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26 September 2019

Unauthorised 'Greta Thunberg' and 'Extinction Rebellion' trademarks could pose a threat to climate change activists

Two major figures in the climate change activism movement, campaigner Greta Thunberg and protest movement Extinction Rebellion, are facing a legal battle in Germany due to unauthorised trademark applications.

26 September 2019

Trademark licensing in Africa: inside three key jurisdictions

With Africa proving a particularly lucrative region for brands seeking licensing opportunities, we examine what rights holders need to know about trademark licences in three key jurisdictions from across the continent

25 September 2019

Revealed: Chinese trademark applications drop at USPTO but scourge of suspicious specimens continues

An investigation from WTR has found that the issue of fraudulent specimens of use in trademark applications at the USPTO persists, with the challenge facing the office now being to track the latest tactics used to evade detection.

25 September 2019

<em>LegalForce RAPC v USPTO</em>: registry accused of “retaliation against political opponents”

LegalForce RAPC Worldwide has once again initiated legal action against the USPTO. The filing represents a continuation of the bitter conflict between LegalForce RAPC and the office.

25 September 2019

Trademark-intensive industry fundamental to EU economy, EUIPO-EPO joint study reveals

The European Union Intellectual Property Office and European Patent Office have launched the third edition of a study that examines the economic impact of IP rights across the EU. Here are the top takeaways.

24 September 2019

Compulsory mediation suspended in Greece, USPTO seeks AI expert, and The Clash trademark clash: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Traeger Grill filing a lawsuit against a rival grill maker, the European Commission reporting on seizures of fakes, how strong emotions are linked to brand perception, and much more.

24 September 2019

The top corporate and law firm filers at KIPO revealed

Kicking off a deep data dive into filing activities at the top Asia-Pacific registries, we reveal why a number of changes to the South Korea trademark system have helped to better protect applicants and brand owners, creating one of the most stable registers in the region.

22 September 2019

New safety warning over USPTO rules; Charming Charlie resurrection plans; takeaways from MARQUES; breaking down gender barriers in the IP world; 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.

20 September 2019

Air New Zealand’s CEO on controversial application, praise from Peppa Pig and a blow for adidas: news digest 

In our latest news digest, we look at the backlash centred on a SAGA-branded customer brochure, the latest on Air New Zealand’s controversial Kia Ora application, a China IP firm reportedly mulling a sale, and much more.

20 September 2019

Brexit fraud, an uncertain future for GIs and law firm technology – takeaways from MARQUES 2019

As hundreds of trademark practitioners descend on Dublin this week to attend the 2019 MARQUES Annual Conference, we provide key learnings from one of the biggest trademark events of the year.

20 September 2019

“Your very life may be at risk” – USPTO urged to reconsider domicile requirement due to safety concerns

A new petition to the USPTO requests that new rules regarding physical addresses be reconsidered. Talking exclusively to WTR, the attorney who filed the petition claims that it is “a time-sensitive matter” due to serious ongoing risks.

18 September 2019

Team building, budget management and Brexit preparations: lessons from TMAP 2019

INTA’s annual Trademark Administrators and Practitioners meeting was held in Europe for the first time this week. WTR was on hand for the event, which presented a number of key takeaways on trademark management and team development.

17 September 2019

Raiding the raiders, Philippines filings soar and USPTO fees proposal: news digest 

In our first news digest of the week, we look at the rising demand for Chinese trademarks, a swoop on fake Oakland Raiders merchandise, efforts to tackle counterfeit vaping products, the Swiss Parliament’s move to endorse new anti-piracy legislation, and much more.

16 September 2019

An inside view on Brazil's accession to the Madrid Protocol

Brazil’s accession to the Madrid Protocol is a landmark development for the international trademark system. Tove Graulund of Graulund Consulting provides her take on this move and the lessons that can be learned from it.

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.