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Wynne-Jones IP to tackle industry’s copycat issues with Code of Conduct launch

At next month’s Toy and Game Design Conference, Victor Caddy – trademark and design attorney and partner at Wynne-Jones IP – will be unveiling a ‘Code of Conduct’ initiative aimed at tackling the issue of copycat product in the industry. To be clear, a copycat product in this sense is …

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MGA issues warning to world’s counterfeiters after factory raid seizes 20,000 knock-off toys in China

MGA Entertainment has issued a warning to counterfeiters of the toymaker’s portfolio of products and the retailers that stock them, redoubling its efforts to bring the lawbreakers to justice. The announcement was made by the company’s CEO, Isaac Larian, following a raid on a Chinese toy factory during which a …

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Steve Pasierb: “We must hold back the relentless tide of counterfeit toys”

They threaten the health and safety of children and undermine our industry’s innovation, reputation, and commitment to safety. I’m speaking, of course, about the relentless tide of counterfeit toys overwhelmingly flowing from rogue factories and sellers in China, but not limited to that nation. Infringing products are a significant and …

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Trump’s 10 per cent tax on $300bn of China goods (including toys) to begin September

Almost as abruptly as it was taken off the table one month ago, US President Donald Trump has announced that the threatened next round of tariffs will come into effect on goods shipped from China by September 1. It was only a matter of weeks ago that the industry’s concerns …

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Zuru embarks on sustainability mission with TerraCycle partnership

Zuru has become the latest toy manufacturer to face the topic of sustainability head on, securing an alliance with TerraCycle to introduce a new recycling programme for its Bunch O Balloons product line. The new partnership will encourage consumers to think green and recycle all of their used balloon plastics …

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Sanrio will ‘enforce and enhance’ EU Commission compliance in light of €6.2m fine

Sanrio has issued a statement highlighting its commitment to ‘enforcing and enhancing its compliance,’ with European Commission regulations on trade across the Single Market. It’s a move made by the firm, the Japanese owners of popular brands such as Hello Kitty and Mr Men and Little Miss ‘in the interests …

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McDonald’s and Burger King target of petition to end plastic toy giveaways with children’s meals

Fast food chains, McDonald’s and Burger King have become the target of a petition calling for the end of plastic toy giveaways with their children’s meals, and it is gathering pace. The petition was started by two British school children who have criticised the companies for giving away toys that …

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The bottom line: Why businesses need to take the ‘sustainable’ hit now

Trudi Bishop returns to the pages of ToyNews to promote the message of sustainability within the industry, this time with a call to action for the toy makers that any hit taken in the short term will pay off in the long. The groundbreaking movement by the young environmentalist Greta …

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Trump halts plans to hit toys with suspension of $300bn worth of tariffs on China

The Trump administration has halted its plans to impose tariffs on $300 billion worth of List Four goods, which would have included a 25 per cent tariff on some tabletop games, toys and video games. The suspension of the planned $300 billion worth of additional tariffs on selected goods from …

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BTHA calls for Government action as it finds 58 per cent of toys sold via online marketplaces are unsafe or illegal

A report conducted by the British Toy and Hobby Association into the sale of toys via online marketplaces found that 58 per cent of those selected for assessment did not comply with the UK toy safety regulations. The findings have prompted the industry body to call for widespread change and …

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