Law Firms

Womble Bond Dickinson US shares best practices for workplace inclusion

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP’s Sarah Keefe and WBD Pride affinity group co-chairs Tara Cho and Kevin Hall share a number of best practices for building an inclusive work environment in an effort to make the legal profession a more equitable place for all.

Womble Bond Dickinson US shares best practices for workplace inclusion
South Korea reports record trademark applications; Selfridges for sale; Right Guard under new ownership – news digest
15 Jun 2021

South Korea reports record trademark applications; Selfridges for sale; Right Guard under new ownership – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at OpSec Security introducing a new integrated authentication label, the Portuguese IP office launching an anti-counterfeiting site for kids, and much more.

Corsearch acquires Incopro; mascots and cancel culture; Corona crowned top beer brand; and much more
13 Jun 2021

Corsearch acquires Incopro; mascots and cancel culture; Corona crowned top beer 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.

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12 Jun 2021

Why the UK could be flooded with cheap imported branded products if post-Brexit exhaustion of rights regime is changed

In this week’s opinion piece, Lee Curtis and Rebecca Field from HGF explain why it is crucially important for brand owners to have their say as part of the UK government's post-Brexit exhaustion of IP rights consultation. Read more

11 Jun 2021

Crocs calls out Skechers; LegalZoom gears up for initial public offering; SurveyMonkey rebrands as Momentive – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at INTA updating its anti-counterfeiting best practices, the American Apparel & Footwear Association joining a campaign against illegal trade, Amazon and HanesBrands teaming up, and much more. Read more

6 Jun 2021

INFORM Consumers lobbying; US litigation slump; cybersquatting tactics; 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

5 Jun 2021

Someone needs to step up to tackle spurious trademark filing platforms, but who will take the initiative?

In our latest Saturday opinion column, we reflect on the rise of low-cost trademark filing websites and what can be done to tackle those that offer terrible service or, in some instances, are set up to scam users. Read more

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2 Jun 2021

Emerging threats and trends in online brand protection; share your insights

WTR is asking readers to share their experience of the online brand protection environment in the past 12 months, in an effort to identify how practice is evolving in response to emerging threats. Read more

30 May 2021

Notorious low-cost trademark agencies dominate Google ads; panel report uncovers shift in workplace; WTR 300 reveals leading corporate counsel; 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

28 May 2021

Hendrick’s defeats Lidl in lookalike gin dispute; INTA reveals Annual Meeting plans; Etihad launches sonic brand – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the EUIPO replacing email attachments with links, a stinky tofu restaurant trademark invalidated for satirising a football team, and much more. Read more

27 May 2021

Revealed: how controversial low-cost online trademark platforms dominate paid Google search results

An exclusive WTR investigation has found that paid advertising on trademark-related Google search queries regularly feature notorious or allegedly fraudulent low-cost trademark agencies. Read more

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3 Jun 2021

Mass counterfeit litigation continues steep upward curve, but overall US trademark case filings slump to 10-year low

While trademark litigation filings at US federal district court level hit a 10-year low in 2020, mass counterfeiting cases have continued to spike. Read more

3 Jun 2021

USPTO disciplinary order brings hope of imminent crackdown on violations of attorney signature rules

The USPTO’s Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) has issued a scathing decision against a US registered attorney who allowed his signature to be used by a Chinese entity on thousands of trademark applications. Read more

2 Jun 2021

“Good intentions have not been effective”: change comes from bold leadership, says Ballard Spahr chief diversity officer

Chief diversity officer Virginia Essandoh reveals how US firm Ballard Spahr has remained at the forefront of LGBTQIA+ equality in law firms and why leaders need to take concrete steps to address wider inequities in the industry. Read more

29 May 2021

The trademark workplace has changed and organisations must adapt or risk losing talent

In our latest Saturday opinion column, we explore what the newest WTR expert panel report reveals about the future of the trademark workplace – and why employees may have reached their breaking point. Read more

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19 Feb 2021

Positive intention for UK address for service rule changes, but data shows muted impact

The UK trademark filing landscape is changing, with new agents coming onto the scene and early analysis indicating limited impact of the new local address for service requirement. Read more

22 Jan 2021

EUIPO filings in 2020: all the key stats and figures you need to know

With last year’s figures now available, despite a tumultuous 2020, trademark application volumes at the EUIPO hit a record high – as this week’s data analysis reveals. Read more

11 Dec 2020

Data analysis reveals impact on filings for Amazon’s IP Accelerators panel firms

When it first launched, the programme received a lot of hype, not least for the creation of an elite panel of vetted law firms. But how much of a boost did practices gain from access to a wide range of potential new clients? The data suggests mixed results. Read more

9 Oct 2020

China overtakes American brand owners to be largest source of trademark applications at the USPTO: data analysis

The unprecedented growth in filings from the Asian giant has many practitioners scratching their heads, so we’ve drilled into the data to provide a comprehensive picture of the situation. Read more

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8 Jan 2019

Protecting and enforcing design rights: Switzerland

Swiss design is characterised by its hybrid status – it is influenced by the German tradition of functionalism and the Italian radical design of the 1960s. Swiss design lies somewhere between ‘form follows function’ and ‘anything goes’ – it is functional yet rich; linear while unexpected; practical and refreshing. Read more

12 Sep 2018

Trademark procedures and strategies: France

Any natural person or legal entity can apply for a French trademark before the French Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI). The application can be filed by the owner itself or its representative. Read more

13 Mar 2018

Managing a pharmaceutical trademark portfolio with the assistance of outside counsel

Responsibility for a company’s portfolio is frequently placed in the hands of a few specialists. Often, this is not the only task carried out within the department. However, the legal protection of trademarks requires a high degree of specialisation. Read more