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Europol seizes double illegal pesticides in annual sting: how brand organisations help make the difference

Europol has conducted its most successful exercise against counterfeit pesticides. WTR spoke with the ECPA to learn about the role that its member companies played in the operation.

Europol seizes double illegal pesticides in annual sting: how brand organisations help make the difference
Study calls for shake-up of geographical indications to forge path towards universal trademark system
3 Jun 2020

Study calls for shake-up of geographical indications to forge path towards universal trademark system

In conversation with WTR, the academic behind the research says a shake-up of indications of geographical origin (IGOs) could be the first step towards the “high ideal” of a universal trademark system.

Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis
3 Jun 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.

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Where to win the highest damages in Chinese litigation

Exclusive 2019 data reveals the best courts for plaintiffs looking to secure compensation in a trademark dispute. Read more

2 Jun 2020

Actions are more important than words: brands receive mixed marks over #BlackLivesMatter messaging

In our latest opinion column, we look at the brand backlash suffered by companies perceived to be exploiting the Black Lives Matter cause. Read more

2 Jun 2020

How Trump’s executive order on social media platforms could provide clarification for brand owners

The executive order intends to make social media platforms liable as publishers. Could these efforts change how brand owners bring bad actors to justice? Read more

2 Jun 2020

John Oliver Ultimate Fighting Championship trademark brawl; Brighton FC criticised over filing; Nestlé rebrand – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Amazon's latest pharmaceutical trademark bid in Australia, the USPTO and the Japan Patent Office issuing a joint statement, and much more. Read more

1 Jun 2020

Exclusive data analysis debunks myth of local protectionism in China

In-depth analysis of judgments issued by Chinese courts last year suggests that foreign parties may actually have a greater chance of success than domestic parties in almost all venues. Read more

1 Jun 2020

Brexit, post-coronavirus events, and influencing policy: interview with ECTA’s incoming president

WTR sits down with the new president of the European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA) to get the inside track on ECTA’s priorities and how the organisation is maintaining its mission in a covid-19 world. Read more

30 May 2020

From the WTR archive: finding the right tools for the job

In this latest edition of our series delving into WTR’s content archive, we present a selection of pieces focused on the technologies available to trademark counsel, and how to make the right decision on which to use (and when). Read more

29 May 2020

USPTO warns of fraudulent solicitations as attorneys voice concern over Liberty Legal Firm marketing campaign

The USPTO today warned users about “new kinds of solicitations” involving communications via email and text message, with one recent example involving texts falsely claiming to be a ‘USPTO Trademark Alert’. Read more

29 May 2020

Over half of brands have suffered reputational damage due to bad actors during covid-19 pandemic: report reveals

We present key takeaways from a Red Points study into how the coronavirus pandemic has shifted the priorities of e-commerce businesses. Read more

29 May 2020

Stuck in lockdown – it might be time to swipe right? Dating app filing patterns analysed

How popular dating apps have been able to capitalise on lockdowns, strengthening consumer connections and taking the opportunity to reinvent the online dating landscape Read more

29 May 2020

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. 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

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