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Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis

As the novel coronavirus epidemic continues to spread across the globe, WTR provides an updated look at measures that national IP offices have launched in response.

Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis
EIP and Stobbs team up in response to increasing need for specialism in the IP space
4 May 2021

EIP and Stobbs team up in response to increasing need for specialism in the IP space

IP law firm EIP and UK-based intangible asset management company Stobbs have joined forces to further expand their specialist trademark services across Europe. WTR speaks to EIP CEO Magnus Hallin on how this unusual collaboration came about and the possibility of new services in the future.

Exclusive roundtable – IP offices reveal how covid-19 could shape future operations
29 Apr 2021

Exclusive roundtable – IP offices reveal how covid-19 could shape future operations

The Long Read: As remote working has become du jour for many, WTR asks the IP offices of Canada, the European Union, Singapore, South Korea and the United Kingdom to reflect on the ups and downs of operating during a global pandemic – and what might remain of the systems developed over the past year.


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Swatch prevails in dispute with Apple over Steve Jobs’ “one more thing” catchphrase

In a decision that shows the difficulty of relying on parody in a bad-faith opposition, the High Court of England and Wales has upheld Swatch's appeal against Apple's successful oppositions to Swatch's applications for two ONE MORE THING marks. Read more

27 Apr 2021

Court of Appeal confirms that UK GYMNASTICS infringes BRITISH GYMNASTICS

This decision of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales in a trademark dispute between gymnastics associations acts as a reminder that a high degree of conceptual similarity can offset a low degree of visual and aural similarity. Read more

23 Apr 2021

Five European Legal Updates you may have missed

WTR’s Legal Updates are written by a select panel of over 160 leading experts who analyse the latest trademark-related developments and decisions in more than 60 jurisdictions. Read more

22 Apr 2021

UKIPO launches One IPO Transformation programme to become “the best IP office in the world”

The UK Intellectual Property Office has launched its One IPO Transformation programme – a five-year initiative to digitise services and build a single, integrated system for all registered IP rights. Ambitions are high, but one local expert is confident the office is up to the task. Read more


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20 Apr 2021

European Super League may cost clubs €2.5 billion brand value; Cuthbert the Caterpillar returns; Barbie and Zara partner – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at academics and a university duking it out over trademark bullying accusations, Lids partnering with Designer Brands, and much more. Read more

29 Mar 2021

A Brexit headache? How changes to the UK customs recordals process impacts anti-counterfeiting strategies

In an exclusive guest post, experts at IP law firm Marks & Clerk set out trends in counterfeit seizures since Britain’s exit from the EU, and offer advice on managing applications for enforcement action. Read more

26 Mar 2021

Taylor Swift settles Evermore dispute; Facebook partners with UKIPO; All Gas No Brakes brand ownership – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Burberry partnering with a video game developer, the EUIPO winning an award, the Peruvian IP Office auctioning off property owned by IP infringers, and much more. Read more

15 Mar 2021

A counterfeiting disaster waiting to happen – UK government warned that freeports could lead to fake goods rise

The UK government is set to establish eight freeports across England, but one major brand association warns that the move could lead to a “serious increase” in illicit trade. Read more

Brand management

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19 Apr 2021

European Super League: a competition based on brand, not on-field success

Analysis from WTR finds that the clubs set to be involved in the European Super League are leading holders of brand value and trademark registrations – even if, in some cases, they have had little trophy success in recent years. Read more

17 Apr 2021

What is notable about the Colin the Caterpillar spat is not the dispute itself

In our latest Saturday opinion column, we consider the media frenzy surrounding the news that Colin the Caterpillar and his nemesis Cuthbert are locked in a legal dispute. Read more

16 Apr 2021

Colin Caterpillar trademark spat; infamous wine counterfeiter deported; Dole brand expansion – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Brainbase expanding its customer base, a new report that finds consumers trust tightly spaced logos, the Brazilian trademark office opening a public consultation, and much more. Read more

23 Mar 2021

How AI could impact trademarks and designs: UK government weighs in

Following a three-month consultation on IP and AI, the UK government has revealed some of the ways that AI is expected to play a role in trademark and design operations in the future. Read more

Enforcement and Litigation

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7 Apr 2021

Uh-Oh Polly - the importance of unregistered design rights in the fashion industry

Where does inspiration end, and unlawful copying begin? This was the question considered by the High Court of England and Wales in this dispute between rival companies in the bodycon and bandage garments sector. Read more

30 Mar 2021

IPEC: evidence of use is insufficient to show that a neologism is a badge of origin

This UK case involving the term ‘Cryptoback’ highlights the difficulties faced by a party seeking to rely on goodwill associated with a newly-coined word used in relation to a particular product or service. Read more

19 Mar 2021

RE:PLAY decision: appointed person confirms that appeal is not a replay of opposition

This decision of the appointed person on appeal from the UKIPO highlights that parties should ensure that they file sufficient evidence in support of their assertions at first instance. Read more

18 Mar 2021

From Skykick to Brexit: the five EU developments every trademark expert needs to know about

The long read: We examine key takeaways from the biggest cases of the past 12 months and take a deep dive into what Brexit means for EU trademark owners. Read more


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5 Mar 2021

USPTO ends specimen protest email; New York Times drops Time lawsuit; UK debut for Amazon Fresh – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a groundbreaking report on IP in Mexico, INTA holding events marking International Women’s Day, Apollo acquiring craft retailer Michaels, and much more. Read more

15 Feb 2021

International registrations, Brexit and trademarks in the Crown dependencies and Gibraltar

In a guest piece, Julius Stobbs, founder of Stobbs, details the current requirements for potential trademark registrants in these unique jurisdictions. Read more

3 Feb 2021

Covid-19 and post-Brexit Britain – Sandris Laganovskis on challenges of new EUIPO role

In an exclusive interview with WTR, the new EUIPO deputy director for international cooperation, Sandris Laganovskis, reveals the opportunities and challenges that he foresees in the role. Read more

2 Feb 2021

Asos buys Topshop and Miss Selfridge brands; Covishield injunction rejected; ICANN new breach notice – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Philip Morris International and the US Department of Homeland Security collaborating, Playboy in talks to acquire Lovers, the battle for Birkenstock heating up, and much more. Read more

Law Firms

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15 Apr 2021

Mathys & Squire launches IP consultancy as private practice firms turn to brand valuation

UK IP firm Mathys & Squire has launched a new IP consultancy division, combining legal and commercial strategic advice. WTR spoke with partner Alan MacDougall to find out what the new arm will offer and how the firm is looking to position itself in the market. Read more

14 Apr 2021

“What we believed was equal and fair a year ago may not be good enough now”: interview with White & Case global diversity chair

WTR sat down with White & Case partner and chair of the global diversity committee Arlene Hahn to hear how the firm tackles the challenges of contextual D&I initiatives through its affinity networks, leadership style and progressive bonus policy. Read more

26 Mar 2021

"There is always more work to be done": Baker McKenzie’s first-ever D&I chief on global diversity efforts

Baker McKenzie’s first-ever chief inclusion and diversity officer, Anna Brown, reveals how the firm draws on its global resources to support diversity, equity and inclusion through clear policy, cross-functional leadership and community outreach programmes. Read more

19 Feb 2021

Positive intention for UK address for service rule changes, but data shows muted impact

The UK trademark filing landscape is changing, with new agents coming onto the scene and early analysis indicating limited impact of the new local address for service requirement. Read more

IP Offices

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8 Mar 2021

The changing landscape of the UK registered design system

Mewburn Ellis’ Robert Watson charts the evolution of the EU and UK designs regimes, arguing that the United Kingdom is entering an exciting time for a reinvigorated system. Read more

4 Jan 2021

The secret lives of trademark examiners: insights into five IP offices

Hard-working representatives from registries in Canada, France, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States reveal what makes them tick and how to guarantee a successful trademark application in their jurisdiction. Read more

15 Dec 2020

Trump weighs in on rebrand; Reddit acquires Dubsmash; USPTO director talks designs – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the IPR Center recognising Alibaba’s IP efforts, a battle for the Arcadia and Debenhams brands, brand enforcement lessons from a fake Dr Fauci, and much more. Read more

4 Dec 2020

As Brexit dawns, UK trademark register is set to transform on New Year’s Day

The long-awaited cloning of EU trademarks is right around the corner. But how will the make-up of the register change after the addition of 1.5 million records? According to data analysis, new top brand owners and legal representatives are just the start. Read more


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22 Jan 2021

iaidō launch adds new player to the IP legal services provider market

Matching business intelligence with a case management system infrastructure, the dual launch aims to provide innovation that the service provider landscape is currently lacking. Read more

21 Jan 2021

How to manage the brand risk of social media’s ‘cancel culture’

An online spat between authors highlights the brand risk associated with social media influencers and cancel culture, one brand expert says. Read more

24 Nov 2020

Michael Gleissner: massive scope of trademark and domain portfolio revealed in exclusive data

A major new investigation from WTR has identified over 6,800 trademarks and 6,900 domain names that appear to be related to multi-millionaire and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner. Read more

10 Nov 2020

The one-woman legal team behind the greenest racers on the grid: interview with Envision Virgin Racing’s general counsel

Jennifer Babington sat down with WTR to describe how her team manages to punch along with the big guns in motorsport’s greenest challenge. Read more

Portfolio Management

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17 Mar 2021

Fight fire with fire: Cormeton Fire Protection turns to IPEC in co-branding dispute

This case involving two companies which, at one stage, were closely linked with a shared majority owner demonstrates the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court’s ability to deal with complex disputes. Read more

3 Mar 2021

“I will never give up” – Filipino small business owner on legal battle with Duke and Duchess of Sussex

In an exclusive interview, a small business owner in Manilla, Philippines, who is embroiled in a trademark dispute with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, has described it as a “duel to the death”. Read more

17 Feb 2021

Corsearch acquires Entura, strengthening business’ anti-piracy arm

Entura will join Corsearch’s operations and expand the company’s offerings for fighting copyright infringement through online takedown capability. Read more

1 Feb 2021

IPEC considers post-sale confusion and passing off in fashion industry

The UK’s Intellectual Property Enterprise Court has handed a decisive victory to Italian fashion company Freddy SpA in a case that considers the role that passing off, patents and unregistered designs can play in combatting copycats in the fashion industry. Read more

Trademark law

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17 Dec 2020

Bentley Clothing prevails against Bentley Motors but laments enforcement costs for small businesses

Bentley Motors has lost its appeal against a ruling in a long-running dispute with Bentley Clothing. However, the clothing company's director has slammed the current legal system. Read more

10 Dec 2020

Six key practice points for UK practitioners post-Brexit

As the Brexit transitional period comes to an end and the United Kingdom finds itself no longer governed by EU law, local practitioners should be aware of the impact on various aspects of trademark practice. Read more

19 Nov 2020

“Redressing the imbalance”: UKIPO to require UK address for service from 2021

The UKIPO has confirmed that IP owners will be required to supply a UK address for legal services related to new UK trademark applications, hearings and contentious proceedings from 1 January 2021. Read more

28 Jul 2020

Brexit: UKIPO launches consultation to protect UK attorneys in change to address rules

The UK Intellectual Property Office has launched a public consultation with regard to a proposed change to its address for service rules, to be implemented once the Brexit transition period ends. Read more

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