18 Apr
2021

Concerns raised over India IPAB abolition; Trademark Express dispute finally ends; Florida State unveils new student-athlete NIL programme; 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.

The long read

Poorly kept portfolios and badly managed assets can scupper the value of a tempting brand acquisition. However, this week’s long read provides a step-by-step approach to help buyers and sellers alike avoid the pitfalls and maximise the chances of a successful M&A. Read more

Monday 12 April

In an op-ed piece, Kimiya Shams, legal counsel at technology company DEVIALET, reflected on the concerning trend of influencers endorsing counterfeit products. Read more

We examined a new study that has taken a deep dive into posthumous IP and endorsement rights, proposing a legal rethink to ensure fairness and accuracy to the departed. Read more

Following the news that GoDaddy Registry is to acquire the ‘.club’ and ‘.design’ TLDs, as well as 28 domain extensions owned and operated by MMX, we revealed why the current wave of big-ticket new gTLD deals matters to trademark counsel. Read more

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Tuesday 13 April

Tuesday’s news round-ups covered the latest disputes over Activision’s WARZONE and ‘France.com’, as well as the Leason Ellis brand refresh, the IP Office of New Zealand launching a new hearings initiative, and much more. Read more

The author of a new study considering whether trademark litigation is an effective strategy against counterfeiters told WTR that “the legal costs of today’s litigation should be weighed against future infringement”. Read more

As Florida State University unveils its new student-athlete name, image and likeness programme, we shone the spotlight on the issue of amateurism and the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s efforts to control the narrative. Read more

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Wednesday 14 April

WTR heard from concerned local practitioners about the abolition of India’s IP Appellate Board and the risk of rising costs and growing backlogs. Read more

We sat down with White & Case partner and chair of the global diversity committee Arlene Hahn to hear how the firm tackles the challenges of contextual D&I initiatives. Read more

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Thursday 15 April

We reported on the latest IP office measure aimed to tackle covid-19-related restrictions, including developments at the USPTO, the Czech IP office and the Venezuelan registry. Read more  

WTR spoke to representatives from Trademark Express and LegalForce RAPC Worldwide after their long-running and bitter dispute finally came to end, as a US district court ruled that the former had not been engaged in the unauthorised practice of law. Read more

We heard from Mathys & Squire partner Alan MacDougall to find out what the firm’s new IP consultancy division will offer and how it is looking to position itself in the market. Read more

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Friday 16 April

In our Friday news round-up, we look at Brainbase expanding its customer base, a new report finding that consumers trust tightly spaced logos, the Brazilian trademark office opening a public consultation, and much more. Read more

India is the third most active trademark register in the world after China and the United States, having received over 400,000 applications in 2020. As our data analysis revealed, its growth is almost entirely thanks to domestic brand owners. Read more

In a guest analysis, Shailendra Bhandare, partner at Khaitan & Co, explored the short and long-term impact of the move to abolish India’s IP Appellate Board, arguing that there may be “chaotic situations” ahead. Read more

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Saturday 17 April

In our latest Saturday opinion column, we considered the media frenzy surrounding the news that Colin the Caterpillar and his nemesis Cuthbert are locked in a legal dispute. Read more

WTR Special Report: The rise of mass filers and register clutter

Last week we launched the first of our new WTR Special Reports, focusing on the rise of mass filers and their impact on the trademark ecosystem. Scrutinising the data behind the filing activities of Michael Gleissner, Ikuhiro Ueda and Chinese entities, we explored the real-world effects of these on brand protection and how rights holders and registries can mitigate their impact. Read more

Victoria Arnold

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Victoria Arnold