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31 December 2018

Weeding out trademark infringers

For years the marijuana industry was an underground business, posing little threat to trademarks. But the recent ‘green explosion’ means that trademark owners must enforce their rights or risk their reputations.

04 December 2018

USPTO report pledges to sustain quality amid rising applications – but are fraud issues glossed over?

The USPTO has published its latest strategic plan, which focuses on the need to be equipped to handle the ever-increasing number of trademark filings, with little mention of ongoing fraud issues.

29 November 2018

European Union and United States announce record-breaking counterfeits crackdown; do domain seizures actually train infringers?

This week, both Europol and ICE reported record-breaking numbers in regard to takedowns of domain names selling counterfeit products. One expert tells us that infringers have found an easy solution to this temporary obstacle.

27 November 2018

A cause for celebration: the USPTO reflects on another productive year

It has been another busy year for the USPTO, with major changes including enhanced stakeholder outreach and further action to tackle fraudulent solicitations.

20 November 2018

Russian president on fakes, Google trademark win, and tale of the counterfeit-catching brothers: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Pakistan stepping up its fight against fakes, the Finnish IP office reminding users about an impending trademark change, IP Australia seeking user input, and much more.

09 November 2018

Sweden to modernise trademark rules, new USPTO deputy director, and Benelux fee changes: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a study showing the scale of illicit alcohol, a Counterfeit Mini ad being lauded, luxury brands' increasing use of sound design in their products, and much more.

08 November 2018

Could CSR hold the key to encouraging senior management appreciation of the trademark function?

This week in New Orleans, INTA president Tish Berard suggested that engagement with corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities could hold the key to secure management buy-in into the trademark legal function.

06 November 2018

US Navy donates trademark licensing money, Lego prevails, and Pinduoduo attracts brands: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a fashion designer ‘naming and shaming’ buyers of counterfeits, Japan banning trademark registrations for era names, Georgia celebrating its 100,000th trademark application, and much more.

04 November 2018

A lawsuit is coming? – HBO nails PR response in trademark spat with Trump

After US President Donald Trump caused a stir on Twitter with a Game of Thrones reference, HBO's response was pitch-perfect in terms of avoiding controversy while deftly reminding people not to misuse its trademarks.

23 October 2018

GI face-off – debating current geographical indication protections

We bring together two organisations with different perspectives on geographical indications to discuss the best route forward for this unique form of protection.

10 October 2018

USMCA “breaks new ground” in geographical indications policy, contends GI consortium

The Consortium for Common Food Names has praised the new USMCA trade deal, claiming it “marks a sea change” in GI policy. In a strongly-worded statement, it also hits out at the EU for “monopolising common names and terms”.

03 October 2018

“Very good for brand owners” – IP experts react to USMCA; INTA lauds deal as “major enhancement” over NAFTA

Following the announcement of a new major trade agreement between Canada, Mexico and the United States, we reached out to IP experts to explore their views on the IP aspects of the new deal. 

03 October 2018

Amazon responds after AAFA demands three of its country platforms be named as notorious markets

The American Apparel & Footwear Association has taken aim at Amazon in its submission to the USTR’s Notorious Markets List. In response, Amazon tells WTR it is investing “tremendous resources” into the fight against fakes.

25 September 2018

USPTO director talks trademark clutter, Uber declares itself a verb, and beware sketchy Chinese licences: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Ecuador joining TMClass, ICANN postponing its data privacy webinar, IP Australia undergoing a “technology upgrade”, and much more.

19 September 2018

Creative trademark strategies are essential for brands venturing into newly-legalised US marijuana markets

Both Coca-Cola and musician Jimmy Buffett have been linked with marijuana brand partnerships over the past week. Such deals pose significant trademark difficulties, but there may be workaround strategies available.