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13 December 2019

Uber’s loss of its London license a reminder of the importance of brand reputation: data analysis

Safety is the most critical component of brand building in the ride-hailing app environment, but hinging success on such a volatile factor could be risky

10 December 2019

<em>Frozen 2</em> versus Christian Louboutin: could Anna’s red-soled shoes lead to a trademark dispute?

In Disney's Frozen 2, main character Anna is seen wearing red-bottomed boots, with some claiming a similarity to the iconic footwear of fashion brand Christian Louboutin. We speak with IP experts on the issues potentially at play.

06 December 2019

Alibaba's DOUBLE 11 trademark: JD.com sues China's IP authority

JD.com is suing the China National IP Agency following the invalidation of five DOUBLE 11 marks. Alibaba, the third party in this case, argues that DOUBLE 11 – a reference to Singles’ Day in China – was created and used by the company as a trademark.  

03 December 2019

WeChat is the world’s fastest growing brand, origin of the Tesla trademark, and cops swoop on fakes: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Honeywell launching an anti-counterfeiting app, guidance for small and medium-sized entities on fighting parasitic brands, the EUIPO releasing new image recognition technology, and much more.

29 November 2019

DPMA warns of scam invoices, Poundland versus Greggs, and WIPO DG candidate list widens: news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at the Philippines IP Office reviving its arbitration service, the advocate general finding that Amazon didn’t infringe on Coty’s trademark rights, the first GIs being processed in Ivory Coast, and much more.

28 November 2019

Shanghai court innovates with punitive damages for trademark infringement: IP owners can aim higher

In a landmark decision, the Shanghai Pudong District Court has awarded punitive damages equal to three times the proven damages to a foreign sportswear company.

28 November 2019

Trademark Law amends, High Court guidelines and their impact on bad-faith marks

This year the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress issued the Decision of Revision of Eight Laws, which includes the fourth revision of the Trademark Law. This has attracted much attention from the international IP community as it addresses the issue of bad-faith registrations – one of the most significant challenges to protecting international brands in China.

26 November 2019

China issues IP directive, Jay-Z settles dispute, and lessons from Backcountry: news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at INTA electing its 2020 president, US Customs confiscating nearly 20,000 fake watches, a change at the Palestine registry, WIPO marking its 1.5 millionth international registration, and much more.

22 November 2019

Insurance brands are failing to connect with consumers – and this is a problem

The industry is slowly changing, and those that are adaptable and invest in strengthening their product and brand could see a massive pay-out.

21 November 2019

Zhihu and IP protection: the brand risks and opportunities on China’s trendy new social media app

Zhihu is a new social media platform making inroads on the Chinese market. With doubts around the IP enforcement capabilities of the platform, WTR takes a closer look at the app with the help of brand protection experts in China.

20 November 2019

Revealed: speaker line-up for next month’s Brand Strategy China conference

With the event just two weeks away, WTR is pleased to unveil the speaking faculty for Brand Strategy China – with experts from Dupont, LVMH, New Balance, Unilever and 3M featured.

19 November 2019

Russia and Syria IP cooperation, Alibaba and JD.com spat, and OK BOOMER trademarks: news digest

In our latest news round-up, we look at the Chile IP office urging electronic usage following mailbox damage, a St Andrews trademark dispute heating up, an update on the Bentley case, Ecuador joining DesignView, and much more.

15 November 2019

Tiffany’s signature blue is priceless – and LVMH knows it

While the French powerhouse has yet to up its offer, it has come too far to back down. The American jeweller is a highly attractive target for anyone with a stake in the luxury market.