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Russia and Syria IP cooperation, Alibaba and JD.com spat, and OK BOOMER trademarks: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the Chile IP Office urging electronic usage following mailbox damage, a St Andrews trademark dispute heating up, an update on the Bentley case, Ecuador joining DesignView, and much more.

Russia and Syria IP cooperation, Alibaba and JD.com spat, and OK BOOMER trademarks: news digest
15 Nov 2019

Tiffany’s signature blue is priceless – and LVMH knows it

While the French powerhouse has yet to up its offer, it has come too far to back down. The American jeweller is a highly attractive target for anyone with a stake in the luxury market.

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.

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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

12 Nov 2019

OEM for export: Supreme People’s Court expands definition of ‘relevant public’ in HONDAKIT case

In Honda Motor Co Ltd v Chongqing Hengsheng Xintai Trading Co Ltd, the Supreme People’s Court of China has, for the first time, defined the ‘relevant public’ in OEM cases as including all operators and consumers that may have access to OEM goods for export. 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

7 Nov 2019

Get the inside track on brand protection and value creation strategies for China

WTR is pleased to unveil the programme for the fourth annual Brand Strategy China event, which will provide attendees with the latest enforcement know-how and an opportunity to exchange knowledge with domestic and international brands. Read more

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18 Oct 2019

Facebook brand value falls, Pringles and Prosecco battle, and Alibaba’s AACA member update: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the US and Singapore IP regimes being recognised in a new index, the most visible brand logo online, Netflix being accused of trademark dilution by Mossack Fonesca, and much more. 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

13 Sep 2019

Superbuy CEO denies link to WeGoBuy; pledges to join fight against counterfeit goods

The CEO of Chinese shopping agent Superbuy has vowed to work with brand owners to crack down on counterfeit goods. The pledge follows evidence that Superbuy is linked to another platform, WeGoBuy, that helps shoppers buy fake goods from China. Read more

20 Aug 2019

Tackling a $1.4 billion counterfeit problem: inside the CBP’s seizure numbers

As the value of counterfeit good seizures by the US authorities rises, a new call is made for private industry to work with domestic and international partner agencies in a bid to tackle demand as well as supply. Read more

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4 Nov 2019

Chinese company to acquire Thomas Cook brand and appears to have grabbed a bargain

In our latest opinion piece, we consider the news that Fosun Tourism Group is purchasing the Thomas Cook brand, recently valued at £836 million, in a deal worth £11 million – arguing that the company is making a canny acquisition. Read more

21 Sep 2019

New Zealand thrives where others have failed – and it is all down to brand

The small island country has boosted its tourism by turning itself into a brand; the jurisdiction is increasingly attractive for multinational brands and it makes its presence known on the world stage. Read more

23 Aug 2019

Expanding around the world: Tencent’s brand is critical to building partnerships with foreign companies

The Chinese company’s portfolio shows that the business is developing fast, and international markets are its next target. Read more

2 Aug 2019

De Beers’ winning strategy: if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em

The world-renowned diamond company has drastically shifted its brand strategy in the past year, managing to strengthen its own market position while weakening that of its rivals. Read more

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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

12 Nov 2019

OEM for export: Supreme People’s Court expands definition of ‘relevant public’ in HONDAKIT case

In Honda Motor Co Ltd v Chongqing Hengsheng Xintai Trading Co Ltd, the Supreme People’s Court of China has, for the first time, defined the ‘relevant public’ in OEM cases as including all operators and consumers that may have access to OEM goods for export. 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

2 Nov 2019

DHgate steps up anti-counterfeiting messaging; denies business relationship with Superbuy

Major Chinese online marketplace DHgate has published a stringent defence of its anti-counterfeiting efforts and – following the discovery of a possible link to Superbuy – denies any relationship with the popular Chinese shipping agent. Read more

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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

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

9 Sep 2019

No safe bets – what the potential Philip Morris-Altria merger tells us about the tobacco industry

Major players are pulling out all the stops to diversify their portfolios, expanding geographically as well as investing in and buying up other businesses. However, no matter how you look at it, there are significant challenges ahead. Read more

14 Aug 2019

How China is cracking down on malicious filings with amendments to the Trademark Law

In recent years China has attached unprecedented importance to the protection of trademarks and new amendments to the Trademark Law aim to crack down on malicious trademark applications more effectively and punish trademark infringement more forcefully. Read more

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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

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

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

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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

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

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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2 Oct 2019

WIPO becomes first non-Chinese entity to administer ‘.cn’ domain name disputes

WIPO has recently announced that its Arbitration and Mediation Centre has been appointed by the Cyberspace Administration of China to administer domain name disputes under ‘.cn’ and ‘.中国’, the ccTLDs for China.  Read more

28 Jun 2019

How Alibaba is fighting IP infringement on two fronts

Alibaba Vice President Matthew Bassiur invites brands to collaborate with the company in the fight against fakes as the group collects WTR’s award for Asia-Pacific Team of the Year. Read more

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. 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

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18 Sep 2019

New Balance foiled in its attempt to invalidate 百伦 marks

A recent case involving New Balance and its Chinese-character mark 新百伦 highlights the difficulties faced by foreign companies seeking to adopt a Chinese mark to engage with Chinese consumers. Read more

17 Jul 2019

China’s economic growth is slowing but expect a renewed focus on brand creation

In our latest opinion column, we consider what impact China’s economic growth slowdown may have on ‘Made in China 2025’ and ‘Belt and Road’ – and, by extension, rights owners. Read more

11 Jul 2019

BRIONI case: qualitative circumstances must be considered to determine whether registration was acquired by “other illegitimate means” under Article 44.1

In a case involving Italian menswear brand Brioni, China’s Trademark Review and Adjudication Board has held the determination of whether a registration has been acquired by "other illegitimate means" must be based on both qualitative and quantitative considerations. Read more

7 Jul 2019

Monzo doubles value; fintech companies maturing to further disrupt the market

Digital banking giant Monzo announced last month it will be launching in the United States. While this is a significant move for the fledgling company, its trademark portfolio shows it is still well in the start-up phase. Read more

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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

30 Sep 2019

China's Anti-unfair Competition Law: cracking down on malicious infringement in advertising

Recent amendments to China’s Anti-unfair Competition Law have seen legal compensation rise from Rmb3 million to Rmb5 million, which goes some way to addressing the significant cost of stopping infringement. 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

14 Aug 2019

Matters to be addressed in future revision of Trademark Law

Earlier this year, China’s Trademark Law was rapidly revised without public consultation. This update analyses what remains to be done and what a fifth revision of the Trademark Law should cover. Read more

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