Internet and Online

USPTO urged to protect its own brand in fight against fraud and scams

The USPTO is being urged to more effectively protect its own brand to help tackle fraud, with suggestions including obtaining trademark protection for the USPTO name and hiring a brand integrity manager.

USPTO urged to protect its own brand in fight against fraud and scams
Success for Lindt & Sprüngli; USPTO celebrates Lanham Act anniversary; Philippines joins TMclass – news digest
30 Jul 2021

Success for Lindt & Sprüngli; USPTO celebrates Lanham Act anniversary; Philippines joins TMclass – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Scamadviser announcing a new member, Ebro Foods looking to offload more brands, the UK government setting out its innovation strategy, and much more.

A new era of working with influencers in India: what brand owners need to know
29 Jul 2021

A new era of working with influencers in India: what brand owners need to know

In an exclusive guest post, Remfry and Sagar partner Samta Mehra looks at the rapidly changing regulations for influencer advertising in India.


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4 Aug 2021

Reboxed ‘plan-B’ UDRP complaint fails to deliver

Complainants should bear in mind that, where a case is weak from the outset, resorting to the UDRP following a failed attempt to purchase a domain name may result in a finding of reverse domain name hijacking. Read more

27 Jul 2021

Facebook and Microsoft take IP diversity pledge; USPTO publishes new TMEP; Sony sells Crackle trademark – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at counterfeit face masks being seized in Malaysia, Lorna Jane responding to a fine for covid-19-related advertising claims, and much more. Read more

27 Jul 2021

‘’ decision: free speech and the UDRP

This decision highlights that trademark owners should carefully consider whether a UDRP complaint is an appropriate tool when faced with genuine criticism websites. Read more

26 Jul 2021

Image recognition and KYC initiative top priorities for Mercado Libre, head of brand protection reveals

Earlier this month, Mercado Libre revealed that reports of IP infringement fell across its platforms in the second half of 2020. We spoke to head of brand protection Juan Cichero to find out what more the company is doing to differentiate its services and combat evolving counterfeit activity. Read more


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23 Jul 2021

Scammed out of $150,000: allegations of fraud, threats and USPTO impersonation

A family in the US has revealed to WTR the trauma of losing $150,000 to a company based in Pakistan, with allegations of threats that have the couple fearing for their safety. Read more

20 Jul 2021

Lil Nas X spoofs trademark dispute trial; ICANN72 goes virtual; Joe Exotic brand-building venture – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Cincinnati Customs seizing fake Apple AirPods, warnings over counterfeit cannabis, Ermenegildo Zegna Group going public, and much more. Read more

19 Jul 2021

Monopoly, Red Bull and Swatch feature in European Legal Updates you may have missed

WTR’s Legal Updates are written by a select panel of over 160 leading experts who analyse the latest trademark-related developments and decisions in more than 60 jurisdictions. Read more

16 Jul 2021

Gmail offers authenticated brand logos; UKIPO launches bulk renewal service; L’Occitane wins in China – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at INTA opening registrations for its Annual Meeting, Clarivate integrating its trademark solutions, Honduras joining TMclass, and much more. Read more


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26 Jul 2021

An “emphatic win" as Sky emerges victorious in latest round of dispute with SkyKick

The Court of Appeal hands down judgment in the latest round of the dispute between Sky and SkyKick, with the latter vowing to fight on with an appeal to the UK Supreme Court. Read more

13 Jul 2021

Tech brands soar in latest WTR Brand Elite results; Target shows that sustainability pays

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

8 Jul 2021

XYZ Registry shares brand protection insights following takedown of fake USPTO website

In an exclusive interview with WTR, the vice president of operations at XYZ, Jocelyn Hanc, shares information on how the registry is evolving its brand protection and anti-fraud operations. Read more

7 Jul 2021

L’Oréal boasts largest European and US active trademark portfolios, as key prosecution trends emerge

For our new report – published today – we teamed up with CompuMark to calculate which companies own the largest trademark portfolios in China, Europe and the United States. Read more


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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

7 Jul 2021

The US Trademark 50

The owners of the 50 largest US trademark portfolios collectively held 58,811 active assets in 2020. Together these entities filed 5,557 applications over the course of the year, down 4% from the previous year. Read more

7 Jul 2021

The Europe Trademark 50

The top 50 owners of the largest active European trademark portfolios together filed 15% fewer marks last year than they did the year before, dropping from 11,427 applications down to 9,902. 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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2 Jul 2021

Top tips for how brand owners can work with online platforms to fight counterfeiting

WTR’s Global Leaders set out an eight-point checklist for what rights holders and e-commerce sites can do to take meaningful action against the online trade in fake goods. Read more

23 Jun 2021

Five core technologies every IP practice can rely on

A rundown of the core technologies keeping the IP practices of WTR’s Global Leaders operating at full pace. Read more

22 Jun 2021

“Success is not always measured in numbers”: how 3M and Facebook assess brand protection pay-off

3M’s Colette Durst and Facebook’s Mike Yaghmai present three simple metrics to measure brand protection success at two of the biggest companies in the world. Read more

12 Dec 2020

EU image rights: when the product is us

In the absence of a harmonised EU law on image rights, individuals are forced to rely on a combination of copyright and human rights claims to protect their most unique asset online – their own image. Read more