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.
INTA speaks exclusively to WTR about brand evaluation versus valuation and why it is so important for brand professionals to play an active role in the calculation process.
Monday 27 September
A quarter of US law firms are considering office space reductions as new work patterns emerge, discovers the American Intellectual Property Law Association.
A local lawyer shares their experience of fighting fake goods online in Thailand, highlighting the major digital marketplaces to watch out for.
A municipal councillor for the city of Venice calls on the European Union to ensure that its craft heritage is protected.
- UDRP: legitimate interests in a domain name consisting of an acronym (International)
- SAMSONITE v SAMS: Higher Board issues exemplary decision on similarity, taking into account well-known status of earlier mark (Turkey)
Tuesday 28 September
Disney sues comic book artists over its Marvel superhero rights, Reebok and Jelly Belly team up, INTA announces new sponsorship by Wanhuida, and much more in Tuesday’s news digest.
TTAB judgments may fall flat in federal court, according to a recent Third Circuit decision.
A new Facebook ruling could open the floodgates for state-law claims against internet companies, legal experts warn.
- Recent precedent highlights particularities of non-use cancellation actions in Belarus (Belarus)
- Vans v Paredes: when is a ‘V’ not a ‘V’? (European Union)
Wednesday 29 September
Supply chain disruptions: Red Points’ Daniel Shapiro explains how brand owners can fight back when infringers try to exploit supply gaps.
Sustainability interests are shaping trademark portfolios of all sizes, the EUIPO discovers.
- China endorses good-faith commitment when applying for well-known status (China)
- QUINDIPAN not confusingly similar to appellation of origin ‘Café de Colombia’ (Colombia)
Thursday 30 September
IP offices in Finland and India reduce their covid-19 measures.
Law firm leaders must be accountable for inclusivity, urges Fox Rothschild’s chief diversity and inclusion officer.
The SHOP SAFE Act is approved by the House Judiciary Committee as opponents make themselves heard.
Amazon reaches a settlement with two social media influencers and offers to donate payments to the INTA Unreal Campaign.
- Champagne v Champanillo: CJEU clarifies scope of protection afforded to PDOs (European Union)
- Large seizure of fake toys and party decorations in exclusive Lima City district (Peru)
- The far-reaching influence of African artists in the world of corporate branding strategies (International report: Africa)
- Oktoberfest – how a local festival became a world-famous brand (International report: Germany)
- IPC Court questions whether advertising services provided outside Taiwan qualifies as trademark use (International report: Taiwan)
- Third Circuit vacates $10.6 million trademark infringement award (International report: United States)
Friday 1 October
INTA announces its Annual Meeting keynote speaker, a USPTO examining attorney shares prosecution tips, a new report uncovers domain security issues at the world’s largest companies, and much more in Friday’s round-up.
We examine how Netflix builds its long-term strategy around popular content and brands, after the company purchases the Roald Dahl story catalogue.
- Reckitt Benckiser obtains interim injunction against competitor - even though prima facie infringement case was not strong (Australia)
- HelloFresh successfully opposes rival trademark HALAL FRESH (United Kingdom)
Saturday 2 October
There has never been a more important time to engage with brand valuations, argues Saturday’s opinion column.
WTR Special Report: Managing the brand balance sheet
WTR’s latest Special Report explores the financial treatment of brands and considers how trademark professionals can carve out a new role when servicing clients.