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Licensed Retail Sales Flirt With $175 Billion Mark in 2018

Global licensed retail sales reached $174.54 billion in 2018, according to TLL’s Annual Licensing Business Survey. At just 1.8% growth, this has been the slowest year TLL has tracked since 2013…


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Legal

Legal Tracker: Anti-competition & Trademark Registration Edition

We break down the trademark application issues plaguing Warner Bros. and Olivia Jade; plus, the EU fines Nike and Urban Outfitters is sued by Eris over its gender-neutral mark…


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Royalty Rates

Average Royalty Rates Inch Up by 0.2% in 2018: Ent/Char Drives Increases in Property Types

The average royalty rate across all property types and product categories edged up 0.2% in 2018 to reach 8.81% in the U.S./Canada, according to TLL’s Annual Licensing Business Survey. Since 2006…


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Experiential

Experiential, Social & Retail: Updates

Retailers DSW and Nine West have a new name, FAO and LEGO expand in China, Instagram introduces in-app checkout, Funko now has a baseball stadium, Discovery comes to McDonald’s, and more…


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Product Categories

Cosmetics, Toys & Electronics Drive Increases in Industry-wide Royalties in 2018

Roughly two-thirds of the product categories TLL tracks saw nominal bumps in industry-wide royalties in 2018, according to TLL’s Annual Licensing Business Survey


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Direct-to-Retail

The Boom of Private Label: Why DTR Licensing is Crucial to Retailer Success

Alfilo Brands’ Yizan He talks private labels, their rapidly increasing popularity and success in recent years, and how to compete in an even tougher retail field…


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HBA

CBD-infused, Sustainable & Bright: IBS+IECSC Roundup

We attended the 17th annual International Beauty Show (IBS) and International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Conference (IECSC) in New York City this week, and brought back the buzziest trends from the floor…


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Beauty

Celebrating the Beauty in Diversity

Wrapping up the latest in diverse intiatives from fashion and beauty leaders like Kimora Lee Simmons, MAC/Disney, Nikita Dragun, Calvin Klein, and Marvel…


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Licensing Law

On Notice: Sportswear, Organics & Bankruptcy Updates

Puma comes under fire from In-N-Out Burger while Addidas can’t shake a suit, the Organic Trade Association fights fraud, Gymboree’s assets are snapped up, and GMM and Hearst reveal their plans for Defy Media’s brands…


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People

Who’s News—March 2019

The latest hires, promotions, and departures.

Featuring: Toysmith, Disney, Barnes & Noble, Random House, Hachette Books, Netflix, and more…


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