Latin America & Caribbean

From K-pop to Presley: inside the trademark portfolios of the music industry’s biggest names

When it comes to trademarks, some musicians are clearly a step ahead. For others, the need to consider protection provides a potential new client base for practitioners. We delve into the portfolios and filing trends of both global and local recording artists.

From K-pop to Presley: inside the trademark portfolios of the music industry’s biggest names
12 Mar 2019

ICANN delays '.amazon' decision; tech giant's TLD remains in limbo

ICANN has passed a resolution that ends the organisation's efforts to lead a facilitation process aimed at settling a domain name dispute between Amazon and the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organisation.

8 Mar 2019

From the old to the new: inside Mondelēz’s evolving brand portfolio strategy

The snack giant has traditionally focused on existing famous brands; however, the healthy living trend now presents both challenges and opportunity.

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18 Mar 2019

New Intellectual Property National Policy to create more competitive and innovative nation

The National Institute for Defence against Unfair Competition and Intellectual Property has begun work on a national policy to make intellectual property a necessary competitive instrument for Peru’s social and economic development. Read more

12 Mar 2019

Injunction granted for colour mark even though shape is different

A tribunal has granted Nestlé’s request for injunctive measures over a competitor’s packaging, which uses a similar shade of green to its registered colour mark. This was despite the fact that colour marks in Colombia are limited to particular shapes. Read more

5 Mar 2019

What brand owners need to know about the serious trademark issues and risks in Venezuela

In this exclusive guest post, experts from Venezuelan firm Antequera expand on recent “major setbacks” for international brand owners seeking IP protection in the Latin American country. Read more

5 Mar 2019

Absolute last chance to have your say on the state of the trademark industry

Trademark practitioners have one more day to participate in WTR’s annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. With just hours left, do not miss out. Read more

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26 Feb 2019

Brazil calls for ‘.amazon’ delay, Swatch and Samsung face-off, and Lithuanian open IP data: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Jerry Seinfeld filing a lawsuit over a ‘counterfeit’ Porsche, a draft policy in India that could empower platforms to blacklist counterfeit sellers, and much more. Read more

15 Feb 2019

Venezuela trademark warning, IP Australia chatbot success, and triumph for Butlers in the Buff: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a new online service launched by the Swedish IP Office, the Babybel wax-coating trademark being invalidated, scammers filing “fake trademarks” to hijack Instagram accounts, and much more. Read more

22 Jan 2019

Louis Vuitton enforcement lessons, ‘.amazon’ deadline set, and Ivanka Trump trademark storm: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the multi-trillion dollar toll of counterfeiting, a huge seizure of fakes in the United Kingdom, a Vietnamese restaurant’s 2013 trademark backlash rearing its head, and much more. Read more

7 Dec 2018

Perfect storm for counterfeits: why Brazil needs to be on the international radars

The economic recession has created conditions for a sharp increase in counterfeit products in Brazil’s physical and virtual marketplaces – making policing an urgent requirement for brands. Read more

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1 Mar 2019

How branding could be a golden opportunity for mining companies 

In an exclusive data analysis, we look at how mining companies have yet to appreciate the value of brand strength in an era of growing expectations around corporate social responsibility. Read more

25 Feb 2019

Challenge, reform and opportunity for Mexican business – a legal perspective

Mexico’s unique business position makes it an attractive investment location. While this brings challenges, it also signals opportunity with the reform of the Industrial Property Law. Read more

22 Feb 2019

Time to place your bets? Casino gaming companies dominate EU and US trademark registers

Online gaming has driven significant growth in the gambling industry and key players are capitalising on intellectual property to protect their innovations. Read more

21 Feb 2019

Trademark opportunities and threats: have your say on the state of the industry

Our annual research is designed to give counsel – both in-house and in private practice – the opportunity to share their successes, challenges and concerns from the past 12 months. Read more

Enforcement and litigation

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5 Mar 2019

What brand owners need to know about the serious trademark issues and risks in Venezuela

In this exclusive guest post, experts from Venezuelan firm Antequera expand on recent “major setbacks” for international brand owners seeking IP protection in the Latin American country. Read more

5 Mar 2019

Victory for tobacco companies as Criminal Court issues important precedent concerning IP rights and public health

Various tobacco companies, including Phillip Morris International, have recently obtained a significant decision in Peru for an offence related to IP rights and public health. Read more

4 Mar 2019

Cancellation actions: towards lighter evidence of use requirements

Until now, the Bolivian Patent and Trademark Office had interpreted Article 165 of Decision 486 as meaning that use of a mark had to be shown for each of the three consecutive years making up the relevant period. However, in a welcome development for mark owners, the Andean Tribunal recently reached an opposite conclusion. Read more

26 Feb 2019

Just one week left to have your say on the state of the trademark industry

Trademark practitioners are running out of time to participate in WTR’s annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. Do not miss out on the opportunity to share your successes, challenges and concerns.  Read more

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4 Jan 2019

Singapore Treaty enters into force in Peru

The Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks has entered into force in Peru. This update highlights four areas of change resulting from the coming into force of the treaty. Read more

4 Dec 2018

Angola brand deadline looms, France and Peru sign IP action plan, and new Chile trademark guidelines: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the United Kingdom’s IP minister seat being vacant once again, question marks over affiliate links on Instagram, puns being encouraged at the Philippines IP office, and much more. Read more

27 Nov 2018

Hugo Boss accused of bullying, Mexico IPO enters logo debate and fake shopping apps discovered: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a brand owner claiming the IPO “made a mistake” in granting their mark, an Indian shopping site launching a new anti-counterfeiting programme, and much more. Read more

1 Nov 2018

Brazil edges forward with Madrid Protocol, but IP uncertainty follows election of Bolsonaro

With far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro’s victory in last week’s general election, local experts tell WTR that the new government could “cause complications” for Brazil's accession to the Madrid Protocol. Read more

Law firms

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13 Feb 2019

Not long left to let us know the challenges affecting your trademark practice

For the 11th year in a row, trademark practitioners are invited to participate in our annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey to let us know how practice is evolving to counter new threats and embrace new opportunities. Read more

28 Aug 2018

Registrations double in Cayman Islands, Peppa Pig victory in China, and Aldi most trusted brand in Australia: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at China and Indonesia giving up the plain packaging fight, a Colin Kaepernick trademark application generating media buzz, why US colleges have been accused of trademark bullying, and much more. Read more

17 Aug 2018

Chile punches well above its weight from a trademark and branding perspective: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s country data report, we examine the major trademark trends in the Chilean market. We show that both domestic and foreign filings are stable, reveal the most valuable brands in the country, and analyse the key trademark classes used for both inbound and outbound applications.   Read more

24 Jul 2018

“Don’t panic” – new entrants to Madrid Protocol give mixed feedback on their experience since accession

​​​​​​​Law firm practitioners in jurisdictions that have adopted the Madrid Protocol in recent years have shared their experience in an exclusive survey. While some praised the system, other were scathing about its impact. Read more

IP offices

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27 Feb 2019

IP offices going above and beyond

In exclusive research, WTR looks at the innovative non-core tools and services being offered by national IP registries around the world. Read more

27 Feb 2019

IP offices of EU, Chile, Singapore and Spain named most innovative in the world

In exclusive research from WTR, the EUIPO has been ranked as the most innovative IP office in the world for the third year in a row. Closely behind are the registries of Chile, Singapore and Spain. Read more

20 Feb 2019

“We all need to embrace change, whether we like it or not”: exclusive interview with INTA CEO

WTR speaks with Etienne Sanz de Acedo about how INTA is evolving, as well as the need for trademark practitioners to embrace the new. Read more

23 Jan 2019

INPI statistics reveal that only 14% of trademark applications are filed by foreign applicants

In a welcome development for mark owners, statistics released by the National Institute of Industrial Property indicate that there was a significant reduction in the backlog of trademark applications in 2018. Read more

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29 Oct 2018

Amazon TLD moves forward but work remains before ‘.amazon’ becomes a reality

The ICANN board has decided that Amazon’s application for the ‘.amazon’ TLD should be moved from the ‘will not proceed’ designation, paving the way for future delegation of a string that has been in limbo for five years.  Read more

23 Oct 2018

Biker gang warns about fakes, WHOIS challenges, and brands failing to meet consumer expectations: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the FDA warning about fake Halloween contact lenses, Kylie Jenner faces a trademark infringement lawsuit, Costa Rica being added to TMview, and much more. Read more

19 Oct 2018

Facebook’s WHOIS access woes, DPMA’s IP workshop for refugees, and Santa-Cruz leaves INAPI: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the Croatian president talking up nation branding, Gucci voicing “reluctance” to work with Alibaba and JD.com, brand owners readying themselves for motion marks, and much more. Read more

16 Oct 2018

Louis Vuitton takedown spree, Poundland relaunches Twin Peaks bar, and a proposal for next round of ‘.brand’ TLDs: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a Malaysian minister promoting the Madrid Protocol, food conglomerates moving to revamp their portfolios, and more. Read more

Portfolio management

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1 Mar 2019

How branding could be a golden opportunity for mining companies 

In an exclusive data analysis, we look at how mining companies have yet to appreciate the value of brand strength in an era of growing expectations around corporate social responsibility. Read more

25 Feb 2019

Challenge, reform and opportunity for Mexican business – a legal perspective

Mexico’s unique business position makes it an attractive investment location. While this brings challenges, it also signals opportunity with the reform of the Industrial Property Law. Read more

22 Feb 2019

HUEVON case: should the PTO be a defender of morality?

A case involving an application for the mark HUEVON (which means a ‘lazy or stupid person’) has once again called into question the criteria used by the Peruvian Trademark Office to grant or refuse trademark applications. Read more

22 Feb 2019

Time to place your bets? Casino gaming companies dominate EU and US trademark registers

Online gaming has driven significant growth in the gambling industry and key players are capitalising on intellectual property to protect their innovations. Read more

Trademark law

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28 Jan 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: Mexico

The relevant legislation for trademarks in Mexico is the Industrial Property Law and its recently amended regulations – the new provisions entered into force on 10 August 2018. The amendments involve substantial changes to Mexico’s IP system. Read more

25 Jan 2019

Litigation procedures and strategies: Brazil

Trademark registration may be considered null and void if granted contrary to the Industrial Property Act – for example, if the trademark lacks distinctiveness or is against the requirements of generally accepted ethical and proper practices. Read more

27 Dec 2018

Mexican trademark registrations under Madrid System – convenient solution, but no guarantee

The Madrid System can be used as a simple solution for registering trademarks worldwide. However, it does not guarantee that a trademark will be accepted in all designated countries. Read more

2 Nov 2018

Azerbaijan pledges IP reforms, plain packaging in Singapore, and Ecuador plans mediation center: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the JPO offering a souvenir certificate for long-time rights holders, fashion brands stepping up their tech game, a new director at the Tunisian IP Office, and much more. Read more

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