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21 September 2019

New Zealand thrives where others have failed – and it is all down to brand

The small island country has boosted its tourism by turning itself into a brand; the jurisdiction is increasingly attractive for multinational brands and it makes its presence known on the world stage.

16 October 2019

Amazon hits back at AAFA notorious markets submission with rare public rebuttal

Amazon has issued a strongly worded response to the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s call for a number of its non-US platforms to be included in the next Office of the US Trade Representative's Notorious Markets List.

02 November 2019

DHgate steps up anti-counterfeiting messaging; denies business relationship with Superbuy

Major Chinese online marketplace DHgate has published a stringent defence of its anti-counterfeiting efforts and – following the discovery of a possible link to Superbuy – denies any relationship with the popular Chinese shipping agent.

05 November 2019

Tencent mounts defence of WeChat brand protection efforts, but key numbers not yet public

Tencent Holdings’ general counsel has submitted a rebuttal to criticism of the company’s brand protection activities on its WeChat platform, arguing that inclusion on the Office of the US Trade Representative’s next notorious markets list would be “unwarranted”. The document sheds light on how the company is approaching its anti-counterfeiting efforts.

07 November 2019

Get the inside track on brand protection and value creation strategies for China

WTR is pleased to unveil the programme for the fourth annual Brand Strategy China event, which will provide attendees with the latest enforcement know-how and an opportunity to exchange knowledge with domestic and international brands.

14 November 2019

Seven counterfeit hotspots in Thailand that brand owners need to know about

In the next edition of our series on physical marketplaces across the world that reportedly engage in the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to Thailand.

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.

07 February 2020

Can anything stop Amazon?

The brand is on a roll with a show-stopping 2019, but the future is not without challenges.

Björn Norberg (WTR 300)

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

Björn Norberg has served as in-house counsel for H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB for 20 years. Since 2008 he has been head of the company’s IP department. During this time, H&M has grow...

Kevin Mutch (WTR 300)

KJ Mutch Consultancy Ltd

Kevin Mutch is a seasoned general counsel, with particular expertise in first and sole counsel roles. He is patient and determined; innovative yet practical. Mr Mutch simply gets things done, with qua...

Antony Douglass (WTR 300)

Specsavers Optical Group

Antony Douglass manages the IP legal team for Specsavers, the world's largest privately owned optical retailer. He is a UK qualified solicitor (2006), having previously worked in private practice...
01 July 2017

China: How Michael Jordan transformed publicity rights in China

Much progress has been made in recent years when it comes to protecting name and image rights, and to fighting against bad-faith registrations in China

13 February 2018

America first... for now: how Chinese and European brands are closing the gap

Exclusive analysis reveals why major US brands are feeling the pressure of increased competition in the global marketplace – and how they can fight back.

16 August 2018

“What I saw in China 8 years ago, I am now seeing in Brazil”: insights from New Balance’s brand protection lead

We speak to Daniel McKinnon, head of global brand protection at New Balance, about his approach to trademark enforcement, “paltry” damages awarded in China, the problems of “parasite brands”, and much more.