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“A never-ending war”: top influencer on what brands should know about fakes in China

In an exclusive interview, the video creator behind the YouTube channel ‘C3 TheCollywoodLife’ explains why he started filming counterfeit goods in Chinese shopping centres.

“A never-ending war”: top influencer on what brands should know about fakes in China
18 Jan 2019

Vietnam to bolster GIs, US shutdown threatens IP, and Ethiopia launches online filing system: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a Japanese delegation visiting the French IPO, the Austrian Patent Office introducing animated marks, Rihanna taking her father to court, and much more.

18 Jan 2019

Domestic trademark filings propel growth in Iran, although international demand stutters

Iran's trademark activity has been spurred on by residential filings, with international companies keeping a distance, according to our exclusive data analysis. 

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Critical insight into designs strategies available in new free-to-view guide

The latest edition of Designs: A Global Guide 2019, which provides trademark professionals with comprehensive guidance on the key issues involved in the protection and enforcement of design rights, is now available. Read more

17 Jan 2019

Four key relationships at the heart of Teva’s pharmaceutical trademark management – exclusive interview

Laurence Rickles, chief trademark counsel at Teva, provides tips for successful pharmaceuticals brand rights management, and the four relationships that success depends on. Read more

17 Jan 2019

World-class speaking line-up revealed for upcoming WTR conferences in Chicago

WTR is pleased to announce the first set of speakers for the upcoming Brand Protection Online and Managing Trademark Assets US events, which take place on consecutive days in March.  Read more

17 Jan 2019

What the future holds in store for brand professionals: exclusive insights from the 2019 INTA president

David Lossignol, the new president of INTA, outlines the association’s priorities for the coming year and calls on the trademark community to facilitate positive change in the brand ecosystem. Read more

16 Jan 2019

What the UK government’s Brexit deal defeat means for trademark owners

The UK government suffered a catastrophic defeat on Tuesday night after the House of Commons firmly rejected its Brexit deal. We take a look at what the result means for trademark owners, including a claim that rights holders are “back at square one". Read more

15 Jan 2019

Supermac’s trademark victory over McDonald’s is a “warning” to major brands

In a landmark judgment, Irish fast food chain Supermac’s has prevailed in a dispute with McDonald’s over the use of the BIG MAC trademark. Read more

15 Jan 2019

New Zealand opens GI nominations, INTA 2019 president, and Netflix CYOA dispute: news digest

In our latest digest, we look at INTA keeping the plain packaging battle alive, cannabis use legalised in South Africa, the liability of freight forwarders in Singapore, and much more. Read more

14 Jan 2019

Gateway to fakes? Reps4You marketplace revealed as new threat to fashion brands

A major new online marketplace selling counterfeit goods launched last week, with some claiming the Reps4You platform could be a “good gateway” for users to buy fake goods for the first time. Read more

14 Jan 2019

Clarivate Analytics announces $4.2bn merger deal; reveals plans for public listing  

Public investment vehicle Churchill Capital Corp and Clarivate Analytics have announced an agreement to merge, with the combined company – Clarivate – to become publicly listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Read more

14 Jan 2019

Amazon and Toyota CEOs top male-dominated brand ambassador ranking

New study ranks corporate CEOs as brand ambassadors, with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos topping the list. The research highlights the gender disparity that exists at the higher echelons of company management. Read more

11 Jan 2019

Johnson & Johnson data focus: inside the world’s biggest trademark portfolio

In the first of a new series, we shed light on how this pharmaceutical giant's trademark holdings have contributed to its business strategy. Read more

11 Jan 2019

MysteryBrand denies selling fakes, T-ara dispute concludes, and Slovakia IPO ditches fax: news digest

In our latest news digest, we look at the USPTO hiring a deputy general counsel, how domain name management is “just as important” as brand protection, the Paraguay IPO pledging more counterfeit enforcement in 2019, and much more. Read more

10 Jan 2019

Study finds registered trademark protection has “substantial effect on export prices”

New research highlights the tangible effect that registered trademark protection has on prices – and discovers that such protection can “significantly and considerably increase the levels and growth rate of export prices”. Read more

10 Jan 2019

How Discovery wields a range of rights to fight piracy: exclusive interview

At Discovery Inc, anti-piracy efforts go beyond the sending of enforcement letters and filing lawsuits, with trademark rights a key weapon in the company’s armoury, explains senior vice president of intellectual property and litigation David Modzeleski. Read more

9 Jan 2019

Why the resiliency of tobacco brands could encourage the spread of plain packaging

In our latest opinion column, we observe that plain packaging is not a death knell for tobacco companies – a fact that could embolden legislators to extend plain packaging to other industries. Read more

8 Jan 2019

Sweden allows hologram marks, plain packaging design gets thumbs up, and Dyson fakes seized: news digest

In our latest news digest, we look at the US Supreme Court confirming that it will rule on scandalous trademarks, a retailer called Pooey Puitton going up against Louis Vuitton, IP Australia joining TMclass, and much more. Read more

7 Jan 2019

Reports of PIPCU’s demise greatly exaggerated as UKIPO commits to future funding

Over the weekend, a national media outlet reported that plans to fund the City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit beyond June 2019 have “fallen through”. However, WTR can reveal that the unit is planning for the future. Read more

4 Jan 2019

Amazon counterfeit problem, Richemont signs up with Alibaba, and branding turns into blanding: news digest

In our latest news digest, we look at the Minnesota Vikings being mocked over a trademark application, the startup which prevailed in a trade dress battle, Trump reusing a notorious Game of Thrones-inspired poster, and much more. Read more

4 Jan 2019

Trolls on the rise, Brexit disruption and China’s domination: data trends of 2018

Having just rung in the new year, it is the perfect time to look at the trends which have characterised the trademark landscape in 2018, and discuss what is to come in 2019. Read more

4 Jan 2019

Trademark litigation overtakes patent actions as ‘new normal’ emerges

New data reveals that 4,017 trademark litigation actions were filed in the United States in 2018. After a near decade of decline, it appears that litigation levels are stabilising in the country – a contrasting picture to that of patents.   Read more

4 Jan 2019

Brands warned over legal issues on alleged “scam” gambling platform MysteryBrand

A recently launched gambling website, which uses branded products to promote randomised ‘mystery boxes’, could also be in breach of several laws and should be on the radar of trademark counsel, according to legal experts. Read more

3 Jan 2019

Sandvik’s multi-layered approach to brand protection – exclusive interview

We sit down with Sandvik AB’s trademark and brand protection lead Charlotte Falck, who explains how she uses interactions with commercial colleagues to create business matrix ratings in a bid to identify enforcement priorities. Read more

2 Jan 2019

The trademark stories to follow in 2019

As we enter 2019, we take a detailed look into the issues and trends that trademark professionals can expect to make headlines in the coming 12 months. Read more

14 Dec 2018

Amazon, Brexit, Christian Louboutin, Gleissner, WHOIS: our 2018 most-read list

Taking a look back at the stories which received the most reads over the past 12 months, our top 20 list serves as a reminder of the big challenges trademark counsel faced in 2018.  Read more

14 Dec 2018

Brands in the Nordics embrace change as filings remain steady: exclusive data analysis 

In our latest data report, we look at Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, and reveal how the leading brands in each country are having to adapt their business tactics to maintain a competitive edge in a changing market. Read more

14 Dec 2018

Samsung teams up with fake Supreme, new US Army IP policy, and EUIPO removes TMview contact details: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at how the US government is seeking to confiscate a biker gang’s trademarks, how most intellectual property in Africa is “unregistered”, and much more. Read more

13 Dec 2018

“Sometimes you need a firm that will shoot from the hip”: insights from 7-Eleven’s Allison McDade

In an exclusive interview, Allison McDade shared her approach to tackling imitation convenience stores in Asia and explained the challenges stemming from the company’s expansion. Read more

12 Dec 2018

The brokers are coming: why you will hear more about IP insurance in the coming year

In our latest opinion column, we turned our attention to IP insurance and risk management, which has been grabbing headlines in recent weeks. While much of the coverage has focused on patent-related offerings, we argued that brands will be a future battlefield for brokers seeking new customer bases. Read more

11 Dec 2018

UAE counterfeit seizures, Brazil predicted for 2019 Madrid accession, and Lacoste scores big win: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at new gTLDs on the rise, consumer trust in big brands, a General Court decision involving TMview, considering a trademark audit, and much more. Read more

10 Dec 2018

Alibaba avoids inclusion on European Commission's new notorious markets list

The European Commission published its Counterfeit and Piracy Watch List, identifying both online and physical marketplaces that are reported to engage in or facilitate counterfeiting and piracy. Read more

10 Dec 2018

Final chance to make nominations for the WTR Industry Awards 2019

The nomination window for the WTR Industry Awards and WTR 300 closes on Tuesday 11 December. Act now to let us know who you regard as the world's leading in-house trademark professionals.  Read more

10 Dec 2018

How INTA is helping to shape the trademark environment in Africa and the Middle East

This week, INTA is hosting its 2018 Middle East and Africa Conference. As the event kicked off, we spoke with an INTA representative to look at recent developments and why an annual meeting in the region is “a natural step”. Read more

7 Dec 2018

Managing Elvis and Marilyn Monroe: acquisition lessons from Authentic Brands Group

WTR sits down with Jay Dubiner, general counsel of Authentic Brands Group, to get insight into brand management of an IP portfolio that includes Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Shaquille O'Neal. Read more

7 Dec 2018

Turkey plain packaging, WIPO praises Pakistan IPO and '.amazon' up in the air: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a tussle over BRENT marks in Singapore, a "worrying trend" of retail fakes in Papua New Guinea, a new UK IP minister, and much more. Read more

7 Dec 2018

Nine takeaways from Brand Strategy China

This week, WTR hosted the third annual Brand Strategy China in Shanghai, and we present best practice takeaways from the attending senior brand protection experts from the corporate and legal worlds. Read more

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