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Why all eyes should be on the US Supreme Court for NCAA v Alston

Late last week, oral arguments were heard at the US Supreme Court in National Collegiate Athletic Association v Alston. Although not focused on intellectual property, the case could throw the spotlight firmly onto the issue of player image rights and payments, making it one to watch.

Why all eyes should be on the US Supreme Court for <em>NCAA v Alston</em>
Estee Lauder and Walt Disney big performers as <em>WTR </em>Brand<em> </em>Elite stocks continue upward momentum
18 Mar 2021

Estee Lauder and Walt Disney big performers as WTR Brand Elite stocks continue upward momentum

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

Virgin brand value spat shows that reputation matters; now is the time for trademark professionals to make themselves part of the discussion
13 Mar 2021

Virgin brand value spat shows that reputation matters; now is the time for trademark professionals to make themselves part of the discussion

In our latest Saturday opinion column, we reflect on a high-profile licensing dispute between Virgin and Brightline, which highlights the growing interest in brand valuations.

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8 Apr 2021

Attorneys’ fees: the steep price of not being exceptional

In this dispute between two hotel operators, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has considered the appropriate standard for determining what makes a trademark case sufficiently exceptional to warrant an award of attorneys’ fees. Read more

1 Apr 2021

General Court considers concept behind TIME

In this dispute involving the marks THE TIME and TIMEHOUSE, the EU General Court rejected the argument that the EUIPO had erred in failing to apply the counteraction theory, under which conceptual differences may counteract visual and phonetic similarities. Read more

24 Mar 2021

That’s so metal: Ninth Circuit confirms standard of review for finding unclean hands on summary judgment

In a dispute over the use of the mark METAL, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has considered for the first time the standard of review to be applied when a district court concludes that a party has acted with unclean hands. Read more

23 Mar 2021

Heartfulness creator fails to prove that mark functions as source indicator

The EU General Court has confirmed that Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation’s mark HEARTFULNESS - which was created by Sahaj Marg to designate a relaxation and meditation technique - was descriptive and lacked distinctiveness. Read more

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26 Feb 2021

Taylor Swift takes on Evermore Park; Pakistan joins Madrid System; LVMH buys Jay-Z brand – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Danone expanding its brand portfolio, USPTO seeking public feedback on the Trademark Modernisation Act, and much more. Read more

23 Feb 2021

Reaction to Peloton genericism lawsuit; counterfeits seized in Louisville; Daimler trademark issue – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at ACG lobbying for increased UK consumers protection against counterfeits, Dr. Martens teaming up with the owner of Hello Kitty again, and much more. Read more

26 Jan 2021

New ARIPO director ‘vision for future’; AAFA counterfeit liability call; Boohoo buys Debenhams – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Nike taking a kick at counterfeit footwear manufacturers, USPTO reopening a comment period on state sovereign immunity, ICANN inviting leadership applications, and much more. Read more

26 Jan 2021

WeChat nudges past Ferrari to top brand strength rankings

WeChat has been named the world’s strongest brand in new research from Brand Finance, with Ferrari dropping to second place and Sber moving up to third. Read more

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17 Feb 2021

Lenovo’s record-breaking revenue drives growth as WTR Brand Elite stocks hit new high

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

2 Feb 2021

Despite volatile stock markets, WTR Brand Elite outperforms number of major indices in 2020

The WTR Brand Elite recorded a 4.4% return across 2020, with our collective of companies outperforming a number of major stock market indices, including the NYSE and FTSE 100. Read more

28 Jan 2021

Juventus striker Paulo Dybala settles long-running image rights dispute

The player has settled an International Court of Arbitration (ICC) dispute worth around €35 million with his former agent. Read more

26 Jan 2021

Apple wrestles ‘most valuable brand’ crown from Amazon as diversification drives growth

Apple has replaced Amazon at the top of the Brand Finance Global 500 2021 ranking of the world’s most valuable brands following a stellar 87% increase in brand value over the past year. Read more

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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

28 Aug 2020

Economies are battered but many major offices set for record trademark numbers

As the data continues to be updated, we are able to get a better understanding of the extent of the coronavirus’ impact on the trademark ecosystem. Read more

31 Jul 2020

Revealed: Jonathan Morton, Nyall Engfield and Benjamin Becker are top China representatives at USPTO

A year on from the USPTO's domicile rule change, new data shows the leading China-based representatives on trademark applications at the agency. Read more

17 Jul 2020

UK is battling Brexit negotiations and the coronavirus, but it is still on track for its biggest trademark year yet

The first week of July was the busiest the UKIPO has ever seen, putting to rest any fears that the coronavirus pandemic would have lasting effects on application levels. Read more

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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

8 Feb 2019

How Mickey Mouse and Darth Vader are helping to grow the Disney brand empire

In this week's data focus, we look at how multi-media giant Disney is stockpiling recognisable brands to build out its business operations and adapt to a changing industry. Read more

1 Jul 2017

Travel & Leisure Team of the Year: Marriott International

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1 Jul 2017

North America Team of the Year: World Wrestling Entertainment

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