Legal updates

United States
TTAB denies registration of CITY CLUB mark due to prior rights
In a non-precedential decision the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board denied registration to CITY CLUB for soft drinks based on the opposer’s earlier use of the same mark for the same goods, holding that the opposer had not abandoned its mark. The case serves as a reminder that a cancelled registration does not guarantee that the trademark owner has abandoned the mark without a claim of common law rights.
Russia accedes to the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs
President Vladimir Putin has signed the law on ratification of the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs 18 years after Russia signed the final act. The law on ratification will enter into force on October 1 2017, after which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia will notify the World Intellectual Property Office and the Russian Federation may be designated in international applications for registrations of industrial designs.
Trademarks owners be warned — certain services may require bricks-and-mortar location
Stikeman Elliott LLP v Millennium & Copthorne International Limited demonstrates the challenges facing trademark owners in e-commerce when it comes to certain services (eg, hotel services), as an emerging Trademark Opposition Board trend warns that unless registrants perform their services through bricks-and-mortar establishments located in Canada, mere advertising or performance of tangentially related services (eg, reservation or event planning services) may be insufficient to maintain registrations.


26 May 2017
adidas, Amazon and Apple team members head up list of the world’s leading corporate trademark professionals
Last week, World Trademark Review published the WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals. The list was generated from a community led research project designed to identify the individuals deemed to be the leading lights of the industry. Amongst the companies with the most trademark team members included are those from adidas, Amazon, Apple, Google, Mars, Red Bull and Sky.
25 May 2017
INTA pledges to investigate complaints over grand finale overcrowding and attendees being refused entry
The International Trademark Association (INTA) has told World Trademark Review that it will be following up on complaints made by members following Wednesday evening’s grand finale of the INTA Annual Meeting. The confirmation came after a number of members voiced concerns about overcrowding, with one delegate reporting that her guests were refused entry to the gala despite paying for guest tickets.
24 May 2017
Puppies, sword fighting, exploding tapas and upset counterfeiters: INTA 2017 standout moments
Last night the WTR Industry Awards celebrated another year of excellence in corporate trademark practice. While we are in the awards mood, we thought we should recognise the standout moments and individuals from this year’s Annual Meeting.

Explore the current issue

Lanham Act boundaries brought to fore in 2016

Notable decisions in 2016 expanded the Lanham Act’s borders of extraterritorial application, while the constitutional debate over Section 2(a) is poised for resolution in 2017
Molly Buck Richard and David J Diamond report

The world's leading trademark professionals

WTR 1000

The only definitive guide exclusively dedicated to identifying the world’s leading trademark professionals. The guide serves as a one-stop source of reference for anyone seeking superlative trademark professionals.

Visit site

The industry’s corporate trailblazers revealed

WTR 300

A unique directory which shines a light on those in-house professionals performing trademark-related duties to the highest standards and adding tangible value to their organisations.

Visit site


Exclusive research projects designed to ensure that trademark professionals access the latest market trends, benchmark their activities and identify prospective partners and suppliers.

Visit site
Market intelligence

Market intelligence

World Trademark Review offers an extensive range of special reports and supplements providing insights into the strategic protection and management of trademarks.

Visit site
Upcoming event

Upcoming event

IPBC Global 2017
June 18-20 2017 - Ottawa, Canada
 The world's principal forum for senior thought leaders who specialise in the business of IP is celebrating its 10th anniversary. A must-attend event!

View all events
Industry awards

Industry Awards

The WTR Industry Awards recognise the work carried out by in-house trademark counsel, and identify those teams and individuals that are performing to the highest level.

Visit site


World Trademark Review is the world's only independent daily news and information service dedicated exclusively to reporting on trademark issues for in-house and private practitioners internationally.

Subscribe now
IP Hall of Fame

IP Hall of Fame

A project designed to recognise the outstanding contributions that individual men and women have made towards the creation of today’s global IP system.

Visit site