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Chia cryptocurrency trademark spat; BTS and McDonald’s collaborate; Gap and Walmart team up – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a report revealing that most consumers have "little faith" in brands, the China National IP Administration finding that Chinese firms have submitted "irregular" IP applications, and much more.

01 June 2021

Hendrick’s defeats Lidl in lookalike gin dispute; INTA reveals Annual Meeting plans; Etihad launches sonic brand – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the EUIPO replacing email attachments with links, a stinky tofu restaurant trademark invalidated for satirising a football team, and much more.

28 May 2021

European and consumer brands dominate Clarivate’s first-ever best-protected brands list

Clarivate has published its first Top 100 Best Protected Global Brands Report, revealing that almost half of the world’s best-protected global brands are headquartered in Europe, while more than half are consumer brands.

26 May 2021

Supreme Court confirms that use of later-registered mark can infringe earlier-registered mark in landmark decision

As a result of this decision of the Korean Supreme Court, it is now possible for a senior trademark owner to directly assert its trademark rights against the owner of a later-filed trademark in the courts, without having to first invalidate the later-filed trademark.

26 May 2021

ABB wins rare private criminal prosecution and puts counterfeiter in jail for three-and-a-half years

This is a very rare win in China: there have been only a handful of private prosecutions brought by brand owners over the past decades, and very few were supported by the courts.

25 May 2021

Amazon, Apple and Facebook teams top the list as world’s leading corporate trademark professionals revealed

Released today, the fifth edition of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals identifies the individuals deemed to be the leading lights of the corporate trademark world.

24 May 2021

Why the future of IP services lies in holistic, cross-functional data offerings

A growing appreciation for the importance of intellectual property means that IP service providers are under greater pressure to deliver products that cater to multiple functions under one roof without jeopardising ability or accessibility.

24 May 2021

LG and luxury brands push WTR Brand Elite stocks up as indices hit highest point yet

The WTR Brand Elite project tracks how a defined set of brand-focused companies with industry-leading trademark teams perform against stock market indices.

20 May 2021

Doing more with less: the new sustained reality facing corporate trademark professionals

The Long Read: This year’s Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey reveals how stretched budgets at in-house trademark departments have hit law firm relationships – and how the covid-19 pandemic has shaped corporate brand strategies for most IP professionals.

20 May 2021

Reverse confusion suit not ironclad, but SmartSync lives on

In this dispute between Ironhawk - the owner of the SMARTSYNC mark - and Dropbox over the latter’s use of the name Smart Sync, Ironhawk focused primarily on its reverse confusion theory of infringement.

19 May 2021

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