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The full version of the 2019 WTR 300 is now available and free to view

WTR is pleased to announce the publication of the enhanced version of the 2019 WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals, which this year has been published on a free-to-view basis.

The full version of the 2019 <em>WTR 300</em> is now available and free to view
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.

15 Jul 2019

Reports of law firm phishing attacks serve as reminder of never-ending threat

Recent reports have put a spotlight on phishing directed at law firms and solicitors. While not a new phenomenon, the coverage highlights a significant problem that is not going away, and one that firms must be quick to tackle.

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15 Jul 2019

Privacy problems: brand owners should use caution when using privacy service to register domain name

A recent UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘absainsurance.com’ underlines the fact that brand owners should avoid using a privacy service to register domain names unless there are sound business reasons for doing so. 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

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

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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

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

17 Jun 2019

How the Reckitt Benckiser trademark team took restructuring in its stride

Restructuring can cause a number of headaches for a company, but the WTR Household and Consumer Goods Team of the Year, Reckitt Benckiser, has proven that adaptability and effective communication are the secret to ensuring that enforcement efforts remain uncompromised during times of upheaval. Read more

20 May 2019

Brand protection on TikTok: what rights holders need to know about the fast-growing social media platform

Chinese social network TikTok is growing rapidly, with over 1 billion downloads in the past 12 months. For rights holders, it is a platform that needs to be on the radar, with research from WTR finding issues that brand owners should be aware of. Read more

Brand management

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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

9 Jul 2019

Last year was big for the Toyota brand: could 2019 be even bigger?

Toyota has taken big strides in the last year, with a 17% increase in brand value in 2018 alone. Managing counsel Theresa Conduah discusses the trademark implications of this busy 12 months. Read more

28 Jun 2019

Inside Facebook’s trademark portfolio as company reacts to criticism and boosts value

The tech giant has managed to withstand the negative impact of criticism over its handling of users’ data and policing of content. The future, though, will bring new challenges. Read more

20 Jun 2019

How effective teamwork drives 7-Eleven’s trademark strategy

Alison McDade, senior trademark counsel at 7-Eleven, reveals why communication and integration are key to protecting the IP rights of the world’s largest convenience store franchise. Read more

Enforcement and litigation

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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

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

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

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

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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

13 May 2019

“Time for our political leaders to get involved” – war of words escalates after UGG decision in favour of Deckers

A jury in the US has found that Australian Leather wilfully infringed a trademark registered to Deckers Outdoor Corporation. The defendant has vowed to appeal, with one member of its legal team calling on the Australian government to intervene. Read more

10 May 2019

Scotch Whisky in Korea, Pakistan IPO tackles fakes, and Samsung domain: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at applications rising at the Philippines IP Office, a perfume trademark battle, a debate over whether the Wikipedia brand has been tarnished by WikiLeaks, and much more. Read more

7 May 2019

E-sports influencers, first GI registration in Cambodia, and ICANN phishing campaign: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at a study on fakes being sold around Mother’s Day, CompuMark and WebTMS partnering up, Louis Vuitton seeking legal action against a Chinese entity, and much more. Read more

Law firms

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18 May 2019

Meet the WTR team and pick up some freebies

The WTR team has arrived in Boston for this year’s Annual Meeting. If you are in town, then visit us in the exhibition hall at stands 918/920 to meet the crew and pick up some of our latest publications. Read more

1 May 2019

Welcome to your new-look WTR magazine

The latest issue of WTR magazine has gone live online today, and subscribers will note a major number of changes to the magazine and new types of content, all designed to maximise the value of their subscription. Read more

1 May 2019

The business development mindset – how to approach marketing

There are a host of opportunities that can be leveraged to raise the profile of your trademark practice and its partners. So which business development activities should you use to make money? Read more

9 Apr 2019

Compumark launches all-in-one protection service 'Trademark.com' as news emerges of prospective sale of Trademarkia (updated)

Compumark has launched a trademark protection tool with the promise to make “safeguarding brands easy and affordable”, with the move representing another entrant into the competitive online trademark filings market. Read more

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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

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 May 2019

INTA 2021 speculation, blockchain TLDs, ‘.sucks' new approach, and brand protection the Amazon way: INTA 2019 day three report

We’re over the halfway mark of the INTA Annual Meeting and the WTR editorial team have been running between sessions, meetings and receptions to bring you the latest stories and insights. Read more

19 May 2019

Trademark pirates attack, sustainable freebies, parasite brands, and GIview in the works: INTA 2019 day one report

The great and the good of the trademark industry have descended on Boston for INTA’s 2019 Annual Meeting. Here’s what caught our attention yesterday and on today’s first full day of proceedings… Read more

Online

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3 Jul 2019

Speculating in intrinsically valuable domain names represents a legitimate business interest in itself

In a recent decision under the UDRP, a three-member panel has refused to transfer the domain name ‘incanto.com’ to Incanto Fashion Group and entered a finding of reverse domain name hijacking. Read more

26 Jun 2019

UDRP complainants: beware of disclaimers

A UDRP panel has denied the transfer of a domain name because the complainant was unable to prove that the respondent had no rights and legitimate interests in the domain name - even though the panel had grave reservations about the respondent’s explanation for its motivations.   Read more

20 Jun 2019

Drumroll as ‘tambour.com’ complaint is denied

In a recent decision under the UDRP, a panel has denied the transfer of the domain name ‘tambour.com’ because the complainant had failed to demonstrate that the respondent was targeting its trademark TAMBOUR, a descriptive word in some languages. Read more

28 May 2019

Why complaints that new gTLD pricing ‘.sucks’ may have been over the top

A recent academic study exploring the need for updated regulation governing domain names in the United States has suggested that, with many brand owners adopting a laid back, wait-and-see approach to registrations, initial complaints surrounding the high costs of the ‘.sucks’ domain name may have been overblown. Read more

Portfolio management

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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

20 Jun 2019

How effective teamwork drives 7-Eleven’s trademark strategy

Alison McDade, senior trademark counsel at 7-Eleven, reveals why communication and integration are key to protecting the IP rights of the world’s largest convenience store franchise. Read more

8 Jun 2019

Esports: an untapped market for both brands and law firms

The industry is still in its early days, but it is growing by leaps and bounds. Brands such as Coca-Cola and Champion have already jumped into the ring to capitalise on this marketing opportunity, but teams need help getting their portfolios up to scratch to better grow their businesses. Read more

22 May 2019

“Consolidation is powerful” – no slowdown in takeovers expected in IP service providers sector

The non-legal trademark services industry has been the focus of increased investment and M&A activity in recent years. WTR spoke to a number of major players to ask whether they expected consolidation or collaboration to be the norm in future. Read more

Trademark law

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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

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

28 May 2019

Governments hit back over ICANN’s ‘.amazon’ TLD resolution as near-decade battle nears end

The presidents of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru have hit out at ICANN’s recent resolution to proceed with Amazon’s application for the ‘.amazon’ TLD. The move keeps the dispute firmly within the policy realm as the seven-year battle moves to resolution. Read more

22 May 2019

“It’s going to make my life much better” – industry experts welcome SCOTUS licensing decision

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has ruled 8-1 in Mission Product Holdings v Tempnology LLC, with one legal expert telling WTR that the ruling helps to create a more stable trademark licensing market. Read more

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