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WIPO global innovation reactions; Dogecoin lessons; CIPO exclusive; 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.

WIPO global innovation reactions; Dogecoin lessons; CIPO exclusive; and much more
USPTO sanctions another attorney for signing off trademark applications from China without proper checks
21 Sep 2021

USPTO sanctions another attorney for signing off trademark applications from China without proper checks

The OED has published a new order regarding a US licensed attorney who admitted to performing ‘inadequate’ reviews of trademark filings as part of a business relationship with a foreign firm.

Microsoft named most intangible company; Emma Raducanu brand issues revealed; USPTO fraudster sentenced; and much more
19 Sep 2021

Microsoft named most intangible company; Emma Raducanu brand issues revealed; USPTO fraudster sentenced; 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.

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Vans v Paredes: when is a ‘V’ not a ‘V’?

US sports footwear company Vans Inc has failed in its attempt to prevent the registration of a position mark for footwear based on two earlier figurative marks. Read more

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Recent precedent highlights particularities of non-use cancellation actions in Belarus

This recent decision of the IP Board of the Supreme Court illustrates that, in Belarusian non-use cancellation actions, it is crucial for the defendant to actively participate in the proceedings if it wishes to keep its trademark. Read more

27 Sep 2021

SAMSONITE v SAMS: Higher Board issues exemplary decision on similarity, taking into account well-known status of earlier mark

In a victory for Samsonite, the Higher Board of the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office has found that the marks SAMS and SAMSONITE were similar. Among other things, the ‘swirl’ device in the SAMSONITE mark separated and emphasised the element ‘Sams’. Read more

24 Sep 2021

A different finding by the Full Court: PROTOX found to infringe BOTOX mark

The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has overturned the first-instance decision in this dispute between Allergan - the owner of the BOTOX mark - and Self Care over the latter’s use of the mark PROTOX. Read more

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13 Sep 2021

Emma Raducanu, the brand: why trademark protection needs to be a priority for tennis superstar

Tennis player Emma Raducanu could become a “billion-dollar sports star” through commercial deals, but reaching that potential will require effective brand protection – with one expert claiming delay could result in costly legal battles. Read more

12 Sep 2021

Ford interview exclusive; PAVIS-Novagraaf acquisition; how to build a firm brand; 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

5 Sep 2021

China moves to increase platform liability; brand owners embrace BIMI; Trussardi addresses “the counterfeiting paradox”; 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 Aug 2021

WTR Industry Award winners; Trademark Terminal crackdown; Starbucks trademark strategy; 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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2 Sep 2021

Latvian trademark environment returns to normal following explosion of Michael Gleissner activity

After Latvia’s trademark sector was “transformed” by the activities of Michael Gleissner two years ago, experts reveal how normality is returning – and that up to 900 of the millionaire’s trademark registrations are up for auction. Read more

20 Aug 2021

Coca-Cola’s brand strategy requires a balance of innovation, nurturing, and knowing when to call it quits

The renowned drinks manufacturer has been on a brand purge since the end of 2020, putting an end to underperformers and reallocating resources to its best and most promising brands Read more

19 Aug 2021

China’s trademark levels are back on the rise after a relatively slow 2019

The Long Read: WTR’s annual Asia-Pacific deep dive is here, revealing 2020’s top corporate and law firm filers, major trends and everything in between. Read more

12 Aug 2021

Brand valuation in Hong Kong – top tips from the front line

The Long Read: Brands are well suited to IP trading but how do you set their value? OLN IP Services Limited’s Benjamin Choi provides an insider perspective of the Hong Kong branding landscape, along with exclusive advice for overseas rights holders. Read more

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16 Jul 2021

Everything you need to know about Authentic Brands Group before its US listing

The company’s filings offer important insight into how it runs its lucrative licensing business. Read more

9 Jul 2021

Brand Tracker: new series to identify filing trends among major companies launches

The first of a new series reveals what the world’s top brands are up to and where their businesses are going. Read more

7 Jul 2021

The China Trademark 50

Tencent owns the largest number of active Chinese trademarks with a portfolio of 37,205 applications. This is nearly 15,000 more than second-place Beijing Jingdong Triple Bai Lu Pick Up of E-commerce Limited. Read more

7 Jul 2021

The US Trademark 50

The owners of the 50 largest US trademark portfolios collectively held 58,811 active assets in 2020. Together these entities filed 5,557 applications over the course of the year, down 4% from the previous year. Read more

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23 Jun 2021

Five core technologies every IP practice can rely on

A rundown of the core technologies keeping the IP practices of WTR’s Global Leaders operating at full pace. Read more

14 Jun 2021

How a hands-on approach helps FSC IP counsel push sustainable brand message

In an exclusive interview, Ugreson Maistry, trademark and IP counsel at the Forest Stewardship Council, reveals why teaming up with industry players not only benefits the environment, but also helps raise the profile of sustainability groups. Read more

23 Sep 2020

Copyright’s revenge on designs: Italian Supreme Court applies CJEU Cofemel ruling

An Italian Supreme Court decision concerning the layout of Kiko make-up stores is a welcome sign of the harmonising effect of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s Cofemel ruling, but could open the door to the protection of 3D designs with little originality or that are mainly functional. Read more

23 Sep 2020

How to determine the best form of protection for a product’s appearance

Trade dress may be the go-to choice for protecting a product’s appearance or configuration, but other IP rights have plenty to offer. Read more