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01 February 2016

Star Wars deal propels Disney to top of the ‘most powerful brands’ list

Walt Disney has supplanted Lego as the world’s most powerful brand, according to the Brand Finance Global 500 2016. Acquisition activity has played a key role, with Marvel and Lucasfilm properties propelling the Walt Disney brand up the brand strength league table.

01 December 2017

UDRP blow for Etsy, opportunity for Lego in 3D printing and INTA adopts design guidelines: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we consider US tax reforms which will make IP assets abroad less valuable, present coverage from the INTA’s Brand Authenticity Conference, and much more.

31 January 2018

Amazon overtakes Apple and Google to be named world’s most valuable brand

Amazon has supplanted Google as the world’s most valuable brand, according to the latest Brand Finance Global 500 rankings.

06 September 2018

<strong>Burberry scraps anti-counterfeiting product destruction; will more brands follow suit?</strong>

Fashion giant Burberry announced today that it will stop the practice of “destroying unsaleable products” with immediate effect. Could the move lead to other brands in the luxury sector to cease the practice of product destruction?

14 September 2018

<strong>Saudi Arabia to adopt plain packaging, T-ara resolve trademark dispute, and ICANN needs your feedback on RPMs: news round-up</strong>

In our latest round-up, we look at the US brands with the most loyal customers, 7-Eleven taking a menswear brand to court for alleged trademark infringement, and much more.

18 September 2018

Crazy or canny? Tesco trademark ‘misstep’ may actually be a conscious commercial decision

Supermarket chain Tesco has been the focus of media coverage due to the lack of registered trademark protection for its new discount store brand Jack's, a move described as “absolute madness”. However, the reality is a more nuanced.

23 November 2018

Supreme and Adidas most counterfeited fashion brands; Taobao remains go-to platform for fakes

A recent survey on the “world’s largest replica discussion board” has revealed insights into the demographics, habits and brand affinity of those who regularly buy fake fashion goods.

23 November 2018

IPOPHL celebrates record haul, Rospatent promotes benefits of GIs, and emoji-tions run high in China: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at $7 million worth of counterfeit condoms being seized in China, Canada Goose opening an additional office in Beijing, and much more.

22 January 2019

Amazon named most valuable brand in the world, as streaming giants Netflix and iQiyi see massive growth

Amazon has solidified its position as the world’s most valuable brand in the latest Brand Finance Global 500 report, with Microsoft and Huawei seeing significant year-on-year growth.

04 January 2019

Amazon counterfeit problem, Richemont signs up with Alibaba, and branding turns into blanding: news digest

In our latest news digest, we look at the Minnesota Vikings being mocked over a trademark application, the startup which prevailed in a trade dress battle, Trump reusing a notorious Game of Thrones-inspired poster, and much more.

15 March 2019

What Turkey’s domestic economic difficulties mean for brands and their advisers 

Political and economic circumstances have made it difficult for domestic brands to build value, which could prove to be a setback for future growth. However, this could also create opportunities for law firm practitioners.

21 March 2019

From K-pop to Presley: inside the trademark portfolios of the music industry’s biggest names

When it comes to trademarks, some musicians are clearly a step ahead. For others, the need to consider protection provides a potential new client base for practitioners. We delve into the portfolios and filing trends of both global and local recording artists.

10 July 2019

Amazon expands Transparency scheme as spotlight falls on anti-counterfeiting efforts

Amazon announces expansion of Transparency, its product serialisation service that “prevents counterfeits at scale”. It comes after a US court decision which considered Amazon as the “seller” in a third-party marketplace transaction.

18 July 2019

The full version of the 2019 <em>WTR 300</em> is now available and free to view

WTR is pleased to announce the publication of the enhanced version of the 2019 WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals, which this year has been published on a free-to-view basis.