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“Some lawyers don’t recognise the importance of paralegals”: TMAP’s co-chairs on the value of administrators

As INTA’s annual Trademark Administrators and Practitioners got underway in Berlin. WTR sat down with the conference co-chairs to explore how the legal community can better support, and benefit from, their paralegal colleagues.

“Some lawyers don’t recognise the importance of paralegals”: TMAP’s co-chairs on the value of administrators
13 Sep 2019

The brand battles rage on between legacy airlines and low-cost carriers

The evolution of the air travel industry has blurred the line between premium and cost-conscious brands. There are problems for both on the horizon as social media puts reputations at risk and consumers call for more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.

12 Sep 2019

WTR Industry Awards 2020 nomination window now open

WTR is now seeking nominations for the WTR Industry Awards 2020 and next edition of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals. Nominate now to recognise the leading in-house professionals.

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15 Sep 2019

Zippo’s approach to enforcement; counterfeiting hotspots in Brazil; creating law firm diversity programmes; WTR Industry Awards nominations window opens; plus much more.

Everything we covered on WTR over the last 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

11 Sep 2019

How law firms can use partnerships to build diversity and inclusion

From informal initiatives to formal programmes, diversity activities can take many forms at law-firm level. Andrew D Price and Andrew B Hales of Venable talk through some of the options.  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

5 Sep 2019

Kicking out counterfeits from the Premier League: takeaways from Football Against Fakes 2019 – exclusive guest post

This week's Football Against Fakes 2019 event discussed anti-counterfeiting work in the sports industry. In an exclusive guest post, brand protection consultant Stephen Connolly reveals insights from the event and takeaways for brand owners. Read more

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11 Aug 2019

USPTO warning over ‘bad actors’; Apple entering the fintech fray; Ferrari spat with German designer; Amazon extends Project Zero; plus much more.

Everything we covered on WTR over the last 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

21 Jul 2019

Phishers target law firms; counterfeit hotspots; diversity in the legal field; and much more

Welcome to this week’s WTR Sunday Supplement, presenting everything we covered over the last 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

28 Jun 2019

Cannabis counterfeits; the campus consequence of Brunetti; and Anheuser-Busch eyes esports market: news digest 

In our latest news round-up, we look at how Alibaba is seeking increased brand engagement, Anheuser-Busch making a play for the esports industry, a USPTO call for comments, Albania’s accession to the Geneva Act and much more. 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

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5 Sep 2019

How to recognise leadership in the IP field

For the final part of our series of articles based on interviews with the elite of the global trademark industry, a range of corporate and law firm experts explain what effective leadership in the IP field looks like. Read more

3 Sep 2019

Seven tips for building a successful career in trademarks

We ask the elite of the global trademark industry for tips and advice for those embarking on – or in the early stages of – a career in trademark law. Read more

16 Aug 2019

Just Eat and Takeaway.com tie-up to take on Uber Eats as brands seek market dominance

The online food delivery services industry is heating up. Major players are snapping up smaller brands and merging to solidify market presence and expand into new regions, as our exclusive data analysis reveals. Read more

1 Aug 2019

How FaceApp’s terms of use could open risk of infringement that you can’t fight

A media storm has circled around Russian-owned FaceApp over fears that personal data is being sold for potentially nefarious purposes. We speak with an expert about the legal issues that rights holders should be aware of. Read more

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15 Sep 2019

Zippo’s approach to enforcement; counterfeiting hotspots in Brazil; creating law firm diversity programmes; WTR Industry Awards nominations window opens; plus much more.

Everything we covered on WTR over the last 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 Sep 2019

Kicking out counterfeits from the Premier League: takeaways from Football Against Fakes 2019 – exclusive guest post

This week's Football Against Fakes 2019 event discussed anti-counterfeiting work in the sports industry. In an exclusive guest post, brand protection consultant Stephen Connolly reveals insights from the event and takeaways for brand owners. Read more

1 Sep 2019

USPTO backlash; Harvard tops trademark ranking; Singapore IP Week takeaways; plus much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the last 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

26 Aug 2019

How to stay at the forefront of industry developments: tips from legal industry leaders

For the latest instalment of our series examining IP leadership, knowledge development and career advancement, industry experts present tips on how to ensure that legal teams remain on the cutting edge of trademark practice. Read more

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30 Jul 2019

Why the legal profession should encourage diversity and inclusion

Embracing diversity and nurturing inclusion is not only the right thing to do, it is good business. Yet the legal profession has been slow to change and capture the opportunity. Read more

26 Jun 2019

FIFA reflects on scoring an IP enforcement win at the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Daniel Zohny, IP head at FIFA, looks back at the intense workload taken on by his team during the 2018 World Cup and looks forward to the next tournament as the worthy winner of WTR’s Sports, Entertainment and Media Team of the Year. Read more

21 Jun 2019

Beto on trademarks, USPTO warned over cyber risk, and 3M puts brakes on opposition: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Vietnamese IP laws being updated, esports teams seeking out sponsors in Cannes, beauty brands fighting over a make-up mark, an engineer venting over counterfeits, and much more. Read more

21 Jun 2019

ICANN planning yearly gTLD application windows as second round preparation steps up

ICANN has released a high-level discussion document which lays out plans for the next round of new gTLD applications. In it, the organisation currently envisions a second round followed by annual two-to-three month application opportunities. Read more

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20 Aug 2019

Anatomy of a trademark lawyer: the qualities that make for success

We investigate what qualities those at the top of the IP profession feel make for an elite-level trademark professional. Read more

15 Aug 2019

Six ways to evolve your practice to meet client demands: insights from the law firm elite

We explore how changing client demands are shaping the modern law firm practice – and present insight into how to future-proof operations. Read more

12 Aug 2019

Technology: friend or foe? Leading trademark practitioners look to the future

Leading brand professionals share their expectations about how technology will impact the work of trademark practitioners in the future – and whether it will provide a means to add value or make many current tasks redundant. Read more

16 Jul 2019

Diversity in the legal workplace: interview with the global chair of A&O’s LGBT+ network

This week, Stonewall, an LGBT+ rights charity, named Allen & Overy one of its Top Global Employers. WTR sat down with Jim Ford, chair of the firms A&Out network, to discuss the importance of LGBT+ diversity and inclusion in law firms. Read more

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24 Jul 2019

China, India, US rise; Japan, Singapore, UK fall – Global Innovation Index 2019 report released

WIPO has revealed the world’s most innovative countries. In a new report it places Switzerland, Sweden and the United States at the top of the list, with the Netherlands, Singapore and the United Kingdom falling down the rankings.  Read more

12 Jul 2019

Trademark solicitation scams: identifying the scale of the issue

In a major upcoming investigation, WTR will look at the scourge of trademark solicitation scams. Today we ask readers to share their experience of spurious trademark invoices. Read more

4 Jul 2019

Protecting GIs in the modern age: takeaways from WIPO’s Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications

In an exclusive guest post, António Corte-Real from Simões Garcia Corte-Real & Associados reveals some of the key takeaways from WIPO’s recent geographical indications event.  Read more

2 Jul 2019

How AI will revolutionise trademark searches

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel have looked at how advanced AI tools will transform the way in which trademark searches are conducted in the future – and, in an exclusive guest post, expand on what this means for trademark practitioners. Read more

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13 Aug 2019

Keeping up with the Jonesies: UDRP panel refuses to transfer ‘littlejonesies.com’

A recent UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘littlejonesies.com’ highlights the importance of establishing a prima facie case of lack of legitimate interest when a domain name includes the registrant's name.  Read more

7 Aug 2019

Skateboard saga: UDRP panel allows separate ownership of almost identical domain names to continue

A recent decision involving the domain name ‘customskateboard.com’ underlines that it is sometimes difficult to predict the outcome of UDRP complaints. Read more

1 Aug 2019

No UDRP remedy for failure to renew

A recent UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘titoni.com’ shows that domain name registrants must manage their portfolios rigorously to avoid missing any expiry dates. Read more

26 Jul 2019

Achilles' heel: UDRP complainants should provide detailed evidence when relying on unregistered or common law rights

A recent decision involving the domain name ‘threadsofapollo.com’ highlights the importance of submitting comprehensive evidence to support assertions in a UDRP complaint, especially when a party relies on unregistered or common law rights in its submissions. Read more

Portfolio management

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26 Jul 2019

NASA has one small portfolio of trademarks, one giant global identity for its brand

In an exclusive data analysis, we find the American space agency has a minimalist portfolio – a trend among federal agencies – yet maintains a strong brand identity around the world. Read more

11 Jul 2019

Strong internal communications, flexibility and diversity make for a winning team at MetLife

Juggling global operations spread out among affiliates can be a daunting task but open communication, company-wide interaction and knowledge sharing allows these trademark professionals to manage an impactful and efficient portfolio.   Read more

10 Jul 2019

Intel director of trademarks reveals the key ingredients for successful brand protection

Christopher George, director of trademarks and brands at Technology and Consumer Electronics Team of the Year Intel, has spoken to WTR about the difficulties his team faces when tasked with protecting the brands of so-called ‘ingredient’ tech components, rather than final products.   Read more

10 Jul 2019

How the Mars trademark team is knuckling down on efficiency in transition to e-commerce

The in-house team at food giant Mars continuously adapts its approach to tackle the range of prosecution and enforcement challenges it faces. Although the department is decentralised, strong internal communication keeps the brand’s IP strategy robust and consistent. Read more

Trademark law

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23 Aug 2019

World’s largest trademark application, IPOS launches app, and Notorious Markets List comments open: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the art of avoiding brand hate, Hasbro acquiring Peppa Pig owner, the INTA holding its first roundtable event in Israel, and much more. Read more

18 Aug 2019

WWE’s approach to enforcement; brand squatting in Nigeria; global counterfeiting hotspots; encouraging diversity in the IP field; EUIPO warning; plus much more.

Everything we covered on WTR over the last 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 Aug 2019

“Unprecedented” USPTO application surge; FaceApp risk; inside De Beers’ brand portfolio; a blow for Red Bull; plus much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the last 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

1 Aug 2019

Unicorn brand portfolios, EUTM top filers and diversity challenges: WTR 80 out now

The Summer 2019 edition of WTR is now available online to subscribers, revealing the top filers at the EUIPO, presenting exclusive interviews with award-winning corporate trademark teams and taking a deep data dive into the brand portfolios of some of the world’s leading unicorns. Read more

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