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USPTO seeks greater cooperation with the Department of Justice in fight against fraudulent solicitation scammers
US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Trademark Commissioner Mary Boney Denison has expanded on the office’s proactive efforts to clamp down on fraudulent and misleading trademark solicitation campaigns. Offering assurances that the matter is being dealt with as a priority, she disclosed plans to have USPTO staff members placed in the Department of Justice to aid prosecution efforts.
Digital language databases more effective than dictionaries or media usage to defend against genericide: study
A recent study has analysed the three most common forms of evidence used in genericism cases and found that corpus linguistics (ie, the use of a digital language databases) could prove to be “more beneficial” for rights holders looking to protect their brand from the threat of genericide. However, the author urges cautions over its use, saying that courts should reconsider the use of linguistic data altogether and reclaim the primary significance test in genericism cases.
UKIP “ripping off” Premier League logo, Greece warns of fake GIs, US brands in the age of Trump: 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 latest brand value ranking table, research into US brands in the Trump era, a darknet seller arrested on his way to a beard competition and the death of a notorious cybersquatter and “news satirist”.
Food brands in India abandoning registered rights to avoid “trademark tax”; expert decries short-sighted reaction
Reports have emerged of a number of food traders in India giving up their registered trademarks to avoid a newly implemented 5% goods and services tax. One senior IP expert confirmed to World Trademark Review that this new tax affects both domestic and international companies, but accused companies giving up trademark registrations as taking a “myopic outlook” as the benefits of a trademark far outweigh a 5% tax outlay.
A number of platforms have attempted to enable the sale of registered trademarks, but so far none have succeeded in making it a mainstream practice. However, according to the CEO of the largest trademark marketplace in the world, that could be set to change as practitioners at large companies “wake up” to the potentially lucrative opportunities of selling unused marks.
First speakers revealed for Managing Trademark Assets: Adobe, Microsoft and Toyota among stellar line-up
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the first speakers for the third annual Managing Trademark Assets event, taking place in Chicago on October 17 2017. Among the first names revealed are trademark experts from Adobe, American International Group, Hard Rock International, Microsoft, Rotary International and Toyota Motor North America.
Manchester United crowned champions of trademark Premier League; expert warns football clubs “missing huge opportunities” to capitalise on brands
New research conducted by World Trademark Review reveals that, for the second year in a row, Manchester United has the most registered trademarks of any club in the English Premier League although champions Chelsea are not far behind. However, one leading industry commentator has warned that most clubs do not make effective use of their lucrative brand assets.
As the trademark budget squeeze continues, get the inside track on maximising efficiencies and protection levels
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the third annual Managing Trademark Assets. Held in Chicago on October 17, the event will drill down into the cost-effective management and communication of international portfolios. The focus comes against a backdrop of continued budget cuts for many corporate trademark counsel.
Study finds senior executives fear trademark infringement, but will they loosen enforcement purse strings?
New research has revealed that 80% of C-level executives feel that trademark infringement is on the rise, with more than half reporting that their organisation has initiated legal action against third parties in a bid to defend their brands. While a useful insight into the concerns of senior management, the challenge for counsel is turning this into budgetary support for trademark enforcement endeavours.
Last week, World Trademark Review hosted the Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle Europe conference in Munich. Much of the discussion on the day focused on how trademark teams can ensure that relationships across the corporate enterprise are meaningful and cooperative, rather than conflictive or inefficient. And, of course, juggling budgets to accommodate such efforts was a recurring conversation point.
Thomson Reuters’ $3.55 billion sale of its IP business to Baring Private Equity Asia and Onex Corporation completed this week in a deal that highlights the growing demand for trademark management and strategy services in the region.
World Trademark Review is inviting nominations for an extensive new research project designed to identify and profile the world’s leading in-house trademark professionals. Act now to ensure that the industry’s leading lights are recognised for the invaluable work they undertake.
New research suggests significant disconnect between budget needs and realities of trademark departments
Recent surveys of in-house counsel suggest that more than a third of IP departments have gone over budget this year. Despite the clear challenges for those in the trenches, corporate funding for many trademark teams is not expected to increase any time soon.
At the start of this month, the Australian government began to implement a new set of standards for ‘country of origin’ labelling for food products sold in the country. Brand owners should take the time to familiarise themselves with the new system, as it could have an impact on their trademark filing and management strategies.
A seven-year legal battle between Toyota and owners of the Indian trademark PRIUS has come to an end, with the Japanese automaker claiming victory. The Delhi High Court ruled that Toyota’s trademark rights had been infringed in spite of the defendants’ ownership of the PRIUS mark in India. This should boost the confidence of owners of globally recognised brands looking to do business in the country.
After vanishing from shopping precincts in Australia and New Zealand earlier this month due to bankruptcy, consumer electronics retailer Dick Smith has been reborn as an online-only store thanks to the successful sale of its IP assets. The fall and rise of this household-name brand shows that the open market can present rich opportunities for both those looking to monetise trademark rights and those looking to acquire proven brands. However, there are also significant risks.
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the publication of the latest edition of China: Managing the IP Lifecycle. Now in its third edition, the publication, presented in collaboration with IAM, is now well established as an indispensable guide for all of those who use or intend to use the Chinese IP system.
India’s trademark office has revealed the abandonment of tens of thousands of trademark applications. The move, which was followed by reports that a large number of files had been abandoned incorrectly, caused concern in the trademark community, with INTA urging the reversal of the abandonment orders with immediate effect. Today the office announced that affected applicants have until April 30 to evidence that an application has been erroneously treated as abandoned.
The founder of The Trademark Company has commenced legal action against the USPTO and the Office of Enrolment and Discipline (OED), alleging that his constitutional rights have been violated by an OED investigation into his trademark-related work.
For many in the trademark world, a late edition to the holiday season reading list was delivered in late December with publication of the new trademark regulation in the Official Journal of the European Union. The amending regulation will enter into force on March 23 2016. Time, then, for a round-up of some of the notable upcoming changes and what counsel should be doing now.
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