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Kit Kat blow, Comey trademark abandoned, and Russian IP office pledges blockchain support: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at the advocate general’s latest Kit Kat opinion, INTA’s call for more research on illicit trade, Liverpool Football Club embroiled in a dispute, strong start for the ‘.app’ new gTLD, and advice on building a fashion retail brand in 2018.
Trademark trolls in Canada? Data reveals rise in “suspicious” applications are nearly all related to millionaire Gleissner
There have been recent reports of a steep rise in so-called 'trademark trolls' in Canada, following fears that the impending overhaul of the Canadian Trademarks Act could lead to an increase in nefarious activity on the register. However, new research suggests the vast majority of the “suspicious” applications over the past year are related to notorious trademark filer Michael Gleissner leading to calls for the Canadian IP Office to “take action”.
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.
“Flat is the new increase”: Adobe’s J Scott Evans on budget management, trademark risks and the future of WHOIS
J Scott Evans has managed brand rights for a number of high-profile, high-tech companies such as Yahoo! and now Adobe Systems as well as serving as the 2015 president of INTA. As part of our ongoing series of interviews with WTR 300-featured corporate trademark counsel, we spoke to him about his work as director of trademark and advertising law at Adobe Systems, as well his thoughts on the challenges created by budget cuts, the importance of risk management, and the future of the WHOIS database.
An exclusive guest analysis on the implications of last month’s announcement that China’s patent and trademark offices will merge. Two experts from Chang Tsi & Partners claim the move should be seen by trademark practitioners as a positive, with increased remedies and enhancements to IP enforcement and the prospect of more reliable rights in China.
A trademark application for the term SERIAL, filed by the creators of the popular podcast of the same name, has been refused by the TTAB. The decision comes as research by World Trademark Review reveals that many of the most popular podcasts, including The Joe Rogan Experience, Welcome to Night Vale and Chapo Trap House, have not secured registered trademark protection.
Kanye trademark battle labelled “fake news”, effective banking brands, and ‘.app’ gTLD sunrise: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Canada being criticised for how it tackles counterfeits, the USPTO announcing the exhibitors for its upcoming National Trademark Expo event, research into what makes a more effective digital banking brand, and the launch of the ‘.app’ new gTLD.
This week, LegalForce founder Raj Abhyanker filed an amended complaint in his litigation battle with LegalZoom. The dispute centres on the latter’s business model, which Abhyanker alleges involves the “brazen, illegal, unlicensed practice of law”. LegalZoom has defended its practices but, with the USPTO also in Abhyanker’s sights (and given the parties involved), the case is one that trademark counsel will want to follow closely.
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”.
WIPO reveals strong growth in Madrid applications; L’Oreal, Novartis and Abercrombie feature in top filers list
The World Intellectual Property Organisation has released filing statistics on use of its various international IP protection systems, including the Madrid System for trademarks. The data reveals strong growth for international marks, with those originating in China, Russia and the United Kingdom showing significant rises.
US Customs head confirmed, Latvia trims WHOIS data and trademark offers Cambridge Analytica clues: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at how a trademark scammer has rebranded, Latvia's plans to cut back on WHOIS data collection, how India’s anti-counterfeiting efforts are under scrutiny and how a trademark may offer clues about the company that has hit headlines across the world Cambridge Analytica.
The Venezuelan Patent and Trademark Office has suspended payment of official fees by foreign applicants for the foreseeable future. The situation, which has resulted in services including renewals and changes of ownership grinding to a halt for many brand owners, has been described by one local attorney as “lacking legal basis” and leaving IP owners “in limbo”.
“The Stan Lee name is the most important asset” exclusive interview with POW! Entertainment’s Relani Belous
In the first in a series of interviews with some of the world’s leading corporate trademark professionals, Relani Belous outlines the brand challenges she is tackling in her new role as general counsel of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment.
Over the past few days, a UK business owner’s dispute with Bacardi over its Angel’s Envy bourbon brand has garnered media attention in trade and national press titles. The dispute highlights a quandary for large companies when the ‘David v Goliath’ narrative is cited whether to engage in public arguments or to keep quiet.
Tesla overtakes rivals in brand value, a Wakanda trademark, and Amazon files anti-counterfeit lawsuits: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at Amazon partnering with two brands to file several federal lawsuits against parties accused of selling fake goods, how brands got creative on International Women’s Day, and how the success of Marvel’s Black Panther movie has led to a number of trademark applications.
The Gleissner Oppositions: investigation reveals serial trademark filer has prevailed in disputes with major brands
A major new investigation by World Trademark Review has collated data from every trademark opposition in the United Kingdom involving entrepreneur Michael Gleissner since January 2017. The information reveals that he has lost a vast majority of decisions, with a number of successful opponents giving their insights into taking on the serial trademark filer. However, he has also scored some notable victories against well-known brands.
USPTO goes after the fakers; experts praise initiative to combat improper specimens, call for further action
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched a pilot programme to help combat improper specimens on trademark applications. The move comes in the wake of a World Trademark Review investigation which discovered numerous fake specimens by Chinese applicants, with the USPTO confirming there had been a “dramatic increase” in illegitimate filings. This initiative has been welcomed, although one expert calls for the office to go even further.
Expert wonders if adidas enjoys “hyperprotection” as sportswear giant prevails in EU three stripes battle
The EU General Court has ruled that two parallel stripes on footwear infringes the 'three stripes' trademark rights of adidas. Reflecting the recognition acquired by the footwear giant’s branding, the decision also shows the power of non-traditional marks according to one IP attorney; however, another has questioned whether it is an example of a brand enjoying “hyperprotection”.
“We’re running out of good trademarks” groundbreaking study reveals 81% of common words are registered marks
A new study scrutinising the millions of marks on the US trademark register has discovered that more than 81% of the 1,000 most frequently-used words in the English language are already registered as single-word trademarks. One of the study’s authors characterises the findings as “disturbing”, warning that it could cause problems for those seeking to create brand names in the future.
The USPTO has filed a petition for a rehearing en banc in In re: Brunetti, a decision it contends “invalidates a century-old provision of federal trademark law that renders trademarks containing ‘scandalous’ and ‘immoral’ matter ineligible for the benefits of federal registration”. The bid to maintain a ban on scandalous marks is one that practitioners will keenly follow. However, one legal expert told us that the government faces an “uphill battle” to reverse the Federal Circuit’s ruling.
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