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Moving in the right direction: Myanmar’s soft opening of new IP office on course for success

Despite concerns over clarity of trademark systems, filings are progressing well. The opening should bring Myanmar’s IP landscape up to speed with its neighbours.

Moving in the right direction: Myanmar’s soft opening of new IP office on course for success
New ARIPO director ‘vision for future’; AAFA counterfeit liability call; Boohoo buys Debenhams – news digest
26 Jan 2021

New ARIPO director ‘vision for future’; AAFA counterfeit liability call; Boohoo buys Debenhams – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Nike taking a kick at counterfeit footwear manufacturers, USPTO reopening a comment period on state sovereign immunity, ICANN inviting leadership applications, and much more.

Apple wrestles ‘most valuable brand’ crown from Amazon as diversification drives growth
26 Jan 2021

Apple wrestles ‘most valuable brand’ crown from Amazon as diversification drives growth

Apple has replaced Amazon at the top of the Brand Finance Global 500 2021 ranking of the world’s most valuable brands following a stellar 87% increase in brand value over the past year.

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26 Jan 2021

WeChat nudges past Ferrari to top brand strength rankings

WeChat has been named the world’s strongest brand in new research from Brand Finance, with Ferrari dropping to second place and Sber moving up to third. Read more

25 Jan 2021

A close look at the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit GI regime

In an exclusive guest post, experts at Hogan Lovells explore the current status of geographical indications in the United Kingdom – and what the future could hold for their protection. Read more

25 Jan 2021

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

24 Jan 2021

Intellectual property under Biden; EUIPO data exclusive; service provider debut; 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

23 Jan 2021

2020 changed everything – for brands and trademark professionals

In the latest in our series of Saturday opinion columns we reflect on how the perception of brands changed irrevocably in 2020, leading to greater expectations on corporate social responsibility and social action. 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

22 Jan 2021

Beckham brand boost; USPTO leadership changes; Pearl Jam versus Pearl Jamm – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the USPTO announcing an acting director after Andrei Iancu’s exit, the EU General Court decision in a dispute over HALLOUMI and BBQLOUMI,  and much more. Read more

22 Jan 2021

iaidō launch adds new player to the IP legal services provider market

Matching business intelligence with a case management system infrastructure, the dual launch aims to provide innovation that the service provider landscape is currently lacking. Read more

21 Jan 2021

How to manage the brand risk of social media’s ‘cancel culture’

An online spat between authors highlights the brand risk associated with social media influencers and cancel culture, one brand expert says. Read more

20 Jan 2021

Trump’s Patriot Party: prior trademarks could be “significant hurdle” to new political venture

Former US president Donald Trump is reportedly considering a launch of a new political venture called the ‘Patriot Party’. However, trademark registrations at the USPTO could prove to be a stumbling block for Trump’s purported plans. Read more

20 Jan 2021

The Biden era begins: trademark industry weighs in on hopes for the future

With today’s inauguration ceremony in Washington DC marking the beginning of the Biden administration, WTR reached out to experts in the trademark field to ask what the president’s priorities should be over the next four years. Read more

20 Jan 2021

IACC urges Biden administration to hit the ground running on intellectual property

The IACC expects the Biden administration to take an ‘evolution’ not ‘revolution’ approach towards IP policy and urges it to build on efforts to fight fakes. Read more

20 Jan 2021

As Trump administration ends, trademark experts reflect on the highs and lows

Today officially marks the end of the presidency of Donald J Trump. After an unprecedented four years, WTR looks back at the brand-related positives and negatives of his time in office. Read more

20 Jan 2021

Iancu bids farewell to USPTO; trademark experts provide wishlist for successor

Andrei Iancu, director of the USPTO, has said farewell to the office, confirming that his tenure is coming to an end alongside the Trump administration. Read more

19 Jan 2021

How to wield trust to protect your brand online in an evolving threat landscape

In this guest analysis Bill Taylor, chief marketing officer at OpSec Security, explains why and how trust should be placed at the heart of brand protection efforts. Read more

19 Jan 2021

Derby Pie trademark dispute; Netherlands plain packaging; Sandris Laganovskis joins EUIPO – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Global Icons becoming the worldwide licensing agent for Betty Boop, ECTA launching its committee elections, Hainan adopting measures to strengthen IP rights protections, and much more. Read more

18 Jan 2021

The notorious markets you need to have on your policing radar

The latest USTR list provides crucial intelligence for rights holders, with eight new physical markets added. Read more

17 Jan 2021

Alibaba's Taobao remains on Notorious Markets list; NovumIP charts toll of pandemic on IP practice; USPTO publishes scathing Chinese filings report; 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

16 Jan 2021

Under-resourced and under-appreciated: now is the time for trademark teams to raise their corporate profile

In the first of a series of Saturday opinion columns we consider what 2021 will look like for corporate trademark professionals, and how they should respond. Read more

15 Jan 2021

How lawyers tackled infringing Michael Jordan Chinese translation marks that were too old to invalidate

GEN Law Firm partner Steve Zhao and associate Pei Lyu reveal the intricacies of the arguments that made them successful in the Shanghai court. Read more

15 Jan 2021

Analysis of the top representatives of Chinese applicants at USPTO reveals strange ebb and flow in workloads

Trademark data shows peculiarities in the mega filers’ activity, particularly within Jonathan Morton’s portfolio. Read more

15 Jan 2021

Hendrix family trademark dispute; ICANN 70 confirmed; Australian company changes ‘racist’ branding – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the NCAA pausing a vote on athlete name, image and likeness rules, the US IP Alliance launching with the aim of raising IP awareness, Authentic Vision and ATQ Germany teaming up, and much more. Read more

15 Jan 2021

Notorious Markets List 2020: USTR resists call to include US platforms as Alibaba and Amazon remain

The Office of the US Trade Representative has released the findings of its 2020 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy. Read more

14 Jan 2021

Renault disappears and Aston Martin returns: brand lessons from two teams in the 2021 F1 season

As Renault F1 and Racing Point rebrand to Alpine F1 and Aston Martin respectively, WTR asks brand experts whether these are savvy moves or will cause consumer confusion. Read more

14 Jan 2021

USPTO highlights role of government subsidies and mandates in growing tide of trademarks from China

USPTO publishes scathing report into the influx of trademark applications from China, claiming that many “lack value and clutter the trademark register”. Read more

14 Jan 2021

New censorship-free internet system launches: what rights holders need to know

A new decentralised internet naming system has been launched today, promising a censorship-free online space in which “no person or organisation can block, censor, or cancel your subdomain”. Read more

13 Jan 2021

The rise of clone perfume: a growing challenge for fragrance brands?

In an interview with WTR, the owner of a business that sells ‘smell-alike’ perfumes reveals why the popularity of cloned fragrances is on the rise, and why he believes using their own brand avoids any potential legal risk from major perfume companies. Read more

13 Jan 2021

Tracking fakes: revealing the most popular regions for buyers of counterfeit goods

New research from WTR reveals where people searching for counterfeit goods are residing, uncovering a significant difference between brands. Read more

13 Jan 2021

US Supreme Court denies certiorari to parody case, leaving Ninth Circuit open to forum shopping, expert says

Trademark experts say that the move has left the Ninth Circuit as the “go-to circuit for declaratory actions for non-infringement”. Read more

12 Jan 2021

Costs and budget cut worries at the fore as research reveals toll of pandemic on IP practice

NovumIP has published its ‘IP industry outlook 2021’ report, which charts the toll of the covid-19 pandemic on IP operations. Read more

12 Jan 2021

Elon Musk brand confusion; Burger King rebrand; Subway to expand licensing footprint – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Unilever offloading the Bertolli business, thousands of counterfeit designer masks seized in Kentucky, South Korea adopting a Vegan certification mark, and much more. Read more

11 Jan 2021

Brand associations provide a blueprint for educating consumers on counterfeits and piracy

A number of brand associations have highlighted the need for social media companies and online platforms to step up anti-counterfeiting messaging in efforts to educate US consumers. Read more

11 Jan 2021

First speakers revealed for upcoming WTR Connect event series

Among those participating are brand experts from Dyson, Mattel, Microsoft, Novartis and Red Bull. Registration is once again free to WTR subscribers. Read more

10 Jan 2021

Pfizer rebrand lessons; US litigation slump; UKIPO Brexit operations; 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

9 Jan 2021

Revealed: Andrei Iancu's email to USPTO staff on the day the US Capitol was stormed

“I am heartbroken to see this affront to our constitutional electoral process”, the USPTO director wrote to staff in an email seen by WTR. Read more

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