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Blow for Squire Patton Boggs in battle over its name in China; firm voices confidence it will eventually “prevail”
Five months after we reported on the ongoing legal battle for its name in China, international law and lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs hit another hurdle after losing a crucial domain name dispute decision. While a representative told us that the firm is adamant that it will “prevail” in the end, a source at the Chinese company operating under the Squire Patton Boggs name was critical of the international firm seeking to use the dispute to make a pitch to its clients.
Trump makes USPTO top pick, new Redskins trademark foe and a bitter Bentley battle: Tuesday round-up
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.
INTA has announced it is offering Annual Meeting delegates full refunds on guest tickets purchased for the event’s grand finale after conducting further investigations into member complaints of overcrowding and in some instances ticket holders being refused entry. It has also pledged to take the issues into consideration for future meetings to ensure that “members have an enjoyable time during the entire meeting”.
Vast majority of listed Australian IP firm clients think reduction of private ownership is against their interests
Australia has led the way in adoption of the public traded company model for IP law and attorney practices. But the findings of recent market research indicate that more than three-quarters of these firms’ clients believe that a reduction of private ownership in the sector is against their interests again stoking critics’ concerns about the business model’s ethical implications and its impact on client-counsel relationships.
A year after we reported on a legal battle between Norton Rose Fulbright and a small Chinese firm using the name for IP legal services, World Trademark Review has discovered that the same entity now appears to be offering trademark and brand protection legal services under the Squire Patton Boggs name. However, with the Chinese firm being granted a trademark registration for the name earlier this month, the international law and lobbying firm may face an uphill battle if it wants exclusive rights to its name in China.
Law firm websites hacked due to WordPress exploit; expert warns of reputational risk of cyber security incidents
Over 100,000 websites were hacked into and defaced in the past fortnight following the discovery of an undisclosed critical vulnerability in the WordPress content management system. Research suggests that recently hacked parties included dozens of law firms, including those specialising in IP law. A security expert tells World Trademark Review that this type of incident can cause significant reputational damage for firms even potentially leading to the loss of clients.
The London office of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) a general practice firm with top-rated trademark credentials, previously touted as “the first global law firm headquartered in Asia” entered administration this week. In the aftermath of what is reported to be the largest ever law firm collapse in the UK, KWM has established a new business to maintain a strategic presence in Europe.
The 2017 edition of WTR 1000, identifying the world’s leading trademark professionals, now available online
The 2017 edition of World Trademark Review 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals is our biggest yet, with 90 country and US state-specific chapters analysing local trademark legal services markets and profiling the firms and individuals singled out as leaders in their respective fields. As such, it serves as the definitive tool for locating high-calibre trademark partners worldwide.
The spread of publicly listed IP law firms continues as Xenith acquires Australia’s Griffith Hack in strategy play
It has been announced that Australian Securities Exchange-listed holding company Xenith IP Group is buying Griffith Hack for A$152 million (US$112.5 million) in cash and shares, as Australia’s trend towards publicly traded IP law firms continues.
Listed trademark firms look to Asia for growth as Spruson & Ferguson acquires Ella Cheong in $21 million deal
Trailblazing publicly traded IP law firm Spruson & Ferguson has made its first overseas acquisition with its parent company’s HK$162 million (US$20.9 million) purchase of Hong Kong-based boutique Ella Cheong and subsidiary Ella Cheong Intellectual Property Agency (Beijing). The deal will significantly expand Sprusons’ presence in Asia a key objective in the growth plans of firms involved in Australia’s recent flurry of IP practice initial public offerings.
With IP-focused cyber-attacks on the rise, incident response plans are critical: free webinar announced
New research suggests that IP cyber theft incidents are expected to rise over the next 12 months. Reflecting the need for law firm practitioners to implement cyber breach plans, and for in-house trademark counsel to evaluate and require the response planning of partners, we are pleased to announce a one-hour webinar designed to provide critical knowledge and guidance on this increasingly important issue.
The low-cost Raspberry Pi computer celebrated the sale of its 10 millionth unit last week, and has been hailed in the technology sector as a transformative device for education and developing nations. For those in the IP space, one attorney tells World Trademark Review that the device could be used to reduce costs and streamline the more common tasks of IP law firms.
On Monday, Andrews Kurth, an international business law firm, announced that it had entered into an agreement that will allow it to bolster its intellectual property and technology practice by adding 55 lawyers from Kenyon & Kenyon. Once the transaction closes, the firm will market this practice as Andrews Kurth Kenyon.
Australia’s QANTM Intellectual Property became the latest IP legal services provider to go public today after its debut on the Australian Stock Exchange. For some, its impressive performance will be seen as further evidence that the initial public offering is an appropriate vehicle for trademark practice though it is yet to be seen if it will gain wider adoption outside of Australia’s vanguard market.
With an increasingly competitive IP legal market in Latin America, law firms are having to adapt and grow their marketing activity to stand out from the crowd. While little attention has been paid to marketing strategies in the past, today sees significant investment being made to effectively cut through the cluttered IP market. This week, the WTR 1000 research team looks at how Latin American IP law firms, big and small, have evolved their marketing in recent years.
This week, the WTR 1000 research team looks at the blurring line between law firms and trademark agencies in the Benelux jurisdictions in recent years. A number of factors account for the significant changes in the relationship between these two sets of service-providers. However, the map has not yet been redrawn and the old specialisations may prove more resilient than one might assume.
The 2016 edition of World Trademark Review 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals is now available to view online. As well as illustrating the depth of expertise available to brand owners as they seek to protect their brands, the guide serves as the definitive tool for locating high-calibre trademark partners worldwide
A San Francisco start-up is hoping to revolutionise the legal services market by getting lawyers to bid for briefs. The new platform gives early-stage businesses the chance to get top-shelf legal advice at cut prices, with trademarks one area targeted.
Last week a new IP law firm was unveiled in Washington, the latest in a series of recent new launches. In the current issue of WTR, available from our booth at the INTA Annual Meeting, the rise of the boutiques is just one of the trends we predict will shape the trademark environment in the next two years.
In the competitive market for trademark legal services, could iPhone apps become a serious differentiator? Do apps have what the European courts might call ‘attractive force’ that can help lawyers to net new clients? Several IP firms are dipping their toes into the water to test whether apps are useful business development tools and IP boutique Oblon, Spivak is the latest.
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