21 Jun
2020

Opportunities for meaningful change; tech innovation at Anheuser-Busch InBev; USPTO responds to TESS criticism; 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.

Monday 15 June

WTR sat down with head of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s IP and marketing team Pieter van den Bulck to learn how to company stays ahead of the curve for global protection and the innovative technology that it has developed. Read more here

Brian J Winterfeldt and Griffin Barnett of Winterfeldt IP Group provided their predictions for the recommendations that will result from ICANN’s rights protection mechanism review and called on brand owners to begin formulating contributions to the first-ever full evaluation of the UDRP. Read more here

Tuesday 16 June

Our Tuesday news round-up saw the UK Intellectual Property Office respond to outrage over a BLACK LIVES MATTER trademark application, INTA cancelling its Trademark Administrators and Practitioners Meeting, ICANN69 going virtual, Nestlé putting a large portion of its bottled water business up for sale, HGF and Nexus teaming up, and much more. Read more here

After the USPTO announced a prioritised examination programme for certain types of trademark and service application in light of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, we reflected on why such a positive move would only benefit a small pool of applicants. Read more here

We offered a breakdown of the latest developments at national IP offices responding to covid-19-related restrictions. Read more here

More calls were made to the USPTO to improve its Trademark Electronic Search System so that attorneys can monitor whether their details are being used for fraudulent purposes after recent examples of details being hijacked. Read more here

Wednesday 17 June

With the Black Lives Matter movement leading to calls for consumers to support local black-owned businesses, we reflected on the opportunity for the IP community to step up and improve SME access to IP rights. Read more here

UK businessman Georgios Demetriou dropped efforts to attain registered trademark protection for terms related to the Black Lives Matter movement following claims that his business had been the subject of threats. Read more here

WTR revealed that a mysterious Chinese entity sits alongside Everglades College, Marvel and Walmart at the top of the USPTO top filers list. Read more here

Thursday 18 June

In an extract taken from our upcoming annual EUIPO focus feature, EUIPO deputy executive director Andrea Di Carlo highlighted the steps that the office is taking to help vulnerable small businesses during the covid-19 pandemic. Read more here

As Aunt Jemima gets a brand overhaul, one legal expert suggested that PepsiCo has an opportunity to drive meaningful change through engagement and discussion of racial inequalities. Read more here

WTR investigated how Chinese online marketplace Weidian works, the types of fake products available, and why it should be on the enforcement radar of all brand owners. Read more here

Friday 19 June

As brands become central voices in the discussion over racial inequality. We asked whether Asian brands could be about to break their silence. Read more here

On Friday we announced that the IP Office of Singapore has confirmed that minister Rena Lee will replace Daren Tang as its new chief executive from August 2020. Read more here

We considered the statement that Amazon may be sending as it teams up with Maison Valentino to launch a joint lawsuit against a line of shoes that copy the look and design of Valentino Garavani Rockstud heels. Read more here

AT&T considering the sale of Warner Bros Interactive, 2,000 marks at risk of removal from the Kenya Trademark Register, warnings over an “egregious” scam email, three more ‘.brands’ heading to the scrap heap, and much more featured in Friday’s news digest. Read more here

With a growing number of conversion kits for popular luxury brand handbags emerging online, IP experts explained that although the sale of accessories does not constitute IP infringement, the industry should be monitoring the market closely. Read more here

In response to earlier criticism of its Trademark Electronic Search System and concerns over the hijacking of attorney information on trademark applications, the USPTO responded by pledging to make improvements, despite the small number of cases. Read more here

Saturday 20 June

Our latest foray into WTR’s unrivalled archive of content unearthed a selection of articles exploring brand responses to accusations of trademark bullying. Read more here

Legal updates and international reports

Plus, we published 10 legal updates and three international reports examining key trademark decisions and developments from around the globe:

Victoria Arnold

Author | Senior Editor, IP Editorial

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Victoria Arnold