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
The coming storm of US ex parte cancellations has Winterfeldt IP Group’s Brian Winterfeldt and David Rome preparing key strategies for brand owners and practitioners alike.
Monday 13 September
A new UK Intellectual Property Office report uncovers where and how infringement is occurring as the UK police stages its biggest ever anti-counterfeiting operation.
Tennis player Emma Raducanu could become a “billion-dollar sports star”, but trademark protection will have to be a priority, experts explain.
A new non-agricultural GI regime would have economic, sustainability and anti-counterfeiting benefits for EU and non-EU rights holders, argues a spokesperson for Craft Europe.
- Blow for Sony in GT RACING case (European Union)
- SANTA CRUZ – a city, place, ship, given name or the Spanish for ‘holy cross’? (Norway)
Tuesday 14 September
USPTO trademarks sold as NFTs, thousands of duplicate filings in China, Australia joining DesignView, and much more features in Tuesday’s news digest.
How Dettol and Lysol owner Reckitt juggles corporate identity questions with a growing portfolio – an exclusive interview with the group head of brand protection reveals all.
- Caterpillar v Puma: battle of the big cats (Australia)
- New measures for e-commerce supervision come into force (China)
Wednesday 15 September
Inconsistency, fraud, laundering – new research decries the challenges that cannabis companies face at the USPTO.
We run through the Vietnamese digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor as part of their global anti-counterfeiting efforts.
- Bad news for Sony as General Court confirms that VITA mark was not put to genuine use (European Union)
- Not everyone on the Internet uses aliases (International)
Thursday 16 September
Microsoft is named the world’s most intangible company as it approaches $2 trillion in intangible asset value.
A longstanding circuit split could be resolved if the US Supreme Court accepts certiorari in a case that hinges on the initial interest confusion doctrine.
A Latvian national is sentenced to more than four years’ imprisonment for defrauding thousands of USPTO registrants.
Apple overtakes Amazon at the top of MBLM’s annual Brand Intimacy Study, highlighting the power of smartphone brands.
- Partial design applications becoming more popular in South Korea (South Korea)
- Lanham Act reaches foreign defendants’ extraterritorial conduct, but worldwide injunction too broad (United States)
Friday 17 September
Friday’s round-up covers Emma Raducanu trademark misreporting, a new INTA resolution, Oreo and Pokémon teaming up, and much more.
Data analysis suggests 2021 could be the year China’s trademark volume starts to decline.
- Applications to register names of Chinese Olympic champions rejected ex officio (China)
- Parallel imports in Venezuela: international trademark owners beware (Venezuela)
Saturday 18 September
Facebook and Ray-Ban’s cutting-edge smart glasses are worth keeping an eye on, states Saturday’s opinion column.
WTR Special Report: Inside in-house operations
WTR’s latest Special Report, “Inside in-house operations: how to build world-class trademark functions and portfolios”, takes a deep dive into portfolio, brand and in-house team management – with insight from experts at companies including Facebook, FIFA, Novartis, Verizon and Vodafone.