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Robert De Niro’s USPTO petition granted; Verizon prevails in UDRP; Facebook scam exposed – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the UFC filing trademark applications for UFSEA following a Last Week Tonight with John Oliver segment,  Trademark Engine’s covid-19 donation, WIPO taking its AI discussion virtual, and much more.

Robert De Niro’s USPTO petition granted; Verizon prevails in UDRP; Facebook scam exposed – news digest
WIPO launches digital fingerprint service: how will it help trademark professionals?
28 May 2020

WIPO launches digital fingerprint service: how will it help trademark professionals?

While WIPO PROOF's use is most obvious in the copyright space, WIPO tells WTR that the service will have good applications within trademark work.

Going to the dogs: the Ninth Circuit’s erosion of trademark rights – exclusive guest post
28 May 2020

Going to the dogs: the Ninth Circuit’s erosion of trademark rights – exclusive guest post

In this guest post, it is argued that the VIP Products LLC v Jack Daniel’s Properties Inc ruling, as it presently stands, is alarming and opens the floodgates to widespread theft of goodwill under the guise of the First Amendment.

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28 May 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

28 May 2020

Final chance to share your insights on private investigators and brand protection

There’s just a couple of days left for WTR readers to share their perspective on how private investigators are assisting their brand protection work, and the challenges currently being faced when working with third-party investigators. Read more

27 May 2020

Digital receptions: how law firms are approaching networking for INTA’s virtual 2020 Annual Meeting

With the INTA confirming that its 2020 Annual Meeting will be a virtual event, law firms and service providers must now decide whether to host a networking reception in a digital environment. Read more

27 May 2020

Trademarks rocket while designs level off: UKIPO releases latest annual filings data

The UKIPO has published its annual Facts and Figures Report. We drill down into the data to reveal the most notable findings. Read more

26 May 2020

Manchester United targets Football Manager; Alibaba cooperation call; new gTLD use rising – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at China hitting back at covid-19 infringers, Off-White continuing to seek a red zip-tie trademark, IP complaints going digital in Bahrain, and much more. Read more

26 May 2020

“The heresy I am happy to question”: Trademark Owners Association's managing director outlines plans for legal services brand

WTR sat down with the managing director of the Trademark Owners Association, to get more on the decision to revive the TMOA brand and what the future holds Read more

25 May 2020

What happens when the lights are off? The intentional and personal practice of diversity

Debra Hughes, assistant general counsel at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, emphasises the need for practice leaders to practise intentional diversity in a personal way Read more

25 May 2020

How to make a compelling business case for investing in intellectual property

In this exclusive guest post, Haydn Evans, executive vice president, strategy at CPA Global, outlines the key arguments that can be put forward in a bid to help boards make well-informed choices around the value of intellectual property. Read more

25 May 2020

“Inclusion depends on each of us”: Novartis International head of trademarks on diversity

Myrtha Hurtado Rivas, head of global trademarks and domain names for Novartis International AG, reflects on current diversity challenges and unconscious biases in the trademark world Read more

23 May 2020

From the WTR archive: trademark transactions

In this latest edition of our series delving into WTR’s content archive, we present a selection of in-depth pieces focused on trademark transactions and revenue generation. Read more

22 May 2020

In times of crisis consumers seek out familiar, comfortable food and beverage brands, creating opportunity

Slumping economies and ongoing lockdown orders present opportunities for the food and drink industry’s bigwigs to recapture market share from challenger companies Read more

22 May 2020

IP Hall of Fame 2020 inductees revealed; Anaqua and Clarivate team up; Mozambique acedes to Banjul Protocol – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the Eddie Stobart trademark being sold for £10 million, how a reluctance to seek medical help is leading to a rise in counterfeit goods, and much more. Read more

21 May 2020

Trademark filing levels recover but long-term picture remains in doubt

After an initial slump in global trademark filing levels in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, data reveals that numbers have started to return to normal at several major offices. Read more

21 May 2020

Cost-cutting: how client relationships can survive the covid-19 crunch

As in-house budgets tighten and the need for billables increases in private practice, tension may arise between firms and clients during and after the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

20 May 2020

“The safest option” – INTA Annual Meeting 2020 goes virtual amid coronavirus concerns

The INTA has announced that it will be conducting its 2020 Annual Meeting and Leadership Meeting as an all-virtual event, a move the association describes as "coming with a heavy heart”. Read more

20 May 2020

Mental health and intellectual property: advice and resources to support practitioners during a difficult time

WTR takes a look at our past coverage on wellbeing and mindfulness, and highlights a number of resources that are available. Read more

20 May 2020

While China remains in the IP policy crosshairs, on the ground momentum is positive

In our latest opinion piece we observe that, while the US-China war of words over IP protection continues to grab headlines, the Asian country is going about its business. Read more

20 May 2020

How do private investigators assist in brand protection cases?

WTR readers have a last chance to share their perspective on how private investigators are assisting their brand protection work, and the challenges currently being faced when working with PIs. Read more

19 May 2020

“A veiled threat” – UK government releases draft EU free trade agreement with geographical indications omitted

The UK government has published an outline of a free trade agreement with the European Union which omits geographical indications (GIs) – a move that suggests GIs will remain a contentious issue as negotiations continue. Read more

19 May 2020

Hermès victory; IACC postpones all 2020 events; counterfeit Pokémon figurines seized – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at a Chinese manufacturer denying that it sent counterfeit N95 masks to the United States, a draw called in a soccer dispute, the University of Tennessee suing over POWER T trademark, and much more. Read more

18 May 2020

“Information is our most effective weapon” – insights from the frontline of scambaiting

Talking to WTR, the content creator behind the popular Atomic Shrimp channel reveals the changing nature of scam emails and outlines what major brands can do to more effectively combat this long-time foe. Read more

18 May 2020

What to consider before bidding in a trademark auction

With a recession looming over global markets, trademark auctions may become more prevalent. WTR speaks to experts on what due diligence these auctions require. Read more

18 May 2020

ICANN seeks to draw line under Amazon ‘.brand’ spat with South American governments

Göran Marby, president and chief executive officer of ICANN, has written a communication which seeks to draw a line under an eight-year battle that has raged over Amazon’s application for its ‘.brand’ top-level domain. Read more

16 May 2020

From the WTR archive: inside high-profile brand battles

In this latest edition of our series delving into WTR’s unrivalled 17-year archive of trademark content, we present a selection of in-depth pieces focused on disputes involving such names as Apple, Bacardi, Cisco, Michael Jordan, Pernod Ricard and Samsung. Read more

15 May 2020

St Andrews Links Trust lands in trademark bunker; new Benelux online tools; Gleissner covid-19 donation – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Hard Rock International acquiring the rights to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the KIPO president getting dunked with flowers, and more. Read more

15 May 2020

What the Virgin Media and O2 deal tells us about the branding struggles of telecom providers

The industry’s major players do a poor job of building consumer loyalty, and there is the constant risk of smaller, more flexible companies disrupting the market. Read more

15 May 2020

“Lucky finally gets lucky” as Supreme Court issues defence preclusion decision

The US Supreme Court issues decision in Lucky Brand Dungarees v Marcel Fashion Group, the dispute centring on the issue of whether res judicata in the form of claim preclusion can also apply to defences. Read more

14 May 2020

Leading a team through mandatory work from home: the Facebook experience

In this exclusive guest post Mike Yaghmai, Facebook’s head of brands and marketing legal, explains how the brand team responded to the ‘new normal’ of remote working and offers leadership tips for those managing though the current coronavirus climate. Read more

14 May 2020

Are recessions the right time for rebranding after an acquisition? The data offers the answer

New research from Brand Finance suggests that rebranding can be better for long-term brand value. However, a keen eye is needed for each brand’s success. Read more

14 May 2020

More counterfeit hotspots in India that brand owners should be aware of

In the latest instalment in our regular series on marketplaces around the world that are reportedly notorious for being counterfeit havens, we head back to India. Read more

13 May 2020

Fighting fake coronavirus treatments: exclusive interview with Gilead’s Gretchen Stroud

Stroud explains to WTR how Gilead protected its brands assets when remdesivir drug hit the headlines as a potential treatment for covid-19. Read more

13 May 2020

Preparing for the new normal: industry experts on how trademark practice is adapting in the covid-19 era

WTR convened a small panel of trademark experts to dig deeper into the changes that practices are likely to experience in the medium to longer term. Read more

13 May 2020

Deepfakes, AI, IP enforcement and Jay-Z: the legal dilemma that regulators are facing

In this exclusive guest piece, Kimiya Shams, legal counsel at technology company DEVIALET, reflects on the current challenges for those enforcing against deepfakes. Read more

12 May 2020

A new normal: trademark community on life during and after the coronavirus pandemic – exclusive survey results

New research from WTR reveals the brand protection challenges being faced by trademark professionals during the covid-19 crisis, finding practitioners facing significant salary cuts, increased infringement and the spectre of budgets being slashed. Read more

12 May 2020

Mexico IP office's new online platform; Daren Tang appointed WIPO director general; INTA mental health webcast – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Puma’s Olympics trademark application being rejected, Aon launching an IP risk platform, the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office creating a coronavirus time capsule, and much more. Read more

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