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14 November 2019

Microsoft tops intangible value list; companies warned to prepare for economic turbulence

Microsoft takes top position on the list of companies boasting the highest level of intangible value. However, at a global level, the picture is looking gloomy, with the first fall in undisclosed intangible asset value since 2011.

30 October 2019

NCAA set to loosen name and image rights rule but do not expect an IP bonanza just yet

The governing board of the National Collegiate Athletics Association has voted unanimously to permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of its name, image and likeness. The move could be a boon for law firms and major brands.

29 October 2019

Groundbreaking research reveals significant risks in AI analysis of trademark registers

A new study looking at how AI is used by IP offices warns that “the seductive appeal of the all-seeing algorithm should be resisted” due to current limitations.

24 October 2019

The Trump Trademarks: the 'America first' president's truly global IP portfolio revealed

An exclusive WTR investigation reveals, for the first time, an estimated trademark portfolio of US president Donald Trump and his family. It finds applications in all four corners of the globe, with the activity described as “unprecedented”.

21 October 2019

Crafting cross-company collaboration: exclusive interview with Uber’s Rafa Gutierrez 

While a relatively young brand, Uber faces the gamut of IP risks – from phishing to genericism. Rafa Gutierrez explains how he keeps the platform’s IP fully protected.

16 October 2019

USPTO fee rises: registry bombarded with letters from graphic designers and small business owners

The USPTO has received hundreds of letters in relation to its proposal to change various trademark fees. Many originate from the Trademark Watch Dawgs group, although one attorney claims that it is the result of an astroturfing campaign.

16 October 2019

Global trademark growth slowing as China continues to dominate – breaking down the WIPO Indicators 2019 report

WIPO has published World Intellectual Property Indicators 2019, charting the growth of global IP filing for 2018. WTR presents key takeaways from the trademark data.

14 October 2019

More justification needed: proposed USPTO trademark fee increases could hinder small businesses

In an exclusive guest post, IP expert Erik Pelton explains how the proposed fee increases being mooted by the US Patent and Trademark Office could have a severe impact for small businesses.

02 October 2019

Countering copycat restaurants and resisting cease-and-desist marketing stunts: exclusive interview with TGI Fridays

TGI Fridays trademark lead Leanne Stendell explains how she built an in-house trademark team from the ground up to meet the needs of a restaurant chain with over 50 years of goodwill.

01 October 2019

Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: United States

Recent developments in US federal law now permit the sale of cannabis-derived products under certain conditions in states where such products are also legal under state law. This will have implications for the selection and protection of pharmaceutical trademarks.

01 October 2019

New editions of<em> WTR </em>and <em>Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide</em> now available

The Autumn 2019 edition of WTR, revealing the top filers at key registries across Asia, and the eighth edition of Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide are now published. 

27 September 2019

Despite concerns over the level of risk, litigation threat planning often omitted from IP strategies

New research has revealed that, while almost two-thirds of legal services buyers are concerned about being a defendant in IP litigation, a quarter of companies that have a specific IP strategy in place state that it does not deal with litigation threats.

27 September 2019

INTA’s Brands Manifesto, Liverpool trademark blow, fighting scammers: news digest 

In our latest news digest, we look at INTA’s release of a Brands Manifesto, the Paraguay IP Office conducting another counterfeit crackdown, fee changes in New Zealand, and much more.

25 September 2019

Revealed: Chinese trademark applications drop at USPTO but scourge of suspicious specimens continues

An investigation from WTR has found that the issue of fraudulent specimens of use in trademark applications at the USPTO persists, with the challenge facing the office now being to track the latest tactics used to evade detection.

20 September 2019

“Your very life may be at risk” – USPTO urged to reconsider domicile requirement due to safety concerns

A new petition to the USPTO requests that new rules regarding physical addresses be reconsidered. Talking exclusively to WTR, the attorney who filed the petition claims that it is “a time-sensitive matter” due to serious ongoing risks.