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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.

Counterfeit hotspots in Bangladesh that brand owners should be aware of
China ranks third globally for Madrid filings as applications rise: the story behind the trends
5 Aug 2020

China ranks third globally for Madrid filings as applications rise: the story behind the trends

With Madrid trademark filings in China increasing by 36% year on year, we take a deep dive into the key trends and takeaways on such a significant rise.

Drop shipping sites are flooding influencers with counterfeit goods: what brands should do
4 Aug 2020

Drop shipping sites are flooding influencers with counterfeit goods: what brands should do

As even high-profile influencers such as Kylie and Kendal Jenner are caught by drop shipping scams, here are the steps that brands can take to reduce the risks.

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3 Aug 2020

Geographical indications increasingly important to China, but challenges ahead for EU owners

China is signalling serious dedication towards enhancing the protection of geographical indications (GIs), so WTR explores recent developments and the proactive actions that should be taken by international GI owners. Read more

31 Jul 2020

Why scalability is key to service provider M&A activity: exclusive interview with OpSec CEO

WTR sits down with OpSec CEO Selva Selvaratnam to discuss the market for legal service providers and the Clarivate-CPA Global merger. Read more

30 Jul 2020

Counterfeit hotspots in Mauritius that brand owners must 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 Indian Ocean and the island nation of Mauritius. Read more

29 Jul 2020

Brand changes: moving forward with an eye on the past

In this guest post, Virginia Marino, shareholder at Brinks Gilson & Lione, reveals the necessary steps that any brand adviser should take when faced with a brand overhaul. Read more

28 Jul 2020

Xinjiang forced labour supply chain controversy highlights importance of trademark counsel guidance

As several of the world's biggest fashion brands are accused of being complicit in human rights abuses in Xinjiang, what should trademark professionals do? Read more

27 Jul 2020

Fraud, filings and fee rises – new USPTO trademark commissioner shares ongoing challenges and opportunities

The USPTO has hosted its second-ever virtual Trademark Public Advisory Committee meeting, with new trademark commissioner David Gooder revealing the “encouraging” recovery of trademark filings. Read more

24 Jul 2020

Series of legal and policy developments in China set to significantly affect brand enforcement efforts

Following its promise in 2019 to strengthen IP rights protection, the Chinese government has taken a series of policy and legal steps in the first half of 2020. Read more

24 Jul 2020

USPTO director talks counterfeits, highlighting role that seller vetting can play in fight against fakes

USPTO Director Andrei Iancu has called for industry and government to work in a systemic and sustained manner to fight back against the prevalence of counterfeit goods online. Read more

23 Jul 2020

Why brand strategy might dictate the winner of the next video game console war

Although there is much yet to be announced about their new consoles, there are clear indications that the PS5 and the Series X will diverge in brand strategy to keep ahead of the market. Read more

22 Jul 2020

CORONIL trademark bid dealt a blow by the courts, but the fight is far from over

Although some expected an opposition due to CORONIL misleading the public as a cure for covid-19, the order is the result of another mark claiming priority. Read more

21 Jul 2020

“The death of trademark” – study finds that AI could adversely affect brand usage

A new research paper has looked at how improvements in AI could affect trademark doctrine – with the academic behind the study claiming that “trademarks may become less important in the future”. Read more

20 Jul 2020

“Everything has returned to normal” – China trademark filings increase in first half of 2020

As the China National IP Administration reports “a stable trend” in IP development during the first half of 2020, WTR takes a closer look at what the data reveals about the current IP environment in China. Read more

16 Jul 2020

“Worrying for brand owners” – groundbreaking study finds disparities in trademark examiner determinations

New research has found “meaningful variation” in the trademark registration rates, publication rates and speed of trademark examining attorneys at the USPTO. Read more

15 Jul 2020

Six counterfeit hotspots in Pakistan that brand owners must 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 Pakistan. Read more

14 Jul 2020

A fragile industry? High proportion of US law firms with strong trademark practices seek coronavirus financial support

Research conducted by WTR reveals that 66 US law firms with market-leading trademark practices have made use of the government’s Paycheck Protection Programme. Read more

13 Jul 2020

Challenges in Canada: how CIPO is tackling a backlog caused by covid-19, legislative change and Madrid

In exclusive comments to WTR, the Canadian IP Office (CIPO) has revealed the factors that have led to lengthy examination timeframes. However, efforts are being made to speed up examinations. Read more

13 Jul 2020

Soft power can help build nation brands and nation’s brands symbiotically, says new study

Brand Finance's global study reveals that nations, much like companies, must consider all aspects of their brand to effectively leverage soft power on the world stage. Read more

10 Jul 2020

“Psychological dominance” – study reveals power of trademarks and fragility of functionality doctrine

A new study has brought together examples of the ‘power of trademarks’ and proposed a new theory of functionality based on the concept of the ‘fragility’ of certain elements of a mark. Read more

9 Jul 2020

A tale of conflicting data sets: filing and litigation statistics paint a contrasting picture of the US trademark landscape

The latest data reveals that the US litigation filings slump continued through the second quarter. While litigation levels are set for a multi-year low, in contrast, filing levels have increased. Read more

8 Jul 2020

Designating DPRK: the major brands seeking trademark protection in North Korea

A WTR investigation finds technology giants Apple and Huawei have secured the most trademark registrations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) since 2018. Read more

7 Jul 2020

Counterfeit hotspots in Madagascar that brand owners must 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 island nation of Madagascar. Read more

3 Jul 2020

What we learnt about INTA’s website and Annual Meeting plans from CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo

WTR presents insights from INTA on the association’s digital transformation strategy, plans for this year’s combined Annual and Leadership Meeting, and how virtual offerings may play into future association events – including San Diego 2021. Read more

2 Jul 2020

Key takeaways for trademark professionals from ICANN’s latest policy forum

In this guest analysis, experts from Winterfeldt IP Group present key takeaways from ICANN 68, including on issues related to rights protection, Domain Name System abuse and WHOIS. Read more

2 Jul 2020

As tobacco brands suffer amid covid-19 pandemic, cannabis brands thrive – despite USPTO restriction

As the tide continues to turn for the cannabis market, we investigate how long federal trademark legislation will lag behind this rapidly growing market. Read more

1 Jul 2020

Cost versus quality – how to pick a local partner for trademark work in Cambodia

Cambodia is fast becoming an important market. Speaking with local practitioners, WTR highlights the factors to consider before engaging a Cambodian firm, either directly or to conduct work on behalf of clients. Read more

1 Jul 2020

Three steps to revolutionise brand protection in India

With the authorities making a renewed effort to hold the right people accountable for IP infringement, the time is ripe for brand owners and the government to work together to crack down on counterfeiting in the country. Read more

30 Jun 2020

Booking.com prevails at US Supreme Court; opens door to ‘generic.com’ trademark registrations

In an 8-1 decision, the US Supreme Court has rejected the USPTO’s ‘sweeping rule’ that the combination of a generic word and ‘.com’ is automatically generic. Read more

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