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The USPTO is currently considering a policy change to require applicants from outside of the United States to hire US counsel (or an authorised practitioner) to prosecute their applications. In this guest policy op-ed, Eric Perrott, a trademark and copyright attorney with Gerben Law Firm in Washington DC, argues that such a move would help maintain the integrity of the US trademark register and the ultimate value of a US mark.
With the 2018 INTA Annual Meeting in Seattle now in full flow, it’s time to take a deep-dive into the numbers. Will this year’s meeting be the biggest ever in terms of attendance? How many of the world’s leading brands are represented? We dig into the data to find out.
The World Trademark Review team has arrived in Seattle for the 2018 Annual Meeting. If you are in town, then visit us in the exhibition hall at stand 213 to meet us, demo the World Trademark Review platform and pick up some of our latest publications.
Analysis of the latest data from Lex Machina suggests that US trademark litigation filing numbers will be flat in 2018 potentially ending a four-year decline. As to the most popular venue for litigation and the go-to law firms so far in 2018, familiar names abound.
Private practice perspectives on diversity: “We must push forward in the name of achieving greater equality”
Law firm professionals reflect on the theme of this year’s World IP Day, which highlights the ingenuity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world.
The last two years has seen a flurry of M&A activity in the non-legal services sector, with private equity clearly seeing growth potential in the trademark dollar. However, in this year’s Global Trademark Benchmarking survey, a number of practitioners expressed concern that the drive for return on investment could push prices up and even threaten the current role of attorneys.
Jones Day has been named the strongest law firm brand in the United States for the second year running. According to the Acritas US Law Firm Brand Index 2018, Jones Day extended its lead in the table, while second place Skadden strengthened its brand over the past year. Bubbling below the surface, though, is the rising threat to traditional law firms from alternative legal service brands.
LegalForce calls on USPTO to tackle Chinese firms “practicing illegally” allegations and threats revealed
Raj Abhyanker, founder and shareholder in LegalForce RAPC Worldwide the firm behind online filing engine Trademarkia has sent a grievance complaint to the US Patent and Trademark Office centred on Chinese IP law firms “practicing illegally” in the United States. Speaking exclusively to World Trademark Review, he expands on his allegations and the threats he received from one China-based filer.
In November, the 2018 rankings tables for the World Trademark Review 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals were exclusively released to subscribers. Today we are pleased to announce that the full version is now available online. Free to view, it analyses the local trademark legal services markets in 70 jurisdictions worldwide, profiling the firms and individuals singled out as leaders in their respective fields.
In November we reported that the decade-long downward trend in US trademark litigation actions showed no sign of correction. The latest tracker data from Lex Machina confirms that the slump continued in 2017, with the 3,782 cases filed representing a nine-year low. With competition for the litigation dollar intensifying, the data also reveals the firms which are leading the representation rankings.
“There’s a new sheriff in town”: LegalForce founder reveals motivation behind lawsuits against competitors
LegalForce RAPC Worldwide, the firm behind Trademarkia, has initiated a number of lawsuits against competitor online trademark filings portals, with shareholder Raj Abhyanker telling World Trademark Review that “this is just the start”. With more litigation filings expected, he contends that the regulation he adheres to as a law firm is restricting his ability to operate on a level playing field with some competitors. As such, he argues that his end goal is a resolution that benefits the entire legal trademark profession.
With 2017 in the rear-view mirror, the latest edition of World Trademark Review identifies 25 trademark industry developments and trends that you should be mindful of in the months and years ahead.
Google’s rising brand value, Gleissner’s filing drive, and Netflix’s “super classy” letter: our 2017 most-read list
With 2017 drawing to a close, and the World Trademark Review Daily email service taking a short break, it’s time to take a look back at the stories which received the most reads from the past year. Our list includes the news that Google had wrestled the ‘Most valuable brand’ crown from Apple, analysis of a groundbreaking study that suggested trademark count is a better predictor of corporate innovation that patent numbers, and coverage of the savvy enforcement strategies being adopted by major brands.
The 2018 rankings tables for the WTR 1000 are now available to WTR subscribers. This exclusive early access provides a unique first look at the leading trademark legal service providers from more than 70 jurisdictions.
Calculating anti-counterfeiting ROI, a heated brand valuation debate and crafting the perfect cease and desist: issue 70 now online
Issue 70 of World Trademark Review has been published and is now available to subscribers online. Our cover story explores how to calculate the return on investment (ROI) for brand protection endeavours. While regarded by some as an impossible task, one practitioner told us how her team has been able to position itself as a revenue generator, returning a 300% ROI last year.
A number of changes will be made to your World Trademark Review platform next week, with subscribers offered even more detailed analysis and insight of developments affecting trademark owners and their advisers. In addition, our enhanced subscription package will provide exclusive early access to the 2018 rankings tables for the WTR 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.
Subscribers to World Trademark Review are to receive exclusive early access to the 2018 rankings tables for the World Trademark Review 1000 The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, as part of the World Trademark Review enhanced subscription package being launched next month.
World Trademark Review can exclusively reveal the formation of a new Washington DC-based IP law firm led by Brian J Winterfeldt. The firm, Winterfeldt IP Group, opens for business today and boasts almost 20 employees from outset. Winterfeldt told World Trademark Review that the move reflects a shift in the law firm landscape, with more clients turning from big law to boutiques when seeking trademark-related services.
A number of changes are on their way for your World Trademark Review platform. The first enhancement will come next month, when we provide subscribers with an even more detailed analysis and insight of developments across the world affecting trademark owners and their advisers, as well as an exclusive first look at the WTR 1000 2018 rankings.
The full session-by-session line-up for the upcoming Managing Trademark Assets conference is now live online. The early bird booking deadline for the event, being held in Chicago on October 17, expires tomorrow. Book now to save $100 and guarantee your place at the event, where attendees will be able to hear from and share best practice with senior experts representing organisations such as Amazon, Mars Wrigley Confectionery, Thermos, Toyota, Under Armour and Wells Fargo.
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