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16 September 2019

“Some lawyers don’t recognise the importance of paralegals”: TMAP’s co-chairs on the value of administrators

As INTA’s annual Trademark Administrators and Practitioners meeting got underway in Berlin, WTR sat down with the conference co-chairs to explore how the legal community can better support, and benefit from, their paralegal colleagues.

16 September 2019

The Boston Manifesto: time to break down gender barriers in the IP world

In June a group of senior IP professionals gathered to discuss how best to continue the task of increasing the number of women across the full spectrum of IP-related careers. The result was The Boston Manifesto, which provides a range of concrete and positive proposals to carry forward.

15 September 2019

Zippo’s approach to enforcement; counterfeiting hotspots in Brazil; creating law firm diversity programmes; WTR Industry Awards nominations window opens; plus much more.

Everything we covered on WTR over the last seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

13 September 2019

Superbuy CEO denies link to WeGoBuy; pledges to join fight against counterfeit goods

The CEO of Chinese shopping agent Superbuy has vowed to work with brand owners to crack down on counterfeit goods. The pledge follows evidence that Superbuy is linked to another platform, WeGoBuy, that helps shoppers buy fake goods from China.

13 September 2019

The brand battles rage on between legacy airlines and low-cost carriers

The evolution of the air travel industry has blurred the line between premium and cost-conscious brands. There are problems for both on the horizon as social media puts reputations at risk and consumers call for more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.

13 September 2019

Extinction Rebellion trademark, Egypt fee rise, and Crocs Gloves in art gallery: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Māori uproar over a New Zealand trademark application, WIPO in Hungary, MARQUES addressing long goods and services lists at the EUIPO, and much more.

12 September 2019

<em>WTR</em> Industry Awards 2020 nomination window now open

WTR is now seeking nominations for the WTR Industry Awards 2020 and next edition of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals. Nominate now to recognise the leading in-house professionals.

12 September 2019

Small but mighty: how Zippo prioritises its trademark enforcement efforts 

WTR sat down with Beth Seals, general counsel at Zippo, to get the inside track on how her team ensures that the company’s products have real-world legal protections – and how these are brandished to fend off infringers.

11 September 2019

How law firms can use partnerships to build diversity and inclusion

From informal initiatives to formal programmes, diversity activities can take many forms at law-firm level. Andrew D Price and Andrew B Hales of Venable talk through some of the options. 

10 September 2019

24 counterfeit hotspots that you should be aware of in Brazil – part two

In the second part of our look at physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in the counterfeit goods trade in Brazil, we look at locations that brand owners should know from the central and southern regions of the country.

10 September 2019

Jack Ma steps down from Alibaba, KIPO holds IP festival, and flea market fakes: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at New Zealand joining TMclass, the Singapore IPO bolstering innovation ties with Kazakhstan, a GI deal between Switzerland and Georgia coming into force, and much more.

09 September 2019

No safe bets – what the potential Philip Morris-Altria merger tells us about the tobacco industry

Major players are pulling out all the stops to diversify their portfolios, expanding geographically as well as investing in and buying up other businesses. However, no matter how you look at it, there are significant challenges ahead.

06 September 2019

“Rational and forward-thinking” – CJEU rules cases of online trademark infringement can be held in consumer’s jurisdiction

Reaction to the Court of Justice of the European Union ruling in favour of plaintiffs suing online infringers in the member state they acquired the product. 

05 September 2019

Kicking out counterfeits from the Premier League: takeaways from Football Against Fakes 2019 – exclusive guest post

This week's Football Against Fakes 2019 event discussed anti-counterfeiting work in the sports industry. In an exclusive guest post, brand protection consultant Stephen Connolly reveals insights from the event and takeaways for brand owners.

05 September 2019

How to recognise leadership in the IP field

For the final part of our series of articles based on interviews with the elite of the global trademark industry, a range of corporate and law firm experts explain what effective leadership in the IP field looks like.