Technology

Amazon bans hundreds of Chinese brands; record-breaking year at UKIPO; Netflix acquires Roald Dahl rights – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Japanese companies urged to prepare for litigation in China, the UKIPO rejecting attempts to register footballer names, and much more.

Amazon bans hundreds of Chinese brands; record-breaking year at UKIPO; Netflix acquires Roald Dahl rights – news digest
Victoria’s Secret on the up, while General Motors grapples with recall challenge in latest <em>WTR </em>Brand<em> </em>Elite analysis
23 Sep 2021

Victoria’s Secret on the up, while General Motors grapples with recall challenge in latest WTR Brand Elite analysis

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

Brand owners not blamed for counterfeits, but they still suffer the most
22 Sep 2021

Brand owners not blamed for counterfeits, but they still suffer the most

Electronics shoppers are most likely to cut ties with an official brand online after the accidental purchase of a fake, while unintentional counterfeit buys happen most often in the fashion space.

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22 Sep 2021

When can a claim that a trademark is well known be introduced?

This decision of the General Court highlights that the rationale of Article 16(1) of Delegated Regulation 2018/625 is to leave more flexibility - as opposed to opposition proceedings - to supplement the facts, evidence and arguments in support of an application for invalidity. Read more

21 Sep 2021

Volkswagen drops ‘.brand’ new gTLD; Ice Cube likeness claim fails again; Watercress added to UK GI list – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at how verification sticker labels are reducing counterfeit seed cases in Kenya, Nodwin Gaming acquiring an IP portfolio, and much more. Read more

18 Sep 2021

Ray-Ban Stories is one to watch

Facebook and Essilor Luxottica’s cutting-edge smart glasses are a bold new move in wearable tech – and one that trademark owners should keep an eye on. Read more

17 Sep 2021

Emma Raducanu trademark misreporting; new INTA resolution; Oreo and Pokémon team up – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at US Customs unveiling a dedicated centralised inspection facility in Los Angeles, the Kroger Co joining Buy Safe America, and much more. Read more

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14 Sep 2021

USPTO trademarks on sale as NFTs; thousands of duplicate filings in China; Australia joins DesignView – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Nordstrom trimming its private portfolio to strengthen brands, Firefly becoming the North America licensing agency for Pan Am, and much more. Read more

7 Sep 2021

Cartier counterfeits seized; Superdry and Asos face-off; EUIPO and SMEunited team up – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at more than 5,500 rights holders signing up to the Mercado Libre Brand Protection Programme, McDonald’s seeking a ‘McDuck’ Russian slang trademark registration, and much more. Read more

3 Sep 2021

Gmerica trademarks stir up GameStop investors; Switzerland joins Geneva Act; Modelo dispute – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Alibaba’s auction site launching patent price guidance, a California cookie maker pushing back on Hershey infringement claims, and much more. Read more

30 Aug 2021

Everything you need to know about BIMI and validated mark certificates, how they increase brand trust, and which companies have adopted them

A range of brands are taking advantage of the Brand Indicators for Message Identification standard, combined with trademark validation through validated mark certificates. Read more

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1 Sep 2021

Online marketplaces in South Africa that should be on counterfeit enforcement radars

In the latest instalment in our regular series on digital marketplaces that brand owners should monitor as part of their global anti-counterfeiting efforts, we head to South Africa. Read more

16 Aug 2021

Industry leader sentiment skews negative over IP service provider M&A activity, expect deals to continue

Forty percent of industry leaders view the dizzying level of M&A activity in the non-legal IP services sector negatively, according to the latest WTR Trademark Elite Expert Panel survey. Read more

11 Aug 2021

Alphabet and Apple outperform other tech brands in latest WTR Brand Elite indices analysis

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

13 Jul 2021

Tech brands soar in latest WTR Brand Elite results; Target shows that sustainability pays

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

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7 Jul 2021

The China Trademark 50

Tencent owns the largest number of active Chinese trademarks with a portfolio of 37,205 applications. This is nearly 15,000 more than second-place Beijing Jingdong Triple Bai Lu Pick Up of E-commerce Limited. Read more

7 Jul 2021

The US Trademark 50

The owners of the 50 largest US trademark portfolios collectively held 58,811 active assets in 2020. Together these entities filed 5,557 applications over the course of the year, down 4% from the previous year. Read more

7 Jul 2021

The Europe Trademark 50

The top 50 owners of the largest active European trademark portfolios together filed 15% fewer marks last year than they did the year before, dropping from 11,427 applications down to 9,902. Read more

11 Sep 2020

Russia exhibits strong filings growth on the back of changes to its intellectual property system

Back-end work continues to improve the registry and trademark landscape. Subsequently, there has been a noticeable uptick in local brands pushing for the protection of their rights. Read more

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23 Jun 2021

Five core technologies every IP practice can rely on

A rundown of the core technologies keeping the IP practices of WTR’s Global Leaders operating at full pace. Read more

18 Jun 2021

"There's so much more that we can do to help brands": Corsearch and Incopro CEOs on what acquisition means for future offerings

Online brand protection provider Incopro has become the latest in a series of acquisitions by Corsearch. We sat down with CEOs Tobi Hartmann and Simon Baggs to learn more about the deal, including what it means for customers, future tech offerings and brand advocacy work. Read more

23 Apr 2020

Protecting electronics and consumables across the globe

As new technology constantly changes how counterfeiters interact with consumers the global nature of the crime has made it especially challenging for brand owners to track distribution channels. Read more

16 Jan 2020

Online brand protection takeaways: tales from the trenches

Throughout 2019 WTR hosted a number of events that provided practical, strategic brand protection takeaways. Below are some of the key action points and insights. Read more