Fashion & Luxury

The Gambia joins Banjul Protocol; UGG dispute latest; Venezuelan IPO reduces fees – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Nextbite adding more celebrity virtual brands to its portfolio, Native American tribes including tribal insignias in the USPTO's database for free, and much more.

The Gambia joins Banjul Protocol; UGG dispute latest; Venezuelan IPO reduces fees – news digest
AAFA calls for action to counter rise of ‘dupe influencers’ promoting counterfeit goods
6 May 2021

AAFA calls for action to counter rise of ‘dupe influencers’ promoting counterfeit goods

The AAFA has released a new report highlighting the role that a fast-growing group of social media influencers are playing in the promotion of counterfeit products, as well as the tactics that they are adopting.

Wrigley takes on THC-infused Skittles; Diablo trademark dispute; EUIPO launches SME support fund – news digest
4 May 2021

Wrigley takes on THC-infused Skittles; Diablo trademark dispute; EUIPO launches SME support fund – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a court valuing the name and likeness of Michael Jackson, Anaqua acquiring SeeUnity, ICANN publishing its ‘proposed for adoption’ financial and budget plans, and much more.

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6 May 2021

Swatch prevails in dispute with Apple over Steve Jobs’ “one more thing” catchphrase

In a decision that shows the difficulty of relying on parody in a bad-faith opposition, the High Court of England and Wales has upheld Swatch's appeal against Apple's successful oppositions to Swatch's applications for two ONE MORE THING marks. Read more

30 Apr 2021

Walmart takes on Kanye West; EUIPO extends presence in Africa; Crayola teams up with Build-A-Bear – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the USPTO seeking innovation medal nominations, the McCarthy Institute heading to Arizona, delivery apps changing the branding game, and much more. Read more

30 Apr 2021

Court of Appeal declares nullity of acquittal due to incorrect interpretation of IP crime

In a case involving the sale of fake garments at a fair, the Madrid Court of Appeal has found that the Trial Court had wrongly qualified the offence as a misdemeanour against intellectual property - rather than as a criminal offence. Read more

28 Apr 2021

Privacy alarm as applicant passport details published by China National Intellectual Property Administration

China’s National Intellectual Property Administration has published the passport details of thousands of individuals, WTR can reveal, including public figures such as Taylor Swift, JK Rowling and Lionel Messi. Read more

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27 Apr 2021

The Rolling Stones and New Balance feature in Asia-Pacific Legal Updates you may have missed

Each quarter we will be running a series of pieces presenting recent Legal Updates that you may have missed. For this instalment we turn our attention to the Asia-Pacific region. Read more

23 Apr 2021

Chile to allow non-traditional trademarks; Spanish government pledges IP commitment; GRILLOUMI dispute – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Chinese officials obtaining registered trademarks for the entire South China Sea, Dubai Customs recycling 134,000 counterfeit items, and much more. Read more

20 Apr 2021

European Super League may cost clubs €2.5 billion brand value; Cuthbert the Caterpillar returns; Barbie and Zara partner – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at academics and a university duking it out over trademark bullying accusations, Lids partnering with Designer Brands, and much more. Read more

16 Apr 2021

Colin Caterpillar trademark spat; infamous wine counterfeiter deported; Dole brand expansion – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Brainbase expanding its customer base, a new report that finds consumers trust tightly spaced logos, the Brazilian trademark office opening a public consultation, and much more. Read more

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27 Apr 2021

Facebook and Gucci team up as social media giant steps up anti-counterfeiting efforts

Facebook and Gucci have announced that they have filed a joint lawsuit against the head of an alleged international counterfeiting operation. Read more

26 Apr 2021

Volkswagen, Porsche and BMW help drive entire WTR Brand Elite stocks upwards

The WTR Brand Elite project tracks how a defined set of brand-focused companies with industry-leading trademark teams perform against stock market indices. Read more

10 Apr 2021

Satan Shoes settlement is a good result for both parties, but some will lament the fact the case was not heard

In our latest Saturday opinion column, we examine how the dispute between Nike and MSCHF’s Satan Shoes played out. Read more

9 Apr 2021

Luxury doyen Hermès is thriving, thanks to unwavering dedication to its traditional brand values

The French boutique is taking market changes in its stride and its popularity is growing as a result. Read more

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12 Feb 2021

France records its fourth year of trademark growth, hitting the 100,000 applications mark

Domestic brands are IP savvy and are particularly active users of WIPO’s Madrid system. Read more

16 Oct 2020

Playboy trying to strike delicate balance as it returns to public markets

The company has pivoted from magazines to prioritise its licensing business. Yet, while it cashes in on these deals, it is simultaneously re-imagining the very brand that gave it its fame. Read more

18 Sep 2020

As bankruptcy numbers rise so does the availability of, sometimes discounted, intellectual property

In this week’s exclusive data analysis we take a look at the trademark portfolios that have either recently changed hands or are owned by companies that have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy – revealing the two key features that make intangibles attractive to buyers. Read more

11 Sep 2020

Russia exhibits strong filings growth on the back of changes to its intellectual property system

Back-end work continues to improve the registry and trademark landscape. Subsequently, there has been a noticeable uptick in local brands pushing for the protection of their rights. Read more

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12 Dec 2020

My name, my face, your trademark? Protecting publicity and image rights in China

A series of high-profile cases has seen publicity and image rights in the spotlight in recent years. Although the laws protecting these rights can be broad, a well-thought-out strategy with evidence of reputation will see celebrities triumph over bad-faith filers. Read more

23 Apr 2020

Counterfeit luxury goods

The lack of traceability and the long reach of the Internet pose additional risk for luxury brands which may appear liable if the public believe that it is the brands that are selling faulty products. Read more

16 Jan 2020

Online brand protection takeaways: tales from the trenches

Throughout 2019 WTR hosted a number of events that provided practical, strategic brand protection takeaways. Below are some of the key action points and insights. Read more

27 Dec 2019

Everywhere you look: IP rights and other FMCG challenges

Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) are everywhere, so it comes as no surprise that FMCG brands face challenges across jurisdictions. A closer look at the Chinese regime highlights some of the particular issues that rights holders face in this market. Read more