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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.
The most comprehensive dedicated guide to the firms and individuals to turn to for unparalleled trademark services is now available. Online and fully searchable, the WTR 1000 is the first and only standalone ranking publication to focus exclusively on trademark practices and practitioners.
Albihns.Zacco AB has been expelled from the Association of Swedish Intellectual Property Law Firms (SEPAF) for breach of the organisation’s ethical rules. The decision highlights some of the issues that can arise from IP firm mergers.
While attorneys calculate how to reform their domain name services in light of the forthcoming gTLD expansion, Hogan Lovells has proved itself ahead of the curve by gaining ICANN accreditation as a domain name registrar. Ladas & Parry established its own ICANN-accredited registrar in 2001 with Ladas Domains; in contrast, the Hogan Lovells registrar function will be run from within the firm's standalone domain name practice for trademark owners. With the world's only such practice, Hogan Lovells has an even sharper edge: it will be able to service key clients better during the sunrise periods of the new domain name spaces.
On Friday it was revealed that Darby & Darby, a New York-based IP law firm which was established in 1895, is to close its doors. However, despite the demise of one of the industry’s oldest names, it would be wrong to presume that the boutique model is going the same way.
A reminder that the industry is still feeling the impact of the global economic crisis came this week with the news that Tove Graulund, former chair of MARQUES, has left her position as director of trademarks at European firm Zacco.
With the 2018 INTA Annual Meeting in Seattle now in full flow, it’s time to take a deep-dive into the numbers. Will this year’s meeting be the biggest ever in terms of attendance? How many of the world’s leading brands are represented? We dig into the data to find out.
In this guest blog, Peter Sloane, chair of the trademark and copyright practice at Leason Ellis and vice-chair of INTA’s Law Firm Committee, warns that the lack of substantive training available for junior lawyers primarily due to the drive to cut costs could pose a long-term existential threat to the trademark industry. Importantly, in a bid to avoid a worst-case scenario, he outlines the steps that law firms, industry associations and associates themselves can take to combat the problem.
Analysis of the latest data from Lex Machina suggests that US trademark litigation filing numbers will be flat in 2018 potentially ending a four-year decline. As to the most popular venue for litigation and the go-to law firms so far in 2018, familiar names abound.
Supreme most searched counterfeit brand, IACC training programme and massive confectionery brand portfolio sold: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Under Armour launching a trademark suit against a competitor, how online searches for fake fashion is soaring, the massive portfolio of confectionery brands that has been sold off and details of the IACC’s latest training programme.
Private practice perspectives on diversity: “We must push forward in the name of achieving greater equality”
Law firm professionals reflect on the theme of this year’s World IP Day, which highlights the ingenuity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world.
Advertising Standards Authority ruling could have far-reaching implications for UK trademark law firm marketing
The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled this week that IP advice and registration platform Trade Mark Direct (TMD) cannot claim to be the country’s ‘leading’ or ‘number one’ trademark firm. The decision could lead to a major shift in how firms market themselves in the UK, claims the founder and director of TMD.
“No surprise” significant gender pay gap reported at UK law firms with highly rated trademark practices
Information collated by World Trademark Review can reveal that UK law firms with highly ranked trademark practices pay women a median hourly rate that is, on average, 28.7% lower than male colleagues. This gender pay gap is significantly higher than the UK national average of 18.4%, with one industry expert reflecting that there is “much work still to be done” to tackle inequality in the legal industry.
Counterfeits in Casablanca, Kuwait upgrades online filings, and legal blow for Lindsay Lohan: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at a warning about counterfeit make-up in China, Alibaba launching legal action against a cryptocurrency company, and Moroccan city Casablanca being labelled the “Eldorado of counterfeiting”.
The last two years has seen a flurry of M&A activity in the non-legal services sector, with private equity clearly seeing growth potential in the trademark dollar. However, in this year’s Global Trademark Benchmarking survey, a number of practitioners expressed concern that the drive for return on investment could push prices up and even threaten the current role of attorneys.
In the weeks since World Trademark Review published its investigation into UK oppositions linked to Michael Gleissner, more decisions have been published most of which will leave the multi-millionaire entrepreneur disappointed. One attorney who recently prevailed in an opposition against a Gleissner-linked application recommends that future opponents plead bad faith, and explains how he worked the case “for the good of the system rather than profits”.
Jamaica approves protection of GIs, Montenegro joins TMView and United Kingdom ratifies Hague Agreement: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at the latest predictions for the next round of gTLDs, a tale of two O’Keefe law firms, the IP Office of the Philippines reporting on counterfeit seizures in 2017 and the United Kingdom’s IP Crime Unit urging the public to “treat mum right” by avoiding fakes.
A beer coloured trademark, Changsha IP court opens, and Kosovo registry launches digital database: news round-up
In today’s edition, we look how the so-called Beast from the East closed the UK IPO Office this week, the European Commission stepping up its battle against illegal content online, a new IP court opens for business in China, and controversy in Australia over a trademark application for a football chant.
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