“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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AI boosts counterfeit seizures in Hong Kong; expert claims focus should be on small package detection

​​​​​​​Customs authorities in Hong Kong have managed to increase the seizure rate of fake goods by one-third in the first half of 2018 thanks to the use of artificial intelligence (AI). This report unexpectedly received negative online reactions, with commentators suggesting that customs should instead be focusing on street sellers. However, one expert tells us …

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As World Cup gets underway, brands jostle for limelight and authorities prepare for ambush

The 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway in Russia today, and major brands – sponsors and non-sponsors alike – have already kicked off efforts to benefit from the buzz surrounding the tournament. Meanwhile, the authorities have commenced policing for infringement, with the Federal Antimonopoly Service having initiated cases centred on the misuse of FIFA’s marks.

“Rights holders will be disappointed”: UK Supreme Court sides with ISPs in Cartier case

The UK Supreme Court has handed down its decision in the Cartier website blocking case, siding with internet service providers (ISPs) and ruling that brand owners should indemnify ISPs for the costs of implementing blocking injunctions. While a blow to rights holders, industry commentators argue that such injunctions remain a key weapon in the fight …

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Trump administration tariffs “could help legitimise fake goods”: trade associations join up to sound alarm bells

​​​​​​​A number of major US trade associations have joined forces to send a letter to two members of the House Ways and Means Committee warning that the Trump administration’s recent trade tariffs are having a harmful effect on the battle against counterfeit goods. The strongly worded letter, seen by World Trademark Review, claims that the …

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Corruption and weak IP legislation identified as main drivers of counterfeit trade

​​​​​​​The main drivers that determine the likelihood of a country being involved in the trade of counterfeit goods have been identified by a new report from the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Governance, free trade zones, production facilities, logistical capabilities and facilities and trade facilitation policies are all highlighted as the key determinants.

Consumers “morally disgusted” by counterfeits, brands warned fakes “infect” genuine products

​​​​​​​A groundbreaking new study has found that most consumers feel “moral disgust” and “revulsion” from using counterfeit goods, with a warning that this feeling can be extended to genuine goods that are often copied. The research is a reminder of the tremendous brand harm such illicit activity causes, with the study suggesting a new form …

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ICE’s anti-counterfeiting efforts highlighted as US politicians call for its abolition

Legislation was tabled last week in the US House of Representatives calling for the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), following a week in which over 100 elected officials declared their support for dismantling the organisation. It sparked a reminder that the agency plays a crucial role in the fight against counterfeits, with …

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