International

Inside ISO 22386: the development of an international standard for brand protection

This week WTR spoke to Peter Furby, CEO of DH Anticounterfeit, to get the inside track on efforts to develop an ISO for brand protection activities.

Inside ISO 22386: the development of an international standard for brand protection
How to use LinkedIn to promote trademark insight
1 Dec 2020

How to use LinkedIn to promote trademark insight

WTR speaks to three trademark experts on how they have utilised the platform and the benefits that it can bring.

WIPO hits UDRP milestone as attention turns to the future of the policy
30 Nov 2020

WIPO hits UDRP milestone as attention turns to the future of the policy

WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center has hit a significant milestone, breaking through the 50,000 barrier for UDRP cases.

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29 Nov 2020

Major new Gleissner investigation; USPTO examination concerns; first registered ARIPO GI; 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

28 Nov 2020

From the WTR archive: industry data deep dives

For our latest delve into WTR’s unrivalled archive of trademark content, we present a selection of data-driven intelligence pieces from the past few years. Read more

27 Nov 2020

Different panellists, different views: why selecting a three-member panel may be advisable in borderline cases

UDRP panels can have radically different approaches to the same facts, and the selection of a three-member panel may be preferable in borderline cases. Read more

25 Nov 2020

Offering fans a stake: inside Fnatic’s new crowdfunding campaign

Fnatic is giving fans the opportunity to have a stake in the team, driving online consumer engagement past more than just ephemeral online views. Read more

Anti-Counterfeiting

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22 Nov 2020

INTA Annual Meeting highlights; IP office think tank report; USPTO fee changes; 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

21 Nov 2020

From the WTR archive: e-commerce and social media platforms expand on IP protection efforts

For our latest delve into WTR’s unrivalled archive of trademark content, we present updates that take readers inside the IP protection efforts of e-commerce and social media platforms. Read more

15 Nov 2020

Pfizer vaccine brand implications; US platforms in Notorious Markets crosshairs; Amazon influencer action; 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 Nov 2020

From the WTR archive: inside pharmaceutical brands

For our latest delve into WTR’s unrivalled archive of trademark content, we present a selection of articles focused on the IP issues faced by pharmaceutical companies. Read more

Brand management

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18 Nov 2020

Navigating regulation and a crowded Class 5: the race to register a covid-19 vaccine

This week, The Telegraph reported on some of the likely contenders for Pfizer’s vaccine name based on trademark filings by the company and partner BioNTech. Read more

9 Nov 2020

WTR needs your nominations for its 2021 Industry Awards and WTR 300 projects

Time is running out to nominate corporate trademark professionals for recognition at the WTR Industry Awards 2021 and in the next edition of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals.  Read more

8 Nov 2020

Trademark policy under Trump; sustainable brands; Asia customs strategies; 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 Nov 2020

From the WTR archive: the decade-long battle over plain packaging

For our latest delve into WTR’s unrivalled archive of trademark content, we present a selection of articles focused on the issue of plain packaging and brand restrictions. Read more

Enforcement and Litigation

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19 Nov 2020

Inside the growing complexity of counterfeit networks, and how to uproot them

Rooting out these networks requires a canny appreciation of how bad actors work with business models akin to their legitimate counterparts. Read more

10 Nov 2020

Amazon and Facebook in crosshairs as USTR submissions highlight US platforms

A number of submissions to the Office of the US Trade Representative have identified US platforms for possible inclusion in the next Notorious Markets List. Read more

4 Nov 2020

Programme and first speakers revealed for Brand Strategy China 2020

Brand Strategy China will provide attendees with a series of talks delivering actionable takeaways for professionals tasked with protecting the integrity and maximising the value of their brands across Greater China. Read more

4 Nov 2020

Crossing the Zambezi: key issues for brand owners following the completion of the Kazungula bridge

The recent completion of the Kazungula bridge between Botswana and Zambia creates new opportunities - but with opportunities come threats. This update discusses trademark matters in the two countries joined by the bridge, and raises some issues that brand owners need to be aware of due to the new transport link. Read more

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18 Nov 2020

INTA think tank contends IP offices must evolve to “remain relevant, efficient and sustainable”

An INTA think tank has outlined the ways that IP offices, in an era in which “necessity has become a driver of innovation”, need to change if they are to remain relevant and sustainable over the long term. Read more

17 Nov 2020

Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan ratify protocol on Eurasian design patents

The protocol, which was adopted by Eurasian Patent Organisation member states in September 2019, introduces the Eurasian system for the protection of industrial design patents. Read more

1 Nov 2020

Key takeaways from ICANN 69; behind the scenes at KIPO; UKIPO reveals new GI approach; 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

25 Oct 2020

Corsearch branches into anti-piracy; WTR reveals new panel-based research project; Apple tops Brand Finance intangible value 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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20 Nov 2020

Time for a change: but how do IP law firms achieve excellence?

How prepared are law firms for the future, and how should change be managed? In this guest article, Anaqua's Jayne Durden convened a panel of IP practitioners to find out. Read more

27 Oct 2020

“Digitalisation is disrupting the old IP world”: Novagraaf CEO expands on NovumIP service provider plans

In January we reported that Novagraaf and PAVIS had joined forces to create a new IP service provider, NovumIP.  We sat down with Lutgarde Liezenberg, CEO of the Novagraaf Group, to find out how the organisation has adapted to an ever-changing environment. Read more

21 Oct 2020

Work-life balance likely to become less polarising but there could be a sting in the tail

Industry leaders expect work-life balance complaints in trademark teams to ease in the coming months. While seemingly positive, there are also warnings that this could be an ominous indicator of future unrest. Read more

19 Oct 2020

“The ultimate impact of covid-19 on trademarks has yet to be felt”: industry leaders look to the future

The cyclical nature of IP financial planning means that the impact of the pandemic on trademarks may not yet have been fully felt, with industry leaders citing budgets as the number one concern in the coming months. Read more

IP Offices

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24 Oct 2020

From the WTR archive: exclusive research projects

This week’s delve into WTR’s unrivalled archive of trademark content presents the key findings from a selection of exclusive research projects that we have undertaken over the past few years. Read more

18 Oct 2020

Behind the scenes at EUIPO and USPTO; WIPO ADR services; WTR Connect week-two highlights; 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

11 Oct 2020

WTR Industry Award winners revealed; Chinese filings boom; highlights from week one of WTR Connect; 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 Oct 2020

Alibaba unveils SME Advisory Committee; why PR is an IP responsibility; QAnon applications revealed; 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

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13 Nov 2020

Mrs Jello obtains RDNH finding in ‘spase.com’ case

This case illustrates that UDRP complainants must convincingly establish a respondent's lack of legitimate rights or interests and bad faith, especially when the domain name registration substantially pre-dates the complainant’s supposed trademark rights. Read more

6 Nov 2020

The wish is father to the thought

This recent decision demonstrates that UDRP complainants should not refrain from conducting due diligence on the registrant’s details before filing a complaint. Read more

30 Oct 2020

Complaint for ‘kobra.com’ comes back to bite complainant

This case demonstrates a fundamental aspect of the UDRP, in that a complainant must prove that the respondent either knew, or should have known, of the complainant’s trademark at the time it registered the domain name at issue. Read more

28 Oct 2020

WHOIS, the RPM review and future gTLD rounds: takeaways from ICANN 69

In this guest analysis, experts from Winterfeldt IP Group present key takeaways from ICANN 69, including on WHOIS data access, the RPM review and future gTLD rounds. Read more

Portfolio Management

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4 Nov 2020

Certification marks provide a unique opportunity to promote a green brand and the role of trademark teams, but they require commitment

For trademark experts, these activities cannot just be a box-ticking exercise. At the very least, they may help raise the profile of the team across the wider business. Read more

19 Oct 2020

Major new quarterly research project to track industry trends and outlook launches

WTR is pleased to announce the launch of a new research project that will track trademark trends and outlooks on a quarterly basis, providing brand professionals with unique insight direct from a panel of industry leaders. Read more

19 Oct 2020

Corsearch to acquire Marketly, integrates anti-piracy tools into brand protection offerings

Corsearch will officially announce the acquisition tomorrow, in what is another step by the service provider to broaden its offerings beyond the trademark sphere. Read more

14 Oct 2020

Commercial awareness is a brand’s best friend: how to build resilience without breaking the bank

Securing and enforcing the strongest IP rights in key jurisdictions is a cost-benefit analysis that relies on IP counsel being commercially savvy. Experts share best practice tips for future-proofing some of the world’s most sought-after brands. Read more

Trademark law

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27 Sep 2020

Philip Morris anti-fraud campaign; Super Mario at 35; TikTok negotiations; 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

23 Sep 2020

Money saving tips, Asia top filers, UDRP review: WTR’s autumn edition now available

In a bumper edition we present budget management tips, reveal the top law firm and corporate filers in key jurisdictions across Asia, analyse the findings of our survey on non-legal trademark services, and much more. Read more

20 Sep 2020

Apple-OnePlus Customs controversy; Banksy marks “at risk”; Beirut recovery efforts; 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 Sep 2020

Black Lives Matter brand battle; French IP office exclusive; trademark services survey results; 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