Consumer Goods

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

A new dawn for grocery stores: how major brands are changing to counter low-cost rivals
9 Oct 2019

Crowd-shipping: a new frontier in the fight against counterfeiting?

Multiple crowd-shipping platforms now allow the transport of small packaged goods to be handled by independent contractors. WTR looks into the potential challenge this may pose to brands and anti-counterfeiting professionals. 

7 Oct 2019

Time running out to nominate the world's best corporate trademark professionals

Have your say as part of the nomination process for the WTR Industry Awards 2020 and next edition of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals.

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6 Oct 2019

TGI Fridays exclusive; new Amazon IP initiative; inside the McDonald’s brand portfolio; counterfeiting hotspots; 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. Read more

3 Oct 2019

General Department of Customs strengthens border control to tackle fraud related to origin of goods

The General Department of Vietnam Customs has issued Official Letter No 5189/TCHQ-GSQL, which gives strict directions to customs departments at both the central and provincial level to inspect and control imported and exported goods. Read more

1 Oct 2019

New editions of WTR and Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide now available

The Autumn 2019 edition of WTR, revealing the top filers at key registries across Asia, and the eighth edition of Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide are now published.  Read more

1 Oct 2019

Co-branding: cooperation or competition?

As with all partnerships, co-branding has its positive and negative aspects. But with valuable brand goodwill at stake, preparation is key to avoiding the pitfalls. Read more

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27 Sep 2019

INTA’s Brands Manifesto, Liverpool trademark blow, fighting scammers: news digest 

In our latest news digest, we look at INTA’s release of a Brands Manifesto, the Paraguay IP Office conducting another counterfeit crackdown, fee changes in New Zealand, and much more. Read more

22 Sep 2019

New safety warning over USPTO rules; Charming Charlie resurrection plans; takeaways from MARQUES; breaking down gender barriers in the IP world; 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. Read more

20 Sep 2019

Air New Zealand’s CEO on controversial application, praise from Peppa Pig and a blow for adidas: news digest 

In our latest news digest, we look at the backlash centred on a SAGA-branded customer brochure, the latest on Air New Zealand’s controversial Kia Ora application, a China IP firm reportedly mulling a sale, and much more. Read more

17 Sep 2019

Raiding the raiders, Philippines filings soar and USPTO fees proposal: news digest 

In our first news digest of the week, we look at the rising demand for Chinese trademarks, a swoop on fake Oakland Raiders merchandise, efforts to tackle counterfeit vaping products, the Swiss Parliament’s move to endorse new anti-piracy legislation, and much more. Read more

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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

26 Sep 2019

OTTO v OTTO's: Federal Supreme Court partially upholds Swiss retailer's appeal

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court has recently considered a trademark and unfair competition dispute between two companies that owned trademarks containing the element ‘OTTO’. Read more

21 Sep 2019

New Zealand thrives where others have failed – and it is all down to brand

The small island country has boosted its tourism by turning itself into a brand; the jurisdiction is increasingly attractive for multinational brands and it makes its presence known on the world stage. Read more

19 Sep 2019

Charming Charlie brand set for resurrection with trademarks and data central to strategy  

Last week CJS Holdings won an auction for the Charming Charlie IP portfolio, prevailing with a $1,125,000 bid. The sale, and plans to resurrect the retail brand, offer a number of strategic takeaways for trademark professionals. Read more

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9 Sep 2019

No safe bets – what the potential Philip Morris-Altria merger tells us about the tobacco industry

Major players are pulling out all the stops to diversify their portfolios, expanding geographically as well as investing in and buying up other businesses. However, no matter how you look at it, there are significant challenges ahead. Read more

30 Aug 2019

Crimson wave – how Harvard outstrips other universities in terms of registered trademarks

Ivy League schools rely on their reputation to attract top-notch talent, so policing these brands is a critical undertaking. Read more

23 Aug 2019

Expanding around the world: Tencent’s brand is critical to building partnerships with foreign companies

The Chinese company’s portfolio shows that the business is developing fast, and international markets are its next target. Read more

10 Aug 2019

Poland’s economy continues to exhibit remarkable growth, but can local brands keep up?

The former communist state has developed a strong market economy, and local brands have the opportunity to exploit these conditions to gain both domestic and international traction. 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.