Fashion & Luxury

South Korea reports record trademark applications; Selfridges for sale; Right Guard under new ownership – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at OpSec Security introducing a new integrated authentication label, the Portuguese IP office launching an anti-counterfeiting site for kids, and much more.

South Korea reports record trademark applications; Selfridges for sale; Right Guard under new ownership – news digest
Why the UK could be flooded with cheap imported branded products if post-Brexit exhaustion of rights regime is changed
12 Jun 2021

Why the UK could be flooded with cheap imported branded products if post-Brexit exhaustion of rights regime is changed

In this week’s opinion piece, Lee Curtis and Rebecca Field from HGF explain why it is crucially important for brand owners to have their say as part of the UK government's post-Brexit exhaustion of IP rights consultation.

Crocs calls out Skechers; LegalZoom gears up for initial public offering; SurveyMonkey rebrands as Momentive – news digest
11 Jun 2021

Crocs calls out Skechers; LegalZoom gears up for initial public offering; SurveyMonkey rebrands as Momentive – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at INTA updating its anti-counterfeiting best practices, the American Apparel & Footwear Association joining a campaign against illegal trade, Amazon and HanesBrands teaming up, and much more.

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14 Jun 2021

Court upholds Nivea Men passing-off claim

South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of Beiersdorf, finding that a shower gel product, Connie Men, passed off the long-established brand Nivea Men. The case is unusual in that one judge issued a robust dissenting judgment. Read more

11 Jun 2021

Apex court confirms that celebrities may sue for passing off of their own name

This groundbreaking decision of the Malaysian Federal Court, which is in line with decisions in other common law jurisdictions such as the United Kingdom and Australia, will be welcomed by Malaysian celebrities. Read more

8 Jun 2021

INTA seeks brand stories; IACC and National IPR Center partnership; new GIs in Pakistan – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at China’s 2021 International Trademark Brand Festival being announced, the top Indian brands showing record brand value growth, Bed Bath & Beyond launching more private brands, and much more. Read more

7 Jun 2021

Authorities seize fake fabric intended to be used for face masks

The Peruvian Police and the IP Prosecutor have conducted a huge raid against distributors of fabric rolls bearing well-known trademarks that were intended to be used to manufacture face masks. Read more

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4 Jun 2021

Tesla overtakes Apple in trademark furore; Madrid Protocol passed in Jamaica; GOOD YEAR well known in India – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the explosive increase in trademark applications in Chile, the appointment of a new president at the Licensing Executives Society International, and much more. Read more

2 Jun 2021

Emerging threats and trends in online brand protection; share your insights

WTR is asking readers to share their experience of the online brand protection environment in the past 12 months, in an effort to identify how practice is evolving in response to emerging threats. Read more

1 Jun 2021

Chia cryptocurrency trademark spat; BTS and McDonald’s collaborate; Gap and Walmart team up – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a report revealing that most consumers have "little faith" in brands, the China National IP Administration finding that Chinese firms have submitted "irregular" IP applications, and much more. Read more

28 May 2021

Hendrick’s defeats Lidl in lookalike gin dispute; INTA reveals Annual Meeting plans; Etihad launches sonic brand – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the EUIPO replacing email attachments with links, a stinky tofu restaurant trademark invalidated for satirising a football team, and much more. Read more

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20 May 2021

LG and luxury brands push WTR Brand Elite stocks up as indices hit highest point yet

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

20 May 2021

Doing more with less: the new sustained reality facing corporate trademark professionals

The Long Read: This year’s Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey reveals how stretched budgets at in-house trademark departments have hit law firm relationships – and how the covid-19 pandemic has shaped corporate brand strategies for most IP professionals. Read more

17 May 2021

Seven takeaways on IP infringement in social media: what the data reveals

The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights has studied almost 4 million online conversations and revealed that 11% of those focused on physical products could be related to counterfeit goods. Read more

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. Read more

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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

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

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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