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25 January 2019

Toy industry shows positive brand growth as companies adapt to reach untapped markets

The toy industry has weathered shifts in the market better than traditional retailers, with brands expanding globally and entering the entertainment space.

05 April 2019

How South Africa’s predicted economic upswing will create opportunities for brands and their advisors

The country is seeing increased interest from international entities - particularly from the US; this will likely grow in scale as not only the South African economy develops, but as other emerging markets on the African continent grow. 

01 March 2018

Gucci successfully opposes registration of GUCCITECH in Class 11

The IP adjudicator has upheld Guccio Gucci SpA’s opposition to the registration of the figurative mark GUCCITECH in Class 11 under Sections 8(2)(b), 8(4) and 8(7)(a) of the Trademarks Act.

27 April 2018

New hope for 'Black Friday' offers in Germany?

The German Patent and Trademark Office has held that the trademark BLACK FRIDAY was descriptive and must therefore be kept free for use by competitors.

26 February 2018

Supreme Court: risk of damage to one of trademark's functions is sufficient to constitute infringement

The Supreme Court has considered whether use of a former supplier's mark on the packaging of the new supplier’s products constituted infringement. 

08 December 2017

US retail brands are teeming with life despite the so-called 'retail apocalypse': exclusive data analysis

World Trademark Review takes an in-depth look at the retail sector. As one of the most dynamic branding environments of any industry sector, we analyse how the top brands in this field have performed.

17 January 2018

Alibaba on the offensive: warns brands not to trust Notorious Markets List, undecided on future cooperation

​​​​​​​Alibaba Group continues to talk tough in the wake of Taobao remaining on the USTR's latest Notorious Markets List, now suggesting that brand owners should no longer trust the report.

06 September 2017

Red flag for retailers using another’s online listings

In a recent case in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court two related claimants, both online flag retailers, brought a successful trademark infringement action and a successful action for passing off against another online retailer. The case highlights the challenges of sales through an online marketplace, particularly where similar or identical products from rival enterprises may be grouped together.

10 May 2017

JD.com becomes first Chinese marketplace to join AAFA; promises "cooperation with international fashion brands"

One of the largest online marketplaces in China, JD.com, has signed up to the American Apparel & Footwear Association with a pledge to partner with international fashion brands “on issues surrounding IP protection”. While it celebrates being the first Chinese e-commerce company to become a certified member of the association, some may see parallels between this move and Alibaba’s brief membership of the International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition – which, nearly a year ago to the day, resulted in considerable kickback from members.