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GIs and Madrid on the rise in China; brand protection on Mercado Libre; trademark elite discuss buy-in and leadership; 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.

GIs and Madrid on the rise in China; brand protection on Mercado Libre; trademark elite discuss buy-in and leadership; and much more
Arrest over fake Tokyo 2020 medals; counterfeit lemons seized; Indonesia trademark rise – news digest
7 Aug 2020

Arrest over fake Tokyo 2020 medals; counterfeit lemons seized; Indonesia trademark rise – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Chinese government bringing live-streaming for IP services to Douyin (the Chinese version of TikTok), a shipment of counterfeit belts being seized in Louisville, and much more.

Innovation at the Singapore IP Office: spotlight on non-core tools and services
5 Aug 2020

Innovation at the Singapore IP Office: spotlight on non-core tools and services

In a new regular series on WTR, national IP offices share the innovative tools and services they have launched or are developing for the future, and we begin with the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.

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6 Aug 2020

Trademark rights are essential for a successful UDRP

This decision involving the domain name ‘houseofpagne.com’ is a reminder that trademark applications are insufficient to satisfy the first element of the test under Paragraph 4(a) of the UDRP. Read more

4 Aug 2020

“A step in the right direction”: CBP ruling on small consignments set to strengthen anti-counterfeiting toolkit

US Customs and Border Protection has issued an administrative ruling clarifying the duty-free exemption status of certain low-value shipments sent to US fulfilment centres and domestic warehouses. Read more

4 Aug 2020

Drop shipping sites are flooding influencers with counterfeit goods: what brands should do

As even high-profile influencers such as Kylie and Kendal Jenner are caught by drop shipping scams, here are the steps that brands can take to reduce the risks. Read more

4 Aug 2020

Googles wins right to sue Google

In a dispute between the alleged owner of the GOOGLES mark and Google Inc, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has vacated and remanded the district court’s dismissal of the case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Read more

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2 Aug 2020

Manchester United trademark champions; forced labour claims against major brands; UKIPO Brexit consultation; 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

29 Jul 2020

Clarivate and CPA Global to merge; “transformative combination” will shake up IP service provider market

Clarivate has today announced an agreement to merge with management software company CPA Global, a deal described as “a natural next step for both businesses”. Read more

26 Jul 2020

AI and the “death of trademark”; calls for social media and e-commerce clamp down on fraud; China IP activity increases as policy improves; 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

24 Jul 2020

Redskins become Washington Football Team; Coca-Cola drops brands; Trump rally trademark – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Nestlé streamlining its portfolio, the Indian government asking e-commerce platforms to display country of origin, the new Seattle NHL team name, and much more. Read more

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3 Aug 2020

“We are in constant beta”: inside Mercado Libre’s brand protection programme

In an interview with WTR, Juan Cichero, head of brand protection at Mercado Libre, explains how its IP protection offerings are evolving and outlines how rights holders can assist the company in its efforts. Read more

24 Jul 2020

USPTO director talks counterfeits, highlighting role that seller vetting can play in fight against fakes

USPTO Director Andrei Iancu has called for industry and government to work in a systemic and sustained manner to fight back against the prevalence of counterfeit goods online. Read more

22 Jul 2020

Call for government to do more on brand misuse and ad fraud on social media as report reveals scale of problem

A new report has revealed the extent of fraudulent and infringing advertisements on social media platforms targeting major brands, providing an action plan to clamp down on illicit activity. Read more

8 Jul 2020

#Crisis: leveraging contractual protections in influencer agreements

With most trademark professionals adapting to new brand protection practices during the covid-19 pandemic, there are key contractual considerations to bear in mind when working with influencers in crisis situations. Read more

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17 Apr 2020

Zoom adapts to the highs and lows of mainstream success

The video-conferencing app is now a staple of daily communication, and its trademark holdings reflect how unexpected this success was. Read more

10 Apr 2020

Pandemic clears way for indoor exercise and virtual fitness brands to shine

Lockdowns across the globe have forced both consumers and fitness centres to get creative, and are a reminder of why Peloton caused so much excitement at launch 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

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

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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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