Portfolio Management

Not blocked – Meghan, Harry and a tale of trademark misreporting

As four more notices of threatened opposition are filed, the trademark activity of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle continues to pique the interest of the mainstream media. What has been particularly troubling is the significant inaccuracies in much of the coverage.

Not blocked – Meghan, Harry and a tale of trademark misreporting
24 Jan 2020

Brand Tracker: the filing trends of the world’s most valuable brands  

In the first instalment of a new series, we track the trademark filing activity of the world’s most valuable brands – revealing that Mercedes-Benz may be gearing up to launch an AI assistant.

24 Jan 2020

Beanie Babies counterfeit video, ‘Amazon Pharmacy’ filing, crowdfunding trademark litigation: news digest

 In our latest news digest, we look at the USPTO welcoming new members to the TPAC, Gowling WLG expanding its trademark offering in China, consumer cynicism over environmental claims, and much more.

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The world’s most valuable brands, Sussex Royal trademark spat, Alibaba reveals IP enforcement data, Brexit uncertainty revealed, 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 Jan 2020

Ukraine amends GI law – what you need to know

Amendments to the Ukrainian Law on Geographical Indications, which bring the national legislation into line with Regulation 1151/2012 on quality schemes for agricultural products and foodstuffs, entered into force on 1 January 2020.   Read more

23 Jan 2020

Sussex Royal trademark challenged: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle face legal battle after receiving threat of opposition

A trademark application filed by the Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for the brand name 'Sussex Royal' has received a notice of threatened opposition this week, WTR can reveal.  Read more

23 Jan 2020

Blow for Nestlé as General Court finds that it failed to establish reputation of its ONE mark

In Amigüitos pets & life v EUIPO, the General Court has scored one for the little guy against big hitter Nestlé. Read more

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20 Jan 2020

Rocketeer prepares for take-off: exclusive first look at Simmons & Simmons’ AI-driven conflict prediction tool

Simmons & Simmons has developed an innovative AI-driven tool which predicts the outcome of EU trademark conflicts to 93% accuracy. WTR sat down with its project lead to discuss how AI could change trademark practice. Read more

19 Jan 2020

USPTO clarifies PO box rules, new IP service provider prepares for full launch, Chile IP office suffers attack, analysis of Siemens’ trademark portfolio, 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

12 Jan 2020

Trademark litigation data trends, the future of the Sussex Royal brand, TikTok takedowns, Bruce Lee infringement fight, and much more.

Everything we covered on WTR over the past 12 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

7 Jan 2020

Have your say on critical trademark industry trends and emerging brand protection challenges

WTR is inviting trademark professionals across the globe to participate in our annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey, which measures the pulse of the industry and tracks the latest trends. Read more

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23 Jan 2020

When it’s all in the family: reverse confusion not a basis for broad trademark remedies

In Fabick Inc v JFTCO Inc, a trademark dispute originating from a family feud, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has addressed the issue of reverse trademark confusion and the scope of available remedies. Read more

23 Jan 2020

A third of companies admit uncertainty over post-Brexit trademark strategy

A new study has revealed that a third of UK and European businesses remain uncertain of what their trademark registration strategy will be after the UK leaves the European Union. Read more

22 Jan 2020

ARIPO: changes to the Harare and Banjul Protocols

Amendments to the Harare and Banjul Protocols, which were adopted at the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation's 43rd Administrative Council Meeting in November 2019, came into effect on 1 January 2020. Read more

21 Jan 2020

Sony v EUIPO: when “annulment” really means “annulment”

The EU General Court has annulled a decision of the Fourth Board of Appeal of the EUIPO in revocation proceedings involving Sony’s mark VITA, as the board had failed to fulfil its obligation to hand down a fresh decision on all the relevant issues. Read more

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9 Sep 2019

No safe bets – what the potential Philip Morris-Altria merger tells us about the tobacco industry

Major players are pulling out all the stops to diversify their portfolios, expanding geographically as well as investing in and buying up other businesses. However, no matter how you look at it, there are significant challenges ahead. Read more

30 Aug 2019

Crimson wave – how Harvard outstrips other universities in terms of registered trademarks

Ivy League schools rely on their reputation to attract top-notch talent, so policing these brands is a critical undertaking. Read more

10 Aug 2019

Poland’s economy continues to exhibit remarkable growth, but can local brands keep up?

The former communist state has developed a strong market economy, and local brands have the opportunity to exploit these conditions to gain both domestic and international traction. Read more

26 Jul 2019

NASA has one small portfolio of trademarks, one giant global identity for its brand

In an exclusive data analysis, we find the American space agency has a minimalist portfolio – a trend among federal agencies – yet maintains a strong brand identity around the world. Read more

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27 Dec 2019

Everywhere you look: IP rights and other FMCG challenges

Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) are everywhere, so it comes as no surprise that FMCG brands face challenges across jurisdictions. A closer look at the Chinese regime highlights some of the particular issues that rights holders face in this market. Read more

26 Dec 2019

EU regulations smooth the way for FMCG labelling rules

The publication of the EU Regulation on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers has created a bridge between EU labelling rules and the introduction of new obligations to meet the growing demands of the most discerning customers of fast-moving consumer goods. Read more

24 Dec 2019

Clearing the market of FMCG counterfeits

Russia’s fast-moving consumer goods market is growing thanks to increasing consumption and accelerated competition between manufacturers and retailers. Players in the market should consider IP protection, advertising and unfair competition when building an effective enforcement strategy. Read more

23 Dec 2019

Fast-moving change for FMCG industry: how to protect and enforce your IP rights

Changes in consumer preference and behaviour have transformed the fast-moving consumer goods industry. IP rights are fundamental to the success strategy of any consumer goods company, enabling brand owners to protect their brands and consumers from imitations. Read more