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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.

AIPLA leadership change; filings fall; UKIPO service update – news digest
Why broadening the scope of UDRP must include GIs
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.

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

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29 Mar 2020

Counterfeiters capitalise on coronavirus fears, impact of AI on trademarks, WTR Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey 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. Read more

27 Mar 2020

easyGroup v Easyfly: relationship between jurisdiction and targeting in online trademark infringement

In easyGroup Ltd v Easyfly SA, the High Court has provided a helpful summary of the relationship between jurisdiction and targeting in online trademark infringements following claims of infringement, passing off and conspiracy brought by easyGroup against Colombian airline Easyfly. Read more

26 Mar 2020

WIPO panel finds that Danish start-up Acubit engaged in reverse domain name hijacking

Technology start-up Acubit claimed that Danish trademark rules and practice should assign domain names to the relevant trademark owner. A panel from the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre disagreed, as the UDRP governs in case of reverse domain name hijacking. 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

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22 Mar 2020

Daily coronavirus updates, ICANN 67 takeaways, draft EUIPO guidance on new marks, 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. 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

8 Mar 2020

Daren Tang named WIPO director general, IP offices respond to coronavirus, US introduces SHOP SAFE Act, and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days. Read more

1 Mar 2020

E-sports revolution, the rise of virtual reality and TikTok brands, lessons from Sussex Royal, 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. Read more

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6 Mar 2020

How the SHOP SAFE Act might change the e-commerce counterfeiting liability landscape

A new act introduced in the US House of Representatives this week aims to make e-commerce sites more liable for counterfeit products traded by third parties on their platforms. Read more

14 Feb 2020

Corsearch to launch unified brand protection service: exclusive interview

Corsearch acquired its second brand protection firm last month in a bid to cement its place in the market. WTR sat down with the CEOs of Pointer Brand Protection and Yellow Brand Protection to discuss the company’s plans. Read more

3 Jan 2020

Amazon TLDs set for delegation after seven-year battle

Despite years of opposition from South American countries, ICANN has now signed the Registry Agreements and Specification 13 Amendments for the e-commerce giant's '.brand' applications. '.amazon' and its Chinese and Japanese equivalent strings may be delegated imminently. Read more

12 Dec 2019

Meme theft: how legal should engage with social media marketing to handle repost crises

Social media marketing departments are reposting UGC on their own sites often with little or no credit to the original creator, which should ring alarm bells for trademark counsel. Read more

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8 Nov 2019

Google’s tie-up with Fitbit, if successful, would open more doors than one

The tech giant has big plans within the wearable technologies sector, as it seeks to take a bite of Apple. Read more

23 Aug 2019

Expanding around the world: Tencent’s brand is critical to building partnerships with foreign companies

The Chinese company’s portfolio shows that the business is developing fast, and international markets are its next target. Read more

31 May 2019

Natura attempts to further consolidate Brazilian cosmetic market with a bid for Avon

In this week’s exclusive data analysis, we explore how Natura’s keen understanding of its consumer base, combined with previous acquisitions, has it poised to take on international expansion. Read more

21 Mar 2019

From K-pop to Presley: inside the trademark portfolios of the music industry’s biggest names

When it comes to trademarks, some musicians are clearly a step ahead. For others, the need to consider protection provides a potential new client base for practitioners. We delve into the portfolios and filing trends of both global and local recording artists. Read more

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16 Jan 2020

Online brand protection takeaways: tales from the trenches

Throughout 2019 WTR hosted a number of events that provided practical, strategic brand protection takeaways. Below are some of the key action points and insights. Read more

16 Jan 2020

Turkey tackles online sales of counterfeit goods

According to the Customs Union Report (September 2019), fake and potentially dangerous goods worth nearly €740 million were stopped by various EU customs authorities in 2018. The number of interceptions of fake goods imported into the European Union increased as a result of the large volume of small parcels sent in the post. Read more

16 Jan 2020

How to increase efficiency of online brand protection efforts in Russia

According to the available statistics, counterfeit products account for more than 46% of the global market, significantly more than sales of heroin (7%), cocaine (8%), gambling games (14%), prostitution (18%) and other illegal businesses. Read more

16 Jan 2020

Lost in the Amazon: how to combat trademark infringement in the e-commerce marketplace

With the growing popularity of e-commerce, the rules by which sellers and buyers interact have changed. Read more

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