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130 year old Trade Mark Owners Association relaunched following Investor-backed Management Buy-Out


The 130 year old Trade Mark Owners Association relaunched following an Investor-backed Management Buy-Out.

“A new company, with a strong heritage, ready to meet today’s challenges.”

Originating in 1886, Trade-Mark Owners Association (TMOA) has a proud history. It led to the expansion of global trade-mark protection as one of the world’s first Trade-Mark Attorneys. TMOA went on to represent global companies, including ICI, Heinz, Cadbury and Nestle. TMOA protected its clients’ interests through both World Wars, through both the Great Depression and the 2008 Great Recession. The present state of the global business environment heightens the need for the trusted expertise, dedication and experience of TMOA.

Now, over 130 years after its incorporation, TMOA is being relaunched by its attorneys and their colleagues, following an Investor-backed Management Buy-Out. The investment recognises the unwavering commitment, loyalty and professionalism of the TMOA team. It will enable them to take control of their business and build a truly client-focused, colleague-led practice that will benefit its clients, its global associates and its colleagues. The best legal trade-mark advice and services will continue, in a new way, led by a great team.

Earlier this month 99% of Nucleus IP’s stakeholders voted in favour of an Investor-backed Management-Buy-Out of the business, and on 19th May 2020 ownership of the business transferred to its attorneys and colleagues, its Pension Fund, and its new Managing Director, Paul Hayman.

The newly relaunched TMOA is again looking to lead the way, this time recognising that – more than ever – there is a need for a caring, compassionate approach that benefits clients, colleagues and partners alike. A new way of working that provides unrivalled service to clients, a better work/life balance and opportunities for colleagues, and trusted partnerships with associates across the globe.

TMOA’s Managing Director Paul Hayman said: “The world is experiencing extraordinary events so now is the perfect time to relaunch TMOA. We believe that now, more than ever, our clients and colleagues want a partner they can trust to provide excellent service and, as important, who they can trust to be compassionate and supportive. TMOA will be their loyal ally, protecting their interests, especially through the hardest of times. We draw on our proud heritage as we build a new enterprise for the future: one that will address the challenges and opportunities of the world we live in today. The old ways served us well for many decades, but the world has changed, and we have to find a better way.”

TMOA’s former Joint General Manager, Les Powell said: “Relaunching TMOA is a wonderful idea as it enjoyed so much goodwill from clients and agents around the world, with whom we encouraged the building of working friendships. Reviving this way of working, in an updated and modern way, will be a very good thing for everyone. TMOA will be a new company, with a strong heritage, ready to meet today’s challenges.”

Kishor Davdra, who joined TMOA in 1972 and was Company Secretary and Joint General Manager from 1986 to 1999, added “I am delighted TMOA is being relaunched. It is especially cheering to see its return now. TMOA has always offered protection and stability in an uncertain world. I was so proud to be a part of it.”

About Trade Mark Owners Association (TMOA)

TMOA has been involved in the protection of trade marks for over 130 years and has protected the trade-marks of thousands of companies, from entrepreneurial owner-managed businesses, to global multi-nationals; doing so globally in every country where registration is possible.

Services provided include: searching into the availability for use and registration of trade-marks; filing and prosecution of trade mark applications; the enforcement and defence of rights obtained; and the renewal of registered rights.

Most recently, TMOA has been helping its clients protect their interests through the current period of global uncertainty with two services that enable them to: watch for, and react to, trade mark infringements globally; and set up structures that efficiently insulate, and so protect, their intellectual property from trading risk. Both are becoming must-have “insurance policies” that effectively protect clients’ interests, and so mitigate business risk.

 

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Avenue51 Wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise, International Trade


London, UK – April 21, 2020: Avenue51, the global eCommerce platform, was today honoured with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, International Trade, for outstanding growth in overseas sales during the last three years – with sales growth of nearly 50%.

Avenue51 offers a unique opportunity for European brands to trade directly with consumers around the world via its cross-border technology platform built around three key features of:

• Share: Marketing & Social Media Share
• Shop: Online Retail & Payments
• Ship: Fulfilment & Storage

These services have been designed to work individually or together to provide an end-to-end solution. For retailers wanting a fast route to the Chinese consumer market, Avenue51 also provides online listing across a network of more than 50,000 online retailers used by shoppers in Mainland China.

Avenue51 co-founder, James Hardy, comments: “Winning the Queen’s Award is a great honour for us and a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team. We have seen huge growth during the last three years including an increase in sales of 50% and launching our technology and services in the French and Nordic markets.”

“Now more than ever we believe our eCommerce platform is vital for European retailers looking to create or expand their eCommerce offering to reach some of the largest consumer markets in the world.”

Now in its 54th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are among the most prestigious business awards in the country and are awarded for outstanding achievement at international trade, innovation or sustainable development. They are the highest official UK awards for British businesses.

About Avenue51
Avenue51’s complete global ecommerce platform enables more than 100 British and European consumer brands including Waitrose, Aspinal of London, ThisWorks and Optibac to generate and fulfil over £50 million of orders from shoppers and online retailers in Mainland China each year.

Our team is based in offices around the world including London, Birmingham, Beijing, Shanghai & Hangzhou are endlessly integrating our solution into the business models of the world’s most progressive brands.

For those brands simply seeking fast access to shoppers in Mainland China, Avenue51 offers the opportunity to list products within a network of more than 50,000 online retailers used by shoppers in Mainland China. This network includes a number of highly successful online stores operated by Avenue51 under license (Laposte and Royal Mail Tmall flagship stores) or directly (51bestuk, 51Taouk).

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CHINA: So much more than just trade


I am sat with three friends around a table at a local restaurant in Wuhan, China. The table itself is round of course, with a circular glass plate, laden with dishes, rotating slowly at its centre. Our bowls are blessed with delicious food, our glasses are full, our chopsticks are busy, friendly conversation fills the small private dining room, and the world is put to rights.

But not a word of business is spoken.

We talk of art, of culture, of music, of education, of history and of food – the freshwater crab that is perfect right now, the local caitai vegetables that are a Wuhan specialty, the spiced duck, the white fungi and of course the Baijiu. We talk excitedly about family: I had helped one friend’s daughter when she first arrived in the UK to go to university and he was able to update me proudly on her excellent progress. Meanwhile another member of the party had been to stay with us in the UK and asked after my wife and children. And then we talk at length about Wuhan.

As we chatted, my friends joked that Wuhan was my second home and it began to dawn on me that they were right. I have many friends here now. I have visited private art galleries with them, strolled along the banks of the Yangtze River with them, marvelled at the new airport with them and wined and dined with them all. I had seen ballet in Wuhan, light shows in Wuhan, international tennis in Wuhan and, if I had not been filming a documentary about my experience in Wuhan, I would even have been able to watch a little live rugby in Wuhan this very afternoon. My eldest son has been here with me, my grandparents came here before me, and my children’s children will follow after me.

And still not a word of business is spoken.

When I talk of China in the UK it is almost always about trade and investment, revenue potential and grants, free office space, different staff management systems, government engagement and support, intellectual property and branding. For the enlightened few who already know about the other delights of life that are on offer here, this business-only approach might be appropriate. But I realised today that if I am to capture the hearts of others, motivating them to step outside their comfort zones and lift their eyes a little beyond Europe to China then perhaps I should spend more time telling the tales of friendship in Wuhan than the tales of investment and growth.

Wuhan has a lesson for us all.

In fact it is much more than a lesson. Wuhan understands the secret of life, China style. Here is the recipe:

1. Take one round table
2. Fill table to overflowing with freshly-cooked Chinese food
3. Open a bottle of Baijiu (or two, if very brave/foolhardy)
4. Add friends, and stir gently for 2 hours
(Additional flavouring: discuss the implications for international friendship and cultural exchange raised by the book Cambridge Notes by YU Tantan of course – found on Tmall and Dangdang in China if you search for 剑桥笔记 or click on this LINK, and available direct from me if you are in the UK – though only in Mandarin at the moment!)
http://www.dynastybio.com/china-more-than-just-trade/

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Dentsu Tracking supports the European Union to fight illicit trade in tobacco products.


Dentsu Tracking, a brand of Dentsu Aegis Network, is collaborating with the European Commission and Member States of the European Union (EU) to design and operate a track and trace system as part of EU legislation on tobacco control (Tobacco Products Directive).

The track and trace system supports EU Member States in the fight against illicit trade. It, therefore, plays an important role in protecting public health, state budgets and legal economic operators.

This industry-wide scope required an innovative platform and data analysis system capable of tracking more than 26 billion products per year across the EU.

“As far as we know, this is the world’s first solution giving 360 visibility of the supply-chain across an entire industry”, says Philippe Castella, Managing Director of Dentsu Tracking. “We are honoured to work with the European Commission and the EU Member States. It is a unique project allowing 28 Member States on one single platform to track domestic and transnational sales, as well as products exported outside of the EU. No other platform is connecting this volume and complexity of data”.

Dentsu Tracking was awarded the concession in December 2018 based on an innovative solution that provides public authorities with visibility of the total supply-chain from manufacturing to retail. It also ensures that the track and trace system is under full control of public authorities, including access to the collected data, as required by the Tobacco Products Directive and the WHO FCTC Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products.

As of May 20th, 2019, cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco must be marked with a unique identifier code. All the involved economic operators are required to report all tobacco product movements and related financial information. This information is collected and stored in a central system, operated by Dentsu Tracking. The necessary reporting, queries, business analytics, and alerts are provided as part of the Dentsu Tracking solution. This allows Member States and the European Commission to monitor the movements of legal tobacco products (tracking) and to determine at which point a product was diverted into the illicit market, or vice versa (tracing). The analysis can also be used to highlight anomalies, to detect fraudulent activities, and to confirm if products are legitimate when passing inspection points.

All movements are tracked instantly for automated real-time traceability at any point along the supply-chain, and with all the information fed into one centralized database. This takes traceability to a new benchmark. In comparison, in pharmaceutical regulation there is a “check in–check out” approach tracking only a small portion of the supply chain. In food-industry regulation there is typically a “one up – one down” approach without any centralized repository, which means that the traceability and visibility of a product from start to end must be rebuilt manually.

Links: For further information on the EU regulatory framework to fight illicit trade in tobacco products, please refer to the European Commission official site here.

About:
Dentsu Tracking is a brand of Dentsu Aegis Network. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Core product and service solutions include traceability, security, industrial IT, business analytics, and supply chain digital transformation.
www.dentsutracking.com

For further information please contact:
Media / Press Contact
Dentsu Tracking, Geneva.
Brittany Groot brittany.groot@dentsuaegis.com

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