International

Small business owner takes on royal couple; top 25 trademark industry influencers revealed; China filings continue to soar; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

Small business owner takes on royal couple; top 25 trademark industry influencers revealed; China filings continue to soar; and much more
Filings from China won't slow any time soon, but IP offices have to plan for a future that looks even more different
6 Mar 2021

Filings from China won't slow any time soon, but IP offices have to plan for a future that looks even more different

In our latest Saturday opinion column, we argue that high levels of filing activity by Chinese applicants are unlikely to end any time soon.

Novartis and Huawei top Madrid System applications list as WIPO director general signals future focuses
2 Mar 2021

Novartis and Huawei top Madrid System applications list as WIPO director general signals future focuses

WIPO has released new data, revealing that the number of international trademark applications made through the Madrid System decreased slightly in 2020.

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2 Mar 2021

Cloudy outcome despite identical trademark

This UDRP decision shows that respondents may be able to provide sufficient evidence that they have rights and legitimate interests in a domain name matching a complainant’s trademark, despite having no trademark rights themselves. Read more

28 Feb 2021

US applicants victims in major fraud case; INTA Women’s LeadershIP Initiative offers empowerment toolkit; WTR evolves offering; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

27 Feb 2021

App takedowns are the new cease and desist dilemma, and require careful strategising

In our Saturday opinion piece, we consider recent backlashes against app marketplace takedown actions – and the resulting media coverage. Read more

26 Feb 2021

United States tumbles down Brand Finance Soft Power Index due to covid-19 response

In a star-studded launch event, Brand Finance held a virtual conference with speakers including Hilary Rodham Clinton, Carl Bildt and David Miliband. Read more

Anti-Counterfeiting

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24 Feb 2021

New data reveals tactics and trade routes taken by counterfeiters using maritime containers

New research has revealed that more than half of the total value of counterfeit goods seized around the world are shipped by sea. Read more

21 Feb 2021

Worrying cost of C-suit apathy; consolidation and expansion in IP services; PROUD BOYS surrendered; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

14 Feb 2021

WTR 1000 2021 available now; Coca-Cola joins corporates calling for diversity; behind the scenes at Philip Morris International; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

8 Feb 2021

Handbag resale appraisal app could “create more opportunities for counterfeiters” warn experts

The potential rollout of evaluation software to mass consumers could be an avenue for collaboration between brand protection professionals and the resale app. Read more

Brand management

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22 Feb 2021

Session line-ups for WTR Connect revealed, fireside chat with WIPO director general kicks off event

In just three weeks’ time, a fireside chat with WIPO Director General Daren Tang will kick off five days of WTR Connect content. Read more

20 Feb 2021

Consolidation continues in IP services sector but further tech innovation expected (not least from law firms)

In our Saturday opinion piece, we consider recent activity in the non-legal IP services market. Read more

18 Feb 2021

Study reveals the commercial cost of C-suite apathy towards trademark function

New research from Clarivate has revealed the commercial impact of low C-suite engagement with the trademark function. Read more

18 Feb 2021

NovumIP launches into US market as next step in plan to become “one of the top three IP service providers worldwide”

Speaking to WTR, NovumIP chair Reinhard Ottway expands on the company’s plans, with expansion into Asia in its sights. Read more

Enforcement and Litigation

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7 Feb 2021

INTA announces 2021 Annual Meeting date; concerns raised over low-cost filing agencies; new report hits out at ICANN WHOIS policy; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

6 Feb 2021

Efforts to help SMEs acquire and use trademarks are great, but more needs to be done to protect them from scammers

While efforts to help more SMEs benefit from IP ownership are to be applauded, there also needs to be a relentless industry focus on keeping them safe from the fraudsters and scammers. Read more

5 Feb 2021

Super Bowl anti-counterfeiting efforts; Taylor Swift’s lawyers respond to infringement claims; EUIPO on record year – news digest

In our latest news round-up, we look at Homeland Security Investigations’ success fighting sports merchandise counterfeiters, changes to the UKIPO’s online trademark application form, the latest law firm hires, and much more. Read more

3 Feb 2021

Leaders from the ABB, UKIPO, US Homeland Security and WIPO confirmed as keynote speakers for WTR Connect

From 15 March, WTR Connect will present five days of strategic content for trademark and brand professionals, with a series of open discussion forums, masterclass explorations, solution rooms and closed-door boardrooms. Read more

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4 Feb 2021

Eurasian integration in the IP sphere: ratification begins for the EAEU Treaty on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin

President Putin has signed Russia’s ratification of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Treaty on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin, with the remaining EAEU member states expected to follow suit early this year. Read more

31 Jan 2021

Apple replaces Amazon as world’s most valuable brand; trademark workloads rise but resourcing stagnates; New Balance global head of brand protection offers key strategic advice; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

24 Jan 2021

Intellectual property under Biden; EUIPO data exclusive; service provider debut; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

17 Jan 2021

Alibaba's Taobao remains on Notorious Markets list; NovumIP charts toll of pandemic on IP practice; USPTO publishes scathing Chinese filings report; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

Law Firms

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24 Feb 2021

“This is startling and of great concern”: INTA report lays out blueprint to remedy gender inequalities in IP profession

INTA’s Women’s LeadershIP Initiative has released a report and best practices toolkit to empower women in the IP field to develop strong leadership skills and advance their careers. Read more

13 Feb 2021

Coca-Cola voices frustration over lack of diversity in legal field, expect more companies to follow suit

Coca-Cola has become the latest company to publicly detail the diversity, inclusion and belonging commitments that it expects of law firms in its external network. Read more

12 Feb 2021

The 2021 edition of the WTR 1000 is now available online

The publication identifies the leading trademark practitioners and firms from around the globe and has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking legal trademark expertise. Read more

30 Jan 2021

Recalibrating the work-life balance will be one of the biggest challenges facing trademark professionals in 2021 (and beyond)

In our latest opinion column we reflect on the findings of the latest WTR Trademark Elite Expert Panel report. Read more

IP Offices

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22 Jan 2021

Beckham brand boost; USPTO leadership changes; Pearl Jam versus Pearl Jamm – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the USPTO announcing an acting director after Andrei Iancu’s exit, the EU General Court decision in a dispute over HALLOUMI and BBQLOUMI,  and much more. Read more

10 Jan 2021

Pfizer rebrand lessons; US litigation slump; UKIPO Brexit operations; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

4 Jan 2021

The secret lives of trademark examiners: insights into five IP offices

Hard-working representatives from registries in Canada, France, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States reveal what makes them tick and how to guarantee a successful trademark application in their jurisdiction. Read more

4 Jan 2021

Connecting the community: brand protection and enforcement takeaways

Across two weeks in October, the WTR Connect online event brought together trademark professionals from more than 67 countries for a series of keynote addresses, virtual fireside chats, open discussion forums, strategic masterclasses and closed-door boardroom discussions. Below we present some of the key takeaways. Read more

Online

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8 Feb 2021

Tecme out: panel refuses to transfer ‘tecme.com’ and enters finding of RDNH

This decision illustrates that UDRP complainants must convincingly establish the existence of their trademarks or their reputation at the time the domain name was registered in order to prove bad faith. Read more

1 Feb 2021

Report slams ICANN policy as extent of hidden WHOIS data revealed

A new report has revealed that only 13.5% of domains have publicly available contact data – making it harder for law enforcement and brand owners to fight infringement and cybercrime. Read more

27 Jan 2021

Domain spend increases as brand protection becomes main driver of registration strategies

A new study reveals that, while domain names are overwhelmingly regarded as an important part of a company’s IP strategy, it is the IT team that is currently taking the lead on domain acquisition and security. Read more

22 Jan 2021

iaidō launch adds new player to the IP legal services provider market

Matching business intelligence with a case management system infrastructure, the dual launch aims to provide innovation that the service provider landscape is currently lacking. Read more

Portfolio Management

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15 Jan 2021

Protocol on Eurasian design patents to enter into force in March 2021

The Protocol on the Protection of Industrial Designs to the Eurasian Patent Convention will enter into force for Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and Armenia on 17 March 2021. Read more

7 Jan 2021

Rebranding opportunity and risk in the spotlight as Pfizer launches new logo

With the eyes of the world on Pfizer, WTR spoke to experts on what the pros and cons might be for undergoing a rebrand at such a pivotal moment. Read more

4 Jan 2021

A year of covid-19: the trademark community reveals how 2020 could shape the industry’s future

As an unprecedented year comes to an end, trademark practitioners from around the world share their highs and lows from the past 12 months, as well as the lessons that they have learned in order to adapt to the new normal. Read more

28 Dec 2020

How the Verizon team protects the foundations of its branded house

WTR gets the inside track on how Verizon’s trademark department, named Internet and Telecommunications Team of the Year at the 2020 WTR Industry Awards, approaches brand management in the face of opportunists and a rapidly evolving field. Read more

Trademark law

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28 Jan 2021

Trademark leaders expect increased consumer engagement with brands, creating an anti-counterfeiting opportunity

Trademark industry leaders expect more favourable consumer interaction with brands in the coming six months, reveals the second WTR Trademark Elite Expert Panel report. Read more

20 Dec 2020

Brand elite indices hit three-year high; 2021 INTA president reveals future focus; covid-19 reshapes in-house practice; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

13 Dec 2020

RPM review analysis: inside glimpse into Madrid changes; covid-19 impact on trademark practice; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

7 Dec 2020

International registrations: an insider's view of what's changing

The Madrid System is poised for significant changes. This guest analysis provides an inside glimpse into discussions around the future. Read more