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Baker McKenzie reigns supreme as world’s strongest law firm brand

Acritas has released its annual index of the world's strongest law firm brands. Once again, the top 20 list includes a number of firms with strong trademark practices, many of which feature in the WTR 1000.

Baker McKenzie reigns supreme as world’s strongest law firm brand
17 Jan 2020

Siemens’ controversial coal mine contract has put brand at risk of greenwashing accusations

The German conglomerate has portrayed itself as a steward of sustainability, but when it comes to corporate social responsibility, it’s an all or nothing game as this week’s coal mine contract backlash illustrates.

17 Jan 2020

R&D investor study finds benchmarking, not multi-dimensional portfolios, a key factor in market value

A study of corporate R&D investors has found that while some companies place significant value on IP portfolios that include a combination of rights, markets grant higher premiums to those that are more innovative than their competitors.

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Changes to the Harare and Banjul Protocols

Amendments to the Harare and Banjul Protocols, which were adopted at the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation's 43rd Administrative Council Meeting in November 2019, came into effect on 1 January 2020. Read more

21 Jan 2020

Weeded out of scope: UDRP designed to address specific cybersquatting issues

A recent decision involving the domain name ‘matrixmmj.com’ serves as a reminder that complex disputes, such as those between parties with current or past business relationships, generally fall outside of the UDRP’s scope. Read more

19 Jan 2020

USPTO clarifies PO box rules, new IP service provider prepares for full launch, Chile IP office suffers attack, analysis of Siemens’ trademark portfolio, 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

15 Jan 2020

UDRP: the importance of full disclosure

A recent UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘breakforthcanada.com’ illustrates the importance of disclosing any relationship between the parties and mentioning any ongoing litigation. Read more

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Anti-counterfeiting

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8 Dec 2019

Calls for a Nice rethink; Clarivate Analytics’ acquisition of Darts-ip; law firm mentoring programmes; global counterfeiting hotspots; TMView tips; plus 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

5 Dec 2019

A glimpse into the future: the brand protection trends set to shape 2020

Next week, WTR will be hosting a free-to-access webinar, which will explore the trends that are expected to affect the e-commerce and IP landscape in 2020 and identify the key emerging online platforms that are set to disrupt the brand protection space. Read more

2 Dec 2019

Research reveals impact of counterfeits on UK economy amid call for increased collaboration

An OECD study has revealed the growing problem of counterfeiting in the UK.  One OECD economist told WTR that, in light of the findings, it is important for rights holders and customs to work more closely together.  Read more

1 Dec 2019

Intel’s diversity move; Instagram urged to verify advertisers; counterfeit hotspots; Expedia exclusive; plus 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

Brand management

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9 Jan 2020

Increase in ‘blending’ trademarks predicted as companies seek brand edge

A new research paper has scrutinised the strategy of blending words into brand names, concluding that such a strategy could increase because “the supply of effective trademark is not inexhaustible”. Read more

25 Dec 2019

Trademarks in space: how to future-proof off-world brands

While space tourism is still nascent, brands need to take action now to ensure off-world protection for their trademarks once the sector takes off Read more

12 Dec 2019

Meme theft: how legal should engage with social media marketing to handle repost crises

Social media marketing departments are reposting UGC on their own sites often with little or no credit to the original creator, which should ring alarm bells for trademark counsel. Read more

2 Dec 2019

Just one week left to nominate the industry’s leading lights for recognition in the WTR 300

The nominations window for the WTR Industry Awards 2020 and next edition of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals closes next week. Nominate now to ensure that the work undertaken by in-house professionals across the globe receives the recognition it deserves. Read more

Enforcement and litigation

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19 Jan 2020

USPTO clarifies PO box rules, new IP service provider prepares for full launch, Chile IP office suffers attack, analysis of Siemens’ trademark portfolio, 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 Jan 2020

Dell successful in two UDRP proceedings involving ‘.co’ domain names

Dell has recently prevailed in two UDRP proceedings involving ‘.co’ domain names consisting of its DELL trademark and a generic word. Read more

3 Jan 2020

A royal brand bid, Bruce Lee infringement fight and a cheesy trademark decision: news digest 

For our first news round-up of 2020 we look at a notable acquisition in the CBD industry, the uncovering of an international counterfeiting ring, an IP licensing agreement between Imagination Technologies and Apple, Israel joining the Hague system and much more. Read more

2 Jan 2020

The top trademark stories of 2019

Last year, a record 392,622 users visited the WTR platform, according to information supplied by Google Analytics. We’ve analysed the data to reveal the regions and countries that are hotspots in terms of interest in trademarks – as well as the stories that were of most interest to the community last year. Read more

Goverment/policy

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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

29 Oct 2019

Groundbreaking research reveals significant risks in AI analysis of trademark registers

A new study looking at how AI is used by IP offices warns that “the seductive appeal of the all-seeing algorithm should be resisted” due to current limitations. Read more

27 Oct 2019

The Trump Trademarks; Uber exclusive interview; Rubik’s Cube decision reaction; counterfeit hotspots revealed; plus 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

20 Oct 2019

USPTO fees proposals backlash; online brand protection takeaways; Amazon pushes back over anti-counterfeiting criticism; Ethiopia’s counterfeiting hotspots; plus 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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31 Dec 2019

What the future holds for law firms: how traditional models are evolving

As client demands change, so too are law firm models. From virtual practices to digital packages and subscription services, the options are myriad. But which will stand the test of time and which best suit client needs?  Read more

4 Dec 2019

How firms could benefit from a combination of formal and informal mentoring practices

While the value of mentoring is undisputed, it can take many forms, some of which are more fruitful than others. We asked one law firm to provide an inside look at the creation of its mentoring programme and, crucially, how it measures success. Read more

25 Oct 2019

Supreme most searched fake brand, 'tm.com' for sale, and more unauthorised Greta Thunberg marks: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a new study finding few marketers are confident in consistent brand values, brands being warned of being too political, Diesel engaging in a trademark battle with a reality star, and much more. Read more

16 Oct 2019

Global trademark growth slowing as China continues to dominate – breaking down the WIPO Indicators 2019 report

WIPO has published World Intellectual Property Indicators 2019, charting the growth of global IP filing for 2018. WTR presents key takeaways from the trademark data. Read more

IP offices

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6 Jan 2020

Introduction of central opposition procedure for ARIPO marks

A new rule has recently been introduced into the Banjul Protocol on Marks to provide for a procedure for lodging notices of opposition directly with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation. Read more

17 Nov 2019

Microsoft tops intangibles ranking; e-sports opportunities; online brand protection trends; counterfeit hotspots revealed; plus 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

10 Nov 2019

OpSec acquires MarkMonitor’s BP business; Korea’s copycat crackdown; WeChat’s USTR rebuttal; Red Cross exclusive interview; plus 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

5 Nov 2019

Brand boycott warning, plain packaging litigation threat and fake gold: news digest 

In our latest news digest, we look at the launch of a new pay-to-use name watching service, US government support for the ‘Amazon’ gTLD application, Imperial Tobacco warning of a court challenge to Canada’s Canadian plain packaging regime, and much more. Read more

Online

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7 Jan 2020

When ‘Nova Tela’ is as common as telenovelas

A recent UDRP decision concerning the domain name ‘novatela.com’ illustrates the challenges in establishing an absence of legitimate interest when domain name resellers register domain names consisting of common and widely used terms.  Read more

13 Dec 2019

UDRP: do not gamble on refiling

A UDRP decision concerning the domain names ‘casinoseminole.com’, ‘seminolecasino.com’ and ‘seminolegaming.com’ sheds light on the complicated matter of refiling, especially in cases of an apparent transfer of control. Read more

10 Dec 2019

Domain name registration justified by prior business relationship

A recent decision concerning the domain name ‘hawkeco.com’ under the UDRP shows that trademark owners should contractually exclude any ambiguity as to their implicit consent for a third party to register a domain name incorporating their trademark. Read more

28 Nov 2019

Instagram urged to verify advertisers as counterfeits problem worsens

Social media platforms are suffering a significant uplift in illicit activity from counterfeiters taking advantage of the Black Friday buzz – with Instagram identified as particularly problematic in recent weeks. Read more

Portfolio management

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9 Jan 2020

Increase in ‘blending’ trademarks predicted as companies seek brand edge

A new research paper has scrutinised the strategy of blending words into brand names, concluding that such a strategy could increase because “the supply of effective trademark is not inexhaustible”. Read more

25 Dec 2019

Trademarks in space: how to future-proof off-world brands

While space tourism is still nascent, brands need to take action now to ensure off-world protection for their trademarks once the sector takes off Read more

10 Dec 2019

Domain name registration justified by prior business relationship

A recent decision concerning the domain name ‘hawkeco.com’ under the UDRP shows that trademark owners should contractually exclude any ambiguity as to their implicit consent for a third party to register a domain name incorporating their trademark. Read more

2 Dec 2019

Clarivate Analytics acquires Darts-ip in data-driven deal

Clarivate Analytics has acquired IP case law and analytics provider Darts-ip for an undisclosed sum, bringing case law data and analytics into the former’s suite of products. Read more

Trademark law

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3 Jan 2020

A royal brand bid, Bruce Lee infringement fight and a cheesy trademark decision: news digest 

For our first news round-up of 2020 we look at a notable acquisition in the CBD industry, the uncovering of an international counterfeiting ring, an IP licensing agreement between Imagination Technologies and Apple, Israel joining the Hague system and much more. Read more

2 Jan 2020

The top trademark stories of 2019

Last year, a record 392,622 users visited the WTR platform, according to information supplied by Google Analytics. We’ve analysed the data to reveal the regions and countries that are hotspots in terms of interest in trademarks – as well as the stories that were of most interest to the community last year. Read more

2 Jan 2020

Brands in space, the top filers at the USPTO, alternative law firm models and more: the new edition of WTR is now live

The Winter 2020 edition of WTR is now available online to subscribers, with our cover story exploring potential frameworks for trademark law in outer space. Read more

2 Jan 2020

Trademarks off-world: a new frontier or lost in space?

With space exploration travelling further than ever before and celestial vacations on the horizon, a rudimentary trademarks framework for Earth’s orbit, the moon and Mars is no longer light years away. Read more

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Lawjay Partners