From the WTR archive: private investigations

For our latest delve into WTR’s unrivalled archive of trademark content, we present a series of features focused on the work of private investigators.

From the <em>WTR</em> archive: private investigations
Amazon to list seller names and addresses; Google launches trademark initiative; UK Intellectual Property Office Brexit preparations – news digest
10 Jul 2020

Amazon to list seller names and addresses; Google launches trademark initiative; UK Intellectual Property Office Brexit preparations – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Kazakhstan turning to technology to combat counterfeits, Rangers football club refreshing its brand, a Lady A lawsuit, and much more.

EUIPO top filers, China litigation data, diversity in trademarks, and much more: <em>WTR</em>’s summer edition now available
8 Jul 2020

EUIPO top filers, China litigation data, diversity in trademarks, and much more: WTR’s summer edition now available

The summer issue of WTR is now available to subscribers; and includes an exploration of how private investigators are being employed by rights holders, analysis on the IP effects of the covid-19 pandemic, and much more.


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8 Jul 2020

Enforcement in Africa: key qualities of a continent-wide brand protection strategy

WTR traverses the whole of Africa to provide brand owners with a comprehensive guide to brand protection across the region. Read more

8 Jul 2020

Private investigators in the spotlight: challenges and opportunities

The use of private investigators is on the rise, spurred by challenges that have arisen due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, this soaring practice has important implications for brand protection professionals. 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

7 Jul 2020

Singapore implements plain packaging; Nike most visible brand; Zoom feeling the heat – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Authentic Brands Group picking up another bankrupt apparel brand, Aurify Brands purchasing Le Pain Quotidien, the Philippines IP Office seeking more social media powers, and much more. Read more


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5 Jul 2020 sparks range of reactions; ICANN 68 puts key issues under the spotlight; Sky v Skykick rages on; 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

4 Jul 2020

From the WTR archive: a snapshot of trademarks in the beginning

In this latest edition of our series delving into WTR’s unrivalled archive of trademark content, we head back to the first issue of WTR magazine.  It is a reminder that the more things change, the more they remain the same. Read more

3 Jul 2020

New trademark law in Cyprus; Burger King trolls McDonald’s; INTA looking for tomorrow’s leaders – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Uber looking to bolster its food delivery unit, China approving 33 IP centres, the EUIPO unveiling an SME offering, and much more. Read more

30 Jun 2020

How WTR is connecting the global trademark community this October

WTR is delighted to unveil WTR Connect, a series of high-level online events taking place across two weeks in October, with in-depth sessions timed to accommodate participation from around the world. Read more


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6 Jul 2020

Exclusive research into how brand professionals use private investigators

A new WTR survey shines a light on everything from what qualities trademark professionals most value to the areas in which they are planning to employ gumshoes in the near future. Read more

6 Jul 2020

A tech giant with a portfolio to match: exclusive interview with PayPal’s in-house counsel

Cliff Webb and Olga Stansell discuss how they've led PayPal’s lean two-person trademark and brand protection team in one of the world's fastest-moving companies. Read more

24 Jun 2020

Amazon unveils new Counterfeit Crimes Unit, renews call for governments to do more

Amazon has announced the establishment of a Counterfeit Crimes Unit dedicated to bringing counterfeiters that violate the law and Amazon’s policies by listing counterfeit products in its stores to justice. Read more

22 Jun 2020

Counterfeit clutches or converted cases? A reputational discussion on handbag conversion kits

A new trend of conversion kits for popular luxury brand handbags has emerged online. While the sale of accessories does not constitute IP infringement, the industry should be monitoring closely. Read more


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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

14 Feb 2020

China’s rapid expansion has made a lasting impact on the trademark landscape, with more to come

Trademark output may be finally slowing down, but local brands are just getting started. Lawyers should therefore keep their eyes peeled as businesses shift their sights abroad. Read more


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6 Jul 2020

How to take counterfeiters down (cheaply) during a pandemic

The economic crisis following covid-19 has pushed rights enforcement down company agendas, while unwary online consumers in lockdown make easy prey for counterfeiters. With litigation slow, costly and unlikely to succeed, there are quick and easy ways to thwart the fakers. Read more

6 Jul 2020

Challenging times: anti-counterfeiting in the age of covid-19

Locked-down consumers with heightened health worries could be easy prey for fast-acting counterfeiters. Legal authorities have foreseen some of the risks, but is the European Union sufficiently prepared for an influx of fake medicines and equipment? Read more

6 Jul 2020

Supreme People’s Court opinion directs judges to protect owners’ rights

A wide-ranging opinion recently issued by the Supreme People’s Court provides guidance on how the courts can better protect IP owners’ rights and promises to support trademark owners’ anti-counterfeiting actions. Read more

6 Jul 2020

Can we overcome counterfeiting without tackling the mindset behind it?

Trademark owners have a mountain to climb if they want local judges to grant orders to seize counterfeit goods in Turkey. Things are better at the border, but changes to judicial processes are required. Read more

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