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Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In today’s edition, we look at the USTR reviewing Thailand’s IP status, Canada getting closer to introducing plain packaging, a luxurious approach to gTLD pricing and a scramble for the Amiga trademark.
Lady Gaga sues Radio Gaga, Olympic legend to speak at IP event, UrWork hits out at WeWork: news round-up (Blog)
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In the latest edition, we look at trademarks filed in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, a three-time Olympic gold medallist speaking at an IP event and Lady Gaga stoking online anger with a Radio Gaga lawsuit.
Kodi calls out “trademark trolls”, UAE fakes clampdown, pressure builds in Havana Club dispute: news round-up (Blog)
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at the upswing in China's overseas IP revenues, the latest in the long-running Havana Club dispute, the US politicians calling on the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to introduce tighter generic top-level domain regulations and a software company's angry response to so-called 'trademark trolls'.
Study suggests “huge potential” for economic growth in Latin America through trademark promotion (Blog)
Trademark-intensive industries across Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Peru account for 18.5 million jobs and $2,390 of value per capita a year, according to research commissioned by the International Trademark Association and Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property. For those working in such industries, salary premiums of up to 25% were observed.
McDonald’s sticky situation, Taylor Swift overreactions, USPTO’s Irma notice and Brexit reaction: Friday round-up (Blog)
To accompany our usual analysis and commentary, we bring you the latest news updates from around the trademark world. From the outcry over Taylor Swift’s latest trademark applications to industry reaction to the EU Commission position paper on IP rights post-Brexit, here are the developments that we think are worth having on your radar.
A new study into the economic importance of trademarks in five Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries has provided compelling evidence that trademark-intensive industries make a vital contribution to gross domestic product, employment and productivity in the region. The report, commissioned by the International Trademark Association, highlights the role played by technology brands in regional economies.
L’Oréal revealed as EUIPO's top trademark filer as office experiences Brexit-related volatility (Blog)
Exclusive data compiled by World Trademark Review has revealed the top corporate and representative filers at the EU Intellectual Property Office for the year to June 2017. L’Oréal sits in top spot, with a number of Asian technology brands close behind. While international brand powerhouses continue to utilise European-wide protection, the office experienced volatility in filing levels last year, which it attributed in part to the Brexit vote.
Trump makes USPTO top pick, new Redskins trademark foe and a bitter Bentley battle: Tuesday round-up (Blog)
Starting today, every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review will present a digest of news and happenings from across the trademark world. Alongside our usual analysis and commentary, these round-ups will highlight other developments we think are worth having on your radar.
USPTO pledges additional support following Hurricane Harvey; questions raised over speed of response (Blog)
The US Patent and Trademark Office has vowed to offer extra guidance and support for users affected by the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey, which has devastated areas of Texas and Louisiana over the past 10 days. The move follows criticism by some in the trademark community, with one practitioner suggesting the response was slow in comparison to the office's swift reaction following Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.
As the Indian trademark office steps up its efforts to clear its long-standing backlog and process the rapidly rising numbers of applications, one practitioner has observed a resulting spike in clients receiving provisional refusals to international applications designating the country. However, rather than a cause for alarm, she argues that this trend is a natural consequence of the office upping its game.
Mystery over fake TMview site owned by Gleissner; source suggests tycoon may seek license fee from EUIPO (Blog)
A website owned by a company related to notorious trademark filer Michael Gleissner has been found imitating the EU Intellectual Property Office’s search platform TMview. The site has been described as a “phishing page” by one attorney, but an insider source tells World Trademark Review it is more likely that the entertainment tycoon is looking to sell or license the domain to the EUIPO.
The Trademark Office in the northern Iraq region of Kurdistan has reopened its doors to trademark applications following a temporary suspension of operations. While costs have risen, the market should be on the radar of counsel as the market expands and counterfeiters look to capitalise.
World Trademark Review is seeking user views on the EU Intellectual Property Office’s operations and performance levels in the past 12 months, as well as perspectives on some of the bigger issues impacting European trademark practice. The survey closes on Wednesday (19 July) so act now to have your voice heard.
Exclusive survey finds OAPI agents broadly optimistic but concerns raised over frequent errors, slow examinations and soaring trade in fakes (Blog)
An independent survey conducted by World Trademark Review has assessed the sentiment of agents accredited by the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) and feedback was decidedly mixed. While agents were broadly positive about a number of aspects of the office’s operations, there were a number of concerns voiced about the speed of examinations, frequent errors made on official documentation and a lack of English-speaking staff with OAPI also urged to help tackle the escalating counterfeiting problem in the region.
As EUIPO navigates volatile filing environment, research project aims to measure performance and user sentiment (Blog)
This month, the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) published its 2016 Annual Report, which noted that demand for European trademarks and designs is expected to be volatile going forward. This comes at a time when the office has experienced a significant and growing workload, and is wrestling with a new financial reality. Against this backdrop, filers are being invited to participate in World Trademark Review’s annual EUIPO user survey.
A violation of the First Amendment: Supreme Court issues long-awaited decision on disparagement clause (Blog)
The Supreme Court has handed down its long-awaited ruling in Matal v Tam, holding that the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. In a unanimous 8-0 opinion, the court states that “the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate’”. In response, the USPTO has confirmed to World Trademark Review that it plans to "issue further guidance" on how it will affect the examination of applications.
Going it alone: Cayman Islands to create local trademark registry, further calls to join Paris Convention (Blog)
The new Cayman Islands trademarks law will be implemented on August 1, transforming how international brand owners attain protection in the Caribbean jurisdiction. Previously, a UK or EUIPO registration was required to attain trademark rights on the island, but this practice will end, with only national applications filed by local agents being accepted. However, there are claims the changes don’t go far enough, with one commentator calling for the country to join the Paris Convention.
Trademarks on the silver screen, CPA’s busy summer and ‘.sucks’ in the trademark family: INTA 2017 day three report (Blog)
For many INTA 2017 Annual Meeting delegates, the busiest days are over and the end is in sight; but determined not to let the long days and nights wear us down, the World Trademark Review editorial team of Trevor Little, Joff Wild and Tim Lince have been running between sessions, meetings and receptions with a few stops for coffee along the way to bring you the latest stories and insights from Tuesday’s proceedings.
Daily drama, fakes on the beach, keynote controversy and a canny crocodile: INTA 2017 day one report (Blog)
The beautiful city of Barcelona is currently packed to the rafters with trademark experts attending INTA’s 2017 Annual Meeting. As ever, the World Trademark Review team is on the ground; reporters Trevor Little, Joff Wild and Tim Lince present some of their highlights and observations from the first full day of the event.
USPTO steps up efforts to remove deadwood from the register; proposes “streamlined” cancellation proceedings (Blog)
As part of its efforts to declutter the US trademark register, the United States Patent & Trademark Office is looking to establish a “streamlined version” of the current cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Reaction to the proposal on social media has been broadly positive, with one IP expert further telling World Trademark Review that the move is a “logical” one.
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