IP Offices

Why 2021 could be the year China’s trademark volume starts to decline

A decade of explosive growth has greatly altered the country’s IP and brand ecosystems, but preliminary numbers indicate negative growth is a very real possibility this year

Why 2021 could be the year China’s trademark volume starts to decline
Emma Raducanu trademark misreporting; new INTA resolution; Oreo and Pokémon team up – news digest
17 Sep 2021

Emma Raducanu trademark misreporting; new INTA resolution; Oreo and Pokémon team up – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at US Customs unveiling a dedicated centralised inspection facility in Los Angeles, the Kroger Co joining Buy Safe America, and much more.

Scammer takedown: USPTO solicitation fraudster fined $4.5m and sentenced to prison
16 Sep 2021

Scammer takedown: USPTO solicitation fraudster fined $4.5m and sentenced to prison

The US Department of Justice has announced a significant win in the fight against trademark solicitation scams, with a Latvian national sentenced to more than four years in prison for defrauding thousands of USPTO trademark registrants.


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16 Sep 2021

How to weather the coming storm of ex parte cancellations

The Long Read: Winterfeldt IP Group’s Brian Winterfeldt and David Rome prepare for the purge of ex parte cancellations in the United States by offering practical considerations and key strategies for brand owners and practitioners alike. Read more

16 Sep 2021

Partial design applications becoming more popular in South Korea

The steady increase in applications over the past 10 years (particularly by major domestic and foreign companies) suggests that the partial design system has been a useful tool for companies seeking to strengthen their design competitiveness. Read more

15 Sep 2021

Inconsistency, fraud, laundering – research decries challenges for cannabis companies at the USPTO

A new study has investigated the so-called ‘trademark laundering trap’ that cannabis companies face if they seek brand protection at the USPTO. Read more

14 Sep 2021

USPTO trademarks on sale as NFTs; thousands of duplicate filings in China; Australia joins DesignView – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Nordstrom trimming its private portfolio to strengthen brands, Firefly becoming the North America licensing agency for Pan Am, and much more. Read more


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12 Sep 2021

Ford interview exclusive; PAVIS-Novagraaf acquisition; how to build a firm brand; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

10 Sep 2021

CIPO backlog update; Georgian GI dispute; Puma partners with Nintendo – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the current backlog of unexamined applications at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, a new rapid authentication test for whisky, the latest warning about trademark scams, and much more. Read more

9 Sep 2021

Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis

As the novel coronavirus epidemic continues to spread across the globe, WTR provides an updated look at measures that national IP offices have launched in response. Read more

7 Sep 2021

Cartier counterfeits seized; Superdry and Asos face-off; EUIPO and SMEunited team up – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at more than 5,500 rights holders signing up to the Mercado Libre Brand Protection Programme, McDonald’s seeking a ‘McDuck’ Russian slang trademark registration, and much more. Read more


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13 Sep 2021

Biggest-ever raid proves UK role in global counterfeiting

As the UK police stages its biggest ever anti-counterfeiting operation, a new UKIPO report reveals where and how infringement is occurring. Read more

6 Sep 2021

USPTO report fails to answer central questions on state infringement but highlights enforcement challenge for rights holders

While it failed to answer some of the central questions it was posed, the publication illustrates the uphill battle rights holders face when dealing with infringement by states. Read more

2 Sep 2021

Latvian trademark environment returns to normal following explosion of Michael Gleissner activity

After Latvia’s trademark sector was “transformed” by the activities of Michael Gleissner two years ago, experts reveal how normality is returning – and that up to 900 of the millionaire’s trademark registrations are up for auction. Read more

1 Sep 2021

AfrIPI officially launches but firms urged to raise awareness of ongoing activities

The Africa Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation Project officially launched during the Africa Regional IP Organisation Diplomatic Conference in late August. Read more


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27 Aug 2021

Brazil is an important market for global brand owners, and the data is telling of this

The country has the largest trademark register in South America, and in 2019 it took a major step to improving its IP infrastructure through its accession to the Madrid Protocol Read more

24 Aug 2021

EUIPO hits major registration milestone as upward trajectory continues: inside the data

Two million EU trademark registrations have officially been filed at the EUIPO. Read more

6 Aug 2021

Application volume drops in many major registers in recent weeks

The dip in trademark activity has not impacted the year’s overall numbers, yet. Read more

2 Jul 2021

Outreach to SMEs is translating into trademark filings, but there is still work to do

IP offices have prioritised small business engagement in recent years. While more SMEs are seeking trademark protection, data reveals that there are still a lot of new companies that are not benefitting from these rights. Read more


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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

23 Sep 2020

The pros and cons of industrial designs, trademarks and trade dress

Having a distinct look is the best way for a product to stand out from the competition, but as Mexico awaits further guidance on new trade dress provisions, how should brand owners choose the right protection for their designs? Read more

3 Apr 2020

Something to declare: how an IMPI finding can help avoid stand-offs

Differences in the treatment of well-known and famous marks create pitfalls for the unwary. An administrative declaration is the best option, but obtaining one can be burdensome. Read more

17 Mar 2020

Hand in hand – legal certainty and EUIPO’s discretionary powers

The principle of legal certainty is complex, but it is acutely felt if it is not implemented and has taken root in the administration and examination of government bodies. Read more