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A violation of the First Amendment: Supreme Court issues long-awaited decision on disparagement clause (Blog)
The Supreme Court has handed down its long-awaited ruling in Matal v Tam, holding that the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act violates the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. In a unanimous 8-0 opinion, the court states that “the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express ‘the thought that we hate’”. In response, the USPTO has confirmed to World Trademark Review that it plans to "issue further guidance" on how it will affect the examination of applications.
Trademarks on the silver screen, CPA’s busy summer and ‘.sucks’ in the trademark family: INTA 2017 day three report (Blog)
For many INTA 2017 Annual Meeting delegates, the busiest days are over and the end is in sight; but determined not to let the long days and nights wear us down, the World Trademark Review editorial team of Trevor Little, Joff Wild and Tim Lince have been running between sessions, meetings and receptions with a few stops for coffee along the way to bring you the latest stories and insights from Tuesday’s proceedings.
Daily drama, fakes on the beach, keynote controversy and a canny crocodile: INTA 2017 day one report (Blog)
The beautiful city of Barcelona is currently packed to the rafters with trademark experts attending INTA’s 2017 Annual Meeting. As ever, the World Trademark Review team is on the ground; reporters Trevor Little, Joff Wild and Tim Lince present some of their highlights and observations from the first full day of the event.
Antonio Campinos, executive director of the EU Intellectual Property Office, has been announced as an inductee into the IP Hall of Fame. He joins a number of the trademark world’s luminaries in the project, which identifies individuals who have helped to establish intellectual property as one of the key business assets of the 21st century.
Three months into his presidency, Donald Trump has revealed his nomination for IP enforcement coordinator. However, with the USPTO hit by a hiring freeze and uncertainty over the future leadership of the agency, the question of what impact his administration will ultimately have on trademarks and the IP ecosystem remains unanswered. So what do we know?
IP office of Chile reacts to rankings research, highlights efforts to innovate in trademark services (Blog)
For the current issue of World Trademark Review magazine we undertook a research project to identify the IP offices most committed to value-add offerings for users. In response to the article, Maximiliano Santa Cruz, director of the National Institute of Industrial Property of Chile (INAPI), has contacted us to provide an update on how the office is seeking to foster "balanced IP systems that stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship".
The founder of The Trademark Company, one of the most prolific trademark filers at the USPTO, has agreed to resign from practising before the office. The development ends a fractious relationship between the USPTO and one of its biggest customers.
Trump’s China trademark no big surprise, but in media frenzy one legal dimension has largely gone unreported (Blog)
This week a trademark application was the subject of rare international media coverage after US President Donald Trump saw a TRUMP mark progress to registration in China. While much speculation has centred on whether the move represents an inexpensive way for China to curry favour with the president, from a legal perspective the registration is unsurprising. And while the focus has been directed at the political fallout from a president being granted such rights, other aspects are worth scrutiny for trademark experts.
The USPTO’s Performance and Accountability Report for fiscal year 2016 has revealed that trademark filings rose by 5.2% last year, while the number of trademarks proceeding to registration spiked by almost 10%.
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the publication of the latest editions of Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide and India: Managing the IP Lifecycle.
The China trademark office’s provisional approval of a trademark that closely resembled the logo of the State Intellectual Property Office has become a recurring anecdote when practitioners highlight concerns over examinations expertise at the office. With trademark application numbers continuing their upward rise, we asked counsel how they should strike the balance between speedily handling applications and ensuring that quality is not sacrificed.
The EU IP Office and Europol have joined forces to launch the IP Crime Coordinated Coalition, which will provide operational and technical support to law enforcement agencies. The move comes shortly after a new study revealed the diversity of business models being used by infringers online.
This weekend we were alerted to a new trademark solicitation letter, the latest in a series of campaigns that seek to dupe users into paying for trademark services on the mistaken assumption that they are paying required fees to the USPTO. Faced with a seemingly endless wave of such scams, users have told us that they want more to be done to fight this scourge.
The USPTO is seeking comment on plans to conduct random audits on specimens of use in a bid to improve the accuracy and integrity of the trademark register. The move will be welcomed by practitioners, although effective execution will be all-important.
The latest polls indicate that a British exit or Brexit could be the result of the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership. The impact of such a vote on the trademark community has not featured in the political debate. Yet if next week’s vote comes down in favour of Brexit, there will be significant implications for trademark owners and law firms.
This week the EU Intellectual Property Office released both its 2015 annual report and its Strategic Plan 2020. The former reveals that trademark applications at the office jumped by 11% last year. However, as the strategic plan notes, while demand is not expected to lessen any time soon, the office faces a number of financial challenges as it seeks to maintain service levels.
The USPTO has filed a petition for a writ of certiorari to review the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decision in In re Tam, asking the Supreme Court to answer the question of whether the disparagement provision in Section 2 of the Lanham Act is facially invalid under the free speech clause of the First Amendment. The move means that the battle over the registration of disparaging marks is nearing its end.
World Trademark Review is pleased to announce the publication of the latest edition of China: Managing the IP Lifecycle. Now in its third edition, the publication, presented in collaboration with IAM, is now well established as an indispensable guide for all of those who use or intend to use the Chinese IP system.
India’s trademark office has revealed the abandonment of tens of thousands of trademark applications. The move, which was followed by reports that a large number of files had been abandoned incorrectly, caused concern in the trademark community, with INTA urging the reversal of the abandonment orders with immediate effect. Today the office announced that affected applicants have until April 30 to evidence that an application has been erroneously treated as abandoned.
Yesterday OHIM closed its doors, to allow time for staff to install the necessary system upgrades to adapt the website and its online application tools in light of the requirements of EU Regulation 2015/2424. Today the office re-opened for business, albeit with a new identity.
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