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INTA 2021 speculation, blockchain TLDs, ‘.sucks' new approach, and brand protection the Amazon way: INTA 2019 day three report

We’re over the halfway mark of the INTA Annual Meeting and the WTR editorial team have been running between sessions, meetings and receptions to bring you the latest stories and insights.

INTA 2021 speculation, blockchain TLDs, ‘.sucks' new approach, and brand protection the Amazon way: INTA 2019 day three report
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.

19 May 2019

Trademark pirates attack, sustainable freebies, parasite brands, and GIview in the works: INTA 2019 day one report

The great and the good of the trademark industry have descended on Boston for INTA’s 2019 Annual Meeting. Here’s what caught our attention yesterday and on today’s first full day of proceedings…

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18 May 2019

Meet the WTR team and pick up some freebies

The WTR team has arrived in Boston for this year’s Annual Meeting. If you are in town, then visit us in the exhibition hall at stands 918/920 to meet the crew and pick up some of our latest publications. Read more

18 May 2019

“We need to drive home the message” – INTA study reveals Generation Z’s attitude to counterfeits

The INTA has published a major new study on Generation Z’s attitude to brands and counterfeits, revealing that 57% believe their money is better off benefiting the local counterfeit seller than big conglomerates.  Read more

17 May 2019

P&G’s new start-up mindset will reinforce its position in the market  

Direct-to-consumer brands have proved to be a problem for the American consumer goods behemoth Procter & Gamble, but a new customer-centric strategy combined with data resources could help the company regain lost ground. Read more

16 May 2019

TrademarkNow launches SME offering as IP service providers look to bring trademark tools to the masses

TrademarkNow has released a new pay-per-search platform that promises to help SMEs with clearance search – demonstrating that it is no longer just the major corporations being targeted with paid trademark platforms. 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

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

26 Apr 2019

Blow for Alibaba, good news for Amazon: USTR releases latest notorious markets list

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released its latest notorious markets list, with Alibaba’s Taobao platform included for the third consecutive year.  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

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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

9 May 2019

New report offers key tips to incentivise risk-averse CEOs to register trademarks

A recent report provides a number of key incentives for “risk-averse CEOs” to undertake trademark-related activity as a means of encouraging product development.  Read more

7 May 2019

‘.club’ TLD launches new trademark protection offering – with some major caveats

The registry operator of the ‘.club’ TLD has launched a service designed to offer qualified brands and trademark owners “comprehensive” protection in the namespace. However, there are significant caveats and restrictions. 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

Enforcement and litigation

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13 May 2019

Protecting your brand in the depths of the dark web

One of the main challenges in online brand protection is the fact that the threats come from multiple locations. But one area that is of particular concern to brands is the dark web. Read more

13 May 2019

Counterfeiting and data privacy: achieving the right balance in consumer protection

Recent developments in data protection regulation make it more difficult for law enforcement, the private sector and cybersecurity researchers to share information to help protect individuals and organisations from the dangers of counterfeiting. Read more

13 May 2019

Counterfeit automotive parts increasingly putting consumer safety at risk

The European Office of Intellectual Property (EUIPO) estimated that €2.2 billion is lost every year by the legitimate parts industry to counterfeit tyre sales and €180 million each year due to counterfeit battery sales. Yet this represents only one part of the problem, there are other automotive parts that are frequently counterfeited in huge volumes: Read more

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

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25 Mar 2019

Study warns brand owners that IP rights must be supported by anti-counterfeiting technology

A recent report has revealed that rights holders cannot rely on government authorities alone to combat counterfeiting and maintain brand growth. Instead, a perfect balance of legal action and anti-counterfeiting technology is required. Read more

18 Mar 2019

Trademark budgets take continued battering as cybersquatting actions hit record high

UDRP filings at WIPO have continued to trend upwards, with 2018 setting a new record for the number of cases. This trend is placing yet more strain on trademark department budgets. Read more

18 Mar 2019

EUIPO calls for action as study finds fakes make up 3.3% of global trade

A new study from the EUIPO and the OECD has revealed the staggering rise in counterfeit goods being traded around the globe. In response, the executive director of the EUIPO has called for coordinated action. Read more

15 Mar 2019

OAPI announces significant changes to the system

The African Intellectual Property Organisation authorities have announced significant changes to the legislation that underpins the OAPI system, the Bangui Agreement. Read more

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9 Apr 2019

Compumark launches all-in-one protection service 'Trademark.com' as news emerges of prospective sale of Trademarkia (updated)

Compumark has launched a trademark protection tool with the promise to make “safeguarding brands easy and affordable”, with the move representing another entrant into the competitive online trademark filings market. Read more

4 Apr 2019

Managing a merger: exclusive interview with Marriott’s Elizabeth Regan

Marriott International’s vice president and assistant general counsel for global intellectual property reveals her approach to managing trademarks for the company’s 30 hospitality brands and how her team handled the company’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Read more

3 Apr 2019

The business development mindset – how to approach marketing

There are a host of opportunities that can be leveraged to raise the profile of your trademark practice and its partners. So which business development activities should you use to make money? Read more

19 Mar 2019

Louis Vuitton victory, Apple Pencil confusion, and brand loyalty declining: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at a call for post-Brexit partnerships to combat fakes, looking ahead to the WIPO elections, the IP Office of the Philippines seeking to regulate Facebook sellers, and much more. Read more

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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

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

2 Apr 2019

Sudan dissolves Appeal Committee, WIPO AI image search, and most admired Canadian brand: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at energy drink giant Monster issuing a statement as the VPX spat escalates, a Harry Potter trademark being rejected by the USPTO, a victory for Swatch, and much more. Read more

26 Mar 2019

LegalForce founder declares war on solicitation schemes, takes swipe at USPTO

Raj Abhyanker, founder of LegalForce RAPC, has initiated legal action against a number of entities it alleges are “shadow scammers using publicly available trademark filer information to send targeted ‘solicitations’ to applicants”. Read more

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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

25 Apr 2019

The limits of "rights" in a personal name and the boundaries of the UDRP

A recent decision under the UDRP concerning the domain name ‘eladeden.com’ illustrates the limits of “rights” in a personal name, which do not constitute trademark rights per se, as well as the boundaries of the UDRP, which is intended to deal with clear-cut cases of cybersquatting. Read more

19 Apr 2019

‘.inc’ TLD prepares for general availability with high price point, as details emerge of brand registrations

The ‘.inc’ new gTLD is currently in sunrise with a $2,499 annual retail price, a price point that may deter cybersquatters, but a number of large brands – including Apple, BMW, Google and Marriott – have moved to protect brand-related terms. Read more

18 Apr 2019

Alma Capital decision reflects nuanced approach to UDRP

In a recent decision under the UDRP, the panel has refused to order the transfer of a domain name consisting of the complainant's registered trademark in its entirety as the leading element of the disputed domain name.  Read more

Portfolio management

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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

30 Apr 2019

Creating efficiencies in a data-dominated world: inside GSK’s cross-functional IP services division

Sophie Bodet, vice president of legal brand protection and IP services at GSK, tells WTR about how recent collaborations between the patent and brand teams have delivered tangible efficiencies to the wider business – evidencing the return on investment of internal cooperation. 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

20 Apr 2019

Luxury companies are edging into the travel industry, but a high-end reputation is not everything

LVMH’s purchase of Belmond reflects an ongoing trend in the luxury market towards the travel industry. However, brands must be wise in this transition as there are endless opportunities for reputational damage. Read more

Trademark law

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16 May 2019

What you need to know before the controversial Sky v Skykick case hits the CJEU

On Monday, the Court of Justice of the European Union holds a hearing in the closely followed Skykick case. We look at how this case could have a significant impact on trademark practice. 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

Dissecting corporate trademark practice

This year’s Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey provides unique insight into how trademark practice operations are built and managed – uncovering corporate trademark strategies, revealing team budgets and exploring the interplay with internal stakeholders. Read more

25 Apr 2019

Many trademark offices are still trying to grasp service brands: exclusive interview with American Airlines’ Donald Broadfield

Donald Broadfield, chief IP and data counsel at American Airlines, explains how he seeks to overcome the challenges of protecting the company’s service brands, and emphasises the importance of crafting contracts that prevent IP disputes with commercial partners. Read more