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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.

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.

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

Instagram urged to verify advertisers as counterfeits problem worsens

Social media platforms are suffering a significant uplift in illicit activity from counterfeiters taking advantage of the Black Friday buzz – with Instagram identified as particularly problematic in recent weeks.

28 November 2019

The Intel Rule: latest corporate effort to encourage diversity in law firms set to roll out

Intel’s executive vice president and general counsel has officially announced a new rule which – from 2021 – will see the company work with law firms that are “above average in terms of diversity” only.

27 November 2019

From data challenges to rights protection reviews: inside ICANN’s Montreal meeting

Experts from Winterfeldt IP Group were on the ground at ICANN’s recent Montreal meeting and, in this guest post, present an update on the aspects that brand owners need to know about.

26 November 2019

China issues IP directive, Jay-Z settles dispute, and lessons from Backcountry: news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at INTA electing its 2020 president, US Customs confiscating nearly 20,000 fake watches, a change at the Palestine registry, WIPO marking its 1.5 millionth international registration, and much more.

25 November 2019

Handling secret corporate rebrands: exclusive interview with Expedia’s Jennifer Bollen

Playing an integral role in managing Expedia Group's expansive portfolio is Jennifer Bollen, senior paralegal, who speaks to WTR about the challenge of managing a secret rebrand.