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Digital revolution in Africa: ARIPO unveils groundbreaking free IP database

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) has launched a free online database as it bids to centralise IP records from across the continent. 

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19 Sep 2018

Creative trademark strategies are essential for brands venturing into newly-legalised US marijuana markets

Both Coca-Cola and musician Jimmy Buffett have been linked with marijuana brand partnerships over the past week. Such deals pose significant trademark difficulties, but there may be workaround strategies available. 

18 Sep 2018

How the evolution of ‘trademark counsel’ to ‘brand professionals’ will significantly impact service demands

In this week’s opinion column, we consider how law firms can future-proof their trademark practices.

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18 Sep 2018

Most relevant brands in China, OAPI hosts IP celebration, and Trademark Licensing Protection Act in the spotlight: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the IP office of Chile extending deadlines for Japanese applicants, the WHOIS reform group at loggerheads, Indonesia stepping up anti-piracy efforts, and much more. Read more

18 Sep 2018

Get the inside track on cost-effectively managing trademark portfolios

WTR is pleased to announce that Managing Trademark Assets Europe will be heading to London on 28 January 2019. The event will present cutting-edge strategies for the creation, protection and monetisation of strong brands. Read more

18 Sep 2018

Crazy or canny? Tesco trademark ‘misstep’ may actually be a conscious commercial decision

Supermarket chain Tesco has been the focus of media coverage due to the lack of registered trademark protection for its new discount store brand Jack's, a move described as “absolute madness”. However, the reality is a more nuanced. Read more

17 Sep 2018

Trademark litigation remains flat in 2018 as Central District of California continues to be ‘go-to’ venue

Lex Machina has reported that 2,745 trademark litigation cases have been filed in the US so far this year. Therefore, the projected total for year-end  indicates that filings will remain flat after a near-decade of decline. Read more

15 Sep 2018

Social media buy-and-sell groups to be targeted in anti-counterfeiting initiative backed by UK government

A new programme has been developed in the UK to create greater awareness amongst the administrators of 'buy-and-sell' social media groups about their legal responsibility to prevent the promotion and sale of counterfeit goods. Read more

14 Sep 2018

Saudi Arabia to adopt plain packaging, T-ara resolve trademark dispute, and ICANN needs your feedback on RPMs: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the US brands with the most loyal customers, 7-Eleven taking a menswear brand to court for alleged trademark infringement, and much more. Read more

14 Sep 2018

“There is no one-size-fits-all approach to enforcement” – exclusive interview with Mars Inc’s Sophie Anger

In an in-depth discussion with Sophie Anger, associate general counsel of marketing properties for the global petcare unit of Mars Incorporated, she offers enforcement tips, explains how efficiency is her guiding principle, and much more. Read more

13 Sep 2018

A detailed look at the positives and negatives of China’s new e-commerce law

In this guest blog, Joe Simone from SIPS looks at China's newly-adopted e-commerce law and identifies the aspects which will have the most significant impact, both good and bad, for IP enforcement work. Read more

13 Sep 2018

South African IPO recovers CIPRO domain after cybersecurity concerns

Fears over potential phishing attacks were sparked last month when it was revealed that a domain name previously used by South Africa's Companies and Intellectual Property Commission had been purchased by an individual in Mexico. Read more

12 Sep 2018

Trump administration should take credit for China’s counterfeits crackdown, claims trade association

The Precious Metals Association of North America (PMANA) has lauded the Trump administration in its response to China’s adoption of long-awaited e-commerce legislation.  Read more

11 Sep 2018

More #MeToo trademark applications, USPTO scandalous marks fight, and FIFA thanks Rospatent for World Cup help: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at more trademark applications related to the #MeToo movement, the Swedish IP Office warning against fake election posters, a US court having its say on trademark bullying, and much more. Read more

11 Sep 2018

Don’t underestimate the rise of Chinese brands (and the impact for all rights holders)

In our latest opinion piece, we reflect on the scale of the Chinese government's brand incubation drive, and how this ambitious project is one that will have consequence for all rights holders - no matter where in the world they are located. Read more

7 Sep 2018

Wine Spectator versus Weed Spectator, Trump slams Nike, and an ode to trademark attorneys: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at trade associations calling for more clarify over rules of origin, CEO of a US cheese company slamming the EU’s GI regime, how Nike’s new ad campaign may have damaged the brand, and much more. Read more

7 Sep 2018

“GDPR has made brand rights enforcement online much more difficult” – exclusive interview with ESPN’s Allison Cantor

World Trademark Review speaks with Allison Cantor, principal counsel at ESPN, about how she balances her role as the company’s sole in-house trademark counsel with her other commitments, the difficulties posed by the implementation of GDPR, and much more. Read more

6 Sep 2018

Burberry scraps anti-counterfeiting product destruction; will more brands follow suit?

Fashion giant Burberry announced today that it will stop the practice of “destroying unsaleable products” with immediate effect. Could the move lead to other brands in the luxury sector to cease the practice of product destruction? Read more

5 Sep 2018

Promoting global IP enforcement reforms should be a “top trade priority” for the United States: new study

Brands fare worse in countries with weaker IP enforcement regimes, and a new study vindicates US government attempts to pressure nations with poor trademark protection and enforcement mechanisms to provide a better environment for brands. Read more

4 Sep 2018

Nike in political firestorm, Lego blocks Chinese infringer, and Ghana steps up fight against fakes: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a fashion brand in a dispute with two NFL teams, the New York Times shining the spotlight on illicit vendors in Barcelona, Nike facing a brand boycott due to its new Colin Kaepernick ad campaign, and much more. Read more

4 Sep 2018

Getting ready for a fight – trademark enforcement, accusations of bullying and preparing for a backlash

In our latest opinion column, we consider a spate of recent media reports of perceived trademark bullying – and the quandary it creates for rights holders. Read more

3 Sep 2018

China adopts new e-commerce law; expert highlights “concerns” for rights holders

After almost two years in the making, China’s long-awaited e-commerce law has finally been adopted. However, one local expert notes that some of the provisions related to IP infringement may have been “somewhat watered down”. Read more

3 Sep 2018

“Negative for business and consumers” – GI association slams Brexit negotiations and possible no-deal scenario

oriGIn has released a strongly-worded statement calling for Brexit negotiators on both sides to preserve GIs as part of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. Read more

3 Sep 2018

Plain packaging in India moves closer following Supreme Court decision and upcoming amendments

In the coming days, new governmental amendment rules in India are set to take effect that, according to one expert, suggest that a move towards full plain packaging in the country is only a matter of time. Read more

31 Aug 2018

Fake Warren Buffett fools thousands, Monsta mashes Monster, and Starbucks and Sardarbuksh dispute brews: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a Canadian coalition urging that cigar companies be exempt from proposed plain packaging regulations, the Chinese government promising stricter IP protections, and much more. Read more

28 Aug 2018

Registrations double in Cayman Islands, Peppa Pig victory in China, and Aldi most trusted brand in Australia: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at China and Indonesia giving up the plain packaging fight, a Colin Kaepernick trademark application generating media buzz, why US colleges have been accused of trademark bullying, and much more. Read more

28 Aug 2018

Your new look WTR is here

A refreshed look, enhanced functionality, and a more responsive and faster website – welcome to the new World Trademark Review.  Read more

24 Aug 2018

P&G applications sparks WTF reaction, Pinduoduo’s counterfeit crackdown, and McCarthy on the move: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at how the USPTO is seeking input on its draft strategic plan, Aerosmith sending a cease-and-desist to US President Donald Trump, a trademark dispute involving Bob Dylan, and much more. Read more

24 Aug 2018

“It’s not a silver bullet – there are trade-offs”: new perspectives on the use of blockchain against counterfeiters

Blockchain could play a significant role in the fight against fakes further down the line, and has been the focus of much attention in IP circles. Read more

23 Aug 2018

“A chef’s name is a trademark” – dispute highlights brand protection risks in the fine dining restaurant industry

An ongoing trademark dispute between an award-winning chef and his former employer has highlighted the issue of brand protection in the fine dining sector. Read more

21 Aug 2018

“Banksy of trademarks” loses Beyoncé opposition, Kuwait online action urged, and The Iso Zone closes: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at how urgent action is required for owners of Kuwaiti trademarks, Moutai ending its 17-year bid for the NATIONAL SPIRIT mark, how to create an effective brand name, and much more. Read more

20 Aug 2018

Call for USPTO to “pound its fist more loudly” in efforts to tackle trademark solicitation scams

The USPTO has been urged to form an inter-organisational task force to foster greater cooperation in tackling the problem of trademark solicitation scams – an issue that has been a scourge on the industry for years. Read more

17 Aug 2018

$500 million counterfeit bust, David Beckham leaked logo typo, and another creative cease and desist: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at rising trademark applications in Cambodia, how thousands are boycotting brands on Twitter, and much more. Read more

17 Aug 2018

Chile punches well above its weight from a trademark and branding perspective: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s country data report, we examine the major trademark trends in the Chilean market. We show that both domestic and foreign filings are stable, reveal the most valuable brands in the country, and analyse the key trademark classes used for both inbound and outbound applications.   Read more

16 Aug 2018

“What I saw in China 8 years ago, I am now seeing in Brazil”: insights from New Balance’s brand protection lead

We speak to Daniel McKinnon, head of global brand protection at New Balance, about his approach to trademark enforcement, “paltry” damages awarded in China, the problems of “parasite brands”, and much more. Read more

15 Aug 2018

Reputational risks on free speech social network Gab; research reveals scale of brand misuse

Research from World Trademark Review has found that many major brand names have been registered on "free speech social network" Gab, with related pages sometimes featuring homophobic and racist content. Read more

14 Aug 2018

IP Australia wins digital award, Stephen Colbert talks trademarks, and USPTO seeks new judge: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a Minneapolis official who sought registered trademark protection of a blog that criticised her, a Delhi court getting tough on perjury in a trademark case, and much more. Read more

10 Aug 2018

Food delivery marks on the rise, as Starbucks leads the way in restaurant brand filings: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s industry data report we look at the food service industry. We reveal that Starbucks has the most robust trademark portfolio in the industry, the rise in 'food delivery' applications, and more. Read more

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