Asia-Pacific

“Consolidation is powerful” – no slowdown in takeovers expected in IP service providers sector

The non-legal trademark services industry has been the focus of increased investment and M&A activity in recent years. WTR spoke to a number of major players to ask whether they expected consolidation or collaboration to be the norm in future.

“Consolidation is powerful” – no slowdown in takeovers expected in IP service providers sector
20 May 2019

Brand protection on TikTok: what rights holders need to know about the fast-growing social media platform

Chinese social network TikTok is growing rapidly, with over 1 billion downloads in the past 12 months. For rights holders, it is a platform that needs to be on the radar, with research from WTR finding issues that brand owners should be aware of.

16 May 2019

Alibaba issues IP protection report; expands on future plans in exclusive interview

Alibaba has released its IP Protection Annual Report, revealing that it provided 1,624 IP-related leads to law enforcement in 2018. Speaking to WTR, Alibaba Group's Matthew Bassiur reveals some of the company's ambitious future brand protection plans.

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23 May 2019

Bombay High Court quotes Mahatma Gandhi in yet another decision imposing heavy costs on infringers

In Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation v Jain, the Bombay High Court has decided to make an example of the defendants and imposed hefty costs of Rs50 million. Read more

21 May 2019

Smooth victory for Bega in peanut butter trade dress case against Kraft

A dispute between Bega Cheese and Kraft Foods in Australia has been resolved with the Federal Court awarding Bega the exclusive rights to use a distinctive yellow, red and blue packaging to market its peanut butter.  Read more

20 May 2019

Licensor prevails in dispute over use of brand name post-termination

A recent case in India has addressed the question of whether a licensee can claim rights in a licensed mark when faced with the termination of the licence agreement. Read more

16 May 2019

From Apple to Zwilling: the world’s leading corporate trademark professionals revealed

Released today, the third edition of the WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals identifies the individuals deemed to be the leading lights of the corporate trademark world.  Read more

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14 May 2019

Free-to-view global anti-counterfeiting guide now available

The 2019 edition of Anti-counterfeiting – A Global Guide, which provides trademark and brand protection professionals with critical guidance on anti-counterfeiting laws, procedures and strategies, is now available to view online. Read more

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Vietnam

As a part of its World Trade Organisation commitments and its commitments under other trade agreements, Vietnam has introduced a number of laws to better protect IP rights.  In theory, the applicable laws have the highest priority, followed by decrees and circulars. However, in practice, the competent authorities often give higher weight to decrees and circulars as they are usually the most detailed regulations. Read more

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Thailand

Customs plays a pivotal role in intercepting incoming shipments of counterfeit and pirated goods en route to the Thai market. A special feature of the Customs Act BE 2560 (2017) gives customs officials the authority to intervene ex officio to detain and seize suspicious counterfeit and pirated goods.  Read more

14 May 2019

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Singapore

The Trademarks Act is the main legislation governing trademark infringement and anti-counterfeiting in Singapore. Part VI of the act criminalises the counterfeiting of a registered trademark, falsely applying a registered trademark to goods or services, and making or possessing an article used for counterfeiting. Read more

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10 May 2019

Morocco’s stable ecosystem is an opportunity for brands, particularly those in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals

Morocco is set to become an increasingly important jurisdiction, acting as an access point for both European and African businesses to expand abroad. The government’s international outlook means this emerging market could be the new frontier for growing brands. Read more

1 May 2019

Welcome to your new-look WTR magazine

The latest issue of WTR magazine has gone live online today, and subscribers will note a major number of changes to the magazine and new types of content, all designed to maximise the value of their subscription. Read more

1 May 2019

Colour marks gain popularity in Russia

Colour trademarks are growing in popularity in Russia. However, to ensure their registration, the colour in question must be capable of sufficiently distinguishing the product or service and its origin. Read more

1 May 2019

Protection for non-traditional trademarks lags behind in China

Although China recognises non-traditional marks, it is still rare for them to secure protection. Nevertheless, the situation and the market are improving and applicants will one day be able to effectively protect their rights in all types of trademark in China. Read more

Enforcement and litigation

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23 May 2019

Bombay High Court quotes Mahatma Gandhi in yet another decision imposing heavy costs on infringers

In Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation v Jain, the Bombay High Court has decided to make an example of the defendants and imposed hefty costs of Rs50 million. Read more

21 May 2019

Smooth victory for Bega in peanut butter trade dress case against Kraft

A dispute between Bega Cheese and Kraft Foods in Australia has been resolved with the Federal Court awarding Bega the exclusive rights to use a distinctive yellow, red and blue packaging to market its peanut butter.  Read more

20 May 2019

Licensor prevails in dispute over use of brand name post-termination

A recent case in India has addressed the question of whether a licensee can claim rights in a licensed mark when faced with the termination of the licence agreement. Read more

15 May 2019

Improving collaboration between rights holders and Chinese authorities – exclusive guest post

Jack Chang, special counsel to the chair of L Brands International and one of the founders of the Quality Brands Protection Committee, provides insight into working more effectively with Chinese authorities in IP crime cases. Read more

Goverment/policy

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13 May 2019

“Time for our political leaders to get involved” – war of words escalates after UGG decision in favour of Deckers

A jury in the US has found that Australian Leather wilfully infringed a trademark registered to Deckers Outdoor Corporation. The defendant has vowed to appeal, with one member of its legal team calling on the Australian government to intervene. Read more

13 May 2019

USTR's Special 301 Report 2019: focus on Indonesia

According to the latest Special 301 Report of the US Trade Representative, Indonesia - which features on the Priority Watch List - suffers from many problems, including widespread piracy and counterfeiting. Read more

29 Apr 2019

How brands can avoid backlashes and PR blunders during India’s election

As India’s Lok Sabha elections reach their apex, multiple international and domestic brands have made a stamp on the election with intriguing marketing campaigns. Local experts tell WTR about the opportunities and risks of this activity. Read more

12 Apr 2019

Serial trademark filer Ikuhiro Ueda speaks out: “I am the best troll”

Yesterday we reported on notorious trademark filer Ikuhiro Ueda, who has personally filed over 100,000 trademark applications. Today, in an exclusive interview with WTR, Ueda claims his filings are part of an ambitious plan to overhaul the global IP system. Read more

Law firms

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24 Apr 2019

“Pioneering at a global level” – China approves amendments to tackle bad-faith filings

China’s legislature has approved amendments to the country’s trademark law, which includes a raft of changes, including empowering administrative authorities to reject malicious applications and impose fines against bad-faith filers and their agents. Read more

23 Apr 2019

Turkey trademark uplift, INPI announces Africa IP adviser, and China counterfeit crackdown: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at INTA and the National Trade Foundation for Education partnering up to spread the anti-counterfeiting message, a study highlights how brands need to showcase their authenticity, and much more. Read more

9 Apr 2019

IPONZ fee changes, Estonia new online trademark system, and Game of Thrones at INTA Annual Meeting: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Stella McCartney prevailing in a trademark dispute, Lego being named the United Kingdom’s favourite brand, the Mexican Industrial Property Office announcing a new electronic notification service, and much more. Read more

5 Apr 2019

How South Africa’s predicted economic upswing will create opportunities for brands and their advisors

The country is seeing increased interest from international entities - particularly from the US; this will likely grow in scale as not only the South African economy develops, but as other emerging markets on the African continent grow.  Read more

IP offices

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10 May 2019

Scotch Whisky in Korea, Pakistan IPO tackles fakes, and Samsung domain: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at applications rising at the Philippines IP Office, a perfume trademark battle, a debate over whether the Wikipedia brand has been tarnished by WikiLeaks, and much more. Read more

7 May 2019

E-sports influencers, first GI registration in Cambodia, and ICANN phishing campaign: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at a study on fakes being sold around Mother’s Day, CompuMark and WebTMS partnering up, Louis Vuitton seeking legal action against a Chinese entity, and much more. Read more

1 May 2019

Registration: tips on securing your mark in China

One of the most common issues faced when securing protection in China is the earlier registration of third-party rights, which are then cited against the later application. However, there are various tactics that can be adopted to overcome this hurdle. Read more

30 Apr 2019

Copycat wine corked, Dettol most trusted brand, and Lego gang knocked out: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at China hitting back at IP criticism, USPTO revealing cryprocurrency-related trademark applications, Alibaba settling a counterfeits case, and much more. Read more

Online

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26 Apr 2019

Nike ticking all the right boxes, as activewear industry sees growth in new-age brands

The sportswear industry has expanded to include a growing consumer base of casual gym-goers, which has presented an opportunity for budding businesses as well as big name brands. Read more

18 Apr 2019

Latest free-to-view intelligence on protecting brands in the online environment now available

WTR has published the sixth edition of Online Brand Enforcement: Protecting Your Trademarks in the Electronic Environment. Available now, the free-to-view publication offers the latest guidance on brand management best practice. Read more

5 Apr 2019

China data to TMview this year, Brazil moves closer to Madrid, and Beckham versus Inter Milan: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at luxury brands focused on Chinese e-commerce platforms, IP Australia opening a public consultation on fees, Red Points receiving funding injection, and much more. Read more

3 Apr 2019

 “You can’t sleep or you will fall behind”: exclusive look inside Alibaba’s fight against fakes

We sit down with Alibaba Group’s vice president and head of global intellectual property enforcement, Matthew Bassiur, to discuss Alibaba’s anti-counterfeiting activities and how it changed industry perception of its enforcement efforts. Read more

Portfolio management

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1 May 2019

Colour marks gain popularity in Russia

Colour trademarks are growing in popularity in Russia. However, to ensure their registration, the colour in question must be capable of sufficiently distinguishing the product or service and its origin. Read more

1 May 2019

Protection for non-traditional trademarks lags behind in China

Although China recognises non-traditional marks, it is still rare for them to secure protection. Nevertheless, the situation and the market are improving and applicants will one day be able to effectively protect their rights in all types of trademark in China. Read more

1 May 2019

Considerations for smart soft IP due diligence from a litigator’s perspective

Many companies have learned the hard way that unidentified IP issues can cause serious trouble, whether immediately or even years after closing a transaction. A strategic approach to IP portfolio due diligence is thus critical to avoid future problems. Read more

26 Apr 2019

Nike ticking all the right boxes, as activewear industry sees growth in new-age brands

The sportswear industry has expanded to include a growing consumer base of casual gym-goers, which has presented an opportunity for budding businesses as well as big name brands. Read more

Trademark law

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14 May 2019

An update on sound mark protection in Thailand

Although sound mark protection is a relatively new concept in Thailand, it is another option for trademark protection in which IP owners from around the world should take interest. Read more

10 May 2019

IP takes backseat in Australian election as trademark practitioners grapple with recent law amendments

With campaigning in the Australian federal election in full swing, WTR finds that practitioners on the ground are not bracing for change based on the election result, but are adapting to recent legislative changes that international brand owners should be aware of. Read more

3 May 2019

“Just be respectful” – why brands must wise up to indigenous IP rights

WTR analyses how indigenous cultures are protecting their intellectual property and speaks with an expert on how trademark practitioners must be more aware of this burgeoning field of rights. Read more

1 May 2019

Practical implications of Myanmar’s new Trademark Law

The new Trademark Law marks a significant step in the government’s efforts to increase Myanmar’s attractiveness as a destination for foreign investment. For rights holders, it also means that now is the time to prepare for the new regime. Read more

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