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US trademark filings from China soar, but law firms struggle to capitalise amid warnings of suspicious activity (Blog)
New data obtained by World Trademark Review has revealed a startling increase in trademark applications at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that originate in China. Despite this influx of new filings, our investigation highlights how new Chinese applicants are bypassing traditional law firms, with smaller organisations responsible for thousands of applications. The USPTO’s trademark commissioner also notes a “dramatic increase” in illegitimate Chinese filings this year with urgent calls for the office to take action against this “pervasive” problem.
Thousands more trademarks linked to Michael Gleissner unearthed; leading in-house lawyer calls for action (Blog)
An expanded investigation by World Trademark Review can reveal nearly 2,000 more trademarks linked to entrepreneur and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner. The total now spans over 4,400 marks across 38 jurisdictions worldwide. As the scope of Gleissner’s extensive filing operation widens, a leading in-house lawyer has called on IP bodies to offer guidance to brand owners affected by this unprecedented activity and to consider whether any action should be taken in response.
IP services sales blitz continues; Corsearch to be purchased by private equity firm in $140 million cash move (Blog)
It has been announced that information services company Wolters Kluwer has agreed to sell trademark search platform Corsearch to private equity entity Audax Group in a $140 million deal. The move is the latest acquisition in a series of deals centred on IP services companies, and once again demonstrates the attractiveness that private equity firms see in IP technology.
The Gleissner Files: investigation reveals massive scope of entrepreneur’s global trademark and domain portfolio (Blog)
The vast domain name and trademark portfolio of entrepreneur and film producer Michael Gleissner can be revealed following an extensive investigation by World Trademark Review. The operation spans at least 36 countries with an estimated cost of close to $750,000 for trademark filings alone. Due to the breadth of this ongoing activity, and with high-profile brands such as BMW, Western Digital and even US President Donald Trump currently challenging some of his marks, every rights holder should take notice.
UKIP “ripping off” Premier League logo, Greece warns of fake GIs, US brands in the age of Trump: news round-up (Blog)
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”.
New study claims Slender Man is in the commons, argues assertion of trademark rights “chills creativity” (Blog)
A new academic paper studying the IP status of internet folklore argues that online community-created works are in the commons. It suggests that claims of ownership under both copyright and trademark law harm the public by depriving it of more creative works. The research focuses primarily on Slender Man and predicts that the release of a major Hollywood movie next year could lead to entities seeking to “exclusively own” the horror character.
USPTO pledges additional support following Hurricane Harvey; questions raised over speed of response (Blog)
The US Patent and Trademark Office has vowed to offer extra guidance and support for users affected by the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey, which has devastated areas of Texas and Louisiana over the past 10 days. The move follows criticism by some in the trademark community, with one practitioner suggesting the response was slow in comparison to the office's swift reaction following Hurricane Sandy in October 2012.
American typo: how Trump’s COVFEFE Twitter error inspired dozens of trademarks and product launches (Blog)
When US president Donald Trump mistakenly posted the typo ‘covfefe’ on Twitter in May, it quickly went viral and led to over 50 trademark filings across the globe. In the months since, a number of those applications have reached registration, with one applicant telling World Trademark Review that he is confident a brand name featuring the seven-letter misspelling will be a catalyst for business success.
New data has revealed that technology giant LG was the most prolific filer of trademark applications at the US Patent and Trademark Office in 2016, with entertainment conglomerates CBS, Time Warner and Disney just behind. Meanwhile, Apple which had the most trademarks of any major tech company a few years ago filed less than 70 marks last year, leading one industry commentator to ask: “Hey Apple, why aren’t you filing trademark applications?”
Numerous ‘offensive’ trademark applications filed following Tam ruling; applicants reveal commercial hopes and exploitation fears (Blog)
It is a week ago today that the Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited ruling in Matal v Tam, holding that the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act violates the US Constitution. On the day of the ruling, there were at least 11 trademark applications filed that could be deemed disparaging or offensive. We reached out to the applicants of these filings to find out why they have chosen now to make their applications, and how they expect last Monday’s decision to affect them.
“Simple and correct” or “tremendous damage to minorities”? Opinion split on Matal v Tam decision (Blog)
The long-awaited Supreme Court decision in Matal v Tam was handed down yesterday and immediately caused heated debate. Following our coverage of the decision, we approached a number of trademark experts to obtain their analysis of the wider implications and what it practically means.
Hand gesture trademark application likely "publicity stunt" by Gene Simmons, but practitioners should engage to quell IP backlash (Blog)
As news articles around the world have reported, Gene Simmons, frontman of rock band KISS, has filed a trademark application for the so-called ‘devil horns’ hand gesture. The news has caused outrage towards both Simmons and the concept of trademark law itself, although some point out that it is likely just a publicity stunt. Nonetheless, faced with yet another IP backlash online, trademark community members should proactively engage in the discussion and quell misperceptions about the law.
Going it alone: Cayman Islands to create local trademark registry, further calls to join Paris Convention (Blog)
The new Cayman Islands trademarks law will be implemented on August 1, transforming how international brand owners attain protection in the Caribbean jurisdiction. Previously, a UK or EUIPO registration was required to attain trademark rights on the island, but this practice will end, with only national applications filed by local agents being accepted. However, there are claims the changes don’t go far enough, with one commentator calling for the country to join the Paris Convention.
Law firm behind Trademarkia to focus on quality as it eyes aggressive international expansion (Blog)
LegalForce RAPC, the law firm behind the Trademarkia search engine, has revealed to World Trademark Review that it is moving into the “next phase of the company” by implementing quality initiatives, forging new law firm partnerships and conducting an international recruitment drive. The move is an effort to bring more work in-house and diversify its global offering and will add further competition to the legal services space.
USPTO steps up efforts to remove deadwood from the register; proposes “streamlined” cancellation proceedings (Blog)
As part of its efforts to declutter the US trademark register, the United States Patent & Trademark Office is looking to establish a “streamlined version” of the current cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Reaction to the proposal on social media has been broadly positive, with one IP expert further telling World Trademark Review that the move is a “logical” one.
Business owners slam UKIPO for "not doing anything proactive to defend existing trademark owners" following Gleissner filing spree (Blog)
A number of small business owners have contacted World Trademark Review to criticise the UK Intellectual Property Office’s (UKIPO) handling of trademark applications filed by entities related to entrepreneur and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner. One stinging critique, from the owner of IT support firm Purple Computing, questions why the UKIPO is not providing sufficient protection for existing rights holders and claims that the duty to oppose or seek cancellation of marks is too financially burdensome for most small businesses.
As mysterious Gleissner trademark portfolio grows, insider denies “far-fetched” claim of link to domain acquisitions (Blog)
Over six months after our original reporting into the vast trademark and domain portfolio of entertainment magnate Michael Gleissner, his attorneys are continuing their prolific filing activity. While industry experts speculate that the mysterious filings could be linked to acquiring lucrative domain names, a source related to one of Gleissner’s companies tells World Trademark Review that this claim is “far-fetched” and “gross” and reveals an unusual business strategy involving the ‘farming’ of brands.
Survey reveals few indie game developers seek trademark protection; law firms urged to show door is open (Blog)
A poll conducted by World Trademark Review at gaming conference EGX Rezzed last week suggests only a small percentage of independent video game developers consider registered trademark protection during the process of releasing a game. While various reasons were stated, one repeatedly brought up was the daunting prospect of approaching a law firm, with a more bespoke approach suggested in a bid to benefit both communities.
As ‘Brexit Day’ arrives, now is the time for brands to identify what IP rights could be affected (Blog)
The United Kingdom government officially triggered Article 50 at lunchtime today, beginning the two-year process of negotiations that will lead to the UK leaving the European Union. While uncertainty still reigns, the impact on trademarks and designs could be significant and with Brexit now a certainty, brand owners should ensure they know exactly what rights could be affected once ‘leaving day’ arrives.
The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has released its latest filing figures report for international trademark applications. The data reveals a healthy 7.2% growth in 2016, with a significant rise in Chinese applicants using the system. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe this week set in process the ratification of the Madrid Protocol two years after WIPO announced it joined.
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