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Hong Kong to strengthen IP regime, senators seek to combat copyright theft, EUIPO celebrates EUTM milestone – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the signing of an online marketplaces bill by the Colorado governor, Belgian authorities shutting down an illegal cigarette factory, a warning to franchise operators struggling to suspend operations in Russia, and much more.

22 March 2022

United States returns to top of nation brand rankings, Russia’s soft power collapses

Brand Finance has released its 2022 Global Soft Power Index, which tracks the global perception of nation brands.

21 March 2022

“It’s about efficiency”: Senator calls for study into mooted United States Intellectual Property Office

Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), who wants to unify US government intellectual property functions into a single body, has called for a study on how a United States Intellectual Property Office (USIPO) could be facilitated.

21 March 2022

Peppa Pig blow; brand management at A+E Networks; mental health roadblocks; 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.

20 March 2022

“Meaningless, destructive and difficult”: why the legal profession needs to change its priorities to protect mental health

The biggest roadblock to improving mental health in the legal profession is the failure to recognise that a lawyer’s worth cannot be measured in billable hours, argues Derek LaCroix, executive director of the Lawyers Assistance Program of British Columbia.

19 March 2022

Risks of counterfeits revealed; Lusheng celebrates China IP wins, 3D domain monitoring – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a warning issued over counterfeit fire helmets, Cape Verde preparing to become the latest ARIPO member state, and much more.

18 March 2022

How trademarks are driving economic growth: USPTO report analysis

The USPTO's Intellectual Property and the Economy report identifies the industries that rely most heavily on IP. Trademark-intensive industries accounted for nearly $7 trillion of GDP, and made the biggest contribution to direct employment.

18 March 2022

Ukrainian Snake Island soldier seeks trademark for iconic phrase, as major brand challenges grow in Russia

WTR can reveal that a Ukrainian border guard who refused to surrender to a Russian warship has filed an EU trademark application for the phrase that went viral during their stand-off.

17 March 2022

Eight ways to nurture talent in a profession under pressure

Law firms are under increasing pressure to reassess traditional recruitment methods and better support individuals if they are to retain the best talent, explains Finnegan’s new chief diversity and inclusion officer.

16 March 2022

Online marketplaces in Saudi Arabia that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars

In the next instalment of our regular series identifying the digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor as part of their global anti-counterfeiting efforts, we head to Saudi Arabia.

16 March 2022

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