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21 March 2018

Protecting the TARDIS: exclusive insight into BBC Worldwide’s brand protection strategies

​​​​​​​For the second in our series of exclusive interviews, Diane Hamer of BBC Worldwide expands on the company’s efforts to guard against genericide and the challenges managing a brand as beloved as Doctor Who.

13 March 2018

Jamaica approves protection of GIs, Montenegro joins TMView and United Kingdom ratifies Hague Agreement: news round-up

In today's round-up, we look predictions for the next round of gTLDs, the UK’s IP Crime Unit urging the public to “treat mum right” by avoiding fakes, and much more.

12 March 2018

Bacardi bourbon battle hits the mainstream press; UK company pledges to fight on

Over the past few days, a UK business owner’s dispute with Bacardi over its Angel’s Envy bourbon brand has garnered media attention in trade and national press titles. The dispute highlights a quandary for large companies when the ‘David v Goliath’ narrative is cited – whether to engage in public arguments or to keep quiet.

07 March 2018

“A registration doesn’t necessarily trump earlier use”: takeaways from Dulwich Hamlet’s trademark dispute

The owners of a London stadium have sent a cease and desist letter to 125 year-old football club Dulwich Hamlet over the continued use of its name. However, industry experts suggest that the registration could be vulnerable.

01 March 2018

Plain crazy? Extending plain-packaging restrictions to alcohol and sugar

Following in the footsteps of tobacco regulation, momentum is building in support of plain packaging for alcoholic and high-fat, salt and sugar products. These industries should act early to head off the threat of increasing legislation.

28 February 2018

Navigating the evolving landscape of social media

Although it is a hard truth that we must learn from our mistakes, it is also equally true that we can learn from the mistakes of others. Thus, it is essential for brands to learn from the failures and successes of the approaches adopted by their competitors in tackling online abuse in the social media environment.

28 February 2018

Mobile mayhem: brand protection in a changing environment

When shopping on their handheld devices, millennials are turning to mobile platforms that combine social interaction, entertainment and e-commerce. It is important to understand some of the challenges that this presents for a brand seeking to protect itself in this new age, and how the challenges might be met.

28 February 2018

Ongoing battle, focused defence – the changing brand protection landscape

The key thing to remember when it comes to brand protection is that it is not a static goal or aspiration. Rather, it is an ongoing endeavour that shifts and transforms according to changes in the business and the changing behaviour of scammers, infringers and cyber criminals.

23 February 2018

Brexit update, plain packaging begins in Ireland, and first trademark ruling in Barbados: news round-up

In this round-up edition, we look at the latest Brexit developments from a trademark perspective, Hershey’s hawkish eye over the marijuana industry, and the result from the first ever trademark dispute in Barbados.

15 February 2018

Logan Paul fiasco shows risk for brands on YouTube; research reveals more YouTubers seeking trademark protection

Recent incidents have demonstrated why brands must be careful when advertising on YouTube. New research also reveals that YouTube's content creators are increasingly obtaining registered trademark protection.

12 February 2018

Diesel’s ‘Go with the Fake’ campaign goes viral; does it undermine the value of authentic products?

Fashion brand Diesel has opened a pop-up store in New York selling so-called ‘fake fakes’. The move encourages consumers to “wear whatever they want”, leading some to wonder whether it glorifies counterfeit goods.

25 January 2018

"Infamous troll" Michael Gleissner involved in 5% of all live contested trademark cases in United Kingdom

UKIPO reveals that entities related to Michael Gleissner account for 5% of all live contested trademark cases in the United Kingdom – demonstrating the unprecedented volume of the millionaire’s filing activity.

22 January 2018

“There are no shortcuts” – study claims free trademark tools could be reason for rise in infringement

​​​​​​​A new study finds that a majority of trademark practitioners rely on free search tools when clearing marks, with a further claim that this may have led to more infringement.

05 December 2017

CITMA calls for clarity and action from UK government to protect IP business following Brexit

The Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys has published a new report which identifies the impact that Brexit could have on UK businesses and the legal profession in relation to IP rights. 

24 November 2017

With Black Friday in full swing, exclusive research reveals brand protection gaps in new gTLDs

While consumers enjoy the low prices offered on Black Friday, the sales period is a significant challenge for trademark practitioners – especially for protecting shoppers from online scams.