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How Canada’s new cannabis regime will impact a range of brands and law firms

With Canada set to legalise recreational cannabis, our latest opinion column looks at why trademark counsel should watch this development closely.

How Canada’s new cannabis regime will impact a range of brands and law firms
12 Oct 2018

Coca-Cola dispute sparks censorship debate, Alfred Dunhill scores big in China, and Belt and Road IP cooperation: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at how brands should share bad news, why Chinese companies have been accused of “poor branding”, Silk Road member states strengthening IP cooperation, and more.

10 Oct 2018

Protecting Peppa Pig in China: interview with Entertainment One’s Niall Trainor

Earlier this week, WTR sat down with Niall Trainor, senior director of brand protection at Entertainment One, to gain exclusive insights into the challenges of protecting the Peppa Pig brand in China.


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10 Oct 2018

Honey Badger don’t give a summary judgment

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment in favour of the defendant greeting card companies in a dispute over the trademark HONEY BADGER DON'T CARE stemming from a 2011 viral video and internet meme titled “The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger”. Read more

9 Oct 2018

Supreme Court: trademarks must be assessed as a whole

In a significant decision, the Chilean Supreme Court has reversed a decision of the Court of Appeal in Industrial Property Cases in which the latter had rejected an opposition against the registration of the mark CALLY based on the earlier mark CALLIA. Read more

8 Oct 2018

General Court confirms likelihood of confusion between GN LABORATORIES and GNC - despite relevant public’s above-average level of attention  

In Ntolas v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that there was a likelihood of confusion between the mark GN LABORATORIES for goods in Classes 5, 29 and 30, and the earlier mark GNC for goods and services in Classes 5, 29 and 35. Read more

5 Oct 2018

Blow for Apple as its opposition to Swatch AG’s TICK DIFFERENT is dismissed

The registrar of the IP Office of Singapore has dismissed Apple’s opposition against the registration of Swatch AG’s TICK DIFFERENT mark based on its earlier THINK DIFFERENT mark. Read more


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28 Sep 2018

Worldwide spread of plain packaging revealed, TMview expands, and brake pads made of grass: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a study into the accidental purchases of fakes, the Fiji government stepping into a trademark dispute, Kyrgyzpatent warning about use of unregistered marks, two ‘.brands’ calling it quits, and much more. Read more

15 Sep 2018

Social media buy-and-sell groups to be targeted in anti-counterfeiting initiative backed by UK government

A new programme has been developed in the UK to create greater awareness amongst the administrators of 'buy-and-sell' social media groups about their legal responsibility to prevent the promotion and sale of counterfeit goods. Read more

14 Sep 2018

Saudi Arabia to adopt plain packaging, T-ara resolve trademark dispute, and ICANN needs your feedback on RPMs: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the US brands with the most loyal customers, 7-Eleven taking a menswear brand to court for alleged trademark infringement, and much more. Read more

12 Sep 2018

Trump administration should take credit for China’s counterfeits crackdown, claims trade association

The Precious Metals Association of North America (PMANA) has lauded the Trump administration in its response to China’s adoption of long-awaited e-commerce legislation.  Read more


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3 Oct 2018

Statistics reveal stark reduction in Chinese customs seizures of suspected IP-infringing products

Recent statistics point to a significant decline in Chinese customs seizures, and the proportion of seizures relating to foreign companies also continues to decrease. Read more

2 Oct 2018

Anticipate your divorce: General Court considers correct time period for appreciation of risk of confusion

In Gugler v EUIPO, the EU General Court has held that the economic link between the parties on the date on which the application for registration of the contested mark was filed precluded a finding of likelihood of confusion. Read more

26 Sep 2018

 “People are pushing back against copycats” – lessons from the Chinese licensing front line

The CEO of Alfilo Brands sits down with WTR to reveal the strategies being employed by major cultural institutions, such as museums and art galleries, as they seek to tap into China’s vast consumer market. Read more

19 Sep 2018

Creative trademark strategies are essential for brands venturing into newly-legalised US marijuana markets

Both Coca-Cola and musician Jimmy Buffett have been linked with marijuana brand partnerships over the past week. Such deals pose significant trademark difficulties, but there may be workaround strategies available.  Read more


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22 Jun 2018

Rising sales, healthy filings and new opportunities in the dynamic cosmetics sector: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s industry data report, we provide a rundown of the cosmetics market from a branding perspective. We take a big picture look at sales growth and key trends and reveal that technology trademark filings are on the rise among major brands. Read more

8 Dec 2017

US retail brands are teeming with life despite the so-called 'retail apocalypse': exclusive data analysis

World Trademark Review takes an in-depth look at the retail sector. As one of the most dynamic branding environments of any industry sector, we analyse how the top brands in this field have performed. Read more


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1 May 2018

Recent and developing trends in false advertising disputes

A group of senior trademark and brand professionals convened in New York in January to discuss recent and developing trends in false advertising law. This special report details some of the key points and presents essential takeaways. Read more

8 Nov 2017

81% of consumers believe “branding on products matters”, as Canadian scepticism of plain packaging highlighted

New research has revealed that eight out of 10 Canadian consumers believe that “branding on products matters” because it provides information and distinguishes goods from one another. Read more

1 Jul 2017

Europe, Middle East and Africa Team of the Year: Specsavers

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1 Jul 2017

Sports, Entertainment & Media Team of the Year: Nike

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