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.

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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“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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US Senate passes trademark resolution, UKIPO fake auto parts warning, and Taylor Swift’s cat marks: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at India exploring a drug serialisation programme, the TTAB looking for applications for a senior role, trademark lessons from the closure of the Ivanka Trump brand, a call for an IP tribunal in Uganda, and much more.

“Adapt or die”: seven ways the trademark industry could be transformed in the next decade

During a session at last week’s ECTA Annual Conference, experts made some bold – often startling – predictions on where they see the trademark industry in 10 years. While some were unsurprising, such as how artificial intelligence and automation will improve efficiency, there were some unexpected suggestions, including how the role of law could change …

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ICANN steps up GDPR clarity bid, Squire Patton Boggs resolves China dispute, and insights from ECTA 2018: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at various insights from ECTA’s 37th annual conference, Squire Patton Boggs resolving a dispute in China over use of its name and related domain name, a potential disagreement between Jack Daniel’s and a Chambord estate, the Financial Times winning a trademark dispute, and how domain registrations for sports betting …

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As Canada legalises marijuana, research finds majority of Canadians want branded packaging for cannabis products

​​​​​​​The Canadian parliament has passed legislation which will allow the recreational use of marijuana nationwide. The law could pave the wave for hundreds of new brands, and a new survey suggests that two-thirds of consumers in Canada would prefer branded – rather than generic or plain – packaging for this new market of marijuana products.

The link between SME financial performance and trademark rights revealed

New research has highlighted the beneficial effect of trademark ownership for start-up companies. One of the first studies to explore the relationship between brand rights and a firm’s financial performance, it demonstrates that fledgling companies with more trademarks achieve higher valuations, attract greater investment and perform better after IPOs.

Brexit concerns raised, parody Trump Hotel sparks IP debate, and Jaden Smith in trademark suit: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we take a look at the ‘chocolate crisis’ in Belgium due to fake and misleading confectionery products, how brands are embracing robot influencers, an insight into combating malicious imposters and how Chinese customs have stopped another load of World Cup counterfeits.