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New anti-counterfeiting coalition aims "to lead” in lobbying Trump administration to step up fight against fakes (Blog)
The Precious Metals Association of North America has announced the formation of a national coalition to “protect IP rights against foreign counterfeiting operations”. A representative tells World Trademark Review that the organisation has already begun discussions with influential members of Congress and the Trump administration to strengthen federal efforts to tackle foreign counterfeit operations.
Groundbreaking study suggests extraterritorial application of US trademark law “burdens” rights holders (Blog)
A first-of-its-kind empirical study into the territorial scope of US trademark law has concluded that much of the conventional wisdom regarding extraterritorial rights “is questionable, if not incorrect”, with its author declaring that “the current over-extension of the Lanham Act must be curbed”. Crucially, the research provides insights that could aid US brand owners in future enforcement endeavours.
Groundbreaking study suggests trademark count, rather than patent count, is a better predictor of innovation (Blog)
A new study has benchmarked the most common innovation proxies and concluded that the size of a company’s trademark portfolio is a more consistent indicator of innovation than patent count or R&D expenditure. The result adds to the evidence that trademarks hold value beyond simple exclusivity and recognition, with one academic telling World Trademark Review that it may indicate that these rights “are actually undervalued”.
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.
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.
Trump Administration's first Special 301 Report slams Canada and Mexico for inadequate border enforcement against counterfeits (Blog)
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has published the 2017 Special 301 Report, the first released under the Trump administration. While Pakistan and Spain are complimented for “positive momentum” behind their IP regimes, the report knocks a number of jurisdictions including neighbours Canada and Mexico for what it deems to be ineffective border enforcement against fakes.
What the first few days of President Trump’s administration could mean for the trademark community (Blog)
It has been a busy first few days for US President Donald Trump, with a number of executive orders issued, cabinet appointments unveiled and January 20 (the date of his inauguration) proclaimed as ‘National Day of Patriotic Devotion’. In the midst of all this activity are some key policy changes that could have a significant effect on the trademark community both in the United States and internationally.
Exercise tracking technology company Fitbit has filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey business which sells discontinued and refurbished products to consumers. In the suit, Fitbit claims the defendant sold ‘counterfeit’ and ‘non-genuine’ versions of Fitbit products a claim staunchly denied, with a representative telling World Trademark Review that Fitbit is engaging in “litigious scare tactics” in response to a lawsuit it had filed a month previously.
Media brands can’t rely on Facebook and Google to fight the reputational risks posed by fake news (Blog)
There have been growing calls in recent weeks for Facebook and Google to tackle content published by fake news websites. This follows accusations that both provided a platform for the sharing and promotion of misinformation during the recent US election. What is being less discussed is the responsibility that major media companies have to stop such sites specifically those that use the branding of popular news outlets as a way to add legitimacy to their hoax articles.
The US electorate is about to head to the polls to vote in the next president. The race has tightened in recent days and both the Republican and Democratic candidates appear to have a realistic path to victory. As election fever peaks, World Trademark Review asks IP experts how a President Hillary Clinton or a President Donald Trump could shape the trademark landscape in the years to come.
“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.
USPTO pushes trademark message at National Expo; exhibitors call for more public outreach efforts (Blog)
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted its latest National Trademark Expo over the weekend, a major event designed to promote a positive trademark message to the general public. World Trademark Review was on the ground and spoke to many attendees about the challenges and opportunities of trademark outreach programmes including USPTO trademark commissioner Mary Boney Denison, who revealed that early discussions are underway about hosting similar events in or around the USPTO’s four remote offices.
Online communities of so-called ‘alt right’ internet users have developed code words to hide bigoted slurs on social media in a bid to avoid perceived censorship. The code uses high-profile brand names, including Google, Yahoo and Skype, to substitute for offensive words to describe ethnic groups including African Americans, Mexicans and Jews. World Trademark Review has spoken to experts about what the affected brand owners can do but in terms of legal remedies, the options appear to be limited.
Aggressive trademark litigant decries ‘trademark troll’ label; warns major brands not to ignore cease-and-desists (Blog)
A self-proclaimed ‘aggressive’ enforcer of trademark rights and frequent filer of IP infringement litigation action has told World Trademark Review that he primarily initiates disputes with major brands because cease-and-desist letters sent by small business owners are often "ignored or not taken seriously". Furthermore, he revealed he may consider legal remedies against parties including the media that refer to him as a ‘trademark troll’.
The USPTO has confirmed to World Trademark Review that it is considering suspending trademark applications that would previously be refused as disparaging as it awaits the Supreme Court review of In re Tam. In light of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decision in December, which ruled that the prohibition on disparaging marks is unconstitutional, a US resident has also revealed he is interested in re-applying for a trademark that was previously refused on those grounds in 2013.
EFF labels MORMON "generic": could this challenge extend to SCIENTOLOGIST and other similar marks? (Blog)
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sent a letter to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that claims the term MORMON is “generic” due to it being the only way to describe people who follow or are part of that religious community. If one trademark of a religious organisation is being accused of genericism, other similar religious marks, such as SCIENTOLOGIST, could also be at risk.
A US law professor has told World Trademark Review that the abolition of state trademark registrations in the United States would “clarify the legal landscape for trademark acquisition and enforcement”. Additional research reveals that demand for US state trademarks is trending downwards. However, imminent change seems unlikely.
A parody artist who has been entangled in a number of high-profile cybersquatting cases has told World Trademark Review that the “scare tactics” utilised by brand owners against alleged domain-squatters should not be the default option, noting that he has responded more positively to ‘polite’ approaches.
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