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24 January 2020

US Postal Service, Amazon and Google named most trusted brands for reliability – but consumer priorities are changing

The US Postal Service, Amazon and Google have topped a ranking of the most trusted brands in the United States. But while reliability is key to securing consumer trust, ethical issues are becoming increasingly important. 

24 January 2020

Brand Tracker: the filing trends of the world’s most valuable brands  

In the first instalment of a new series, we track the trademark filing activity of the world’s most valuable brands – revealing that Mercedes-Benz may be gearing up to launch an AI assistant.

21 January 2020

Weeded out of scope: UDRP designed to address specific cybersquatting issues

A recent decision involving the domain name ‘matrixmmj.com’ serves as a reminder that complex disputes, such as those between parties with current or past business relationships, generally fall outside of the UDRP’s scope.

20 January 2020

Edible tags aim to tackle counterfeit medicines, but come with implementation considerations

Research from Purdue University has produced an edible security tag for pharmaceuticals in an effort to stem the flow of counterfeit medicines. Will costs overrule invention when it comes to the tag’s implementation into the market?

17 January 2020

Siemens’ controversial coal mine contract has put brand at risk of greenwashing accusations

The German conglomerate has portrayed itself as a steward of sustainability, but when it comes to corporate social responsibility, it’s an all or nothing game as this week’s coal mine contract backlash illustrates.

17 January 2020

R&D investor study finds benchmarking, not multi-dimensional portfolios, a key factor in market value

A study of corporate R&D investors has found that while some companies place significant value on IP portfolios that include a combination of rights, markets grant higher premiums to those that are more innovative than their competitors.

02 January 2020

Top filers at the USPTO revealed

Whether concerned about bad-faith filing at the USPTO or seeking to benefit from US marks, the level of demand from Chinese entities has been a remarkable phenomenon over the past few years – as the filing data reveals.

17 December 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots in Spain that brand owners must be aware of

In the next edition of our regular series on marketplaces around the world that are reportedly notorious for being havens for fakes, we head to Spain.

17 December 2019

EUIPO figures reveal that trademark infringement is an expensive business in Denmark

The EUIPO’s 2019 Status Report on IPR Infringement reveals that the annual sales lost due to counterfeiting in Denmark amount to €828 million, which represents 4.2% of the total sales in the 11 sectors covered by the report.

13 December 2019

“Europe is not yet prepared” – reaction as Cannabis mark ruled unregistrable by EU court 

The General Court of the European Union has ruled against a trademark due to its implied links to illegal narcotics. Industry experts give their reaction.

12 December 2019

Going undercover – tips for monitoring the Central Asia counterfeiting market

As the most developed region in Central Asia, Kazakhstan serves as a transit point for counterfeit goods that are produced in China and trafficked to Russia and then Europe. However, there are legal measures that brand owners can take while awaiting improvements to the existing IP legislation.

11 December 2019

DERMOFAES v DERMOWAS: the role of weakly distinctive elements and the public’s level of attention in assessing likelihood of confusion

The EU General Court has confirmed that there is no likelihood of confusion between the mark DERMOFAES ATOPIMED in Classes 1, 3 and 5, and the earlier word mark DERMOWAS in Classes 3 and 5.

05 December 2019

Five counterfeit hotspots in Russia that brand owners must be aware of 

In the latest edition of our series on markets around the world that are reportedly notorious for the sale of counterfeit goods, we head to Russia.

03 December 2019

Counterfeit hotspots in Kenya that brand owners should be aware of

In the latest edition of our regular series on marketplaces around the world that are reportedly notorious for the trade of counterfeit goods, we head to the African nation of Kenya.

02 December 2019

Research reveals impact of counterfeits on UK economy amid call for increased collaboration

An OECD study has revealed the growing problem of counterfeiting in the UK.  One OECD economist told WTR that, in light of the findings, it is important for rights holders and customs to work more closely together.