Pharmaceuticals

Fight or flight? Study finds litigation can be an effective deterrent to future counterfeiting activity

A new study has looked at whether trademark litigation is an effective strategy against counterfeiters, with one of the authors telling WTR that “the legal costs of today’s litigation should be weighed against future infringement”.

Fight or flight? Study finds litigation can be an effective deterrent to future counterfeiting activity
“I will never give up” – Filipino small business owner on legal battle with Duke and Duchess of Sussex
3 Mar 2021

“I will never give up” – Filipino small business owner on legal battle with Duke and Duchess of Sussex

In an exclusive interview, a small business owner in Manilla, Philippines, who is embroiled in a trademark dispute with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, has described it as a “duel to the death”.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in bitter Archewell trademark dispute in Philippines
2 Mar 2021

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in bitter Archewell trademark dispute in Philippines

An entity representing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is pursuing legal action against a small business owner in the Philippines related to their Archewell brand, WTR can reveal, and the dispute is set to be a fiery one.

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9 Apr 2021

RestQ sleep aid products restrained due to similarity to Rescue Sleep products

The Australian Federal Court has restrained the maker of a sleep aid product from using the name RestQ due to the similarity with an existing product for dealing with sleeplessness sold under the names Rescue and Rescue Sleep. Read more

6 Apr 2021

Bombay High Court: phonetic differences between STIMULIV and STIMULET not sufficient to tell one from the other

This decision of the Bombay High Court highlights that, when pharmaceutical preparations are involved, there should not be the slightest possibility of confusion, error or mistaken identity. Read more

2 Mar 2021

Novartis and Huawei top Madrid System applications list as WIPO director general signals future focuses

WIPO has released new data, revealing that the number of international trademark applications made through the Madrid System decreased slightly in 2020. Read more

1 Mar 2021

Full Federal Court: don’t count descriptive elements out

This decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia demonstrates that descriptive elements may constitute the striking and important feature of a mark. Read more

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26 Jan 2021

WeChat nudges past Ferrari to top brand strength rankings

WeChat has been named the world’s strongest brand in new research from Brand Finance, with Ferrari dropping to second place and Sber moving up to third. Read more

3 Dec 2020

Amazon v InfoHealth and the reality of David versus Goliath trademark cases

In late November UK media reports seized on allegations of trademark bullying on the part of Amazon. However, this guest post argues that the situation was more nuanced than reported. Read more

1 Dec 2020

BrewDog trademark dispute regret; CJEU rejects wine bottle; Clarivate acquires Hanlim IPS – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at spoon-bender Uri Geller giving his permission to use a Pokemon after a two-decade dispute, Spin Master signing a licensing deal with Warner Bros, and much more. Read more

23 Nov 2020

Only a few weeks left to make nominations for the 2021 WTR Industry Awards and WTR 300 projects

There's not long left to nominate corporate trademark professionals for recognition at the WTR Industry Awards 2021 and in the next edition of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals. Read more

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17 Feb 2021

Lenovo’s record-breaking revenue drives growth as WTR Brand Elite stocks hit new high

The WTR Brand Elite project tracks how a defined set of brand-focused companies with industry-leading trademark teams perform against stock market indices. Read more

2 Feb 2021

Despite volatile stock markets, WTR Brand Elite outperforms number of major indices in 2020

The WTR Brand Elite recorded a 4.4% return across 2020, with our collective of companies outperforming a number of major stock market indices, including the NYSE and FTSE 100. Read more

26 Jan 2021

Apple wrestles ‘most valuable brand’ crown from Amazon as diversification drives growth

Apple has replaced Amazon at the top of the Brand Finance Global 500 2021 ranking of the world’s most valuable brands following a stellar 87% increase in brand value over the past year. Read more

8 Jan 2021

Counterfeit vaccines highlight dark web’s role in illicit supply chains

As nations begin the roll-out of covid-19 vaccines, there is a risk of bad actors cashing in on the unprecedented demand through dark web marketplaces. Read more

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20 Nov 2020

Brands and covid-19: trademark filing data reveals how businesses are cashing in on pandemic

Trademark applications relating to disinfectants, gloves and masks are on the increase, with Class 5 and Class 10 showing significant annual growth. Read more

11 Sep 2020

Russia exhibits strong filings growth on the back of changes to its intellectual property system

Back-end work continues to improve the registry and trademark landscape. Subsequently, there has been a noticeable uptick in local brands pushing for the protection of their rights. Read more

28 Aug 2020

Economies are battered but many major offices set for record trademark numbers

As the data continues to be updated, we are able to get a better understanding of the extent of the coronavirus’ impact on the trademark ecosystem. Read more

31 Jul 2020

Revealed: Jonathan Morton, Nyall Engfield and Benjamin Becker are top China representatives at USPTO

A year on from the USPTO's domicile rule change, new data shows the leading China-based representatives on trademark applications at the agency. 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

18 Jul 2019

EU offers increasingly interesting market for pharmaceutical trademarks

The European Union offers an increasingly interesting market for pharmaceutical companies, thanks to its growing elderly population, above average expenditure on drugs and robust use of branded drugs over generic equivalents. Pharmaceutical trademarks are a crucial element of this. Read more

17 Jul 2019

Healing confusion – choosing the correct name for pharmaceutical trademarks

Similarity among prescription drug names should be avoided, as the potential confusion carries a risk to consumer health. Bringing the best pharmaceutical trademark to market can be arduous, but it will assist in the safe prescription of medication. Read more

17 Jul 2019

Infrequent pharmaceutical disputes have far-reaching consequences in Malaysia

While disputes over pharmaceutical trademarks are few and far between, decisions can have a significant effect on product manufacturing and public health. Read more