Blog results - found 60
“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.
In an effort to process applications more efficiently, the Indian trademark office has identified and put on notice over 25,000 applications that either failed a compliance check or are deemed incomplete. Speaking to attorneys in the country, reaction has been mixed commentators told us that, while there are some examples of “frivolous objections”, there has also been a tangible reduction in the time in which new applications are being accepted.
Trademark implications of Brexit, Trump and Samsung Note 7 crisis feature in our most-read list of 2016 (Blog)
As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the blogs which received the most reads in the past 12 months. Our list includes the brand value hit of Samsung’s Note 7 crisis, Alibaba’s spat with Chinese ecommerce rival JD.com and trademark applications attempting to commercialise the Panama Papers, Brexit and the once-popular ‘meme’ Be Like Bill.
Last week’s International Trademark Association Digital World Conference featured many discussions focused on the digital single market that the European Union is looking to implement. While issues around copyright have spurred the most IP-related concerns from brand owners during the ongoing negotiations, one speaker suggested that the "natural result of the European project" will be a future move to a single European system of trademarks and patents with national registered rights eventually faded out.
Brazil signals Madrid Protocol intent; “vast majority” of local trademark practitioners concerned (Blog)
The Brazilian government has confirmed that it intends to join the international trademark system by mid-2018. While the country’s move towards the Madrid Protocol will be seen as positive by the World Intellectual Property Organisation, one expert argues that the country’s trademark office is far from ready even claiming that its progress could be stifled as a result of Madrid.
Cash prizes for distinctive trademarks? OAPI urges IP offices to reward innovative use of brands (Blog)
The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) held its first annual Brand Awards recently, in which cash prizes and trademark filing vouchers were given to local brands judged to be distinctive. Talking to World Trademark Review, OAPI’s director of legal affairs and cooperation, Maurice Batanga, says that the initiative has proved effective and encourages other IP offices to consider a similar approach to promote innovative use of trademarks.
“I’m the Banksy of trademarks” millionaire applicant of NASTY WOMAN regards cease-and-desist from Beyoncé as “great marketing” (Blog)
Self-proclaimed millionaire Mike Lin, who garnered a significant net worth as an early employee at LinkedIn, has a trove of politically charged trademark applications that have gathered much media attention. In an exclusive discussion, Lin compares himself to street artist Banksy and reveals that he has received oppositions (so far) from parties including Beyoncé Knowles, Kobe Bryant and Disney.
‘Lawyers have got to start filing electronically if not, it’ll cost you’: USPTO explains sharp rise in trademark fees (Blog)
The US Patent and Trademark Office’s trademark commissioner, Mary Boney Denison, has spoken to World Trademark Review about the recent decision to sharply raise trademark filing fees submitted non-electronically. While acknowledging that some lawyers still prefer to file on paper, she reveals that those filings are made at a loss to the office. Furthermore, she gave an update on the radical proposed changes to clear up the US trademark register.
IP industry maverick Erich Spangenberg, once dubbed the “most notorious patent troll in America”, has told World Trademark Review about the “opportunity” he now sees in trademarks, and to expect Marathon Patent Group to make future investments in the space. His comments follow a recent ‘David versus Goliath’ trademark opposition spat that he advised on, which resulted in a “rare” worldwide co-existence agreement.
Our latest podcast looks at an EU trademark dispute that has slipped somewhat under the radar in recent months. Specifically, it focuses on a dispute surrounding the protection of the Rubik’s Cube shape as a 3D trademark, and the potential implications should that mark be struck down. We talked to two key figures in the case to explore the legal and the business perspectives. Both had strong views on why this case matters for all IP owners.
A community of horror fiction enthusiasts dedicated to the literary genre known as ‘creepypasta’ have been fiercely debating a recent trademark application for the term. While one author claims it is an effort to “steal” the genre from the community, the registrant claims it is a way to “protect and preserve the term against corporate monopolisation”. The ongoing debate is a reminder of the passion and anger that can be stirred by trademark applications for community-created terms.
Register for more free content
- Read more World Trademark Review blogs and articles
- Receive the editor's weekly review by email