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11 December 2019

USMCA given green light; significant GI changes now a step closer to reality

The Canadian, Mexican and US governments have signed an amended version of the USMCA, meaning that ratification is a significant step closer – with the deal highlighting what IP concessions the Trump Administration will expect in future trade deals.

11 December 2019

As Congress investigates USPTO trademark fraud, research finds suspicious specimens continue

A new investigation from WTR finds that the problem of suspicious specimens persists – with legal representatives providing eye-opening accounts of the challenge faced by both IP practitioners and examining attorneys.

10 December 2019

As ad agencies and brands clash over IP creation rights, counsel should be prepared for pushback

Conflict has grown between advertising agencies and clients over a growing trend to withhold payment and IP ownership from rejected pitches. With disputes potentially spanning copyright and brands, it is a tension that trademark counsel should be prepared for.

10 December 2019

Baby Yoda IP protection, wilful counterfeit purchasing, and Fashion Week legal battle intensifies: news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at a law firm launching a new trademark monitoring tool, some of the brand protection trends to expect in 2020, how Chinese trademark applications are on the rise in Canada, and much more.

10 December 2019

<em>Frozen 2</em> versus Christian Louboutin: could Anna’s red-soled shoes lead to a trademark dispute?

In Disney's Frozen 2, main character Anna is seen wearing red-bottomed boots, with some claiming a similarity to the iconic footwear of fashion brand Christian Louboutin. We speak with IP experts on the issues potentially at play.

06 December 2019

Turkey implements plain packaging, Trump trademark spike, and INTA awareness call: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the resolution of a trademark dispute between the Ramone family, brand loyalty rising, a vegan butcher taking on Nestlé at the USPTO, and much more.

06 December 2019

Final few days to nominate the industry’s leading lights for recognition in the <em>WTR</em> <em>300</em>

The nominations window for the WTR Industry Awards 2020 and next edition of WTR 300 closes on Monday, so don't miss out on having your say.

06 December 2019

Brand-backed legislation seeks to add new anti-counterfeiting weapon to US Customs and Border Protection’s armoury 

Bipartisan legislation to authorise US Customs and Border Protection to seize imported merchandise that infringes a design patent has been introduced by four US senators.

06 December 2019

Fleet Feet’s court victory against Nike highlights challenges in using and protecting slogan marks

A ruling centred on Nike’s use of the ‘Sport Changes Everything’ slogan highlights the conundrum over when and where to seek registered protection for slogans, and the different approaches adopted by IP offices to ad campaign slogans.

05 December 2019

A glimpse into the future: the brand protection trends set to shape 2020

Next week, WTR will be hosting a free-to-access webinar, which will explore the trends that are expected to affect the e-commerce and IP landscape in 2020 and identify the key emerging online platforms that are set to disrupt the brand protection space.

04 December 2019

The dominance of Class 9: is it time for a radical overhaul of the Nice Classification system?

A detailed look at how the use of Class 9 continues to dominate at trademark offices across the globe highlights why there needs to be significant changes to the Nice trademark classification system to meet the challenges of the modern world.

03 December 2019

WeChat is the world’s fastest growing brand, origin of the Tesla trademark, and cops swoop on fakes: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Honeywell launching an anti-counterfeiting app, guidance for small and medium-sized entities on fighting parasitic brands, the EUIPO releasing new image recognition technology, and much more.

03 December 2019

No shelter for wilful infringement of distributor’s trademarks

While it is rare for an appellate court to find that a district court abused its discretion in denying attorneys’ fees under 15 USC § 1117(a), that is what happened in 4SEMO.com Inc v Southern Illinois Storm Shelters Inc.

29 November 2019

Surviving a scandal: brand management and the Royal Family

The Monarchy proves that a clear strategy can build an everlasting brand, but it is always at risk of suffering reputational damage.

28 November 2019

EU accession to Geneva Act and leaked trade papers put Britain’s post-Brexit GI position back under the spotlight

Upon leaving the EU, the UK will no longer be part of the Lisbon Agreement. Documents leaked yesterday point to a potential departure from the EU's strategy on GIs in order to appease a US trade deal.