Internet and Online

Experts from Amazon, GSK, Hugo Boss, Sony, Target and Disney among first confirmed participants for WTR Connect

WTR can now reveal the first confirmed participants to our upcoming WTR Connect event, including David Gooder, USPTO commissioner of trademarks, and experts from companies including Burberry, Starbucks and Under Armour.

Experts from Amazon, GSK, Hugo Boss, Sony, Target and Disney among first confirmed participants for <em>WTR </em>Connect
Managing a reduced budget through deprioritisation: insights from inside Facebook
13 Jul 2020

Managing a reduced budget through deprioritisation: insights from inside Facebook

Mike Yaghmai, head of brands and marketing legal at Facebook, explains how the team approaches budget management and prioritisation. Crucially, he also explores techniques to facilitate team and client buy-in.

Amazon to list seller names and addresses; Google launches trademark initiative; UK Intellectual Property Office Brexit preparations – news digest
10 Jul 2020

Amazon to list seller names and addresses; Google launches trademark initiative; UK Intellectual Property Office Brexit preparations – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Kazakhstan turning to technology to combat counterfeits, Rangers football club refreshing its brand, a Lady A lawsuit, and much more.

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14 Jul 2020

PlanetArt v Photobox: trademark infringement in smartphone app branding meets the old road block of descriptive terms

In PlanetArt LLC v Photobox Ltd, the High Court of England and Wales has provided a useful analysis of how trademark law should be applied in the context of smartphone applications. Read more

10 Jul 2020

Domain name owners beware: UDRP cannot fix failure to renew

A recent case involving the domain name ‘berrysweet.com’ shows that the UDRP cannot simply be used to fix a failure to renew when all else fails, highlighting the importance of efficient portfolio management. Read more

9 Jul 2020

Bombay High Court considers reliefs to be granted in fake websites case

In a case involving fake websites registered by an unknown person, the Bombay High Court has considered which reliefs could be granted against domain registrars, banks and INRegistry. Read more

6 Jul 2020

A tech giant with a portfolio to match: exclusive interview with PayPal’s in-house counsel

Cliff Webb and Olga Stansell discuss how they've led PayPal’s lean two-person trademark and brand protection team in one of the world's fastest-moving companies. Read more

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3 Jul 2020

New trademark law in Cyprus; Burger King trolls McDonald’s; INTA looking for tomorrow’s leaders – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Uber looking to bolster its food delivery unit, China approving 33 IP centres, the EUIPO unveiling an SME offering, and much more. Read more

23 Jun 2020

Unauthorised branded face masks; Rolex opposition win; Josie Maran targets Amazon seller – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream renaming Eskimo Pie, the owner of a Chinese pharmacy chain sentenced to jail for the sale of counterfeit masks, and much more. Read more

19 Jun 2020

Kenya trademark removal risk; warning over “egregious” scam email; ‘.brands’ scrap heap – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at AT&T considering the sale of Warner Bros Interactive, a sushi trademark dispute, ICANN and Global Cyber Alliance partnering up, and much more. Read more

9 Jun 2020

Denmark threatens to block Amazon; GoDaddy redacts WHOIS information; durian GI granted – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Phillip Plein's attempt to use unrest in the United States to end a trademark battle with Ferrari, Netflix and the US Armed Forces in a tussle over Space Force, Victoria Beckham settling a dispute, and much more. Read more

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3 Jul 2020

Trademark strategy is an early focus of the world’s top disruptors

Analysis of this year’s disruptor list reveals that these start-ups defy the typical IP filing process. Read more

3 Jul 2020

Sky v SkyKick: permission to appeal keeps long-running trademark battle raging on

With the ramifications for partial bad-faith filings still on the table, SkyKick representatives say they are “hopeful” they will be victorious in the end. Read more

1 Jul 2020

“A victory for any brand owner that has invested to build a brand”: Booking․com and legal experts react to Supreme Court decision

WTR has compiled some of the immediate responses to the SCOTUS opinion in USPTO v Bookingcom that rejected that a generic word plus ‘.com’ is automatically generic. Read more

29 Jun 2020

Facebook campaign highlights the power of brands, but activism is risky if a short-term endeavour

In our latest opinion column we consider the #StopHateforProfit campaign targeting Facebook and the light that it shines on the role – and expectations – of brands in society. Read more

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17 Jun 2020

Mysterious Chinese entity sits atop USPTO top filers list, alongside Everglades College, Marvel and Walmart

This data deep dive explores US filing strategies by country, revealing that Chinese applicants increasingly favour direct applications while European-based businesses continue to utilise the WIPO route. Read more

5 Jun 2020

Australia’s economy is being challenged on all sides with impact on trademark activity yet to be seen

The country’s filing data is an early indicator that recovery is under way, but the government must still deal with the long-term impacts of the bush fires as well as the health crisis - all on top of escalating tensions with China and its first recession in nearly 29 years. Read more

29 May 2020

Stuck in lockdown – it might be time to swipe right? Dating app filing patterns analysed

How popular dating apps have been able to capitalise on lockdowns, strengthening consumer connections and taking the opportunity to reinvent the online dating landscape Read more

8 May 2020

Trademark applications will drop during the coronavirus crisis, but globalisation offers hope of a speedy recovery

A new report from TrademarkNow explores the impact of two major recessions on USPTO filings, giving insight into what is to come. Hint: it’s not all doom and gloom. Read more

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23 Apr 2020

Protecting electronics and consumables across the globe

As new technology constantly changes how counterfeiters interact with consumers the global nature of the crime has made it especially challenging for brand owners to track distribution channels. 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

16 Jan 2020

Lost in the Amazon: how to combat trademark infringement in the e-commerce marketplace

With the growing popularity of e-commerce, the rules by which sellers and buyers interact have changed. Read more

28 Feb 2018

Navigating the evolving landscape of social media

Although it is a hard truth that we must learn from our mistakes, it is also equally true that we can learn from the mistakes of others. Thus, it is essential for brands to learn from the failures and successes of the approaches adopted by their competitors in tackling online abuse in the social media environment. Read more