World Trademark Review – Controversial Banksy NFT launch; SSAD projections of $107 million per year; consumer confidence crisis; and much more

Everything we’ve covered on WTR over the past seven days – and everything you need to know from the world of brands to prepare for the start of another busy week.

The long read

After a year of unprecedented fraud at the USPTO, we wonder what more needs to be done to combat trademark filing scams and protect users.

monday january 17

A $107 million per year ticketing system: ICANN presents its first projections for the standardized access/disclosure system.

Controversial multi-millionaire brand activist Mike Lin reveals plans to launch a Banksy NFT collection.


tuesday january 18

Lacoste sues Marks & Spencer, Microsoft offers Activision Blizzard plans, North Korea files eight brands, and much more.

Cannabis-related filings have fallen in Canada, but the market may be poised to seize new opportunities, according to local analysis.


Wednesday January 19

The UK government is sticking to its current exhaustion regime – for now.

Consumer confidence hits a new low as companies are urged to do more in this year’s Edelman Global Report.


Thursday January 20

The Apple juggernaut shows no signs of stopping as the WTR Brand Elite indices reach new heights.

Intellectual property offices in Jamaica and Sri Lanka confirm plans to reopen after covid-19 closures.

Trademark infringement is rampant on OpenSea, the main NFT marketplace, according to a WTR investigation.


Friday January 21

Powell Gilbert IP experts assess the legal implications of personalized gifts, outlining the best course of action for brand owners and sellers.

Louis Vuitton fails to prove its reputation at EUIPO, Sri Lanka changes its intellectual property law, TikTok owner Bytedance enters the Chinese perfume market, and much more.


saturday 22 january

We reveal why the SPECTACLES brand case is one to watch.

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