Asia-Pacific

How Tesla builds its brand on the allure of Elon Musk

The electric vehicle manufacturer’s market value keeps climbing higher and higher – and so does its brand value. Why? Because investors and consumers alike are drawn in by the company’s quasi influencer CEO

How Tesla builds its brand on the allure of Elon Musk
Data reveals significant diversity and inclusion gaps in Asian law firm landscape
10 Jul 2020

Data reveals significant diversity and inclusion gaps in Asian law firm landscape

Analysis of WTR’s benchmarking survey data reveals that over half of participating Asian law firms do not have a diversity and inclusion policy

Designating DPRK: the major brands seeking trademark protection in North Korea
8 Jul 2020

Designating DPRK: the major brands seeking trademark protection in North Korea

A WTR investigation finds technology giants Apple and Huawei have secured the most trademark registrations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) since 2018.

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10 Jul 2020

Blow for Marriott as court finds that cease and desist letter can trigger non-infringement suit

This decision of the Pudong New District Court in a case involving a local company and international hotel chain Marriott Worldwide Corporation has been selected as one of the top 10 IP cases of Pudong New District for 2019. Read more

9 Jul 2020

Bombay High Court considers reliefs to be granted in fake websites case

In a case involving fake websites registered by an unknown person, the Bombay High Court has considered which reliefs could be granted against domain registrars, banks and INRegistry. Read more

9 Jul 2020

Is a foreign company obliged to pay taxes on damages issued for illegal trademark use?

The Department of Tax and Customs has issued a letter clarifying that when recovering damages in favour of a foreign company for the illegal use of a trademark in Russia, these are taxed according to Russian law. However, if a treaty on avoiding double taxation has been concluded between Russia and the country in which the foreign company is permanently located, its norms have priority. Read more

8 Jul 2020

Beijing Higher People's Court issues new guidelines for assessment of damages in IP cases

The Guiding Opinion issued by the Beijing Higher People’s Court on 21 April 2020 should provide valuable guidance to IP rights holders when seeking damages from infringers. Read more

Anti-Counterfeiting

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8 Jul 2020

EUIPO top filers, China litigation data, diversity in trademarks, and much more: WTR’s summer edition now available

The summer issue of WTR is now available to subscribers; and includes an exploration of how private investigators are being employed by rights holders, analysis on the IP effects of the covid-19 pandemic, and much more. Read more

7 Jul 2020

Singapore implements plain packaging; Nike most visible brand; Zoom feeling the heat – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Authentic Brands Group picking up another bankrupt apparel brand, Aurify Brands purchasing Le Pain Quotidien, the Philippines IP Office seeking more social media powers, and much more. Read more

6 Jul 2020

Supreme People’s Court opinion directs judges to protect owners’ rights

A wide-ranging opinion recently issued by the Supreme People’s Court provides guidance on how the courts can better protect IP owners’ rights and promises to support trademark owners’ anti-counterfeiting actions. Read more

3 Jul 2020

New trademark law in Cyprus; Burger King trolls McDonald’s; INTA looking for tomorrow’s leaders – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Uber looking to bolster its food delivery unit, China approving 33 IP centres, the EUIPO unveiling an SME offering, and much more. Read more

Brand management

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8 Jul 2020

Up against the ropes: why Indian brands need to start fighting back against counterfeiters

Tired of the country’s reputation as having a lax attitude to counterfeiting, Indian authorities are making a renewed effort to hold the right people accountable for infringement – including non-plussed brand owners. Read more

8 Jul 2020

Trademark litigation forum shopping in China – what the data tells us

Venue selection is one of the most important considerations when litigating in China. Analysis of more than 11,000 court judgments issued in 2019 provides critical insight, which in turn allows for more nuanced strategic decisions. Read more

6 Jul 2020

Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis

As the novel coronavirus epidemic continues to spread across the globe, WTR provides an updated look at measures that national IP offices have launched in response. Read more

6 Jul 2020

High Court cans counterfeit beer importer’s weak defence

Malaysian court’s recent ruling in favour of a brewer follows established case law on registration but notes sound public health reasons for cracking down on fake alcoholic beverages. Read more

Enforcement and Litigation

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8 Jul 2020

Fighting the hydra – dynamic injunctions and the future of online piracy in India

India is the latest jurisdiction to turn to dynamic injunctions in a bid to curb online piracy, but questions remain about how effective a weapon they will prove to be. Read more

7 Jul 2020

India’s first-ever dynamic injunction and the future of online piracy

India is the latest jurisdiction to turn to dynamic injunctions in a bid to curb online piracy – but questions remain about how effective a weapon they will prove. Read more

7 Jul 2020

Bombay High Court grants ex parte relief against defendant’s use of pharma mark

In a case involving the use of identical marks for prescription-only medicines and non-prescription products, the Bombay High Court has found that there was a clear case of trademark infringement and passing off. Read more

6 Jul 2020

Taiwan courts grant broad protection to foreign trademark licensor

In cancellation proceedings against the mark DADA SUPREME, the  Taiwanese courts have imposed strict criteria for the cancellation of a trademark registration based on the improper use of the mark by a local licensee. Read more

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1 Jul 2020

Three steps to revolutionise brand protection in India

With the authorities making a renewed effort to hold the right people accountable for IP infringement, the time is ripe for brand owners and the government to work together to crack down on counterfeiting in the country. Read more

30 Jun 2020

Behind the scenes at IPOS: why Singapore is becoming the new global hub for IP dispute resolution

Director of the IP Office of Singapore hearings and mediation department Mark Lim explains how the office has been instrumental in developing Singapore into a global IP dispute resolution hub that is attractive to foreign businesses. Read more

26 Jun 2020

Rise of the activist consumer: relationship between activism and brand loyalty revealed

A new report examines the links between activism and consumer behaviour, finding an increasing number of US consumers are making spending choices based on their social and political values. Read more

19 Jun 2020

IPOS unveils incoming chief executive to replace WIPO-bound Daren Tang

The IP Office of Singapore (IPOS) has confirmed that Rena Lee will replace Daren Tang as its new chief executive from August 2020. Read more

Law Firms

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2 Jul 2020

Are non-legal trademark services suppliers delivering what you need? WTR wants to know

WTR is polling law firm and corporate trademark professionals for their thoughts on how the trademark services sector is matching up to expectations. Read more

1 Jul 2020

Cost versus quality – how to pick a local partner for trademark work in Cambodia

Cambodia is fast becoming an important market. Speaking with local practitioners, WTR highlights the factors to consider before engaging a Cambodian firm, either directly or to conduct work on behalf of clients. Read more

26 Jun 2020

INTA unveils new website; Unilever tea sale; Indian consumers boycott Chinese brands – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at more brands overhauling racially-insensitive products in Asia and Australia, MARQUES launching a LGBT and gender survey, Puma and Nike continue to duke it out, and much more. Read more

26 Jun 2020

How the virtual boutique finds the middle ground between law firm models

IP attorney Julia Anne Matheson explains why the Potomac Law Group has developed a business model that could shape the future of the trademark industry. Read more

IP Offices

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8 Jul 2020

Mediation at the new innovation frontier: how Singapore is positioning itself as the global hub for IP dispute resolution

With more and more rights holders turning to mediation to settle IP disputes, the IP Office of Singapore is launching a number of innovative new tools to ensure that alternative legal resolutions are more effective. Read more

3 Jul 2020

Despite controversy over claimed coronavirus cure, CORONIL may be hard to fight at the Indian registry

The trademark registry could become the focus of attention as it considers applications for the claimed coronavirus cure's name. Read more

1 Jul 2020

International trademark registration under the Madrid System in Thailand: practical points for brand owners

With the Madrid System now in its third year in Thailand, this update identifies the practical points for brand owners to consider when deciding which channel – the Madrid System or the direct national route – is the most efficient. Read more

30 Jun 2020

Alternative dispute resolution of the future? First trademark case settled through virtual mediation

The IP Office of Singapore has successfully settled its first trademark dispute using virtual mediation, with WIPO now offering free IP mediation services until the end of August 2020. Read more

Online

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2 Jul 2020

In a space of their own: new second-level ‘.au’ domains

Australian third-level domains may soon be outdated due to the release of the new second-level ‘.au’ domain. This update presents key takeaway points to maximise the prospects of securing a second-level ‘.au’ domain. Read more

24 Jun 2020

Brand protection challenges of domain management: 83% of companies at risk of hijacking, report shows

An alarming number of major organisations do not have sufficiently protected domains, says a new report, and such risk has significant brand protection implications. Read more

23 Jun 2020

Unauthorised branded face masks; Rolex opposition win; Josie Maran targets Amazon seller – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream renaming Eskimo Pie, the owner of a Chinese pharmacy chain sentenced to jail for the sale of counterfeit masks, and much more. Read more

16 Jun 2020

UKIPO responds to BLACK LIVES MATTER trademark outrage; INTA cancels TMAP meeting; ICANN69 goes virtual – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Nestlé putting a large portion of its bottled water business up for sale, HGF and Nexus teaming up, IPOPHL warning of a rise in fake goods, and much more. Read more

Portfolio Management

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6 Jul 2020

Green with envy? Energy Beverages fails to revoke Frucor’s mark for colour green

Under threat of trademark infringement proceedings, Energy Beverages LLC has unsuccessfully challenged Frucor Suntory’s trademark registration for the colour green in New Zealand. Read more

3 Jul 2020

Trademark strategy is an early focus of the world’s top disruptors

Analysis of this year’s disruptor list reveals that these start-ups defy the typical IP filing process. Read more

29 Jun 2020

SPC denies trademark infringement in bad-faith lawsuit against Michael Kors

The Supreme People’s Court of China has confirmed the dismissal of an infringement action filed by the owner of the MK logo against clothing company Michael Kors. The fact that the plaintiff sought to benefit from Michael Kors’ reputation led to its downfall, but some of the court’s findings seem debatable. Read more

26 Jun 2020

Kraft Heinz finally sees a positive quarter, but innovation and licensing key to maintaining momentum

The company has struggled as consumers increasingly opt for healthier products. Now it is seeking new ways to monetise its iconic brands while simultaneously implementing a transformation strategy. Read more

Trademark law

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10 Jun 2020

Important developments in three-dimensional trademarks protection in Russia

In this guest analysis piece, Eugene Arievich examines two recent pieces of case law that resulted in 3D marks being accepted onto the register. Read more

3 Jun 2020

Study calls for shake-up of geographical indications to forge path towards universal trademark system

In conversation with WTR, the academic behind the research says a shake-up of indications of geographical origin could be the first step towards the “high ideal” of a universal trademark system. Read more

15 May 2020

St Andrews Links Trust lands in trademark bunker; new Benelux online tools; Gleissner covid-19 donation – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Hard Rock International acquiring the rights to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the KIPO president getting dunked with flowers, and more. Read more

23 Apr 2020

Inside Treasury Wine Estates’ 10-year battle to register its Penfolds mark in China

WTR speaks to Treasury Wine Estates’ global director of intellectual property to get the inside track on how the company prevailed in a decade-long trademark squatting case. Read more

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