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13 December 2018

“Sometimes you need a firm that will shoot from the hip”: insights from 7-Eleven’s Allison McDade

In an exclusive interview, Allison McDade shared her approach to tackling imitation convenience stores in Asia and explained the challenges stemming from the company’s expansion.

13 December 2018

Into the grey: fighting unauthorised imports

The grey market is a worldwide phenomenon. While trademark law offers remedies, there need to be material differences between grey-market and authorised goods – which is not always the case.

12 December 2018

Get real: protecting fictional brands

Recent jurisprudential trends show that courts are more and more willing to afford protection to fictional brands. However, there are several nuances of which to be aware.

10 December 2018

“More Than a Feeling”: Boston trademark dispute slips away

In a dispute between two former members of a rock band, the First Circuit US Court of Appeals issued a judgment in favour of the defendant, concluding that the plaintiff failed to establish a breach of contract relating to the use of a co-owned trademark.

07 December 2018

Managing Elvis and Marilyn Monroe: acquisition lessons from Authentic Brands Group

WTR sits down with Jay Dubiner, general counsel of Authentic Brands Group, to get insight into brand management of an IP portfolio that includes Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Shaquille O'Neal.

06 December 2018

Democratising trademark surveys – academic calls for step change in distinctiveness evidence gathering

New study calls for a revolution in trademark survey evidence, with an expert telling us he hopes that brand owners will start embracing lower-cost survey alternatives.

04 December 2018

USPTO report pledges to sustain quality amid rising applications – but are fraud issues glossed over?

The USPTO has published its latest strategic plan, which focuses on the need to be equipped to handle the ever-increasing number of trademark filings, with little mention of ongoing fraud issues.

30 November 2018

“An encouraging evolution of the laws in China” – exclusive interview with NBCUniversal’s Monique Cheng Joe

WTR speaks with Monique Cheng Joe, head of brands and content at NBCUniversal, about the significant challenges of managing intellectual property for a global media and entertainment conglomerate.

29 November 2018

Europol and ICE announce record-breaking fakes crackdown; could domain seizures actually train infringers?

This week, both Europol and ICE reported record-breaking numbers in regard to takedowns of domain names selling counterfeit products. One expert tells us that infringers have found an easy solution to this temporary obstacle.

27 November 2018

A cause for celebration: the USPTO reflects on another productive year

It has been another busy year for the USPTO, with major changes including enhanced stakeholder outreach and further action to tackle fraudulent solicitations.

20 November 2018

Russian president on fakes, Google trademark win, and story of the counterfeit-catching brothers: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Pakistan stepping up its fight against fakes, the Finnish IP office reminding users about an impending trademark change, IP Australia seeking user input, and much more.

19 November 2018

Good news for Converse as Federal Circuit vacates ITC finding that Chuck Taylor mark is invalid

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has vacated the International Trade Commission’s determination that Converse’s trademark in the midsole design of its Chuck Taylor All Star shoe was invalid.   

15 November 2018

“Online platforms are benefiting way too much from counterfeits and infringement”: Exclusive interview with American National Red Cross’ Allison Leader

As part of our ongoing series of interviews with WTR 300-featured corporate trademark counsel, we spoke to Allison Leader about the challenges she faces at American National Red Cross and what it takes to successfully manage brand rights in the not-for-profit sector.

11 November 2018

Cannabis applications rocket, but how long will Canada lead the way? – exclusive data analysis

An analysis of Canadian trademark filings illustrates a sharp rise of applications in the cannabis sector; could that spike be replicated in the US in the future?

09 November 2018

Sweden to modernise trademark rules, new USPTO deputy director, and BOIP fee changes: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a study showing the scale of illicit alcohol, a Counterfeit Mini ad being lauded, luxury brands' increasing use of sound design in their products, and much more.