 2019

Havarti cheese backlash highlights controversial and emotive nature of geographical indications

Last week, the European Commission entered the name ‘Havarti’ onto the register of protected geographical indications. The ensuing backlash serves as a microcosm of the emotive political discourse that surrounds this form of IP protection. Read more

24 Oct 2019

The Trump Trademarks: the 'America first' president's truly global IP portfolio revealed

An exclusive WTR investigation reveals, for the first time, an estimated trademark portfolio of US president Donald Trump and his family. It finds applications in all four corners of the globe, with the activity described as “unprecedented”. Read more

23 Oct 2019

Baker McKenzie leads law firm brand index; cross-border focus highlighted

Market analysis from Acritas has found that the most successful law firm brands come from global firms focusing on Germany at a time when much domestic growth has stalled. Read more

23 Oct 2019

Six counterfeit hotspots in Cambodia that brand owners should be aware of

In the latest edition of our series on marketplaces that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to the Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia. Read more

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