Anti-Counterfeiting

Microsoft brand boom; INAPI exclusive; Bored Ape NFT evolution; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

Microsoft brand boom; INAPI exclusive; Bored Ape NFT evolution; and much more
One action, many targets: the litigation strategies behind multiple-seller counterfeiting cases
25 Nov 2021

One action, many targets: the litigation strategies behind multiple-seller counterfeiting cases

The Long Read: To combat the tactics used by sophisticated online sellers, a number of brands have successfully implemented litigation programmes seeking asset restraints against multiple seller aliases in a single case.

Unilever sells tea brands for $5 billion; Zeeger Vink elected 2022 INTA president; OBS Project and Streamlabs dispute – news digest
23 Nov 2021

Unilever sells tea brands for $5 billion; Zeeger Vink elected 2022 INTA president; OBS Project and Streamlabs dispute – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Burberry winning $138,000 in attorney fees from Burberry Jesus, a new study revealing $68.9 billion of retail theft, and much more.

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21 Nov 2021

INTA Annual Meeting focuses on diversity and trademark future; EUIPO offers best practices for payment services; ‘Banksy of trademarks’ retires; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

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. Read more

19 Nov 2021

Shell ditches ‘Royal Dutch’; INFORM Consumers Act applauded; EUIPO adjusts attachment pilot – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Authentic Brands Group buying a UK photography archive, 10 million adverts for counterfeit goods being removed, and much more. 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

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16 Nov 2021

Cleveland Guardians settlement; Nike postpones Travis Scott collaboration; sugary plain packaging called for – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Vans suing Walmart over “poorly made” copycats, Justin Bieber teaming up with Tim Hortons, and much more. Read more

14 Nov 2021

WIPO uncovers pandemic-defying trademark boom; new IP office standards body bares all; NCAA issues draft NIL constitution; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

12 Nov 2021

Amazon and Weber lawsuit team-up; Tiffany and Supreme collaboration; anti-counterfeiting supporting sustainability – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the South African IP office warning of email issues, a major new e-commerce platform launching in Kenya, and much more. Read more

9 Nov 2021

Maradona trademark dispute; Afghanistan IP office resumes operations; Ghana joins Geneva Act – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Chinese buying agent WeGoBuy launching an offer to users of a counterfeits forum, PepsiCo being ordered to cease use of its ‘Rise’ name, and much more. Read more

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4 Nov 2021

Petition to ICC requests counterfeiting involving widespread death be classed as crime against humanity

The Anti-counterfeit Network Africa has formally submitted a petition to the International Criminal Court proposing that deadly counterfeiting be listed as a crime against humanity. Read more

3 Nov 2021

“We need to move on this”: Senate committee hearing widens discussion on platform counterfeiting responsibilities

At the annual meeting of ASOP Global, calls were made for social media companies and e-commerce platforms to be compelled to do more to fight illicit trade. Shortly after, a Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing explored just that. 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

23 Oct 2021

A danger to millions: why counterfeiting should be included among crimes against humanity

With a petition set for the International Criminal Court, it is about time the dangers of counterfeit goods are considered among the list of crimes against humanity, argues our Saturday opinion. Read more

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4 Sep 2020

The TikTok brand has gone global, which is a great feat, but now it faces a reckoning in the US

The video-sharing app is a highly attractive brand for its resonance with the Gen-Z demographic, but its relationship with China and status as a social media giant will create risks for whoever takes it on. Read more

6 Apr 2020

China’s rapid expansion: a lasting impact on the trademark landscape

Chinese filing data reveals that while trademark output may be slowing down, local IP owners are just getting started as brand values skyrocket and focus turns to foreign registers. Read more

25 Mar 2020

While ‘Tokyo 2020’ will now take place in 2021, brands will get their time to shine

The Olympics is a world-renowned brand which lends its powerful reputation to its partners and sponsors. Given its reach and reputation, the IOC does not play around with its trademark protections. Read more

21 Feb 2020

Football: a game where every brand wins

Football teams and corporates are cashing in on brand value, but a changing industry means clubs need to use new methods to continue strengthening their presence and engagement levels. Read more

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2 Jul 2021

Top tips for how brand owners can work with online platforms to fight counterfeiting

WTR’s Global Leaders set out an eight-point checklist for what rights holders and e-commerce sites can do to take meaningful action against the online trade in fake goods. Read more

24 Jun 2021

How to work with Customs – six key tips for brand owners

IP practitioners in Europe, Central America and the United States discuss how brand owners can work with Customs to clamp down on counterfeiting in their region. Read more

22 Jun 2021

“Success is not always measured in numbers”: how 3M and Facebook assess brand protection pay-off

3M’s Colette Durst and Facebook’s Mike Yaghmai present three simple metrics to measure brand protection success at two of the biggest companies in the world. Read more

14 Jun 2021

How a hands-on approach helps FSC IP counsel push sustainable brand message

In an exclusive interview, Ugreson Maistry, trademark and IP counsel at the Forest Stewardship Council, reveals why teaming up with industry players not only benefits the environment, but also helps raise the profile of sustainability groups. Read more