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Twitter: the land of risk and opportunity

The social media giant has found its voice, and is helping others to build and differentiate their own brands

Twitter: the land of risk and opportunity
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.

Law firms respond to coronavirus emergency as situation worsens
12 Mar 2020

Law firms respond to coronavirus emergency as situation worsens

In our latest opinion column, we look at how law firms are – and should be – responding to the novel coronavirus epidemic.

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26 Mar 2020

All WTR Covid-19 coverage is free to view

WTR is putting all its coverage relating to Covid-19 and the coronavirus in front of our paywall, making it free to view. This applies to all future stories as well as to our back catalogue of pieces. Read more

19 Mar 2020

Cape Verde makes its first steps to protect appellations of origin and geographical indications

During its short existence, the Cape Verde Institute of Management and Quality of Intellectual Property has mainly focused on protecting trademarks and patents. Other IP rights – such as appellations of origin and geographical indications – have therefore been disregarded. However, this is starting to change. Read more

13 Mar 2020

Trademarks Office now accepting trademark applications – but caution is still advised

Since the overthrow of the Somali government in 1991, it had not been possible to obtain registered trademark protection in the country. It now appears that the Trademarks Office is accepting applications, but there is no publication procedure or opposition period in place. Read more

12 Mar 2020

Increase in IP fees could shake up filing in Ghana and Tunisia

Many African countries have raised their IP fees in the past few years due to economic growth, a rising interest in protecting IP assets and the modernisation of countries’ IP systems. We take a look at the latest updates from Ghana and Tunisia, which have seen some astonishing increases in payments. Read more

Anti-Counterfeiting

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6 Mar 2020

Daren Tang and US react to WIPO win; Cypriot Halloumi victorious; Virginia is non-lactose milk intolerant – news digest

In our latest roundup, we look at a Chinese event promising to keep to its June date, Brooks Brothers continued trademark spat, Hugo Boss’s reply to Hugo Boss, and much more. Read more

3 Mar 2020

US House fakes bill; MARQUES Spring Meeting cancelled; rise of counterfeits on TikTok – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the IP Office of New Zealand warnings of fraudulent invoices, a Chinese government news outlet pushing back against anti-IP sentiment, African Intellectual Property Organisation meeting the prime minister of Mauritania, and much more. Read more

7 Feb 2020

Can anything stop Amazon?

The brand is on a roll with a show-stopping 2019, but the future is not without challenges. Read more

20 Jan 2020

Counterfeit hotspots in Tanzania that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest instalment in our regular series on marketplaces around the world that are reportedly notorious for being counterfeit havens, we head to the African nation of Tanzania. Read more

Brand management

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6 Mar 2020

How Microsoft’s calculated efforts at forging emotional connections have reinforced its brand strength

The company re-evaluated its brand strategy years ago, and since then has been consistently working to refine its image. Read more

12 Feb 2020

Less than a week left to contribute to major trademark industry survey

There is not long left to participate in WTR’s annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey; all participants to the short survey will be entered into a draw to win one of five free places at their choice of an upcoming WTR event. Read more

10 Feb 2020

Searching industrial designs: how AI is changing the game

In this guest post, Dr Robert Stutz, partner at Beutler Künzi Stutz, explores how AI technology is powering new ways to search industrial designs faster, more effectively, and at a lower cost. Read more

5 Feb 2020

Time is running out to contribute to major trademark industry survey

There is not long left to participate in WTR’s annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. All participants in the short survey will be entered into a draw to win one of five free places at their choice of WTR event. Read more

Enforcement and Litigation

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9 Jan 2020

Blow for Chanel as district court holds that rebottling is not an act of infringement

In ScentWish Ltd v Chanel, the Tel Aviv District Court has held that the rebottling of CHANEL® perfumes does not constitute trademark infringement under the ‘genuine description’ exception provided for by Section 47 of the Trademarks Ordinance. 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

2 Jan 2020

Around the world in 18 predictions

As a new decade dawns, World Trademark Review asks practitioners around the world for their top takeaways from 2019 and their predictions for the year ahead. Read more

20 Dec 2019

Shangri-La case: a trademark judgment that will please multinationals

Two recent judgments of the Mauritius Industrial Property Tribunal in Shangri-La Tours Ltd v Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited represent an emphatic victory for the foreign defendant. Read more

Government/Policy

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26 Feb 2020

WIPO director general elections: exclusive interview with Ghana candidate Edward Kwakwa

Continuing our series on the WIPO nominees for director general, WTR sits down with Ghanaian candidate Edward Kwakwa. A senior director at WIPO, he highlights the importance of bringing lesser developed countries into WIPO ecosystems. Read more

13 Feb 2020

Inside the WIPO director general candidate interviews – exclusive guest post

Last week, behind closed doors, interviews took place with the eight candidates for the WIPO director general position. In this exclusive guest post, Dr Sarasija Padmanabhan provides observations from diplomatic sources that attended. Read more

12 Feb 2020

The race to become WIPO director general: exclusive interview with Nigerian nominee Adebambo Adewopo

WTR has reached out to the eight WIPO director general nominees to get the inside track on why they are the best candidate for the role. In the first of the series, we hear from Nigerian candidate Adebambo Adewopo. Read more

18 Dec 2019

New Copyright Bill in South Africa, changes to the Lanham Act and merger of Kenyan authorities: 2020 predictions for the Americas, Europe and Africa

Reflecting on an eventful year, WTR asked experts around the world for their top takeaways from 2019 and their expectations for the next 12 months. With recent decisions likely to have a significant effect, we take a closer look at the Americas, Europe and Africa. Read more

Law Firms

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30 Jan 2020

Global IP Awards 2020 winners revealed at celebration of IP excellence

The winners of the second Global IP Awards, which recognise law and attorney firm excellence in the fields of trademark and patent work, have been announced at a gala dinner in London. Read more

29 Jan 2020

What are the trends shaping the future of the trademark industry?

There is not long left to participate in WTR’s annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey, which aims to discover the way trademark practice is evolving to new opportunities and threats. Read more

16 Jan 2020

Participate in the 2020 Global Benchmarking Survey to be in with your chance to win a place at a WTR event

WTR is inviting trademark professionals across the globe to participate in our annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. All participants will be entered into a draw to win one of five free places at an upcoming WTR event. Read more

31 Dec 2019

What the future holds for law firms: how traditional models are evolving

As client demands change, so too are law firm models. From virtual practices to digital packages and subscription services, the options are myriad. But which will stand the test of time and which best suit client needs? Read more

IP Offices

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6 Jan 2020

Introduction of central opposition procedure for ARIPO marks

A new rule has recently been introduced into the Banjul Protocol on Marks to provide for a procedure for lodging notices of opposition directly with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation. Read more

13 Dec 2019

Nestlé ice cream brand sale, Somalia registry resumes, and IP issues of Greta Thunberg: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Swiss IP court data being released, Brand Finance getting certified, Fred putting its intellectual property up for sale, the Austrian IPO launching some new online services, and much more. Read more

1 Nov 2019

Brands could be the centre of renewed focus during Israel’s scale-up phase

The start-up nation’s register is dominated by foreign applicants but, as the government throws its weight behind maturing businesses, strong branding will help domestic companies to become a feature of the economy. Read more

25 Oct 2019

Good news for trademark owners and practitioners: new tribunal for opposition matters inaugurated

A new tribunal has recently been inaugurated with a view to accelerating opposition proceedings in Nigeria. Read more

Online

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13 Nov 2019

Lagging behind? Trademark issues revealed as substantial risk for esports industry

A major new survey finds IP and licensing are the most significant legal issues facing the esports industry. The findings reveal an opportunity for law firms across the world in the fledgling esports space. Read more

1 Oct 2019

New editions of WTR and Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide now available

The Autumn 2019 edition of WTR, revealing the top filers at key registries across Asia, and the eighth edition of Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide are now published. Read more

13 Sep 2019

Extinction Rebellion trademark, Egypt fee rise, and Crocs Gloves in art gallery: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Māori uproar over a New Zealand trademark application, WIPO in Hungary, MARQUES addressing long goods and services lists at the EUIPO, and much more. Read more

21 Aug 2019

From Jumia to Ozon: the regional e-commerce sites that rights holders need to be policing

Outside of North America and China, new ecommerce marketplaces are springing up at an increasing rate. As these regional platforms grow, infringers have swarmed to them in response to the global platforms’ growing anti-counterfeiting efforts. Read more

Portfolio Management

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11 Feb 2020

First Trademark Journals of 2020 released

The Nigerian Trademark Office has released two new Trademark Journals, marking the first journals to be released this year. The increase in such publications should help to deal with a backlog at the registry and put to rest various issues relating to the country’s first-to-file system. Read more

31 Jan 2020

Saudi Aramco makes an impressive brand debut but challenges lie ahead for the industry: data analysis

Big Oil has traditionally flown under the radar when it comes to brand building, but changing tides mean that there must be a greater focus on the narrative surrounding the key companies involved. Read more

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. 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

Trademark law

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9 Dec 2019

Confusion over non-use and assignment of associated marks in East Africa

Rights holders in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are reaping the benefits of associated trademarks. However, a lack of relevant case law means that legal provisions concerning non-use and assignment of such marks are leaving many scratching their heads. Read more

1 Oct 2019

Trademark licensing in Africa: an A-Z whistle-stop tour

With Africa proving to be a particularly lucrative region for brands seeking licensing opportunities, we examine what rights holders need to know about trademark licences from a swathe of nations across the continent. Read more

26 Sep 2019

Trademark licensing in Africa: close-up on South Africa

Africa is fast becoming a key region for brands looking for new markets, especially with regard to licensing, and nowhere is this more true than South Africa. We look at what rights holders need to know about the country's licensing regime. Read more

26 Sep 2019

Trademark licensing in Africa: inside three key jurisdictions

With Africa proving a particularly lucrative region for brands seeking licensing opportunities, we examine what rights holders need to know about trademark licences in three key jurisdictions from across the continent Read more

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Theophilus Emuwa
Managing Partner
Lagos, Nigeria
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