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Raffel v Man Wah: how a counterfeiting dispute sparked a war of words in the trade press

In recent months, the dispute has resulted in a $106 million jury award, a flurry of motions, calls for the US authorities to get involved and a public war of words in the trade press.

12 September 2022

How IP offices are keeping up with AI, the metaverse and technological challenges

The rise of the metaverse, the need to increase diversity in the IP ecosystem and utilising AI better were on the agenda last week when leaders from the US and Asian IP offices convened.

12 September 2022

E-commerce platforms unite in Asia; behind the scenes at new domain blocking service; WTR launches intelligence hubs; 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.

11 September 2022

When registrars and their proxy services enable abuse, liability may follow

This week’s Saturday opinion argues that it is in the interest of privacy to support actions geared toward weeding out bad actors in the DNS space.

10 September 2022

Pinduoduo enters US market; brands pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II; Heineken acquires Beavertown – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the French IP office announcing a multi-day outage of online trademark services, Hermès preparing for the metaverse, and much more.

09 September 2022

IP owners and e-commerce platforms team up against counterfeiters in Southeast Asia

Participating platforms in new initiative are AliExpress, Carousell, Lazada, Tencent, TikTok and Tokopedia.

09 September 2022

US launches new effort with Europe to stop transshipment of illicit health products

The US Food and Drug Administration calls on industry as it expands 'whole of governments' campaign from the United Kingdom to the European Union.

08 September 2022

How letters of consent for similar marks could serve China’s national interests

As the view towards letters of consent shifts, Anna Li, Monica Fang and George Chan of Simmons & Simmons assess their current evidentiary value in China by analysing all recently published decisions from the Beijing Intellectual Property Court and Beijing High Court.

08 September 2022

Fakes around the world: WTR launches hubs focused on physical and online counterfeit hotspots

WTR launches two hubs for our exclusive insights on brand protection intelligence focused on physical and online marketplaces.

08 September 2022

Kanye and adidas: lessons from the bitter fight for the Yeezy brand

In a very public spat, Kanye West has claimed that sportswear giant adidas has breached a contract relating to the musician’s popular Yeezy brand.

07 September 2022

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