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WTR needs your views on trademark search, watch and portfolio management services

WTR is polling law firm and corporate trademark professionals for their thoughts on how the non-legal trademark services sector is matching up to expectations and what more they need from the providers of search and watch, renewals and recordals, and general trademark portfolio management offerings.

<em>WTR </em>needs your views on trademark search, watch and portfolio management services
Soft power can help build nation brands and nation’s brands symbiotically, says new study
13 Jul 2020

Soft power can help build nation brands and nation’s brands symbiotically, says new study

Brand Finance's global study reveals that nations, much like companies, must consider all aspects of their brand to effectively leverage soft power on the world stage.

Managing a reduced budget through deprioritisation: insights from inside Facebook
13 Jul 2020

Managing a reduced budget through deprioritisation: insights from inside Facebook

Mike Yaghmai, head of brands and marketing legal at Facebook, explains how the team approaches budget management and prioritisation. Crucially, he also explores techniques to facilitate team and client buy-in.

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12 Jul 2020

Private investigators safeguarding brands; diversity and inclusion improving in-house but lagging in Asia; US litigation levels slump; WTR summer issue unveiled; 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 Jul 2020

From the WTR archive: private investigations

For our latest delve into WTR’s unrivalled archive of trademark content, we present a series of features focused on the work of private investigators. Read more

10 Jul 2020

Domain name owners beware: UDRP cannot fix failure to renew

A recent case involving the domain name ‘berrysweet.com’ shows that the UDRP cannot simply be used to fix a failure to renew when all else fails, highlighting the importance of efficient portfolio management. Read more

9 Jul 2020

Major blow for tobacco industry as WTO Appellate Body issues decision in Australian plain packaging dispute

In a significant victory for public health, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Appellate Body has rejected appeals lodged by the Dominican Republic and Honduras against the findings of the WTO Panel Report on Australia’s plain packaging requirements for tobacco products. Read more

Anti-Counterfeiting

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8 Jul 2020

Private investigators in the spotlight: challenges and opportunities

The use of private investigators is on the rise, spurred by challenges that have arisen due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, this soaring practice has important implications for brand protection professionals. Read more

6 Jul 2020

Exclusive research into how brand professionals use private investigators

A new WTR survey shines a light on everything from what qualities trademark professionals most value to the areas in which they are planning to employ gumshoes in the near future. Read more

5 Jul 2020

Booking.com sparks range of reactions; ICANN 68 puts key issues under the spotlight; Sky v Skykick rages on; 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 Jul 2020

From the WTR archive: a snapshot of trademarks in the beginning

In this latest edition of our series delving into WTR’s unrivalled archive of trademark content, we head back to the first issue of WTR magazine.  It is a reminder that the more things change, the more they remain the same. Read more

Brand management

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8 Jul 2020

Diversity and inclusion: what success looks like in the trademark environment

Trademark experts offer critical insight into the creation, maintenance and monitoring of meaningful diversity and inclusion programmes. Read more

8 Jul 2020

#Crisis: leveraging contractual protections in influencer agreements

With most trademark professionals adapting to new brand protection practices during the covid-19 pandemic, there are key contractual considerations to bear in mind when working with influencers in crisis situations. Read more

8 Jul 2020

The age of pandemic: everything in trademarks since covid-19 hit

Close analysis of global filing activity and brand management efforts in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic suggests that the impact of the economic crisis on the trademark landscape will be unlike that of any previous recession. Read more

8 Jul 2020

Diversity and inclusion: in-house perspectives and challenges

In-house counsel from a range of industries and jurisdictions provide their insight into the diversity landscape of the trademark world, reflecting on their personal experiences and offering further steps towards a truly inclusive working environment. Read more

Enforcement and Litigation

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2 Jul 2020

Key takeaways for trademark professionals from ICANN’s latest policy forum

In this guest analysis, experts from Winterfeldt IP Group present key takeaways from ICANN 68, including on issues related to rights protection, Domain Name System abuse and WHOIS. Read more

30 Jun 2020

How WTR is connecting the global trademark community this October

WTR is delighted to unveil WTR Connect, a series of high-level online events taking place across two weeks in October, with in-depth sessions timed to accommodate participation from around the world. Read more

28 Jun 2020

Concerns over hijacked attorney details; takeaways from INTA’s first all-virtual event; Amazon announces new Counterfeit Crimes Unit; 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 Jun 2020

“This may prove to be a watershed moment”: takeaways from INTA’s first virtual event

INTA’s ‘Brands in Society: Their Influence and Responsibility’ event took place this week, offering insight into how brands are managing consumer expectations in the covid-19 environment. Read more

Government/Policy

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24 Jun 2020

Amazon unveils new Counterfeit Crimes Unit, renews call for governments to do more

Amazon has announced the establishment of a Counterfeit Crimes Unit dedicated to bringing counterfeiters that violate the law and Amazon’s policies by listing counterfeit products in its stores to justice. Read more

21 Jun 2020

Opportunities for meaningful change; tech innovation at Anheuser-Busch InBev; USPTO responds to TESS criticism; 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 Jun 2020

Exclusive Archambeau interview and EUIPO annual report; GEORGE FLOYD, I CAN’T BREATHE and BLACK LIVES MATTER trademark filings; fall in USPTO revenues; 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

10 Jun 2020

“The idea of IP crime as victimless is misguided”: report evidences serious crimes link

A new research report has investigated the link between IP and other forms of serious crime. Released to coincide with World Anti-counterfeiting Day, the study provides useful intelligence for policymakers and rights holders alike. Read more

Law Firms

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7 Jun 2020

Behind the scenes at Lego; brand backlash over Black Lives Matter messaging; Yuppo counterfeit investigation; exclusive Chinese court data; 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

31 May 2020

Dismantling unconscious biases, practising intentional diversity, making the business case for intellectual property, 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

26 May 2020

“The heresy I am happy to question”: Trademark Owners Association's managing director outlines plans for legal services brand

WTR sat down with the managing director of the Trademark Owners Association, to get more on the decision to revive the TMOA brand and what the future holds Read more

24 May 2020

Filing levels recover, United Kingdom omits GIs from EU trade agreement, firms offer wellbeing 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

IP Offices

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12 Jun 2020

Pendency, hiring and IT investment to be hit as USPTO grapples with volatile filing levels

USPTO director Andrei Iancu has warned of a drop in revenues as a consequence of the covid-19 pandemic, revealing that hiring and plans to modernise legacy trademark IT systems are being scaled back due to current economic uncertainty. Read more

21 May 2020

EAEU members sign trademark agreement

The Agreement on the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin has been signed by all EAEU members states. This represents a significant step in establishing a unified IP system in the EAEU. Read more

19 May 2020

How the covid-19 pandemic has affected trademark practice in the Caribbean

The covid-19 pandemic has caused significant disruptions to trademark processes in the Caribbean region. This update presents the current status of trademark practice at Caribbean Intellectual Property Offices. Read more

17 May 2020

Covid-19 survey results, future of trademark practice, Facebook leadership 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

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3 Jul 2020

UDRP complainant cheesed off in ‘taleggio.net’ case

A WIPO panel has denied the transfer of the domain name ‘taleggio.net’ under the UDRP because the complainant, an Italian consortium promoting and commercialising Taleggio cheese, had failed to prove that the respondent had acted in bad faith. Read more

29 Jun 2020

‘casinodaddy.com’: claim fails due to insufficient evidence of bad-faith registration

A recent case involving the domain name ‘casinodaddy.com’ highlights that UDRP complaints will usually be denied if the panel feels that the issues are too complex and better suited to more in-depth consideration by a court of law. Read more

24 Jun 2020

Brand protection challenges of domain management: 83% of companies at risk of hijacking, report shows

An alarming number of major organisations do not have sufficiently protected domains, says a new report, and such risk has significant brand protection implications. Read more

22 Jun 2020

UDRP may not be used as means to wrest domain names corresponding to trademarks from registrants

A UDRP panel has refused to order the transfer of the domain name ‘shaze.com’ to the owner of the SHAZE mark, finding that the latter had narrowly fallen short of proving its case on the balance of probabilities. Read more

Portfolio Management

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6 Jul 2020

Keep calm and carry your brand through the covid-19 crisis

Claire Jones, senior trademark attorney at HGF, provides insight into how trademark teams should focus their activities at a time when brand protection is more important than ever. Read more

27 Jun 2020

From the WTR archive: inside in-house operations

In this latest edition of our series delving into our unrivalled archive of trademark content, we present a selection of articles that explore how companies can, and should, manage the trademark team and function. Read more

15 Jun 2020

Developing new tech solutions to fix vulnerabilities: exclusive interview with AB InBev’s Pieter van den Bulck

WTR hears how Anheuser-Busch InBev stays ahead of the curve for global protection and the innovative technology it has developed. Read more

9 Jun 2020

ccTLDs get covid-19 booster

In contrast to some reports of a fall in domain name registration numbers in certain ccTLDs, a few registries seem to have received an unlikely boost from the recent covid-19 lockdowns. Read more

Trademark law

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13 Jun 2020

From the WTR archive: the trademark implications of emerging tech and evolving environments

In this latest edition of our series delving into WTR’s unrivalled archive of content, we present a selection of articles that explore the trademark ramifications of different types of emerging technology and online environments. Read more

16 May 2020

From the WTR archive: inside high-profile brand battles

In this latest edition of our series delving into WTR’s unrivalled 17-year archive of trademark content, we present a selection of in-depth pieces focused on disputes involving such names as Apple, Bacardi, Cisco, Michael Jordan, Pernod Ricard and Samsung. Read more

13 May 2020

Deepfakes, AI, IP enforcement and Jay-Z: the legal dilemma that regulators are facing

In this exclusive guest piece, Kimiya Shams, legal counsel at technology company DEVIALET, reflects on the current challenges for those enforcing against deepfakes. Read more

10 May 2020

Historic US Supreme Court hearing, lessons from Gleissner opponents, world’s leading corporate trademark professionals, 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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Michael Isler
Attorney at Law
Zurich, Switzerland
Walder Wyss Ltd