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Australian winemakers fight to keep the prosecco name and their brand value.

Trademark and naming battle. Should Aussies fight to keep using prosecco or create their own regional or wine style brand? Following on from France’s successful trademarking of Champagne, Italy is now trying to stop Australian wineries using the prosecco name. The challenge to the use…

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Nestle fights to save Poland Springs brand

Poland Springs brand authenticity and reason for being under attack Nestle is facing a lawsuit in the USA that claims they have misled their consumers into paying a premium for normal ground water. For a brand that’s positioning and differentiation is all about the purity…

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UK kills tobacco brands

Following Australia’s lead, the UK introduces plain packaging laws for tobacco All advertising and branding of cigarettes is now banned in the UK. This follows similar laws introduced in Australia in 2012. For big tobacco brands, this is a massive challenge. They’ve effectively had almost…

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United Airlines boycott highlights a deeper brand crisis

Last week we shared a report on the impact of brand boycotts. The same day, United Airlines had a PR crisis unfold after they forcibly removed a paid-up passenger from their plane. What impact is this latest boycott having on the United brand? It was…

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21% of consumers boycott brands and most don’t come back

YouGov’s ‘Inside the Mindset of a Brand Boycotter report’ gives us some insight into consumers who boycott brands and why they can’t be ignored. Just about every week a major brand is under attack from consumers. Last week it was Pepsi, the other week it…

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Time for Telstra rethink its brand proposition as it comes under attack again

Once again Telstra’s public relations team is frantically working to deal another brand attack, this time from Choice. The problem for Telstra is their network performance is not just core to the brand, it is really everything the brand stands for. Telstra needs to urgently…

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Brand China takes another beating and takes down Aussie brands with it

This week in Australia, we’ve had a major recall of Patties Foods frozen berries sold under the brands Nanna’s and Creative Gourmet. The berries have been linked to people contracting Hepatitis A. It appears that this is caused by poor sanitary standards from fruit packed in…

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Brand grab: CUB fights to keep heritage in landmark IP case

We always stress the importance of protecting your brand by trademarking the name, identity and its associated positioning but what if that is not enough. This week, an interesting case of brand security is in the Australian courts. It is a David and Golliath fight…

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