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A recently launched trademark solicitation campaign is offering to publish trademark registrations in a private database for up to $2,800. Further investigation into this entity offers clues about how these platforms are set up and the means used to solicit payments. Meanwhile, there are renewed calls for IP offices to offer “more clarity and simplicity” in an effort to make warnings about misleading invoices more visible.
"Infamous troll" Michael Gleissner involved in 5% of all live contested trademark cases in United Kingdom
In a decision which one trademark attorney characterises as “good news for brand owners”, the UK Intellectual Property Office has upheld an earlier decision which dismissed entrepreneur Michael Gleissner’s attempt to register the common name ALEXANDER as a trademark. The decision includes the startling reveal that entities related to Gleissner account for 5% of all live contested trademark cases in the United Kingdom demonstrating the unprecedented volume of the millionaire’s filing activity.
K-pop superstars T-ara vow to fight for rights to their name; experts predict bitter legal battle ahead
Members from one of the most popular Korean bands in the world, T-ara, are taking legal action for rights to use the group name following a trademark application by their former management agency, MBK Entertainment. Two attorneys have told World Trademark Review that both parties have viable arguments for legitimate rights over the group name and point out that it is common practice in Korea for music agencies to own the trademark rights to band names as a tactic to ward off rival agencies from poaching talent.
New figures show that the US Trademark and Patent Office (USPTO) received over 440,000 new trademark applications in 2017, a rise of more than 13% year on year. Writing for World Trademark Review, USPTO Trademark Commissioner Mary Boney Denison has promised that a “substantial number” of examiners would be hired in 2018 to ensure that the office can handle the increase in application volume effectively.
Business owners have spoken to World Trademark Review about their anger and confusion over the mysterious trademark activity of entrepreneur Michael Gleissner. One, who recently prevailed against Gleissner in a 16-month trademark dispute, claims that he has yet to be paid legal costs and calls on IP offices to address “malicious action against legitimate trademarks” urgently.
New research has examined how religious signs are increasingly used in trade, and revealed how misappropriation by nefarious sellers can be harmful to the identity and preservation of religious cultures. To that end, the study’s author tells World Trademark Review that governments “should do more” to protect religious signs and that religious organisations must engage in commercial activities in order to fight back against misappropriation.
Continuing our rundown of the trademark personalities of 2017, we look at the final selection of figures that have had a profound impact on the industry this year. Be it those who have influenced public dialogue or caused significant disruption (for good or bad), we have chosen the personalities both individuals and entities that we feel have defined the trademark news agenda in the last 12 months.
International applications at an all-time high as Asia and Africa experience sharp rise in trademark filings
The World Intellectual Property Organisation has released its latest report into global IP activity, revealing a significant rise in trademark filing activity. Most of the growth can be attributed to China’s continued domination of trademark filings, with both Asia and Africa accounting for a majority of the rise. World Trademark Review takes a deep dive into the data to uncover some of the key trademark trends.
US trademark filings from China soar, but law firms struggle to capitalise amid warnings of suspicious activity
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
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
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
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
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”
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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