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24 November 2017

China pledges more affordable IP protection, “Weird Al” gets defensive and CITMA celebrates first anniversary: news round-up

Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at how Thailand is considering a new industrial design law, a Wu-Tang Clan member’s trademark dispute with a dog-walking company, China's State Council premier making fresh IP pledges and Alibaba forging a new brand protection partnership.

21 November 2017

Valuing the monarchy, a counterfeiting crackdown and avoiding brand backlashes: news round-up

In our latest news round-up, we report on a new collaboration that aims to leave counterfeiters with “nowhere to hide”, examine Brand Finance’s research into the brand value of the British monarchy, and much more.

20 November 2017

Study reveals the financial payback of intangible assets and Apple’s 42% value capture

According to new research, intangible capital, including branding and design, contributes almost one-third of the value of manufactured products globally. In particular sectors the role of intangibles is even more telling.

17 November 2017

Wine seized after Alibaba tip-off, EUIPO opens design awards nominations and Gene Simmons gets emotional: news round-up

Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at the Chinese authorities seizing thousands of bottles of wine after an Alibaba tip-off and a literally EPIC battle between beer brewers, Gene Simmons gets hot-under-the-collar about his withdrawn ‘devil horns’ trademark application, and a lawyer commends the “pitch perfect realism” of a TV comedy show's depiction of a court case.

15 November 2017

Domain name suspensions in ‘.uk’ TLD double as PIPCU takedown requests surge

​​​​​​​New figures released by Nominet reveal that the number of ‘.uk’ domain name suspensions doubled over the last 12 months, with enforcement takedowns topping 16,000. The UK Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit has been a major contributor to this rise, accounting for more than 13,500 requests for action.

14 November 2017

The Slants trademark registered, fake poppies seized and Jared Kushner visits notorious Silk Street Market: news round-up

In the latest edition, we look at video game developer Activision being sued for its use of humvees in Call of Duty games, Qatar launching an electronic trademark registration system, and much more.

07 November 2017

USPTO unveils pilot programme, Nike logo implicated in Paradise Papers leak and EUIPO grants BREXIT trademark: news round-up

In the latest news round-up, we look at a new pilot programme launched by the US Patent and Trademark Office, the IP attorney seeking to be Virginia’s next governor, the launch of the world’s first automated trademark assistant and how Nike’s ‘swoosh’ logo has been implicated in this week’s Paradise Papers leak.

03 November 2017

Comic Con battle escalates, UK opposition levels jump and tomorrow’s trademark leaders: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we report on the escalation of a Comic Con trademark spat into a free speech row, how North Korea is working towards the establishment of “world-class” consumer brands, and much more.

02 November 2017

“Milestone” election of IP Constituency member to lead ICANN’s GNSO Council announced

Heather Forrest has been elected as chair of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ Generic Names Supporting Organisation Council, the first time that an IP Constituency councillor has taken on the role.

01 November 2017

Calculating anti-counterfeiting ROI, a heated brand valuation debate and crafting the perfect cease and desist: issue 70 now online

Issue 70 of World Trademark Review has been published and is now available to subscribers online. Our cover story explores how to calculate the return on investment (ROI) for brand protection endeavours. While regarded by some as an impossible task, one practitioner told us how her team has been able to position itself as a revenue generator, returning a 300% ROI last year.

31 October 2017

A Halloween cease-and-desist, an attorney's IP poetry and the USPTO’s creepy (and slightly awkward) Reddit AMA: news round-up

In today’s news round-up we look at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' delayed enforcement of thick WHOIS, Oman’s progress towards electronic filings and a new partnership between an IP consultancy and a corporate powerhouse.

31 October 2017

USPTO seeks greater cooperation with the Department of Justice in fight against fraudulent solicitation scammers

USPTO Commissioner Mary Boney Denison has expanded on the office’s proactive efforts to clamp down on fraudulent and misleading trademark solicitation campaigns.

30 October 2017

National governments hit out at Amazon over gTLD application; tense stalemate continues

At this week’s ICANN meeting, representatives from Amazon received a hostile reception from the Governmental Advisory Committee while seeking to reach a compromise over its stalled ‘.amazon’ gTLD application.

25 October 2017

Majority of suspected online infringers re-register popular domain names, according to new study

A new report from the EU Intellectual Property Office has revealed that the phenomenon of e-shops marketing infringing goods via previously used brand-related domain names – as observed in Denmark – is also occurring in Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain. Worryingly, the study claims that it is occurring to a higher degree than expected.

20 October 2017

Google tackles phishing, Apple faces Animoji fight and domain headache for Gleissner: news round-up

Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at the Japanese company suing Apple over use of the name Animoji, the latest World Intellectual Property Organisation report on Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy figures, a counterfeiting case which led to allegations of attorney misconduct and a brand expert urging more use of social media by law firms.