Analysis: Market

A new dawn: how INAPI is recovering following devastating arson attacks

In an exclusive interview, INAPI national director Loreto Bresky reveals how the last 12-month period has been one of the most complex in the agency’s history, and pledges “we are going forward”.

A new dawn: how INAPI is recovering following devastating arson attacks
NFTs – the next generation: how cartoon apes could change the face of digital ownership
24 Nov 2021

NFTs – the next generation: how cartoon apes could change the face of digital ownership

The Bored Ape Yacht Club has got lawyers scratching their heads over what native intellectual property in the non-fungible token space means for the future of IP rights.

INTA reveals new Strategic Plan; NFTs to revolutionise anti-counterfeiting; INAPI gives Madrid Protocol update – INTA 2021 report
19 Nov 2021

INTA reveals new Strategic Plan; NFTs to revolutionise anti-counterfeiting; INAPI gives Madrid Protocol update – INTA 2021 report

For a final time, WTR takes a look at the highlights and learnings from this year’s INTA Annual Meeting.

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18 Nov 2021

Chicago IP firms credit diversity efforts as billable hours

Time spent on diversity, equity and inclusion will now be credited as billable hours at five prominent Chicago law firms. We examine the new policy and what it could mean for the industry as a whole. Read more

17 Nov 2021

EUIPO offers payment processors anti-counterfeiting blueprint

The EUIPO has published a new discussion paper recommending a series of preventive and reactive best practices for electronic payment service providers to protect their services from misuse by infringers. Read more

17 Nov 2021

Amazon to extend Black Business Accelerator; combatting mental health stigma; a musical message – INTA 2021 report

WTR presents highlights and observations from the first two days of the 2021 INTA Annual Meeting. Read more

15 Nov 2021

How to better support employees and their families: insight from Sheppard Mullin

Sheppard Mullin chief D&I officer Lois Durant reveals how the firm continuously improves its policies to better support families, and why quantitative and qualitative data analysis is vital to an effective D&I programme. Read more

11 Nov 2021

Squatting evolution in China: why your mid-sized brand could be at risk

A curious case involving US lifestyle range the Pioneer Woman and a lone individual in China serves as a warning that alleged trademark squatters are switching tactics in their attempts to target mid-sized brands. Read more

8 Nov 2021

Asia filings spur pandemic-defying global trademark boom

Trademark filings in Asia have skyrocketed, contributing to a significant boom in global filing activity despite economic downturn, a new WIPO report reveals. Read more

1 Nov 2021

Spruson & Ferguson Australia becomes country’s largest IP firm as combination confirmed

In a major move, Shelston IP and Spruson & Ferguson have officially joined forces to create Spruson & Ferguson Australia. Read more

28 Oct 2021

Inside the battle against illegal online pharmacies: interview with ASOP Global

WTR sits down with Libby Baney from the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies to get the inside track on their efforts to combat illegal online drug sales. Read more

25 Oct 2021

Chevron licensing strategy rethink: how brand valuation is driving expansion

Growing awareness of the power of Chevron’s biggest brands has led to a rethink in the oil company’s licensing strategy. Read more

21 Oct 2021

Covid and counterfeits: how brand owners are fighting back against pandemic opportunists

In an exclusive guest post, experts at Gowling look at how brand owners have tackled a significant rise in counterfeit goods during the covid-19 pandemic. Read more

20 Oct 2021

“The loss of the disparagement bar is something to be truly lamented” – new study looks at USPTO post-Tam

A new research paper has analysed the removal of the disparagement provision at the USPTO following the Supreme Court’s groundbreaking Matal v Tam ruling. Read more

18 Oct 2021

Pressure for US to crack down on counterfeits as study reveals alarming impact of fakes

The Buy Safe America Coalition has published a scathing new study revealing “the devastating impact of the sale of fraudulent goods” on US consumers, businesses and the economy as a whole. Read more

18 Oct 2021

“Only those who adapt will survive” – JT International trademark director on evolution of industry

We sit down with former INTA president and JT International IP, trademark and design director Ronald van Tuijl to learn how tobacco brands are evolving in the face of consumer health concerns and new regulations. Read more

16 Oct 2021

Superbuy and WeGoBuy need to be on counterfeit enforcement radars

Two of the biggest Chinese shipping agents appear to be helping to make buying counterfeits more convenient and therefore worsening the battle against fakes, argues our Saturday opinion. Read more

14 Oct 2021

Renewed calls for US marketplaces and social media platforms to be added to USTR list, as platforms respond

During the comment period for the 2021 Notorious Markets List, calls have been made for US online marketplaces and social media platforms like Amazon and Facebook to be included. Read more

14 Oct 2021

What more can your firm do for LGBTQ+ equality?

The Long Read: Diversity officers at the top-ranking firms for LGBTQ+ equality unpick the fundamentals of an effective D&I strategy. Read more

13 Oct 2021

Brand enforcement takeaways from Brand Strategy Southeast Asia

This week, IPBC Southeast Asia, hosted by IAM, and WTR’s Brand Strategy Southeast Asia, were hosted simultaneously. Read more

11 Oct 2021

Xerox: the company you thought you knew

We go behind the scenes at a transformed Xerox to learn how the company’s trademark strategy is helping it to branch into new markets. Read more

9 Oct 2021

USPTO director rumours highlight urgent need for heightened trademark ops focus

A frontrunner for the permanent USPTO director role has emerged this week. With trademark operations facing unprecedented challenges, it is critical that the successful candidate directs more resources and support to trademark stakeholders. Read more

7 Oct 2021

Nigeria’s counterfeiting epidemic: expert outlines what brands can do to fight back

The co-author of a new study into Nigerian counterfeits reveals what international brand owners and IP associations can do to improve the situation. Read more

7 Oct 2021

Online marketplaces in India that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars – part two

Continuing our focus on online marketplaces in India that brand owners should monitor, local experts also reveal common enforcement mistakes and how they can be overcome. Read more

6 Oct 2021

Online marketplaces in India that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars – part one

In the latest instalment identifying the digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor as part of their global anti-counterfeiting efforts, we head to India. Read more

5 Oct 2021

Brand valuation: the how, what, when and why

More and more companies are waking up to the fact that success relies on proprietary assets. But how do you know when the time is right to conduct a brand valuation? And what do you do with the final results? Read more

5 Oct 2021

UKIPO defeats the odds to reduce examination times amid record filings

Record trademark applications will not offset a proactive UK Intellectual Property Office, experts are confident. Read more

4 Oct 2021

Online marketplaces in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars

In the latest instalment in our regular series identifying digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor as part of global anti-counterfeiting efforts, we head to three nations in Southeast Asia. Read more

30 Sep 2021

Law firm leaders must be accountable: Fox Rothschild diversity officer on creating an inclusive culture

Kimberly Bullock Gatling, partner and chief diversity and inclusion officer at Fox Rothschild LLP, discusses the challenges of accountability and the steps that firms can take to build a more inclusive culture. Read more

30 Sep 2021

Onto the balance sheet: the most valuable brand acquisitions since 2000

Christof Binder, managing partner of Trademark Comparables AG, Markables, runs through the 50 most expensive brands and brand portfolios acquired over the past two decades, and the trends that they reveal. Read more

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