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14 February 2019

Anaqua announces new investment as private equity escalates IP sector focus

IP solutions provider Anaqua has announced that it is to receive a significant investment from European private equity firm Astorg – a move the company says will "accelerate Anaqua’s growth in the rapidly expanding IP management space".

14 February 2019

How Starbucks is protecting its brand in China – exclusive interview

Batur Oktay, who leads Starbucks’ IP committee, explains how the company is working with Chinese authorities to tackle counterfeiting and provides insights into its changing prosecution strategy.

12 February 2019

Plain packaging passed in Singapore, cat photo trademarks, and US Senate IP subcommittee: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a new report showing 70% of Kenyans use counterfeit products, a new system developed to identify fake logos, the Spanish football league scoring a piracy win, and much more.

12 February 2019

Jones Day named strongest US law firm brand, as Skadden closes gap

Jones Day has been named the strongest law firm brand in the United States for the third year running. However, on this year’s Acritas US Law Firm Brand Index, Skadden is rapidly closing the gap.

11 February 2019

The evolution of Airbnb’s trademark strategy, and what it means for law firm collaborations

Alica Del Valle, lead counsel for IP, marketing, PR and content at Airbnb, expands on the Silicon Valley company’s fast-changing trademark strategy, what it demands from law firm partners and the creation and protection of its Chinese brand, Aibiying.

08 February 2019

How Mickey Mouse and Darth Vader are helping to grow the Disney brand empire

In this week's data focus, we look at how multi-media giant Disney is stockpiling recognisable brands to build out its business operations and adapt to a changing industry.

07 February 2019

TTAB reverses refusal to register Starbucks' green circle on white cup, but green circle alone lacks acquired distinctiveness

The US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has reversed a refusal to register a mark consisting of a green circle on a white cup for coffee, tea and restaurant services, finding that Starbucks’ drawing was a substantially exact representation of the mark as used on the specimens of use.

07 February 2019

“The world is becoming an IP believer” – UK tops US Chamber of Commerce global trademark ranking

In a newly-released report, the US Chamber of Commerce has ranked the United States as having the best overall IP protection of 50 leading economies, with the United Kingdom topping the trademark ranking.

06 February 2019

Apple and Monster named "biggest trademark bullies" but take ranking with pinch of salt

In our latest opinion column, we examine a new list of the biggest “trademark bullies”, which may generate discussion but should be treated with caution.

01 February 2019

Asahi’s acquisition of Fuller’s shows value of brands in overseas expansion

This Japanese company's purchase is only one of a number of deals in the industry, with key players bolstering their premium beer portfolios.

01 February 2019

Super Bowl fakes crackdown, Burger King trolls McDonald’s trademark loss, and Monaco joins TMview: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at how Africa lacks anti-counterfeiting tools, how a growing proportion of companies are affected by infringement, Bulgaria bolstering its digital trademark offering, and much more.

29 January 2019

The Gleissner Files 2019: brand owners warned as IP office reveals staggering number of trademark applications

A major investigation by WTR can reveal that entrepreneur and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner has stepped up his IP activity in recent months, with over 100 applications filed so far this year.

29 January 2019

Litigating design disputes: United States

Parties to unfair competition and trademark infringement cases pending before a court, or in proceedings before the TTAB, have the option to participate in alternative dispute resolution procedures, such as arbitration or mediation. 

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.

25 January 2019

As latest efforts to end shutdown fail, USPTO reveals when it will run out of money

To date, the USPTO has weathered the storm of the ongoing US government shutdown. Now, the registry has revealed how long it can do so.