Media & Telecoms

NFTs – the next generation: how cartoon apes could change the face of digital ownership

The Bored Ape Yacht Club has got lawyers scratching their heads over what native intellectual property in the non-fungible token space means for the future of IP rights.

NFTs – the next generation: how cartoon apes could change the face of digital ownership
Microsoft soars as tech brands continue upwards march in latest <em>WTR </em>Brand Elite results
22 Nov 2021

Microsoft soars as tech brands continue upwards march in latest WTR Brand Elite results

The WTR Brand Elite project tracks how a defined set of brand-focused companies with industry-leading trademark teams perform against stock market indices.

Enforcement tips from Starbucks; Mastercard recognised for bettering society; judges look to the future – INTA 2021 report
18 Nov 2021

Enforcement tips from Starbucks; Mastercard recognised for bettering society; judges look to the future – INTA 2021 report

WTR offers more highlights, learnings and observations from the midway point of INTA's 2021 Annual Meeting.

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16 Nov 2021

“The change starts with you” – INTA embraces diversity message in 2021 Annual Meeting opening ceremony

The 2021 INTA Annual Meeting kicked off with an inspiring message to delegates on the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion and becoming a brand steward. Read more

2 Nov 2021

Squid Game streamer dilemma; Meta PCs changes name to Facebook; Walmart and Gap reunite – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at counterfeiting increasing by 56% in the Philippines, WIPO launching a young experts programme, and much more. Read more

29 Oct 2021

Amazon backs INFORM Act; INTA unveils capsule keynotes; Mattel expands Disney licensing – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the UK government launching a consultation on AI and IP, Jessica Simpson regaining control of her self-titled brand, and more. Read more

29 Oct 2021

Who are the world's in-house trademark stars? Not long left to nominate for WTR Industry Awards

There's only a short time left to ensure that the critical work undertaken by corporate trademark professionals is recognised in the 2022 WTR Industry Awards and the next edition of WTR 300.  Read more

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27 Oct 2021

Stellar speaker line-ups revealed for upcoming WTR events in Europe and the US

WTR is pleased to unveil the speaker line-up for its upcoming series of one-day events in London, San Francisco, Chicago and New York this December. Read more

26 Oct 2021

Apple loses Huawei legal battle; Trump’s trademark spree; Gucci counterfeits seized – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at CPA Global announcing that it will go by Clarivate, how e-commerce is used to peddle fake goods, and much more. Read more

15 Oct 2021

2021 INTA Annual Meeting capsule keynotes; fountain pen trademark drama; Disney+ to expand into Asia – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Montenegro expanding its TMclass participation, KIPO seeing a significant increase in covid marks, and much more. Read more

14 Oct 2021

WTR needs your nominations for the 2022 Industry Awards and WTR 300 projects

Act now to ensure that the critical work undertaken by corporate trademark professionals is recognised in the 2022 WTR Industry Awards and the next edition of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals.  Read more

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28 Oct 2021

Energy companies buck the negative trend in the latest WTR Brand Elite results

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

11 Oct 2021

Brand protection and security threats: domain management at Red Ventures

An interview with Tegan Dover, information technology procurement manager at Red Ventures, the owner of consumer brands including Lonely Planet, CNET, ZDNet and TV Guide. Read more

1 Oct 2021

How Netflix builds long-term strategy around popular content and brands

The company purchased the Roald Dahl story catalogue, which it will leverage in streaming but also in its burgeoning video game and consumer businesses. Read more

30 Sep 2021

Global intangible value rockets – inside the numbers

Even a global pandemic could not stop the upwards rise of intangible assets, reveals Annie Brown, author of Brand Finance’s GlobalIntangible Finance Tracker report. 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

25 Jun 2021

Globalisation is the goal for Chinese phone brands, but trademark data shows the US is still a fantasy

Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi, just to name a few, have spent years investing in international expansion with their portfolios growing to match their scale. 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

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

12 Dec 2020

My name, my face, your trademark? Protecting publicity and image rights in China

A series of high-profile cases has seen publicity and image rights in the spotlight in recent years. Although the laws protecting these rights can be broad, a well-thought-out strategy with evidence of reputation will see celebrities triumph over bad-faith filers. Read more

12 Dec 2020

Social media and the right of publicity: what advertisers need to know

With no US federal right of publicity and the distinction between celebrities and non-celebrities becoming increasingly arbitrary, companies looking to advertise their products through the likenesses of individuals must be up to date with the latest case law in order to get a clear picture of the risks involved. Read more