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Computing and software brands share price plunge continues downward pressure on WTR Brand Elite performance

Last month the WTR Brand Elite indices registered a two-point drop in the month ending 30 September – their first fall in seven months.

Computing and software brands share price plunge continues downward pressure on <em>WTR </em>Brand Elite performance
Only a few weeks left to make nominations for the 2021 <em>WTR</em> Industry Awards and <em>WTR</em> <em>300</em> projects
23 Nov 2020

Only a few weeks left to make nominations for the 2021 WTR Industry Awards and WTR 300 projects

There's not long left to nominate corporate trademark professionals for recognition at the WTR Industry Awards 2021 and in the next edition of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals.

INTA Annual Meeting highlights; IP office think tank report; USPTO fee changes; and much more
22 Nov 2020

INTA Annual Meeting highlights; IP office think tank report; USPTO fee changes; 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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21 Nov 2020

From the WTR archive: e-commerce and social media platforms expand on IP protection efforts

For our latest delve into WTR’s unrivalled archive of trademark content, we present updates that take readers inside the IP protection efforts of e-commerce and social media platforms. Read more

20 Nov 2020

Brands and covid-19: trademark filing data reveals how businesses are cashing in on pandemic

Trademark applications relating to disinfectants, gloves and masks are on the increase, with Class 5 and Class 10 showing significant annual growth. Read more

20 Nov 2020

Time for a change: but how do IP law firms achieve excellence?

How prepared are law firms for the future, and how should change be managed? In this guest article, Anaqua's Jayne Durden convened a panel of IP practitioners to find out. Read more

20 Nov 2020

ARIPO elects new director general; INTA elects 2021 president; Mars acquires Kind brand – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at João Negrão being appointed president of the Boards of Appeal at the EUIPO, GoDaddy launching a new IP tool, and much more. Read more

19 Nov 2020

Inclusion in the IP profession; removing formalities requirements; UKIPO on Brexit – INTA 2020 update

As the INTA 2020 Annual Meeting draws to a close, WTR presents observations from the numerous sessions that have taken place over the past few days. Read more

19 Nov 2020

Inside the growing complexity of counterfeit networks, and how to uproot them

Rooting out these networks requires a canny appreciation of how bad actors work with business models akin to their legitimate counterparts. Read more

19 Nov 2020

“Redressing the imbalance”: UKIPO to require UK address for service from 2021

The UKIPO has confirmed that IP owners will be required to supply a UK address for legal services related to new UK trademark applications, hearings and contentious proceedings from 1 January 2021. Read more

18 Nov 2020

The verdict on virtual exhibits at the 2020 INTA Annual Meeting

With the 2020 INTA Annual Meeting in full swing, WTR speaks with exhibitors at the virtual event to see how their experience compares with previous years and what changes they would like to see at future digital conferences. Read more

18 Nov 2020

Navigating regulation and a crowded Class 5: the race to register a covid-19 vaccine

This week, The Telegraph reported on some of the likely contenders for Pfizer’s vaccine name based on trademark filings by the company and partner BioNTech. Read more

18 Nov 2020

INTA think tank contends IP offices must evolve to “remain relevant, efficient and sustainable”

An INTA think tank has outlined the ways that IP offices, in an era in which “necessity has become a driver of innovation”, need to change if they are to remain relevant and sustainable over the long term. Read more

17 Nov 2020

Embracing change; global blockchain trademark register; approaching brand valuation – INTA 2020 update

Over 3,000 IP professionals from across the globe are this week attending this year’s virtual INTA Annual Meeting, and WTR presents some highlights from the opening few days of the event. Read more

17 Nov 2020

USPTO confirms trademark fee increases in final rule, anticipates $76 million revenue jump

The USPTO has confirmed that it is adjusting trademark and TTAB fees following publication of its final Trademark Fee Adjustment Rule, effective as of 2 January 2021. Read more

17 Nov 2020

Trump trademark blow; Iancu speaks at ARIPO event; protecting clown faces – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Ascena Retail Group finding a buyer for the Justice brand, INTA presenting this year’s Tomorrow’s Leader award, and much more. Read more

16 Nov 2020

“We remain strong” – INTA CEO pledges togetherness as 2020 Annual Meeting begins

The 2020 INTA Annual Meeting officially kicked off earlier today, with the association’s CEO declaring that “not celebrating the Annual Meeting has never been an option” and declaring that 2021 looks “bright” for the industry. Read more

16 Nov 2020

“Should we conclude that trademarks are for losers?”: takeaways from the Banksy case

In this guest analysis, Bristows’ Simon Clark and Lucie Fortune take a closer look at a recent case involving artist Banksy and consider the takeaways for artists looking to register representations of their artworks as EU figurative marks. Read more

15 Nov 2020

Pfizer vaccine brand implications; US platforms in Notorious Markets crosshairs; Amazon influencer action; 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

14 Nov 2020

From the WTR archive: inside pharmaceutical brands

For our latest delve into WTR’s unrivalled archive of trademark content, we present a selection of articles focused on the IP issues faced by pharmaceutical companies. Read more

13 Nov 2020

EUIPO ditches fax; Century 21 brand for sale; impersonation on the rise – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at US Customs and Brand Protection intercepting a large shipment of counterfeits, Fieldfisher launching a Brexit docketing tool, the USPTO appointing a new counsel, and much more. Read more

13 Nov 2020

Mexico continues to be an IP leader in Latin America

The country has an advanced system that is attractive to its northern neighbours. It also has an impressive roster of brands that are of significant value in the region. Read more

13 Nov 2020

Amazon sues influencers over fakes, renews call for social media companies to step up

Amazon has filed a lawsuit against 13 individuals and businesses for promoting and facilitating the sale of counterfeit luxury goods in its store. Read more

13 Nov 2020

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

12 Nov 2020

“Firms wouldn’t even accept a woman’s CV”: challenging diversity in Latin American legal culture

Often, the diversity discussion is centred on the goals of firms based in North America or Western Europe. But the conversation is also growing in Central and South America. Read more

12 Nov 2020

Artificial intelligence “insufficient” to prevent counterfeits on online marketplaces, study claims

A new study has looked at how automated systems are being used to detect and prosecute IP infringement online, with the academic behind the research telling WTR that the claim that such tools can detect counterfeits “is simply marketing hype”. Read more

11 Nov 2020

Trump’s final IP strategic plan may be non-partisan enough for Biden to keep

Legal experts argue that, in terms of IP strategy, it could be a case of ‘policy business as usual’ once Biden is ensconced in the Oval Office. Read more

11 Nov 2020

The race for a covid-19 vaccine: a brand opportunity and risk for the entire pharmaceutical sector

The big news from Pfizer on its covid-19 vaccine candidate has brought optimism to many this week. In our latest opinion column we consider the brand dimensions of this breakthrough – for Pfizer and the wider pharmaceutical industry. Read more

11 Nov 2020

Parler on the rise: major brands ignore ‘free speech’ social network despite rapid growth

Research from WTR reveals nearly all usernames related to major brands are registered on the social media platform Parler– with copycat and parody accounts identified as a risk for rights holders. Read more

10 Nov 2020

Amazon and Facebook in crosshairs as USTR submissions highlight US platforms

A number of submissions to the Office of the US Trade Representative have identified US platforms for possible inclusion in the next Notorious Markets List. Read more

10 Nov 2020

The one-woman legal team behind the greenest racers on the grid: interview with Envision Virgin Racing’s general counsel

Jennifer Babington sat down with WTR to describe how her team manages to punch along with the big guns in motorsport’s greenest challenge. Read more

10 Nov 2020

Supreme brand sold; Oatly trademark rejected; Panasonic launches anti-counterfeiting campaign – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Saturday Night Live riffing on the retirement of brand mascots, the American Retirement Association prevailing in an acronym dispute, and much more. Read more

9 Nov 2020

Four Seasons Total Landscaping: trademark lessons from a bizarre political event

When US President Donald Trump announced a press conference at Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia, it sparked a bemused reaction around the globe and offers some important takeaways for brand owners. Read more

9 Nov 2020

With US filings breaking records and litigation levels falling, the outlook for 2021 is uncertain

While the latest data suggests that US litigation levels will hit a 12-year low this year, filings continue their upward trajectory. Read more

9 Nov 2020

WTR needs your nominations for its 2021 Industry Awards and WTR 300 projects

Time is running out to nominate corporate trademark professionals for recognition at the WTR Industry Awards 2021 and in the next edition of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals.  Read more

8 Nov 2020

Trademark policy under Trump; sustainable brands; Asia customs strategies; 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

7 Nov 2020

From the WTR archive: the decade-long battle over plain packaging

For our latest delve into WTR’s unrivalled archive of trademark content, we present a selection of articles focused on the issue of plain packaging and brand restrictions. Read more

6 Nov 2020

“I’ll be known as the covid president”: interview with new AIPLA president Joseph Re

WTR spoke to Re about AIPLA’s priorities for the next year, how it has weathered tough financial conditions and how it continues to support its membership. Read more

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