Food and Beverage

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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24 Nov 2021

Keeping trademarks ‘fresh’: the onus is on the opponent

This decision of the Federal Court of Australia demonstrates that unused marks can be successfully defended against non-use removal in certain circumstances. Read more

23 Nov 2021

MONSTER ENERGY case: what’s in a coffee?

The General Court has found in favour of Frito-Lay Trading Company GmbH in another of its cases against Monster Energy Co concerning the MONSTER marks. Read more

22 Nov 2021

General Court considers likelihood of confusion between ‘Süzme Peynir’ marks

The mere fact that ‘Süzme Peynir’ means something (ie, ‘cottage cheese’) to the Turkish-speaking public was not sufficient to establish a particular category of consumers targeted by the application for PINAR SÜZME PEYNIR. Read more

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

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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

10 Nov 2021

“Enormous momentum” – global spread of plain packaging revealed in new report

A new report delves into health warnings and plain packaging on tobacco products, revealing a significant uptick in brand restrictions over the past couple of years. 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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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

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

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15 Oct 2021

AB InBev's beyond-beer strategy could transform its brand portfolio

Its staple brands still have an important role to play as the brewer looks to expand into adjacent product areas such as hard seltzer and canned cocktails. Read more

20 Aug 2021

Coca-Cola’s brand strategy requires a balance of innovation, nurturing, and knowing when to call it quits

The renowned drinks manufacturer has been on a brand purge since the end of 2020, putting an end to underperformers and reallocating resources to its best and most promising brands Read more

23 Jul 2021

Starbucks’ brand manual is something smaller companies should aspire to

The coffee chain sets a strong example for the benefits of having clear branding guidelines. 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

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6 Jul 2020

High Court cans counterfeit beer importer’s weak defence

Malaysian court’s recent ruling in favour of a brewer follows established case law on registration but notes sound public health reasons for cracking down on fake alcoholic beverages. 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

1 May 2018

Recent and developing trends in false advertising disputes

A group of senior trademark and brand professionals convened in New York in January to discuss recent and developing trends in false advertising law. This special report details some of the key points and presents essential takeaways. Read more

1 Nov 2017

Italy: Salumi shows how innovative packaging can be crucial for food and beverage sector

Rights holders’ innovative use of design demonstrates that in the modern market, food packaging is a vital advertising tool which is also eligible for IP rights protection. Read more