Analysis: Strategic

“Heroes of the European economy” – major new study reveals link between IP protection and SME success

A joint study between the European Patent Office and the EU Intellectual Property Office has evidenced a clear correlation between the success of small to medium-sized businesses and their utilisation of intellectual property. 

“Heroes of the European economy” – major new study reveals link between IP protection and SME success
16 May 2019

Alibaba issues IP protection report; expands on future plans in exclusive interview

Alibaba has released its IP Protection Annual Report, revealing that it provided 1,624 IP-related leads to law enforcement in 2018. Speaking to WTR, Alibaba Group's Matthew Bassiur reveals some of the company's ambitious future brand protection plans.

16 May 2019

What you need to know before the controversial Sky v Skykick case hits the CJEU

On Monday, the Court of Justice of the European Union holds a hearing in the closely followed Skykick case. We look at how this case could have a significant impact on trademark practice.

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13 May 2019

How the next South African government will impact trademark professionals

The people of South Africa took to the polls last week, with the country’s president Cyril Ramaphosa leading the ANC party to victory with its lowest majority ever. We explore what trademark practitioners should expect from the ANC’s next five years. Read more

13 May 2019

“Time for our political leaders to get involved” – war of words escalates after UGG decision in favour of Deckers

A jury in the US has found that Australian Leather wilfully infringed a trademark registered to Deckers Outdoor Corporation. The defendant has vowed to appeal, with one member of its legal team calling on the Australian government to intervene. Read more

13 May 2019

“Unusual and very risky” – warning to brands as Venezuelan IP office launches cash payments of fees

The Venezuelan IP Office has introduced a new payment method involving paying cash deposits at a specific bank branch. Experts describe the process as complicated and have warned of significant risks. Read more

10 May 2019

IP takes backseat in Australian election as trademark practitioners grapple with recent law amendments

With campaigning in the Australian federal election in full swing, WTR finds that practitioners on the ground are not bracing for change based on the election result, but are adapting to recent legislative changes that international brand owners should be aware of. Read more

10 May 2019

USPTO trials software to tackle fake specimens; downgrades growth expectations

USPTO director Andrei Iancu has expanded on efforts to tackle fake specimens of use on the US trademark register and the unauthorised practice of law, and provided an update on anticipated filings growth. Read more

9 May 2019

New report offers key tips to incentivise risk-averse CEOs to register trademarks

A recent report provides a number of key incentives for “risk-averse CEOs” to undertake trademark-related activity as a means of encouraging product development.  Read more

8 May 2019

“Unprecedented” – USPTO suspends API access but pledges to work with IP service providers to mitigate impact

Earlier this week, the USPTO suspended its TSDR API following a spike in data scraping that has impeded the work of internal employees. However, IP technology vendors have confirmed it will impact some of their services. Read more

7 May 2019

‘.club’ TLD launches new trademark protection offering – with some major caveats

The registry operator of the ‘.club’ TLD has launched a service designed to offer qualified brands and trademark owners “comprehensive” protection in the namespace. However, there are significant caveats and restrictions. Read more

3 May 2019

“Just be respectful” – why brands must wise up to indigenous IP rights

WTR analyses how indigenous cultures are protecting their intellectual property and speaks with an expert on how trademark practitioners must be more aware of this burgeoning field of rights. Read more

3 May 2019

“29 and counting” – Canada sets plain packaging date as dominoes continue to fall

The government of Canada has confirmed when new regulations for plain packaging on tobacco products will come into force, as the spread of plain packaging continues at an increasingly rapid pace. Read more

2 May 2019

Gleissner companies owe 37% of all unpaid costs at UKIPO since 2018, research reveals

Research from WTR finds that entities related to serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner owe costs in nearly 30 separate UK legal cases, accounting for 37% of all unpaid costs at the UK Intellectual Property Office since the start of 2018.  Read more

1 May 2019

Dissecting corporate trademark practice

This year’s Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey provides unique insight into how trademark practice operations are built and managed – uncovering corporate trademark strategies, revealing team budgets and exploring the interplay with internal stakeholders. Read more

1 May 2019

Practical implications of Myanmar’s new Trademark Law

The new Trademark Law marks a significant step in the government’s efforts to increase Myanmar’s attractiveness as a destination for foreign investment. For rights holders, it also means that now is the time to prepare for the new regime. Read more

1 May 2019

Your partner in the field: maximising results from US Customs and Border Protection

From recordal to training, there are a number of steps that rights holders can take to enlist the help of US Customs and Border Protection in their anti-counterfeiting endeavours. Read more

1 May 2019

Why active advertising services need active anti-counterfeiting measures

A recent judgment in a dispute between Facebook and Tommy Hilfiger could have a significant impact on the fight against fakes. Read more

1 May 2019

Surprise decision on EU goods in transit provides welcome boost for rights holders

A somewhat surprising – and widely criticised – decision from the Court of Justice of the European Union on the debranding and rebranding of goods in transit has provided trademark owners with a valuable tool for enforcing their IP rights. Read more

1 May 2019

Registration: tips on securing your mark in China

One of the most common issues faced when securing protection in China is the earlier registration of third-party rights, which are then cited against the later application. However, there are various tactics that can be adopted to overcome this hurdle. Read more

1 May 2019

The business development mindset – how to approach marketing

There are a host of opportunities that can be leveraged to raise the profile of your trademark practice and its partners. So which business development activities should you use to make money? Read more

1 May 2019

Career development advice from the inside

In the first of a new series focused on career development, we present the corporate counsel view on effective networking and why it matters. Read more

1 May 2019

Considerations for smart soft IP due diligence from a litigator’s perspective

Many companies have learned the hard way that unidentified IP issues can cause serious trouble, whether immediately or even years after closing a transaction. A strategic approach to IP portfolio due diligence is thus critical to avoid future problems. Read more

30 Apr 2019

Becoming a brand ambassador: what does it actually mean?

There has been much talk in recent years about the evolving role of trademark counsel as practitioners are increasingly required to embrace a wider remit. We explore the driving forces behind this transition, the steps that in-house counsel can take to facilitate the change and what it means for corporate trademark departments. Read more

30 Apr 2019

Creating efficiencies in a data-dominated world: inside GSK’s cross-functional IP services division

Sophie Bodet, vice president of legal brand protection and IP services at GSK, tells WTR about how recent collaborations between the patent and brand teams have delivered tangible efficiencies to the wider business – evidencing the return on investment of internal cooperation. Read more

29 Apr 2019

How brands can avoid backlashes and PR blunders during India’s election

As India’s Lok Sabha elections reach their apex, multiple international and domestic brands have made a stamp on the election with intriguing marketing campaigns. Local experts tell WTR about the opportunities and risks of this activity. Read more

26 Apr 2019

Nike ticking all the right boxes, as activewear industry sees growth in new-age brands

The sportswear industry has expanded to include a growing consumer base of casual gym-goers, which has presented an opportunity for budding businesses as well as big name brands. Read more

26 Apr 2019

Blow for Alibaba, good news for Amazon: USTR releases latest notorious markets list

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released its latest notorious markets list, with Alibaba’s Taobao platform included for the third consecutive year.  Read more

25 Apr 2019

“A recurring and disturbing issue that is of grave concern” – INTA warns of increase in unsolicited communications

INTA has sent a mass email to members of its mailing lists acknowledging an increase in unsolicited communications and warning about the sale of data available on its membership and event directories. Read more

24 Apr 2019

“Pioneering at a global level” – China approves amendments to tackle bad-faith filings

China’s legislature has approved amendments to the country’s trademark law, which includes a raft of changes, including empowering administrative authorities to reject malicious applications and impose fines against bad-faith filers and their agents. Read more

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