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21 February 2013

ECJ: ‘third party’ under Article 9(1) includes owner of later registered CTM

In a decision that could speed up the infringement proceedings process, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has ruled that ‘third party’ under Article 9(1) of the Community Trademark Regulation (207/2009) includes the owner of a later CTM.

18 February 2013

Apple and Samsung battle for title of world’s most valuable brand

In IP circles, the designs dispute between Apple and Samsung has received plenty of coverage. In research published today, the two are also slugging it out for the title of ‘the most valuable brand in the world’. However, it must be remembered that value isn’t everything.

05 February 2013

The FTSE 100 brands leveraging social media as a reputation management tool

The Group’s 2012 Social Media Index sheds new light on the shifting social media strategies of FTSE 100 companies. The index suggests that publicly-traded companies are increasingly realising the potential of using social media tools to manage their corporate reputations – but an effective strategy requires a hands-on approach.

14 May 2013

The local benefits of Madrid: selling the Protocol

Last week WTR sat down with representatives of Colombia, Mexico and New Zealand’s IP offices. All three have acceded to the Madrid system in the past 12 months and spoke positively about the transition. However, prior to acceding some resistance was experienced from domestic private practitioners fearful of the impact that a one-stop international registration shop could have on their own prosecution practice. The message from the Philippines national office? Change is good – and can actually provide a boost to local firms.

07 May 2013

Dispatches from Dallas – day two

Following up on yesterday’s blog, here are our takeaways from day two at the INTA Annual Meeting.

01 May 2013

Top 10 trademark stories for April

The most-read WTR blog in April focused on the announcement of this year’s WTR Industry Awards shortlist. While the shortlisted companies are to be commended for their achievements, protection and enforcement work is ongoing – and stories concerning counterfeiting, online enforcement and legislative change rounded out the top 10 list.

30 April 2013

gTLD programme pushes on, trademark policy challenged

At time of writing, the number of withdrawn gTLD applications stands at 55. For those still in the game and those considering their trademark strategies in the new online space, the Trademark Clearinghouse’s treatment of protection for previously abused names is a hot issue, with an official request for consideration taking aim at the current protection plans.

11 April 2013

China releases 2013 IP promotion plan; a mixed bag according to trademark practitioners

The Chinese government recently released the Promotion Plan for the Implementation of the National Intellectual Property Strategy in 2013, a list of eight overall goals that comprise 84 separate initiatives. Practitioners have had a mixed response to the trademark measures proposed, alternately saying it prioritises speed over quality but praising its ambition and scope.

21 March 2013

One trademark policy for all as Google announces keyword changes

Starting 23 April 2013, Google will no longer prevent advertisers from selecting a third party’s trademark as a keyword in ads targeting China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Brazil. Today’s announcement will mean that there is now one global Google trademark policy for brand owners to grapple with.

21 March 2013

Does your brand have traction?

As reported previously on WTR Daily, according to the 2013 BrandFinance Global 500, a list of the world’s top 500 most valuable brands, Apple, Samsung and Google lead the way. The three also top a new study which measures a brand’s cultural vibrancy. However, the top 10 isn’t restricted to technology companies.

18 March 2013

First official gTLD trademark tussle revealed

WIPO, which is tasked with determining gTLD legal rights objections, has revealed details of the first such trademark-based dispute. With more likely to follow, the list of objections will make for important reading for trademark counsel as they plan for the upcoming online expansion.

28 November 2012

Does intent matter? Study shines a light on counterfeit buying behaviour

New research suggests that consumers searching the internet for genuine products at bargain prices are just as likely to end up buying counterfeits as those which intentionally seek out fakes.

26 November 2012

WTR Industry Awards 2013 - just two weeks left to nominate

The WTR Industry Awards recognise the important work carried out by in-house trademark counsel, and identify the teams and individuals that have performed their functions to the highest possible standards over the past year. If you know of teams and individuals that deserve recognition, you have just two weeks left to tell us.

23 November 2012

Time to prepare for Amazon’s expanded universe of brand pages?

Following in the footsteps of Facebook and Google+, Amazon is set to rollout its own ‘brand pages’ service. The Amazon Pages initiative will expand the company’s online retailing focus by providing a third-party platform for brand owners to market their own products – and might also explain some of the company’s applications to run new gTLDs. WTR examines the key issues that trademark counsel should consider.

21 November 2012

Governments issue warnings against 242 gTLD applications

In a move that could lead to the withdrawal of some applications, the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) has filed 242 early warnings to gTLD applicants. At the least, the list provides an insight into which strings will be subject to government scrutiny going forward – with some good news for brand owners.