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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.
With the prospect of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the UK government should have unilateral trademark provisions on standby
UK Prime Minister Theresa May spoke again this week of the possibility of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a negotiated deal, and dismissed joining the European Economic Area as an option for the country. With the outcomes favoured by most brands and IP professionals unlikely in such a scenario, it is crucial for the United Kingdom to formulate an approach to EU trademarks in the event of a 'hard' Brexit.
Jamie Oliver dispute highlights certification risks; experts say new EU right creates opportunities for canny brands
British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver hit the headlines this week when his online recipes were accused of infringing a US gluten-free certification mark. The lawsuit coincides with the recent introduction of EU certification rights. While an increased risk of similar infringement suits could stir up concern among European brands, lawyers are confident that the opportunities offered by the new EU marks far outweigh the risks.
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