27 Jun

New Register Tracker statistics; Banksy invalidation troubles; ICANN 71 highlights; 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.

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The Long Read

This week, Ciarán Coyle of New York brand extension agency LMCA provides a number of best practices for driving purpose and profit through strategic brand licensing. Read more

Monday 21 June

Banksy’s trademark troubles continued as the EUIPO Cancellation Division declared four of the street artist’s trademarks invalid, hitting out at his efforts “to circumvent the law”. Read more

A new WTR series using Fovea IP’s data platform to pull key statistics from major registers focused on Asia – in particular, Chinese filing activity at home and in neighbouring countries. Read more

The Winterfeldt IP Group’s Brian J Winterfeldt and Griffin Barnett provided a rundown of the key highlights from ICANN 71. Read more


Tuesday 22 June

The US Supreme Court’s latest opinion against the National Collegiate Athletic Association on amateurism in college sports looks set to intensify the ongoing debate over name, image and likeness rights. Read more

Tuesday’s news round-up saw the Washington Football Team hit a trademark road bump, Miley Cyrus winning the right to use her name as an EU trademark, Nigerian news sources suggesting that national IP policy is imminent, and much more. Read more

Ahead of this year’s WTR Global Leaders, 3M’s Colette Durst and Facebook’s Mike Yaghmai presented three simple metrics to measure brand protection success. Read more


Wednesday 23 June

Our Global Leaders pinpointed the five core technologies every IP practice can rely on. Read more

Continuing our Register Tracker series, WTR drilled into the latest trademark trends in Latin America, revealing which countries are on top in terms of application numbers. Read more

We presented a range of strategic takeaways from this week's International IP Enforcement Summit. Read more


Thursday 24 June

The Japan Patent Office confirmed that it will continue to provide flexible relief for office users struggling to meet deadlines as a result of the pandemic. Read more

IP practitioners in Europe, Central America and the United States discussed six key tips for brand owners working with Customs to clamp down on counterfeiting. Read more

A new INTA report on the attitudes of millennial and Gen Z consumers argued that brand restrictions may not fulfil the long-term aim of changing consumer behaviour. Read more


Friday 25 June

A YouTube copyright win, final calls for Trademark Public Advisory Committee nominations, shocking statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s counterfeit trade report, and much more featured in Friday’s news digest. Read more

WTR data analysis suggested that while globalisation is the goal for Chinese phone brands, the United States is still a fantasy. Read more

A recent dispute between two Indian media companies over the use of trademarks in news reporting has reinforced the country’s approach to fair use. Read more


Saturday 26 June

In our latest Saturday opinion column, we asked what needs to change for more environmental organisations to engage in brand valuation. Read more

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

In April 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