P&G applications spark WTF reaction, Pinduoduo’s counterfeit crackdown, and McCarthy on the move: news round-u

In our latest round-up, we look at how the USPTO is seeking input on its draft strategic plan, the frontman of rock band Aerosmith sending a cease-and-desist to US President Donald Trump, the UKIPO publishing a delicious IP blog, a trademark dispute involving Bob Dylan’s whiskey company, and much more.

“A chef’s name is a trademark” – dispute highlights brand protection risks in the fine dining restaurant industry

​​​​​​​An ongoing trademark dispute between an award-winning chef and his former employer has highlighted the issue of brand protection in the fine dining sector. Experts tell World Trademark Review that chefs should consider getting registered trademark protection for their own name “at an early stage” of their career, while research finds some of the leaders …

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“Banksy of trademarks” loses Beyoncé opposition, Kuwait online action urged, and The Iso Zone closes: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at how urgent action is required for owners of Kuwaiti trademarks, the closure of a Rick & Morty-themed pop-up bar, Moutai ending its 17-year bid for the NATIONAL SPIRIT mark, how to create an effective brand name, and much more.

Call for USPTO to “pound its fist more loudly” in efforts to tackle trademark solicitation scams

The USPTO has been urged to form an inter-organisational task force to foster greater cooperation in tackling the problem of trademark solicitation scams, bringing the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), US Postal Inspection Service and others into a more active role. Erik Pelton of Erik M Pelton & Associates, who has emerged as one of the …

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$500 million counterfeit bust, David Beckham leaked logo typo, and another creative cease and desist: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the brands loved by millennials but avoided by today’s teenagers, rising trademark applications in Cambodia, Saudi Arabia’s IP authority launching an official website, how thousands are boycotting brands on Twitter, In-N-Out’s pun-filled cease and desist letter, and much more.

“What I saw in China 8 years ago, I am now seeing in Brazil”: strategic insights from New Balance’s brand protection lead

World Trademark Review speaks to Daniel McKinnon, New Balance’s head of global brand protection, about his approach to trademark enforcement. The WTR 300-featured attorney criticised the “paltry” damages awarded in China and explained his strategy for mitigating the problems posed by “parasite brands” in the country. He also highlighted an emerging problem with Latin American …

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IP Australia wins digital award, Stephen Colbert talks trademarks, and USPTO seeks new judge: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at UFC star Conor McGregor potentially facing a hefty fine in his latest trademark tussle, the Supreme newspaper promotion reminding us of the power of strong logos, a Minneapolis official who sought registered trademark protection of a blog that criticised her, and a Delhi court getting tough on perjury …

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Trademark “reveals” Star Trek series name, T-ARA denied, and PewDiePie responds to “fake” sponsorship: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a call to boycott a Hawaiian food chain over trademark enforcement, YouTube star PewDiePie hits back over “fake” sponsored video accusation, an analysis of cutting-edge technologies being developed in the fight against counterfeit food, the name for Patrick Stewart’s Star Trek TV series may have been revealed in …

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“We try to pick our battles carefully”: exclusive interview with AIG’s Shama Elliott

To continue our series of articles providing insights into the work of leading WTR 300-ranked corporate trademark professionals, World Trademark Review spoke to Shama Elliott, IP manager at American International Group (AIG). In an in-depth conversation, she explained the value non-lawyers can add to trademark departments, sheds light on some of the key challenges facing …

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Audi launches anti-counterfeiting campaign, YouTube brand safety fiasco and TMview expands: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the expansion of the EUIPO’s TMview search platform, Audi launching an anti-counterfeiting awareness campaign, Scotch Whisky attaining GI protection in South Africa, Chinese trademarks continuing rapid growth rate, and much more.