Fashion & Luxury

Trademark fame: academics find objective measure that could transform IP practice

A groundbreaking new study has created an empirical measure of trademark fame that academics claim could be rolled out in common IP practice.

Trademark fame: academics find objective measure that could transform IP practice
Ferrari in pole position, Disney bounces back and WeChat breaks boundaries – Brand Finance Global 500 reveals world’s strongest brands
2 Apr 2020

Ferrari in pole position, Disney bounces back and WeChat breaks boundaries – Brand Finance Global 500 reveals world’s strongest brands

Continuing our sneak peek into the Brand Finance Global 500 analysis due to be published in the upcoming issue of WTR magazine, we take a closer look at the top 10 strongest brands of the past year.

Amazon not liable for storage of counterfeit goods, CJEU rules
2 Apr 2020

Amazon not liable for storage of counterfeit goods, CJEU rules

The CJEU has ruled that Amazon is not legally liable for the storage of counterfeit goods. While the decision could be seen as a blow to the fight against fake goods, Amazon responded by pledging to ‘drive counterfeits to zero’.

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2 Apr 2020

Venezuela establishes new procedure for protecting local GIs

The Venezuelan Intellectual Property Office has established a new procedure for protecting local geographical indications based on the Paris Convention, which it published in a bulletin in February 2020. Read more

1 Apr 2020

WTR Industry Awards: the 2020 shortlisted teams and individuals unveiled

WTR is pleased to reveal the shortlist for the 2020 WTR Industry Awards. Among the corporate teams featured on this year’s shortlist are those from Boardriders, Expedia, Harley-Davidson, Netflix, Samsung and Verizon. Read more

1 Apr 2020

Brand Finance Global 500 – the 2019 winners and what might happen next

In anticipation of the 2020 Brand Finance Global 500 analysis, due to published in the upcoming issue of WTR, CEO David Haigh reflects on the successes of Amazon and other retail brands last year – and how quickly things have changed since. Read more

1 Apr 2020

Supreme Court holds that first sale doctrine still applies to sales of goods in violation of sales restrictions in licence agreement

In a blow for licensors in South Korea, the Supreme Court has held that a distributor which sold products that it believed to have been lawfully obtained from a trademark licensee was not criminally liable for trademark infringement. Read more

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31 Mar 2020

ECTA 2020 postponed; Stone Brewing case update; another Chinese perspective on coronavirus – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at counterfeit Rolex watches being seized in Philadelphia, WIPO giving an update on World IP Day, preparing for a trademark filing flurry linked to Harry and Meghan, and much more. Read more

30 Mar 2020

Coronavirus and fakes: brand owners warned of stark rise in online counterfeits and fraudulent ads

New research has found a huge increase in use of social media platforms in recent weeks, with further findings revealing that counterfeiters are taking advantage of the covid-19 crisis. Read more

27 Mar 2020

AIPLA leadership change; filings fall; UKIPO service update – news digest

In our latest news digest we look at how brands are getting in on the Covid-19 conversation with social distancing logos, Tom Brady’s latest trademark dip, signs that filing levels may be starting to fall in response to the coronavirus, a change to filing fees in Angola, and much more. Read more

24 Mar 2020

Praise for the Police IP Crime Unit's coronavirus counterfeits swoop; Katy Perry clothing spat; Iceland amends fees – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the arrest of a man producing fake coronavirus testing kits, a personal message from the INTA president, Nominet’s new approach to seized domains, and much more. Read more

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27 Mar 2020

Twitter: the land of risk and opportunity

The social media giant has found its voice, and is helping others to build and differentiate their own brands Read more

20 Mar 2020

Singapore’s goal of achieving top-tier status as a hub of innovation and IP looks attainable

Its local brands have an international focus, and big global names also flock to this market. Read more

13 Mar 2020

Class 9 applications skyrocket due to expansion – and domination – of the tech industry

Data analysis shows that software is the most popular product, and gaming companies are some of the top applicants within the industry. Read more

14 Feb 2020

China’s rapid expansion has made a lasting impact on the trademark landscape, with more to come

Trademark output may be finally slowing down, but local brands are just getting started. Lawyers should therefore keep their eyes peeled as businesses shift their sights abroad. Read more

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7 Feb 2020

Can anything stop Amazon?

The brand is on a roll with a show-stopping 2019, but the future is not without challenges. Read more

24 Jan 2020

Brand Tracker: the filing trends of the world’s most valuable brands

In the first instalment of a new series, we track the trademark filing activity of the world’s most valuable brands – revealing that Mercedes-Benz may be gearing up to launch an AI assistant. Read more

10 Jan 2020

Luxury industry feels the burn from Hong Kong protests

High-end brands are not the only ones suffering the repercussions of social unrest as trademark activity at the local register plummets. Read more

19 Dec 2019

Do or die for the Victoria’s Secret brand: data analysis

As the once-revolutionary lingerie retailer cancels its famous fashion show, it must forget short-term sales and invest in re-building its brand. Read more

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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

26 Dec 2019

EU regulations smooth the way for FMCG labelling rules

The publication of the EU Regulation on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers has created a bridge between EU labelling rules and the introduction of new obligations to meet the growing demands of the most discerning customers of fast-moving consumer goods. Read more

24 Dec 2019

Clearing the market of FMCG counterfeits

Russia’s fast-moving consumer goods market is growing thanks to increasing consumption and accelerated competition between manufacturers and retailers. Players in the market should consider IP protection, advertising and unfair competition when building an effective enforcement strategy. Read more