Fashion & Luxury

Unilever sells tea brands for $5 billion; Zeeger Vink elected 2022 INTA president; OBS Project and Streamlabs dispute – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Burberry winning $138,000 in attorney fees from Burberry Jesus, a new study revealing $68.9 billion of retail theft, and much more.

Unilever sells tea brands for $5 billion; Zeeger Vink elected 2022 INTA president; OBS Project and Streamlabs dispute – news digest
Microsoft soars as tech brands continue upwards march in latest <em>WTR </em>Brand Elite results
22 Nov 2021

Microsoft soars as tech brands continue upwards march in latest WTR Brand Elite results

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

INTA reveals new Strategic Plan; NFTs to revolutionise anti-counterfeiting; INAPI gives Madrid Protocol update – INTA 2021 report
19 Nov 2021

INTA reveals new Strategic Plan; NFTs to revolutionise anti-counterfeiting; INAPI gives Madrid Protocol update – INTA 2021 report

For a final time, WTR takes a look at the highlights and learnings from this year’s INTA Annual Meeting.

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19 Nov 2021

Shell ditches ‘Royal Dutch’; INFORM Consumers Act applauded; EUIPO adjusts attachment pilot – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Authentic Brands Group buying a UK photography archive, 10 million adverts for counterfeit goods being removed, and much more. Read more

18 Nov 2021

Enforcement tips from Starbucks; Mastercard recognised for bettering society; judges look to the future – INTA 2021 report

WTR offers more highlights, learnings and observations from the midway point of INTA's 2021 Annual Meeting. Read more

18 Nov 2021

Highest-ever amount of damages awarded to New Balance in trademark infringement action

New Balance has been awarded Rmb18 million in damages in a trademark infringement action brought against a Chinese shoemaker - which is significantly higher than the maximum amount of statutory damages established by law. Read more

18 Nov 2021

Frida Kahlo: portrait of a woman

In these opposition proceedings before the EUIPO, Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s unique image was deemed - somewhat surprisingly - as simply representing a portrait of a woman. Read more

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17 Nov 2021

‘Banksy of trademarks’ retires: after numerous high-profile disputes, vows no more filings

In an exclusive interview with WTR, the ‘Banksy of trademarks’ reveals various legal settlements with major companies and public figures in recent years. Read more

16 Nov 2021

Cleveland Guardians settlement; Nike postpones Travis Scott collaboration; sugary plain packaging called for – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Vans suing Walmart over “poorly made” copycats, Justin Bieber teaming up with Tim Hortons, and much more. Read more

12 Nov 2021

Amazon and Weber lawsuit team-up; Tiffany and Supreme collaboration; anti-counterfeiting supporting sustainability – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the South African IP office warning of email issues, a major new e-commerce platform launching in Kenya, and much more. Read more

9 Nov 2021

Maradona trademark dispute; Afghanistan IP office resumes operations; Ghana joins Geneva Act – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Chinese buying agent WeGoBuy launching an offer to users of a counterfeits forum, PepsiCo being ordered to cease use of its ‘Rise’ name, and much more. Read more

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16 Nov 2021

“The change starts with you” – INTA embraces diversity message in 2021 Annual Meeting opening ceremony

The 2021 INTA Annual Meeting kicked off with an inspiring message to delegates on the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion and becoming a brand steward. Read more

6 Nov 2021

Demands for corporate environmental action are here to stay, bringing both opportunity and risk

COP26 and efforts to avert a climate change catastrophe have dominated media headlines this week. Greenwashing accusations have also been made, sending a warning to companies. Read more

28 Oct 2021

Energy companies buck the negative trend in the latest WTR Brand Elite results

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

21 Oct 2021

Covid and counterfeits: how brand owners are fighting back against pandemic opportunists

In an exclusive guest post, experts at Gowling look at how brand owners have tackled a significant rise in counterfeit goods during the covid-19 pandemic. Read more

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24 Sep 2021

JD.com leverages relationship with LVMH to boost its own reputation

All the brand’s touchpoints are covered, giving the e-commerce giant a leg up in a competitive market. Read more

3 Sep 2021

adidas moves on from Reebok to focus on core brand

The German sportswear company spent years trying to bolster the Reebok brand, but now it will focus exclusively on key franchises under its main money maker. Read more

7 Jul 2021

The China Trademark 50

Tencent owns the largest number of active Chinese trademarks with a portfolio of 37,205 applications. This is nearly 15,000 more than second-place Beijing Jingdong Triple Bai Lu Pick Up of E-commerce Limited. Read more

7 Jul 2021

The US Trademark 50

The owners of the 50 largest US trademark portfolios collectively held 58,811 active assets in 2020. Together these entities filed 5,557 applications over the course of the year, down 4% from the previous year. Read more

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26 May 2021

How Christian Louboutin is breaking IP boundaries: exclusive interview with group general counsel

Christian Louboutin group general counsel Xavier Ragot reveals how the legal department at one of the world’s most famous luxury brands has spent the past decade improving education and awareness in the IP space to fight counterfeiting and protect its iconic red sole mark. Read more

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