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INTA steps up efforts against brand restrictions: exclusive interview

In an exclusive interview with WTR, CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo expanded on the association’s newly adopted stance on brand restrictions and how it will seek to ensure that governments act in a balanced and proportional manner.

INTA steps up efforts against brand restrictions: exclusive interview
19 Nov 2019

Russia and Syria IP cooperation, Alibaba and JD.com spat, and OK BOOMER trademarks: news digest

In our latest news round-up, we look at the Chile IP office urging electronic usage following mailbox damage, a St Andrews trademark dispute heating up, an update on the Bentley case, Ecuador joining DesignView, and much more.

15 Nov 2019

Tiffany’s signature blue is priceless – and LVMH knows it

While the French powerhouse has yet to up its offer, it has come too far to back down. The American jeweller is a highly attractive target for anyone with a stake in the luxury market.

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15 Nov 2019

A very Miami trademark dispute, Project Zero launches in India, and Nike ends Amazon deal: news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at how a potential change to Instagram could impact DTC brands, how ‘water stewardship’ could boost brand value, a UKIPO office move, and much more. Read more

15 Nov 2019

Owners of enjoined company personally liable for monkeying around with injunction

A recent decision of the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit shows that a party that has been enjoined from using a trademark should immediately implement a thorough strategy to halt all use of the infringing mark by both itself and its distributors and vendors. Read more

13 Nov 2019

AI, blockchain, Telegram, TikTok and trade wars – unpacking the latest counterfeit trends forecast

A new report documents the counterfeit trends it expects to shape brand protection efforts in 2020. WTR identifies the most valuable takeaways from the report and the actions that brand owners should be taking. Read more

12 Nov 2019

Apple reportedly eyes 2023 AR glasses launch: what it means for trademark professionals

In our latest opinion column, we consider reports that Apple is eyeing a 2023 launch for its planned augmented reality (AR) glasses, highlighting the potential impact for trademark professionals. Read more

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12 Nov 2019

Booking.com heads to Supreme Court, Kylie Jenner denies cease and desist, and new look CPA: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at another record-breaking Singles’ Day for Alibaba, VDM Alloys fighting legal action from VDM Metals, the trademark rumour mill receiving criticism, and much more. Read more

11 Nov 2019

A new approach to deter and identify China’s internet counterfeiters – exclusive guest post

How brand owners can identify the producers and sellers of counterfeit goods in China, the threat of which could help curb their illicit activity altogether. Read more

8 Nov 2019

Myanmar trademark office opening, Backcountry.com boycott and Facebook rebrand: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the destination for the DesignEuropa Awards 2020, Kenya and the UK working together to tackle fakes, Monzo fails in ‘hot coral’ trademark attempt, and much more. Read more

6 Nov 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots in New York that brand owners must be aware of

In the latest edition of our series on marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to the US state of New York. Read more

Brand management

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8 Nov 2019

Google’s tie-up with Fitbit, if successful, would open more doors than one

The tech giant has big plans within the wearable technologies sector, as it seeks to take a bite of Apple. Read more

7 Nov 2019

Unpacking a most peculiar global trademark: exclusive interview with American Red Cross’s Allison Leader

The Red Cross emblem embodies many of the most important qualities of globally recognised brands, yet its separate societies work independently. Director, legal counsel Allison Leader explains how the American Red Cross has led the pack. Read more

5 Nov 2019

Tencent mounts defence of WeChat brand protection efforts, but key numbers not yet public

Tencent Holdings’ general counsel has submitted a rebuttal to criticism of the company’s brand protection activities on its WeChat platform, arguing that inclusion on the Office of the US Trade Representative’s next notorious markets list would be “unwarranted”. The document sheds light on how the company is approaching its anti-counterfeiting efforts. Read more

30 Oct 2019

NCAA set to loosen name and image rights rule but do not expect an IP bonanza just yet

The governing board of the National Collegiate Athletics Association has voted unanimously to permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of its name, image and likeness. The move could be a boon for law firms and major brands. Read more

Enforcement and litigation

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15 Nov 2019

A very Miami trademark dispute, Project Zero launches in India, and Nike ends Amazon deal: news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at how a potential change to Instagram could impact DTC brands, how ‘water stewardship’ could boost brand value, a UKIPO office move, and much more. Read more

15 Nov 2019

Owners of enjoined company personally liable for monkeying around with injunction

A recent decision of the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit shows that a party that has been enjoined from using a trademark should immediately implement a thorough strategy to halt all use of the infringing mark by both itself and its distributors and vendors. Read more

13 Nov 2019

AI, blockchain, Telegram, TikTok and trade wars – unpacking the latest counterfeit trends forecast

A new report documents the counterfeit trends it expects to shape brand protection efforts in 2020. WTR identifies the most valuable takeaways from the report and the actions that brand owners should be taking. Read more

12 Nov 2019

Apple reportedly eyes 2023 AR glasses launch: what it means for trademark professionals

In our latest opinion column, we consider reports that Apple is eyeing a 2023 launch for its planned augmented reality (AR) glasses, highlighting the potential impact for trademark professionals. Read more

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16 Oct 2019

Amazon hits back at AAFA notorious markets submission with rare public rebuttal

Amazon has issued a strongly worded response to the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s call for a number of its non-US platforms to be included in the next Office of the US Trade Representative's Notorious Markets List. Read more

9 Oct 2019

NBA crisis highlights the China conundrum for all brands

We speak with IP and PR experts on what brand owners must learn from the NBA's ongoing crisis in China, with one claiming that this is “the biggest trademark story of the year”. Read more

8 Oct 2019

Associations call for WeChat inclusion on USTR’s Notorious Markets List

Brand and IP associations have used the comment period for the next USTR Notorious Markets List to call for the inclusion of WeChat. It comes at a time of heightened tension between the US government and Chinese tech companies. Read more

3 Oct 2019

Trump’s Nickelback copyright takedown is a reminder that legal teams must prepare for 2020 election

US President Donald Trump had a video removed from Twitter following a report of copyright infringement. We look at why brand misuse could increase significantly during the 2020 US presidential election. Read more

Law firms

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4 Oct 2019

Inside Law Firm 2.0: is the FisherBroyles model the future for all? 

Boasting a unique compensation model, no fixed real estate and flexible work, FisherBroyles is taking aim at becoming the law firm of the future. Read more

1 Oct 2019

Stronger together: building diversity and inclusion through partnerships

From informal initiatives to formal programmes, diversity activities can take many forms at law firm level. Read more

27 Sep 2019

Despite concerns over the level of risk, litigation threat planning often omitted from IP strategies

New research has revealed that, while almost two-thirds of legal services buyers are concerned about being a defendant in IP litigation, a quarter of companies that have a specific IP strategy in place state that it does not deal with litigation threats. Read more

25 Sep 2019

Revealed: Chinese trademark applications drop at USPTO but scourge of suspicious specimens continues

An investigation from WTR has found that the issue of fraudulent specimens of use in trademark applications at the USPTO persists, with the challenge facing the office now being to track the latest tactics used to evade detection. Read more

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31 Oct 2019

USPTO extends AI exploration into trademarks as it seeks to keep pace with new technologies

The USPTO is seeking public comment on the possible impact of AI on trademarks, copyright and other forms of intellectual property. The move is part of a concerted push by the office to take a leadership position on emerging technologies. Read more

24 Oct 2019

The Trump Trademarks: the 'America first' president's truly global IP portfolio revealed

An exclusive WTR investigation reveals, for the first time, an estimated trademark portfolio of US president Donald Trump and his family. It finds applications in all four corners of the globe, with the activity described as “unprecedented”. Read more

22 Oct 2019

Fake news trademark stunt, Chile extends all IP matters, and Lichtenstein joins TMview: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Kanye West being denied a trademark for the term ‘Sunday Service’, adidas prevailing in Japan, the UK Intellectual Property Office notifying users of planned maintenance after Brexit, and much more. Read more

11 Oct 2019

Prince estate hits out at Trump, warning for IP event vendors, and Riot dispute: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Elon Musk’s IP pledge, the UKIPO unveiling a new campaign, Duke’s Mayonnaise claiming infringement, the origin of pharma names, and much more. Read more

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30 Oct 2019

Registry and registrar DNS abuse framework: a positive step that falls short

A group of domain name registries and registers have developed a framework to fight abuse in the DNS. In this guest analysis, the development is welcomed but there are concerns over the narrow definition of DNS abuse. Read more

24 Oct 2019

The rise of competitive advertising: risk and opportunity in domain names using competitors’ marks

The likes of Apple, Dunkin’ Donuts, Microsoft and T-Mobile have all used third-party brands in domain names as part of creative marketing campaigns. Stephen Jadie Coates of Coates IP explores the dos and don’ts of using a competitor’s mark in a domain name. Read more

1 Oct 2019

Amazon aims to accelerate IP adoption with new initiative

Speaking to WTR, Amazon's vice president of worldwide customer trust & partner support, Dharmesh Mehta, expands on the company’s launch of its Intellectual Property Accelerator programme. Read more

24 Sep 2019

Compulsory mediation suspended in Greece, USPTO seeks AI expert, and The Clash trademark clash: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Traeger Grill filing a lawsuit against a rival grill maker, the European Commission reporting on seizures of fakes, how strong emotions are linked to brand perception, and much more. Read more

Portfolio management

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30 Oct 2019

NCAA set to loosen name and image rights rule but do not expect an IP bonanza just yet

The governing board of the National Collegiate Athletics Association has voted unanimously to permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of its name, image and likeness. The move could be a boon for law firms and major brands. Read more

21 Oct 2019

Crafting cross-company collaboration: exclusive interview with Uber’s Rafa Gutierrez 

While a relatively young brand, Uber faces the gamut of IP risks – from phishing to genericism. Rafa Gutierrez explains how he keeps the platform’s IP fully protected. Read more

2 Oct 2019

Countering copycat restaurants and resisting cease-and-desist marketing stunts: exclusive interview with TGI Fridays

TGI Fridays trademark lead Leanne Stendell explains how she built an in-house trademark team from the ground up to meet the needs of a restaurant chain with over 50 years of goodwill. Read more

27 Sep 2019

Despite concerns over the level of risk, litigation threat planning often omitted from IP strategies

New research has revealed that, while almost two-thirds of legal services buyers are concerned about being a defendant in IP litigation, a quarter of companies that have a specific IP strategy in place state that it does not deal with litigation threats. Read more

Trademark law

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29 Oct 2019

Groundbreaking research reveals significant risks in AI analysis of trademark registers

A new study looking at how AI is used by IP offices warns that “the seductive appeal of the all-seeing algorithm should be resisted” due to current limitations. Read more

16 Oct 2019

USPTO fee rises: registry bombarded with letters from graphic designers and small business owners

The USPTO has received hundreds of letters in relation to its proposal to change various trademark fees. Many originate from the Trademark Watch Dawgs group, although one attorney claims that it is the result of an astroturfing campaign. Read more

14 Oct 2019

More justification needed: proposed USPTO trademark fee increases could hinder small businesses

In an exclusive guest post, IP expert Erik Pelton explains how the proposed fee increases being mooted by the US Patent and Trademark Office could have a severe impact for small businesses. Read more

2 Oct 2019

US trademark litigation levels continue upward trend; 2019 on course for four-year high

New data reveals that 3,441 trademark litigation actions have been filed in the United States to date. The figures mean that 2019 is on course to represent a four-year high in filings. Read more

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