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Coronavirus and fakes: brand owners warned of stark rise in online counterfeits and fraudulent ads

New research has found a huge increase in usage of social media platforms in recent weeks, with further findings revealing that counterfeiters are taking advantage of the covid-19 crisis.

Coronavirus and fakes: brand owners warned of stark rise in online counterfeits and fraudulent ads
Questions remain over likely impact of Greece’s new trademark law
30 Mar 2020

Questions remain over likely impact of Greece’s new trademark law

A new trademark law has been introduced in Greece, with local trademark professionals expressing concern over the implementation of some of the law’s provisions, specifically on hybrid jurisdictions and renewal periods.

<em>Honda</em> ruling offers key takeaways for OEM and trademark use in China
30 Mar 2020

Honda ruling offers key takeaways for OEM and trademark use in China

The Supreme People’s Court decision in Honda provides some much needed clarity on the issue of trademark use in original equipment manufacturing and what constitutes a ‘relevant public’.

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30 Mar 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 Mar 2020

From the WTR archive: interviews with trademark industry leaders

To kick off this new regular series looking back through our archive of world-class trademark content, we present five exclusive interviews with corporate brand leaders. Read more

27 Mar 2020

AIPLA leadership change; filings fall; UKIPO service update – news digest

In our latest news digest we look at how brands are getting in on the Covid-19 conversation with social distancing logos, Tom Brady’s latest trademark dip, signs that filing levels may be starting to fall in response to the coronavirus, a change to filing fees in Angola, and much more. Read more

27 Mar 2020

Twitter: the land of risk and opportunity

The social media giant has found its voice, and is helping others to build and differentiate their own brands Read more

27 Mar 2020

The CARES Act and the USPTO: assessing the potential impact of the act’s provisions

The US Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, due to be considered by the House of Representatives, contains a number of provisions related to the powers of the USPTO director. Read more

26 Mar 2020

Covid-19 emergency means the work of trademark counsel is more important than ever

In our latest opinion column, we consider how brands are responding to the covid-19 pandemic, and the important role that trademark professionals can play. Read more

26 Mar 2020

Why broadening the scope of UDRP must include GIs

As geographical indications (GIs) take up more space in talks on the online protection of marks, the UDRP must expand its terms to include GIs as current practice is creating a schism. Read more

26 Mar 2020

Get the inside track on bad faith in trademark law in the wake of Skykick

Next week, in a free webinar, the key principles that the CJEU set out in the long-awaited Sky v Skykick decision will be scrutinised. Read more

26 Mar 2020

All WTR Covid-19 coverage is free to view

WTR is putting all its coverage relating to Covid-19 and the coronavirus in front of our paywall, making it free to view. This applies to all future stories as well as to our back catalogue of pieces. Read more

25 Mar 2020

While ‘Tokyo 2020’ will now take place in 2021, brands will get their time to shine

The Olympics is a world-renowned brand which lends its powerful reputation to its partners and sponsors. Given its reach and reputation, the IOC does not play around with its trademark protections. Read more

25 Mar 2020

Jones Day at the top of a shuffled pack in new Acritas US Law Firm Brand Index

Jones Day has maintained its position for the fourth year in a row. Below the number one spot, however, the 2020 Acritas US Law Firm Brand Index reveals a changing landscape. Read more

24 Mar 2020

Call for government action over fake pharmaceuticals as study reveals scale of global problem

A new study has estimated the total value of counterfeit pharmaceuticals traded worldwide to be up to €4.03 billion, leading to a call for governments to do more to tackle the illicit trade of fake pharmaceuticals. Read more

24 Mar 2020

Praise for the Police IP Crime Unit's coronavirus counterfeits swoop; Katy Perry clothing spat; Iceland amends fees – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the arrest of a man producing fake coronavirus testing kits, a personal message from the INTA president, Nominet’s new approach to seized domains, and much more. Read more

24 Mar 2020

Exclusive WTR benchmarking survey reveals increasing focus on diversity in-house, but law firms lag behind

WTR’s annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey demonstrates that diversity and inclusion programmes are now the norm at corporate level, but good intentions are no longer enough for law firms experiencing growing client demand for concrete policies. Read more

23 Mar 2020

Lower risk applications, increased refusals and a boost for infringers: the potential impact of AI on trademarks

The USPTO has published submissions on the possible impact of AI on trademarks and other forms of IP – scrutiny of which provides insight into how the trademark community expects AI to change legal and office practice. Read more

23 Mar 2020

“Panic buying is good for counterfeiters” – warning to food industry over heightened threat

Experts warn that rights holders in the food and beverage industry should be alert to counterfeiters capitalising on the heightened demand for food and household products. Read more

20 Mar 2020

Singapore’s goal of achieving top-tier status as a hub of innovation and IP looks attainable

Its local brands have an international focus, and big global names also flock to this market. Read more

20 Mar 2020

Uber versus Uber; INTA goes virtual; spike in counterfeits – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Roger Federer buying the RF logo from Nike, how IP work could ‘slow dramatically’ due to Covid-19, new international registration fees for Zambia, and much more. Read more

20 Mar 2020

Research finds that embarrassment is a key deterrent against purchasing fake goods

A recently released study has looked at the emotions of consumers before they purchase counterfeit and second-hand goods. The findings reveal that, when it comes to buying fake goods, fear of embarrassment is a major detriment. Read more

19 Mar 2020

Mexico joining the Hague System; a game changer for international design protection?

Earlier this month, Mexico deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Agreement at WIPO. The move is significant in WIPO’s aim to create a global system for the protection of industrial designs. Read more

19 Mar 2020

Three steps to segmenting your marks and ensuring a watertight filing strategy

By following this simple methodology, brand owners can establish a resilient, quantifiable methodology for making strategic filing decisions that can be applied no matter what the budget Read more

18 Mar 2020

“We will weather the storm” – coronavirus perspective from a Chinese IP practitioner

In an exclusive insight, a leading trademark attorney in China provides an update on what the situation is like on the ground for IP law firms, and offers advice to practitioners who may now be changing their workflow due to measures related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more

18 Mar 2020

Key brand protection takeaways from the all-virtual ICANN 67 meeting

ICANN 67 took place from 7 to 12 March 2020 as the first all-virtual public ICANN meeting, and in this exclusive guest post, Brian J Winterfeldt, principal of the Winterfeldt IP Group, provides an update on everything brand owners need to know. Read more

17 Mar 2020

US Supreme Court postpones sessions; Gibson and Heritage guitar spat; domain name coronavirus response – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at counterfeit coronavirus test kits, Canada squeezing in the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement before the suspension of parliament, Dubai destroying nearly 50,000 fake goods, and much more. Read more

17 Mar 2020

Brand management for a B2B company with a fan base: exclusive interview with Salesforce’s trademark team

Nestled within Salesforce is a tiny trademark team. WTR sat down with Kiran Belur and Kristin de la Vega to see how they manage the tech giant's portfolio. Read more

16 Mar 2020

How INAPI is tackling gender misrepresentation in intellectual property

The Chilean National Institute of Industrial Property has introduced several ambitious initiatives to improve gender equality in the field. Director General Loreto Bresky outlines the most groundbreaking of these. Read more

16 Mar 2020

EUIPO issues draft guidance on examination of new types of trademarks: reaction

These documents will likely form the best practices for examining absolute and relative grounds for invalidity and refusal of sound, motion, multimedia and hologram marks. Read more

13 Mar 2020

"The most sensible decision": INTA moves 2020 Annual Meeting to November as coronavirus emergency intensifies

As the coronavirus pandemic grips the world, INTA has announced that its 2020 Annual Meeting will now be combined with its Leadership Meeting and take place in November – with an exact date and venue to be confirmed soon. Read more

13 Mar 2020

Class 9 applications skyrocket due to expansion – and domination – of the tech industry

Data analysis shows that software is the most popular product, and gaming companies are some of the top applicants within the industry. Read more

13 Mar 2020

Coronavirus phishing warning; USPTO responds to WIPO election; Microsoft sued in Azure dispute – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at lawyers decrying ‘dumb’ and ‘gross’ coronavirus vaccine trademarks, the UK police seizing over £7 million in suspected fake goods, and much more. Read more

12 Mar 2020

Trademark Modernisation Act introduced in bid to combat fraudulent filings: reaction

A bipartisan, bicameral legislation that modernises the US trademark system has been introduced in the House of Representatives. Examining the act, one legal expert has warned that it has the potential to cost brand owners significant time and money. Read more

12 Mar 2020

The most prolific trademark attorney firms in Europe revealed

Data analysis reveals that, amongst representatives, Isabelle Bertaux ranks as the number one trademark filer in the EU, with Novagraaf and Arpe completing the top 3. Read more

12 Mar 2020

Law firms respond to coronavirus emergency as situation worsens

In our latest opinion column, we look at how law firms are – and should be – responding to the novel coronavirus epidemic. Read more

12 Mar 2020

Plague of misinformation: health and media organisations face brand protection challenge during coronavirus pandemic

Global interest in the novel coronavirus crisis has spurred the mass creation and sharing of misinformation. WTR takes a look at what brand protection activities are being conducted. Read more

11 Mar 2020

EUIPO data reveals 10 years of robust growth in RCD filings

A new report by the EUIPO has revealed a significant rise in registered Community designs (RCDs) over the past decade, with the number of filings increasing by 36.2% between 2010 and 2019. While EU states account for 72% of these, applications from China have boomed over the period. Read more

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