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18 August 2019

WWE’s approach to enforcement; brand squatting in Nigeria; global counterfeiting hotspots; encouraging diversity in the IP field; EUIPO warning; plus much more.

Everything we covered on WTR over the last seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

13 August 2019

Keeping up with the Jonesies: UDRP panel refuses to transfer ‘littlejonesies.com’

A recent UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘littlejonesies.com’ highlights the importance of establishing a prima facie case of lack of legitimate interest when a domain name includes the registrant's name. 

11 August 2019

USPTO warning over ‘bad actors’; Apple entering the fintech fray; Ferrari spat with German designer; Amazon extends Project Zero; plus much more.

Everything we covered on WTR over the last seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

07 August 2019

Skateboard saga: UDRP panel allows separate ownership of almost identical domain names to continue

A recent decision involving the domain name ‘customskateboard.com’ underlines that it is sometimes difficult to predict the outcome of UDRP complaints.

04 August 2019

“Unprecedented” USPTO application surge; FaceApp risk; inside De Beers’ brand portfolio; a blow for Red Bull; plus much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the last seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

01 August 2019

No UDRP remedy for failure to renew

A recent UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘titoni.com’ shows that domain name registrants must manage their portfolios rigorously to avoid missing any expiry dates.

01 August 2019

Unicorn brand portfolios, EUTM top filers and diversity challenges: <em>WTR</em> 80 out now

The Summer 2019 edition of WTR is now available online to subscribers, revealing the top filers at the EUIPO, presenting exclusive interviews with award-winning corporate trademark teams and taking a deep data dive into the brand portfolios of some of the world’s leading unicorns.

01 August 2019

How FaceApp’s terms of use could open risk of infringement that you can’t fight

A media storm has circled around Russian-owned FaceApp over fears that personal data is being sold for potentially nefarious purposes. We speak with an expert about the legal issues that rights holders should be aware of.

26 July 2019

Achilles' heel: UDRP complainants should provide detailed evidence when relying on unregistered or common law rights

A recent decision involving the domain name ‘threadsofapollo.com’ highlights the importance of submitting comprehensive evidence to support assertions in a UDRP complaint, especially when a party relies on unregistered or common law rights in its submissions.

22 July 2019

‘Love and green’ at the limits of legitimate domain name speculation

A recent decision under the UDRP highlights the tension between speculating in domain names composed of descriptive terms for their perceived inherent value, and the interests of trademark holders who hold trademark rights in such terms.

21 July 2019

Phishers target law firms; counterfeit hotspots; diversity in the legal field; and much more

Welcome to this week’s WTR Sunday Supplement, presenting everything we covered over the last seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

15 July 2019

Privacy problems: brand owners should use caution when using privacy service to register domain name

A recent UDRP decision involving the domain name ‘absainsurance.com’ underlines the fact that brand owners should avoid using a privacy service to register domain names unless there are sound business reasons for doing so.

15 July 2019

Reports of law firm phishing attacks serve as reminder of never-ending threat

Recent reports have put a spotlight on phishing directed at law firms and solicitors. While not a new phenomenon, the coverage highlights a significant problem that is not going away, and one that firms must be quick to tackle.

10 July 2019

Intel director of trademarks reveals the key ingredients for successful brand protection

Christopher George, director of trademarks and brands at Technology and Consumer Electronics Team of the Year Intel, has spoken to WTR about the difficulties his team faces when tasked with protecting the brands of so-called ‘ingredient’ tech components, rather than final products.  

04 July 2019

Protecting GIs in the modern age: takeaways from WIPO’s Worldwide Symposium on Geographical Indications

In an exclusive guest post, António Corte-Real from Simões Garcia Corte-Real & Associados reveals some of the key takeaways from WIPO’s recent geographical indications event.