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JPO launches trademark fist, IP firm coronavirus response, and EUIPO updates Brexit information: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Pablo Escobar’s IP being put up for sale, the Singapore registry visiting Turkey, Malta joining DesignClass, the Tajikistan IPO giving its annual trademark update, and much more.

JPO launches trademark fist, IP firm coronavirus response, and EUIPO updates Brexit information: news digest
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.

23 Jan 2020

Alibaba reveals 2019 IP enforcement data; Siemens, Dyson and Coach among brands joining AACA  

WTR analysed data from Alibaba's latest IP Protection Report, revealing that it has supplied 1,045 IP-related leads to law enforcement authorities in the past 12 months. 

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17 Jan 2020

KIPO urges idol IP protection, Extinction Rebellion brand headache, and CCFN praises US-China deal: news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at a Love Island star being reprimanded due to an Instagram post, the theme for World IP Day 2020, the Chilean IP office being praised for a reduction in the gender gap, and much more. Read more

16 Jan 2020

US-China trade deal: the brand protection perspective

WTR presents the key IP and anti-counterfeiting pledges that rights holders should be aware of from the major new trade deal signed between the United States and China. Read more

16 Jan 2020

China’s new E-commerce Law: tools in the fight against IP rights infringement

China’s new E-Commerce Law, which entered into force on 1 January 2019, is a remarkable piece of legislation establishing a comprehensive framework for the regulation of the largest online retail market in the world. Read more

15 Jan 2020

What rights holders need to know about WeChat’s plans for the future

Last week in Guangzhou, Tencent hosted its 2020 WeChat Open Class Pro event, in which it provided a glimpse into the platform’s future plans, many of which are important for brand protection professionals to know. Read more

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7 Jan 2020

TikTok transparency report reveals positive data for IP owners

Chinese video-sharing social platform TikTok has released its first legal transparency report, revealing that it removes content for IP infringement at a higher rate than Facebook. Read more

7 Jan 2020

BBC prevails in China, Disney moves to protect Baby Yoda, and new USPTO CFO: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Facebook moving to combat deepfakes,  Clarivate Analytics finalising an agreement with OpSec Security, Volvo scoring a US court win against Chinese counterfeiters, and much more. Read more

7 Jan 2020

CNIPA: use of recycled beer bottle with exposed original trademark is illegal

The China National Intellectual Property Administration has indicated that, when the trademark embossed on a bottle cannot be removed, the recycler should cover the trademark with another label in order to render the mark invisible. Read more

3 Dec 2019

WeChat is the world’s fastest growing brand, origin of the Tesla trademark, and cops swoop on fakes: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Honeywell launching an anti-counterfeiting app, guidance for small and medium-sized entities on fighting parasitic brands, the EUIPO releasing new image recognition technology, and much more. Read more

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10 Jan 2020

Luxury industry feels the burn from Hong Kong protests

High-end brands are not the only ones suffering the repercussions of social unrest as trademark activity at the local register plummets. Read more

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

19 Dec 2019

Do or die for the Victoria’s Secret brand: data analysis

As the once-revolutionary lingerie retailer cancels its famous fashion show, it must forget short-term sales and invest in re-building its brand. Read more

13 Dec 2019

Uber’s loss of its London licence a reminder of the importance of brand reputation: data analysis

Safety is the most critical component of brand building in the ride-hailing app environment, but hinging success on such a volatile factor could be risky. Read more

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17 Jan 2020

KIPO urges idol IP protection, Extinction Rebellion brand headache, and CCFN praises US-China deal: news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at a Love Island star being reprimanded due to an Instagram post, the theme for World IP Day 2020, the Chilean IP office being praised for a reduction in the gender gap, and much more. Read more

16 Jan 2020

US-China trade deal: the brand protection perspective

WTR presents the key IP and anti-counterfeiting pledges that rights holders should be aware of from the major new trade deal signed between the United States and China. Read more

16 Jan 2020

China’s new E-commerce Law: tools in the fight against IP rights infringement

China’s new E-Commerce Law, which entered into force on 1 January 2019, is a remarkable piece of legislation establishing a comprehensive framework for the regulation of the largest online retail market in the world. Read more

15 Jan 2020

What rights holders need to know about WeChat’s plans for the future

Last week in Guangzhou, Tencent hosted its 2020 WeChat Open Class Pro event, in which it provided a glimpse into the platform’s future plans, many of which are important for brand protection professionals to know. Read more

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17 Dec 2019

Overcoming the challenge of obtaining protection for the Chinese translation of GIs

As with trademark owners, one challenge facing those overseeing geographical indications is securing protection for translated names. However, there are avenues open for exploitation. Read more

16 Dec 2019

Extending the scope of protection of GIs in China

One major challenge facing European GIs in China is conflicts with prior trademarks, sometimes resulting in seemingly insurmountable barriers. However, options are available. Read more

13 Nov 2019

AI, blockchain, Telegram, TikTok and trade wars – unpacking the latest counterfeit trends forecast

A new report documents the counterfeit trends it expects to shape brand protection efforts in 2020. WTR identifies the most valuable takeaways from the report and the actions that brand owners should be taking. Read more

11 Nov 2019

A new approach to deter and identify China’s internet counterfeiters – exclusive guest post

How brand owners can identify the producers and sellers of counterfeit goods in China, the threat of which could help curb their illicit activity altogether. Read more

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1 Oct 2019

Asia’s top filers reveal strong growth prospects

World Trademark Review takes a deep dive into the top Asia-Pacific trademark offices and how they are modernising their systems to better protect applicants and streamline procedures. While this has positively affected filing levels, economic performance and domestic businesses will be key going forward. Read more

10 Sep 2019

Jack Ma steps down from Alibaba, KIPO holds IP festival, and flea market fakes: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at New Zealand joining TMclass, the Singapore IPO bolstering innovation ties with Kazakhstan, a GI deal between Switzerland and Georgia coming into force, and much more. Read more

2 Aug 2019

Chinese law firm seeks to buy US trademarks: inside the market for ‘idle’ registrations

Over the past week, law firms across the US have been contacted by an IP agency based in China asking if they have registered trademarks to sell. Talking exclusively to WTR, a representative for this agency explains the inner workings of this market for marks. Read more

1 Aug 2019

“Never seen anything like this” – USPTO experiences massive surge in trademark applications from China

The USPTO experienced a huge rise in trademark applications last week, with a large proportion coming from applicants in China. WTR talks with IP experts and the USPTO about how this unprecedented activity could affect all applicants. Read more

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29 Nov 2019

DPMA warns of scam invoices, Poundland versus Greggs, and WIPO DG candidate list widens: news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at the Philippines IP Office reviving its arbitration service, the advocate general finding that Amazon didn’t infringe on Coty’s trademark rights, the first GIs being processed in Ivory Coast, and much more. Read more

26 Nov 2019

China issues IP directive, Jay-Z settles dispute, and lessons from Backcountry: news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at INTA electing its 2020 president, US Customs confiscating nearly 20,000 fake watches, a change at the Palestine registry, WIPO marking its 1.5 millionth international registration, and much more. Read more

22 Oct 2019

Applicants, agencies and IP authorities under scrutiny as China steps up fight against bad-faith filings

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation has released new provisions on the regulation of trademark applications, expanding on how bad-faith filings will be defined and tackled. Read more

1 Oct 2019

Turning the tide: how China is fighting back against malicious filings

Amendments to China’s Trademark Law are due to take effect on 1 November 2019. The changes should aid the authorities in their bid to crack down on malicious filings and trademark hoarding. Read more

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21 Nov 2019

Zhihu and IP protection: the brand risks and opportunities on China’s trendy new social media app

Zhihu is a new social media platform making inroads on the Chinese market. With doubts around the IP enforcement capabilities of the platform, WTR takes a closer look at the app with the help of brand protection experts in China. Read more

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

9 Oct 2019

NBA crisis highlights the China conundrum for all brands

We speak with IP and PR experts on what brand owners must learn from the NBA's ongoing crisis in China, with one claiming that this is “the biggest trademark story of the year”. Read more

8 Oct 2019

Associations call for WeChat inclusion on USTR’s Notorious Markets List

Brand and IP associations have used the comment period for the next USTR Notorious Markets List to call for the inclusion of WeChat. It comes at a time of heightened tension between the US government and Chinese tech companies. 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

20 Dec 2019

Supreme People's Court clarifies conditions for prior trademark use defence

In a landmark decision, the Supreme People's Court of China has clarified the requirements for the prior use defence under Article 59.3 of the Trademark Law.   Read more

18 Nov 2019

Protecting and enforcing design rights: China

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31 Oct 2019

China releases new measures to regulate bad-faith applications

China has intensified the crackdown on bad-faith applications by introducing the “Measures on Regulating Bad-Faith Trademark Applications”, in line with the newly amended Trademark Law. The new measures will come into effect on 1 December 2019. Read more

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8 Jan 2020

The risk factor in religious marks: a study of four major jurisdictions

An Indian court recently ruled that God's name was registrable as a trademark. We spoke to experts across four key jurisdictions about the different risks brands should be aware of before registering a religious name as a mark. Read more

20 Dec 2019

Chinese courts could begin to buckle under the strain of growing IP litigation

Growth figures for China’s IP litigation are enough to give anyone a case of vertigo, with cases increasing at a faster rate than anywhere else on Earth. WTR talks to experts on how the Chinese courts are coping with that litigation demand. Read more

12 Dec 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: China

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10 Dec 2019

Frozen 2 versus Christian Louboutin: could Anna’s red-soled shoes lead to a trademark dispute?

In Disney's Frozen 2, main character Anna is seen wearing red-bottomed boots, with some claiming a similarity to the iconic footwear of fashion brand Christian Louboutin. We speak with IP experts on the issues potentially at play. Read more

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