Internet and Online

QAnon™ – the global efforts to trademark a far-right movement

New investigation finds trademarks applications around the world related to the controversial QAnon movement, with one applicant revealing an ambitious plan to launch a global brand to “plant trees and save the oceans”.

QAnon™ – the global efforts to trademark a far-right movement
“PR risk is now part of the IP job” – the developing role of trademark practitioners in an age of hyper-criticism
29 Sep 2020

“PR risk is now part of the IP job” – the developing role of trademark practitioners in an age of hyper-criticism

Why trademark professionals must adapt and expand their skillset in response to a time of coronavirus, hyper-partisanship and cancel culture.

Amazon calls out Prime Bike; Denmark and India pledge IP cooperation; livestream fakes arrest – news digest
29 Sep 2020

Amazon calls out Prime Bike; Denmark and India pledge IP cooperation; livestream fakes arrest – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Deliveroo mulling a 2021 IPO, Royal Mint launching new anti-counterfeiting measures, the EUIPO signing a cooperation agreement with an SME alliance, and much more.

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29 Sep 2020

Domain's silver jubilee doesn’t bring luck to UDRP complainant

This decision illustrates that complainants should think seriously about bringing a complaint under the UDRP when the date on which the respondent acquired the domain name predates the complainant's trademark rights. Read more

28 Sep 2020

Alibaba to unveil new SME Advisory Committee focused on IP protection and enforcement

Later today the Alibaba Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance is to officially unveil an industry-led IP advisory committee dedicated to small and medium-sized enterprises. Read more

25 Sep 2020

As the USPTO expects downturn in trademark revenues, Chinese applicants are helping break filing records

Trademark filings at the USPTO seem to have recovered to typical levels but there are still questions over whether the activity level of Chinese applicants will be sustained. Read more

24 Sep 2020

Computing and software companies driving positive growth in latest WTR Brand Elite results

Companies that invest in their brands and are supported by leading trademark teams have maintained their positive momentum in the latest WTR Brand Elite, registering their sixth month of stock value growth. Read more

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21 Sep 2020

WTR needs your help to identify the leading in-house trademark teams and individuals 

The nominations window for the WTR Industry Awards 2021 and next edition of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals is currently open. Act now to ensure that the important work undertaken by corporate trademark professionals receives the recognition that it deserves. Read more

19 Sep 2020

From the WTR archive: brand management tips from award-winning trademark teams

This week we opened the nominations window for the WTR Industry Awards. For our latest delve into WTR’s unrivalled archive of trademark content, we present a selection of insights and takeaways from past Industry Award winners. Read more

18 Sep 2020

Thomas Cook brand relaunched; ‘rip off’ Teddy Fresh clash; Lady A legal fight continues – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at industry groups teaming up to fight pirates, a call for fake pharmaceutical stories, IP Australia announcing a new indigenous knowledge initiative, and much more. Read more

10 Sep 2020

WTR 300 and Industry Awards 2021 nomination window now open

WTR is now seeking nominations for the WTR Industry Awards 2021 and next edition of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals.  Read more

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23 Sep 2020

Safeguarding digitised India: everything you need to know about the Personal Data Protection Bill

This guest analysis provides insight into the debate over privacy and data in India, the country’s position in comparison with international efforts and what brands need to know about the ever-shifting environment. Read more

22 Sep 2020

How TikTok Global’s “‘gun to the chest’ negotiation” may change the way that Chinese brands see the United States

ByteDance agreed to form TikTok Global with Oracle and Walmart, but has the Trump administration changed the relationship that Chinese brands will now expect of the United States? Read more

18 Sep 2020

How to handle endorser outrage – lessons from Kanye’s Twitter dispute

Kanye West has posted his contract details to his Twitter account. While it is an ongoing crisis for his label, there are important brand lessons for companies that work with celebrities. Read more

11 Sep 2020

Russia exhibits strong filings growth on the back of changes to its intellectual property system

Back-end work continues to improve the registry and trademark landscape. Subsequently, there has been a noticeable uptick in local brands pushing for the protection of their rights. Read more

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4 Sep 2020

The TikTok brand has gone global, which is a great feat, but now it faces a reckoning in the US

The video-sharing app is a highly attractive brand for its resonance with the Gen-Z demographic, but its relationship with China and status as a social media giant will create risks for whoever takes it on. Read more

28 Aug 2020

Economies are battered but many major offices set for record trademark numbers

As the data continues to be updated, we are able to get a better understanding of the extent of the coronavirus’ impact on the trademark ecosystem. Read more

31 Jul 2020

Revealed: Jonathan Morton, Nyall Engfield and Benjamin Becker are top China representatives at USPTO

A year on from the USPTO's domicile rule change, new data shows the leading China-based representatives on trademark applications at the agency. Read more

17 Jul 2020

UK is battling Brexit negotiations and the coronavirus, but it is still on track for its biggest trademark year yet

The first week of July was the busiest the UKIPO has ever seen, putting to rest any fears that the coronavirus pandemic would have lasting effects on application levels. 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