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Charming Charlie brand set for resurrection with trademarks and data central to strategy  

Last week CJS Holdings won an auction for the Charming Charlie intellectual property portfolio, prevailing with a $1,125,000 bid. The sale, and plans to resurrect the retail brand, offer a number of strategic takeaways for trademark professionals.

Charming Charlie brand set for resurrection with trademarks and data central to strategy  
18 Sep 2019

When it comes to counterfeiting, it is time to talk as well as fight

A new report has revealed that almost two-thirds of consumers expect brands to do more to protect them from exposure to counterfeit goods when shopping online. In our latest opinion column we argue that the findings highlight how important it is that companies do not shy away from talking about counterfeits.

18 Sep 2019

Team building, budget management and Brexit preparations: lessons from TMAP 2019

INTA’s annual Trademark Administrators and Practitioners meeting was held in Europe for the first time this week. WTR was on hand for the event, which presented a number of key takeaways on trademark management and team development.

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18 Sep 2019

Trademark litigation in Brazil: 12 key questions answered

In the second part of this focus on enforcement in Brazil series, 12 key questions on litigation processes and strategies are answered. Read more

17 Sep 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots that you should be aware of in Chile

For the next edition of our series on physical marketplaces around the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head back to Latin America and focus on Chile.  Read more

16 Sep 2019

“Some lawyers don’t recognise the importance of paralegals”: TMAP’s co-chairs on the value of administrators

As INTA’s annual Trademark Administrators and Practitioners meeting got underway in Berlin, WTR sat down with the conference co-chairs to explore how the legal community can better support, and benefit from, their paralegal colleagues. Read more

13 Sep 2019

Superbuy CEO denies link to WeGoBuy; pledges to join fight against counterfeit goods

The CEO of Chinese shopping agent Superbuy has vowed to work with brand owners to crack down on counterfeit goods. The pledge follows evidence that Superbuy is linked to another platform, WeGoBuy, that helps shoppers buy fake goods from China. Read more

10 Sep 2019

24 counterfeit hotspots that you should be aware of in Brazil – part two

In the second part of our look at physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in the counterfeit goods trade in Brazil, we look at locations that brand owners should know from the central and southern regions of the country. Read more

5 Sep 2019

UKIPO paints differing pictures on Brexit preparedness as IP minister quits

The UK Intellectual Property Office has shed new light on its Brexit preparations, which has led to a renewed call for the position of UK trademark attorneys in the event of a no-deal Brexit to be addressed “as a matter of urgency”. Read more

4 Sep 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots that you must be aware of in Uruguay

With expert insights from a major law firm in Uruguay, we reveal physical markets that rights holders should have on their counterfeit enforcement radars. Read more

2 Sep 2019

Inside the IP office of tomorrow: exclusive interview with IPOS chief executive

WTR sits down with Daren Tang, chief executive of the IP Office of Singapore, to get the inside track on how the office is evolving to play a bigger role in the country’s business environment. Read more

29 Aug 2019

Six counterfeit hotspots that you should be aware of in Nicaragua

A local IP law firm reveals locations that rights holders should have on their counterfeit enforcement radars in the Central American nation of Nicaragua. Read more

28 Aug 2019

How media fallout might play a part in Disney’s future Spider-Man licensing negotiations

Disney has walked away from negotiations with Sony over the IP rights to the Spider-Man franchise. Does this mark a divergence in the big studio IP acquisition model or will Disney utilise fan kickback as leverage in future negotiations? Read more

27 Aug 2019

Six counterfeit hotspots that you should be aware of in Myanmar

In the latest edition of our series on areas around the world that reportedly engage in the sale of fake goods, we take a look at counterfeit hotspots in Myanmar.  Read more

27 Aug 2019

From plain packaging to e-commerce outreach: inside INTA’s Asia-Pacific operations

With Singapore’s IP Week in full swing, WTR sat down with INTA’s chief representative for Asia-Pacific, Seth Hays, to get an update on the regional office’s activities and the inside scoop on what to expect from next year’s Annual Meeting. Read more

26 Aug 2019

Fighting hydra-headed rogue websites: the rise of the dynamic injunction

The Delhi High Court’s decision to direct 'dynamic injunctions' against rogue websites in a bid to end the ‘whack-a-mole' headache is a progressive one. However, there is still more that could be done. Read more

26 Aug 2019

How to stay at the forefront of industry developments: tips from legal industry leaders

For the latest instalment of our series examining IP leadership, knowledge development and career advancement, industry experts present tips on how to ensure that legal teams remain on the cutting edge of trademark practice. Read more

23 Aug 2019

Expanding around the world: Tencent’s brand is critical to building partnerships with foreign companies

The Chinese company’s portfolio shows that the business is developing fast, and international markets are its next target. Read more

23 Aug 2019

Connecting continents: exclusive interview with EUIPO head of IP Key Latin America 

IP Key Latin America seeks to bridge an IP knowledge gap between the European Union and the host of diverse countries in Latin America. WTR spoke to Pedro Duarte, head of IP Key Latin America, for insight into the project’s successes. Read more

22 Aug 2019

Six counterfeit hotspots that you must be aware of in Canada

A local IP expert reveals the locations in the Great White North that rights holders should have on their enforcement radar. Read more

20 Aug 2019

Anatomy of a trademark lawyer: the qualities that make for success

We investigate what qualities those at the top of the IP profession feel make for an elite-level trademark professional. Read more

20 Aug 2019

Tackling a $1.4 billion counterfeit problem: inside the CBP’s seizure numbers

As the value of counterfeit good seizures by the US authorities rises, a new call is made for private industry to work with domestic and international partner agencies in a bid to tackle demand as well as supply. Read more

19 Aug 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots you must be aware of in Colombia

Our series highlighting markets that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods continues with Colombia. We look at why the Latin American nation is a challenge for rights holders tackling fake goods and identify key locations to police.  Read more

19 Aug 2019

The Trademark Company is back: founder questions law firm filing model as hiatus ends

The Trademark Company has relaunched as a legal services provider. In an exclusive interview, founder Matthew H Swyers explains the new business model and why traditional law firms shouldn't be concerned. Read more

16 Aug 2019

Just Eat and Takeaway.com tie-up to take on Uber Eats as brands seek market dominance

The online food delivery services industry is heating up. Major players are snapping up smaller brands and merging to solidify market presence and expand into new regions, as our exclusive data analysis reveals. Read more

15 Aug 2019

Six counterfeit hotspots you should be aware of in Scotland

People from around the world have flocked to Scotland this month to enjoy Edinburgh’s legendary Fringe festival. Talking to WTR, one expert highlights why fake goods are no laughing matter and identifies counterfeit hotspots in Scotland that brand owners should police. Read more

15 Aug 2019

Six ways to evolve your practice to meet client demands: insights from the law firm elite

We explore how changing client demands are shaping the modern law firm practice – and present insight into how to future-proof operations. Read more

15 Aug 2019

“A spectacular own goal”? EUIPO warns of applications with long lists of goods and services caused by its own tool

The EUIPO has warned about EUTMs with long lists of goods and services. A WTR investigation finds that the cause appears to be linked to the EUIPO’s own goods and services builder tool. Read more

14 Aug 2019

Warning issued over brand name squatting in Nigeria: how to fight back 

While brands are long used to the scourge of trademark squatting in a number of jurisdictions, it can be easy to overlook the challenge posed by companies trading off their name. A legal expert in Nigeria warns that the latter is a significant threat. Read more

14 Aug 2019

How China is cracking down on malicious filings with amendments to the Trademark Law

In recent years China has attached unprecedented importance to the protection of trademarks and new amendments to the Trademark Law aim to crack down on malicious trademark applications more effectively and punish trademark infringement more forcefully. Read more

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