Amazon seizes more than 2 million counterfeits; USPTO announces ID verification pilot; WTR reveals covid-19 impact on law firms; and much more

The Long Read

For over a decade, WTR has surveyed its readership for the Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey, which aims to identify how practice, strategies and threats are evolving. This year’s law firm results reveal the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on trademark operations and which aspects have changed forever. Read more

Monday 10 May

Amazon published its first-ever report on the company’s brand protection efforts, announcing that last year it seized more than 2 million counterfeit products before they were sent to customers. Read more

One of the most influential figures in India’s IP sector, Justice Manmohan Singh, provided his reaction to the surprise abolition of the Intellectual Property Appellate Board in an exclusive interview with WTR sister title IAMRead more


Tuesday 11 May

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit dealt a blow to a small Australian footwear company in the latest in an ongoing political and legal saga over the genericism of the UGG mark. Read more

Julie MacDonell, CEO of Heirlume, expanded on the platform’s plans to offer SMEs a service that will make the trademark application process as simple as buying a domain name. Read more

The USPTO announced that it is to begin a pilot programme for a new ID verification system on its online trademark platform, with experts warning of hurdles to be overcome. Read more

THE BIG LIE trademark application, Gap selling the Intermix brand, scammers’ preferred TLDs, Verizon divesting its media division, and much more featured in Tuesday’s news round-up. Read more


Wednesday 12 May

WTR sat down with Gautam Godse, senior vice president of product at Brainbase, to get the inside track on the company’s new suite of trademark portfolio products. Read more

Locke Lord LLP’s chief diversity and inclusion officer, Paulette Brown, shared her insight into why law firms should reassess their history and do away with ‘exclusive’ labels. Read more


Thursday 13 May


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