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In this week’s country data report, World Trademark Review inspects the trademark landscape in France. We delve into the country’s filing trends and analyse how its leading brands have performed in recent years.
Jones Day has been named the strongest law firm brand in the United States for the second year running. According to the Acritas US Law Firm Brand Index 2018, Jones Day extended its lead in the table, while second place Skadden strengthened its brand over the past year. Bubbling below the surface, though, is the rising threat to traditional law firms from alternative legal service brands.
In our latest news round-up we look at how the Zimbabwe government is hiring a technology company to tackle counterfeit goods, the brands being accused of using “underhand tricks” to fool consumers and a new report looking at the leading Chinese brands.
In this week’s World Trademark Review country data report, we shine the spotlight on Brazil. In addition to taking a closer look at fallout from the country’s trademark and patent backlog, we identify the best performing brands and review recent filing data to assess the health of the trademark landscape.
Scotch Whisky toasts trademark renewal, fake toy epidemic, and IACC looks back on 2017: news round-up
In our latest news round-up we look at the US Senate’s announcement that nominated USPTO director Andrei Iancu will be voted on next week, Costco Korea losing a design infringement suit, ICANN extending its GDPR consideration window, and the retirement of the Swaziland trademark registrar.
“No imminent AI apocalypse” tech expert rejects predictions of mass job losses in trademark industry
Alibaba CEO Jack Ma predicted last week that artificial intelligence (AI) “will kill many jobs”, with reports claiming that AI will trigger the fourth industrial revolution. But the founder of a legal technology company has told World Trademark Review that reports of impending mass job losses in the trademark industry due to AI are overblown. The issue is hotly contested, with some claiming that INTA must do more to prepare professionals for the rise of AI.
LegalForce calls on USPTO to tackle Chinese firms “practicing illegally” allegations and threats revealed
Raj Abhyanker, founder and shareholder in LegalForce RAPC Worldwide the firm behind online filing engine Trademarkia has sent a grievance complaint to the US Patent and Trademark Office centred on Chinese IP law firms “practicing illegally” in the United States. Speaking exclusively to World Trademark Review, he expands on his allegations and the threats he received from one China-based filer.
In our latest news round-up we look at the European Commission beginning a public consultation for its global counterfeit and piracy watch-list, another new innovation in anti-counterfeiting, a flurry of trademark activity related to the Super Bowl and an initiative by the International Trademark Association which helped homeless people in New York.
Pharma brands warned not to be ‘trademark bullies’, Turkey on top, and world’s oldest mark: news round-up
In our latest news round-up we look at Turkey moving to the top of the European trademark filing league, Activision prevailing in a lawsuit in China, a British football club being mocked for its new logo, and the search for the world’s oldest registered mark. Coverage this time from Tim Lince (TJL), Adam Houldsworth (AH) and Timothy Au (TA).
Trademark practitioners are once again invited to participate in our annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey, which measures the pulse of the industry, tracks industry trends and identifies how practice is evolving to counter new threats and embrace fresh opportunities. Participation in the survey is free of charge and designed to give counsel both in-house and in private practice the opportunity to have their say on the state of the trademark industry.
In November, the 2018 rankings tables for the World Trademark Review 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals were exclusively released to subscribers. Today we are pleased to announce that the full version is now available online. Free to view, it analyses the local trademark legal services markets in 70 jurisdictions worldwide, profiling the firms and individuals singled out as leaders in their respective fields.
In our latest news round-up, we look at an education initiative from the UKIPO which has received some criticism, Canada Goose’s attempt to tackle a network of unnamed counterfeiters and a three-time Super Bowl champion’s efforts to tackle fakes on social media.
IP firm announces Dublin office due to “uncertainty of Brexit” as negotiations on intellectual property begin
A UK-based IP law firm has announced it has chosen to open a new office in Dublin rather than London due to “the uncertainty of Brexit”. The move comes on the same day that it was revealed Brexit talks about IP have started, with one trademark attorney telling World Trademark Review that it still seems “very unlikely” the UK will be covered by the EU’s trademark registration system beyond the transitional period.
Controversy over MeToo application, Myanmar IP overhaul, and California cannabis marks: news round-up
In our latest news round-up we look at California accepting state-wide trademarks for cannabis-related goods and services, Myanmar moving a step closer to an IP overhaul, and a controversial trademark application seemingly linked to the MeToo movement. Coverage this time from Trevor Little (TL), Tim Lince (TJL), and Adam Houldsworth (AH).
Escobar ends Netflix feud, F1 logo issues, and brands warned of cryptocurrency cybersquatting: news round-up
In our latest news round-up we look at the significant changes to Vietnam’s IP laws that came into force this week, a Russian state-owned company’s vodka triumph, how the Formula 1 rebrand may have hit a speed bump and a warning to brand owners over cryptocurrency-related cybersquatting.
In our latest news round-up we look at the announcement of a new IP minister in the UK, INTA welcomes its new president, the latest development in the long-running Havana Club dispute, and the Vegas Golden Knights have addressed a trademark opposition by the US Army. Coverage this time from Trevor Little (TL) and Tim Lince (TJL).
In our latest news round-up, we look at a brand protection technology company closing a $12 million investment round, an author seeking registered trademark protection for a steamy National Hockey League team name, the EU Intellectual Property Office no longer accepting applications by fax and a new warning about brand misuse on app stores.
In November we reported that the decade-long downward trend in US trademark litigation actions showed no sign of correction. The latest tracker data from Lex Machina confirms that the slump continued in 2017, with the 3,782 cases filed representing a nine-year low. With competition for the litigation dollar intensifying, the data also reveals the firms which are leading the representation rankings.
USPTO urged to address mobile issues, Malawi to establish national office, and bootleg fashion all the rage: news round-up
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 US Patent and Trademark Office being urged to improve its mobile capability, the new Trademarks Bill introduced in Malawi and the impending deadline to apply for the EU Intellectual Property Office’s top job.
“There’s a new sheriff in town”: LegalForce founder reveals motivation behind lawsuits against competitors
LegalForce RAPC Worldwide, the firm behind Trademarkia, has initiated a number of lawsuits against competitor online trademark filings portals, with shareholder Raj Abhyanker telling World Trademark Review that “this is just the start”. With more litigation filings expected, he contends that the regulation he adheres to as a law firm is restricting his ability to operate on a level playing field with some competitors. As such, he argues that his end goal is a resolution that benefits the entire legal trademark profession.
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