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Sky’s the limit for Skyscape when seeking a declaration of non-infringement
After Sky's solicitors wrote to Skyscape alleging that it was infringing a number of Sky's trademarks, Skyscape asked the court to grant a declaration of non-infringement. Although a viable tool in infringement cases, there are issues that claimants should bear in mind when seeking a declaration of non-infringement.
European Union
General Court affirms rejection of 3D ‘barbell’ toothbrush as EU trademark
The General Court has affirmed a decision of the EUIPO Second Board of Appeal that a 3D mark of a toothbrush was only a variant of a generally used and recognised shape of a toothbrush, and thus could not benefit from registration under the EU Trademark Regulation.
Colombia
The new Virtual Office of Industrial Property
The Colombian Patent and Trademark Office have implemented a new modern and innovative platform for the online filing and management of distinctive signs, patents and certifications of industrial property.

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27 Jul 2016
ICANN report says “little benefit” in extending gTLD protection mechanisms, despite lack of trademark owner engagement
ICANN has released a draft report on the efficacy of the Trademark Clearinghouse and rights protection mechanisms that suggests that there is little evidence to support an expansion of rights protection mechanisms – but the level of input from trademark owners may lead to questions over the findings’ usefulness in ICANN’s future policymaking.
26 Jul 2016
Aggressive trademark litigant decries ‘trademark troll’ label; warns major brands not to ignore cease-and-desists
A self-proclaimed ‘aggressive’ enforcer of trademark rights and frequent filer of IP infringement litigation action has told World Trademark Review that he primarily initiates disputes with major brands because cease-and-desist letters sent by small business owners are often "ignored or not taken seriously". Furthermore, he revealed he may consider legal remedies against parties – including the media – that refer to him as a ‘trademark troll’.
25 Jul 2016
First brand value-linked financial indices launched; what it means for trademark counsel
Brand Finance and Solactive AG have announced the launch of two financial indices which offer investors exposure to companies deemed to have a strong brand value. While geared towards the investment market, the move could have a positive payback for trademark counsel further down the road.

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The pressure of rising demand

Trademark applications at the USPTO increased by 10.7% in fiscal year 2015. As the office grapples with this expanding workload, we conducted a survey to gauge user sentiment on its operations and explore some of the trends and issues that are defining the US filing landscape
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