NBA backlash over Hong Kong tweet; associations target WeChat; crowd-shipping counterfeits threat; plus much more

NBA backlash over Hong Kong tweet; associations target WeChat; crowd-shipping counterfeits threat; plus much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the last 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 7th October

In a continuation of our regular series on marketplaces around the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to Ecuador – exploring how IP owners can protect their rights and identifying the markets that should be on policing radars. Read more here.

We noted that the nomination process for the WTR Industry Awards 2020 and next edition of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals is currently open, inviting the community to act to ensure that the important work undertaken by in-house professionals across the globe receives the recognition it deserves. Read more here.

TUESDAY 8th October

Brand and IP associations have used the comment period for the next Office of the US Trade Representative’s Notorious Markets List to call for the inclusion of WeChat. The claims come at a time of heightened tension between the US government and Chinese tech companies, with Tencent telling WTR that it meets, if not exceeds, "industry best practices to combat counterfeiting and infringement". Read more here.

The Egyptian Trademark Office delaying a fee increase, CPA Global unveiling the latest version of its IP system, food brands being targeted by hackers and Metallica celebrating a trademark dispute win were among the stories featured in our Tuesday news digest. Read more here.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are global events that allow brands to connect with customers, sell products on a mass scale and re-enforce their identity. In this guest post, a local brand expert warned that use of the terms in Turkey is not without risk. Read more here.

WEDNESDAY 9th October

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has faced a significant backlash in recent days following a tweet – later removed – that was posted in support of protesters in Hong Kong. With the turmoil ongoing, we spoke with IP and PR experts on what brand owners can learn from the crisis, with one claiming this is “the biggest trademark story of the year”. Read more here.

Multiple crowd-shipping platforms now allow the transport of small packaged goods to be handled by independent contractors. We looked into the potential challenge that this poses to brands and anti-counterfeiting professionals. Read more here.  

THURSDAY 10th October 

Brand Finance has released its annual Nation Brand report, which sees notable movement from developing countries – highlighting the economic shift powered by innovation in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. We presented takeaways and highlights from the study. Read more here.

For the next part of our regular series on marketplaces around the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we headed to the Mediterranean island of Malta. Read more here.

FRIDAY 11th October

Flutter Entertainment’s acquisition of The Stars Group Inc shows that – despite uncertainty – major players in online betting see the newly liberated United States as a high-growth market. In our latest data analysis piece, we argued that only stand-out brands will be able to capture a share of the soon to be highly competitive sector. Read more here.

A tax warning for vendors at IP events, a Riot Squad face-off, the clash of the condiments, Nominet’s call for phishing policy input, and much more, featured in our Friday news digest. Read more here.

Plus, we published 10 Legal Update articles, examining key trademark decisions from across the globe:

  • Lithuanian courts examine legal relationship between trademarks and corporate names (Lithuania). Read more here.
  • General Court confirms lack of likelihood of confusion between MEDIWELL and WELL AND WELL (European Union). Read more here.
  • Is extra-territorial use sufficient to ground a claim for ownership of a trademark? (Malaysia). Read more here.
  • Ortlieb v Amazon – the constant struggle to find what you are looking for (Germany). Read more here.
  • DRP complaint has more holes than Swiss cheese (International). Read more here.
  • The similarity threshold for trademark dilution under Article 8(5) – how low does it go? (European Union). Read more here.
  • Vietnam joins the Hague System (Vietnam). Read more here.
  • #DARFERDAS? case: CJEU clarifies distinctiveness requirements (European Union). Read more here.
  • Second user vaping company has no claim to AFFLICTION (United States). Read more here.
  • ADDICTED 'marijuana' device mark invalidated on application by adidas (United Kingdom). Read more here.

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