Consumer Goods

“Europe is not yet prepared” – reaction as Cannabis mark ruled unregistrable by EU court 

The General Court of the European Union has ruled against a trademark due to its implied links to illegal narcotics. Industry experts give their reaction.

“Europe is not yet prepared” – reaction as Cannabis mark ruled unregistrable by EU court 
12 Dec 2019

Going undercover – tips for monitoring the Central Asia counterfeiting market

As the most developed region in Central Asia, Kazakhstan serves as a transit point for counterfeit goods that are produced in China and trafficked to Russia and then Europe. However, there are legal measures that brand owners can take while awaiting improvements to the existing IP legislation.

6 Dec 2019

Fleet Feet’s court victory against Nike highlights challenges in using and protecting slogan marks

A ruling centred on Nike’s use of the ‘Sport Changes Everything’ slogan highlights the conundrum over when and where to seek registered protection for slogans, and the different approaches adopted by IP offices to ad campaign slogans.

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9 Dec 2019

CJEU: all courts with jurisdiction to order provisional measures are competent to order such measures with regard to RCDs

Following a reference for a preliminary ruling by the procurator general of the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, the Court of Justice of the European Union has put an end to uncertainty regarding the interpretation of Article 90(1) of Regulation 6/2002. Read more

6 Dec 2019

Turkey implements plain packaging, Trump trademark spike, and INTA awareness call: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the resolution of a trademark dispute between the Ramone family, brand loyalty rising, a vegan butcher taking on Nestlé at the USPTO, and much more. Read more

6 Dec 2019

Final few days to nominate the industry’s leading lights for recognition in the WTR 300

The nominations window for the WTR Industry Awards 2020 and next edition of WTR 300 closes on Monday, so don't miss out on having your say. Read more

6 Dec 2019

Alibaba's DOUBLE 11 trademark: JD.com sues China's IP authority

JD.com is suing the China National IP Agency following the invalidation of five DOUBLE 11 marks. Alibaba, the third party in this case, argues that DOUBLE 11 – a reference to Singles’ Day in China – was created and used by the company as a trademark.   Read more

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5 Dec 2019

A glimpse into the future: the brand protection trends set to shape 2020

Next week, WTR will be hosting a free-to-access webinar, which will explore the trends that are expected to affect the e-commerce and IP landscape in 2020 and identify the key emerging online platforms that are set to disrupt the brand protection space. Read more

22 Nov 2019

Nominate now to recognise the trademark industry’s leading lights

There is not long left to nominate the best trademark professionals in the world for recognition at the WTR Industry Awards 2020 and the next edition of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals. Read more

20 Nov 2019

Revealed: speaker line-up for next month’s Brand Strategy China conference

With the event just two weeks away, WTR is pleased to unveil the speaking faculty for Brand Strategy China – with experts from Dupont, LVMH, New Balance, Unilever and 3M featured. Read more

19 Nov 2019

Russia and Syria IP cooperation, Alibaba and JD.com spat, and OK BOOMER trademarks: news digest

In our latest news round-up, we look at the Chile IP office urging electronic usage following mailbox damage, a St Andrews trademark dispute heating up, an update on the Bentley case, Ecuador joining DesignView, and much more. Read more

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5 Dec 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots in Russia that brand owners must be aware of 

In the latest edition of our series on markets around the world that are reportedly notorious for the sale of counterfeit goods, we head to Russia. Read more

2 Dec 2019

Research reveals impact of counterfeits on UK economy amid call for increased collaboration

An OECD study has revealed the growing problem of counterfeiting in the UK.  One OECD economist told WTR that, in light of the findings, it is important for rights holders and customs to work more closely together.  Read more

29 Nov 2019

Surviving a scandal: brand management and the Royal Family

The Monarchy proves that a clear strategy can build an everlasting brand, but it is always at risk of suffering reputational damage. Read more

29 Nov 2019

Sanrio fined for restricting cross-border sales of licensed Hello Kitty merchandise

A recent decision of the European Commission in a case involving Hello Kitty merchandise is a reminder that IP licences can be examined and found infringing under the EU competition rules. Read more

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8 Nov 2019

Google’s tie-up with Fitbit, if successful, would open more doors than one

The tech giant has big plans within the wearable technologies sector, as it seeks to take a bite of Apple. Read more

1 Nov 2019

Brands could be the centre of renewed focus during Israel’s scale-up phase

The start-up nation’s register is dominated by foreign applicants but, as the government throws its weight behind maturing businesses, strong branding will help domestic companies to become a feature of the economy. Read more

18 Oct 2019

A new dawn for grocery stores: how major brands are changing to counter low-cost rivals

The departure of Tesco’s CEO signifies the retailer’s successful turnaround, but this is just the beginning as long-time players overhaul businesses to stay in the game. Read more

27 Sep 2019

DC Comics’ day one appreciation of characters sets it up for sustained success

Age-old brands prove yet again to be a key asset as streaming wars heat up, but Batman is bigger than the digital era. Read more

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30 Sep 2019

China's Anti-unfair Competition Law: cracking down on malicious infringement in advertising

Recent amendments to China’s Anti-unfair Competition Law have seen legal compensation rise from Rmb3 million to Rmb5 million, which goes some way to addressing the significant cost of stopping infringement. Read more

29 Jul 2019

Practical strategies for managing luxury brands

A group of senior trademark and brand professionals recently convened in New York to discuss strategies for protecting, enforcing and monetising fashion and luxury brands. This special report details some of the key points and presents essential takeaways. Read more

8 Feb 2019

How Mickey Mouse and Darth Vader are helping to grow the Disney brand empire

In this week's data focus, we look at how multi-media giant Disney is stockpiling recognisable brands to build out its business operations and adapt to a changing industry.

11 Jan 2019

Johnson & Johnson data focus: inside the world’s biggest trademark portfolio

In the first of a new series, we shed light on how this pharmaceutical giant's trademark holdings have contributed to its business strategy.