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It was no surprise last week when trademark applications were filed in the US related to Cecil, the lion killed by dentist and big-game hunter Walter Palmer in Zimbabwe. However, one of the applicants has told World Trademark Review that he is not cashing in on a tragedy, but that his intentions are good, and that he plans to stop third parties marketing products capitalising on the famous lion.
The trend of IP legislative reform in the Caribbean is set to continue after a new trademarks law was recently assented by the Trinidad and Tobago’s government. The development follows recent moves to update trademark legislation in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands, and one commentator notes that the changes should result in more international brands seeking protection in the jurisdiction.
It was 10 years ago last month that Apple updated its iTunes software to support podcasts natively. Today, up to 75 million people a month listen to podcasts on iTunes, with the advertising revenue generated by the medium also on the rise. However, despite swift growth, the sector appears to be lagging behind in terms of brand protection and registered trademark rights.
The availability of online tools that make trademark filings accessible to all are, in most respects, a positive development. However, the flipside is that such offerings can result in applicants investing in the process without fully understanding trademark law or first seeking specialist help. This appears to be the case with the self-proclaimed 'Trademark King', who has spent up to $50,000 in trademark filings that one commentator has labelled “void from the outset”.
The controversy over the African Intellectual Property Organisation’s recent accession to the Madrid Protocol continues to develop, with the group of agents who claim accession is illegal calling on INTA for support. However, the association has told World Trademark Review that it is not in a position to become involved in the legality of a country’s or intergovernmental organisation’s accession to the Madrid Protocol.
The continuing tension between the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) and accredited agents in the region who oppose its recent accession to the Madrid Protocol shows no sign of abating.
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is to consider whether the federal government’s treatment of ‘disparaging’ marks violates the First Amendment. The move, issued as the court vacated last week’s decision on the rejection of a trademark application by Asian American band The Slants, has been labelled a “shock” by the band’s attorney.
The founder of the Asian American dance-rock band behind the application has slammed this week's appeal decision, telling World Trademark Review that he finds the USPTO's treatment of evidence “absurd”.
The Madrid Protocol came into effect in 17 African countries this week, with Zimbabwe due to join them at the end of next week. Commentators have expressed concern over the enforceability of registrations in a number of nations across the plateau continent.
A number of media reports in recent weeks have slammed NFL club the Seattle Seahawks for its ‘aggressive’ trademark strategy. Research conducted by World Trademark Review indicates that, while the team is indeed top of the trademark pile in the NFL, the number and type of trademarks it is filing is not significantly ahead of its rivals, despite media coverage suggesting otherwise.
A judge’s recent declaration that a New York pizzeria’s trademark infringement case for the flavour of one of its dishes was “half-baked” is the latest setback for non-traditional trademarks, and another reminder that taste trademarks remain a sour prospect with little chance of taking off in the US, the EU or any global jurisdiction.
Last night Apple announced a new iPhone model and a new product line in the form of a smartwatch device. Speculation before the event (fuelled by leaked CAD renderings, patent filings and trademark applications) meant there were few surprises. This highlights a challenge for companies how to ensure that trademark applications don’t give the game away.
Russia’s Federation Council on Intellectual Property is proposing an amendment to Russian trademark law that would stop naturalistic images of products and descriptive trademarks as the basis for distinctiveness. WTR discovers a very mixed response to the proposed changes.
A collectible accessory company’s trademark application for DOGE this week appeared to be following the same path that many trademark controversies do - until a canny strategic move flipped the situation on its head.
The proposed changes to Canada’s Trademarks Act have proven controversial since they were announced back in March this year, and the final reading of Bill C-31 could reach the House Of Commons as early as next week. However, a number of practitioners are keen to outline the positives.
A look at the most popular articles and legal updates we have published over the past 12 months with Amazon overtaking Apple and Google to be named the world’s most valuable brand topping the table.
“Don’t panic” new entrants to Madrid Protocol give mixed feedback on their experience since accession
Law firm practitioners in jurisdictions that have adopted the Madrid Protocol in recent years including Colombia, Israel, Mexico, OAPI and Thailand have shared their experience of the system in an exclusive survey from World Trademark Review. While most praise the resulting trademark environment, some are scathing about the impact Madrid has had on their practice.
Millionaire and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner has lost another opposition decision at the UK Intellectual Property Office, this time for the term TRUMP TV. Of particular note is the scathing language used by the hearing officer, with the entrepreneur blasted for having “a disdainful disregard for the opposition costs of the other side” and was ordered to pay £15,000 to a company related to US President Donald Trump.
Data from CompuMark has revealed the leading trademark filers at the USPTO last year. In previous years, the top filer has been a major company, but in 2017 it was a New York-based doctor who filed over 300 marks at the USPTO. We spoke with the representative behind these marks, as well as a CompuMark expert who suggests that “trademark league tables might not be dominated by large corporations in the future”.
“I wish the US president had opposed my trademark” applicant of registered Trump mark on treating IP as art
A popular author and professional speaker has successfully registered a trademark for GRABBA THE TRUMP in the UK, a combining of terms related to both US President Donald Trump and a character from the Star Wars universe. Talking to World Trademark Review, the applicant states that he hoped Trump would oppose the mark and that he enjoys provoking major brands with his trademark applications.
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