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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.
IP technology company LawPanel has called on national trademark offices to develop software tools that open up data to third-party developers. In comments to World Trademark Review, the company’s chief financial officer claims that through the introduction of application programming interface-driven architecture, such innovation could “fundamentally change the working life of trademark attorneys”. However, he acknowledges that the challenge will be to convince all stakeholders to embrace such change and foresees an opportunity for the International Trademark Association to facilitate the process.
In our latest news round-up, we look at a brand protection technology company closing a $12 million investment round, an author seeking registered trademark protection for a steamy National Hockey League team name, the EU Intellectual Property Office no longer accepting applications by fax and a new warning about brand misuse on app stores.
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.
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.
USPTO urged to address mobile issues, Malawi to establish national office, and bootleg fashion all the rage: 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 US Patent and Trademark Office being urged to improve its mobile capability, the new Trademarks Bill introduced in Malawi and the impending deadline to apply for the EU Intellectual Property Office’s top job.
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 Tanzania's launch of a new online system for trademarks, the removal of Thailand from the Office of the US Trade Representative’s priority watch list, the US Department of Justice's expansion of its IP enforcement network and a former James Bond actor’s registered trademark protection for his name.
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.
Trump's USPTO nominee confirmed, victory for Louboutin, and significant changes at Nigerian IP registry: news round-up
In our latest news round-up we report why Louboutin's red sole mark has been declared ‘well known’ by the Delhi High Court, consider upcoming changes at Nigeria’s registry of Trademarks, Patents and Design, and scrutinise research that reveals the power of colour in brand identity. Coverage this time from Trevor Little (TL), Tim Lince (TJL), and Adam Houldsworth (AH).
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.
As the year draws to a close, World Trademark Review has decided to take a look back and identify the trademark personalities that have had a significant impact in 2017. Be it those who dominated the news agenda, influenced public dialogue or raised the profile of trademarks (for good or bad), a whole host of personalities both individuals and entities have hit the headlines this year.
A jury in a US federal court has rejected claims that the COMIC-CON trademark has become generic, ruling that a Utah-based comic convention’s name infringes the mark owned by San Diego Comic-Con. Although the dispute has been billed as a major test case for questions surrounding genericide, one legal commentator suggests that it will have more of an “atmospheric” than precedential effect.
EUIPO doubles funding for IPC3, Poundland launches Twin Peaks and Birkenstock clashes with Amazon (again): 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 European Parliament’s document on IP issues related to three-dimensional printing, a landmark decision for Manuka honey protection and an IP lawyer calling for an improved IP system in Nigeria.
Lego clinches another IP victory, police powers for Moldovan IP office, and plain packaged political parties: 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 IP implications of the European Union and Japan’s finalised trade deal, the brands that are signing a major anti-counterfeiting declaration and another victory for Lego in China.
Startling new research from valuation firm Brand Finance has estimated that the spread of plain packaging to the beverage industry would result in close to $300 billion in brand value losses, with The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo among those with the most value at risk. The report warns that the true economic toll will likely be much higher and comes after a recent call for brands to take a stand against plain packaging.
Our annual quest to identify the world’s best corporate trademark professionals comes to an end this week. So, if you know an outstanding trademark practitioner or team that deserves recognition, please make your nomination before December 8 2017.
The Chartered Institute of Trademark Attorneys has published a new report which identifies the impact that Brexit could have on UK businesses and the legal profession in relation to IP rights. It also makes the business case for the importance of UK trademark attorneys to retain the right to represent clients before the EU Intellectual Property Office.
Plain packaging in Korea, UKIPO’s 12 fake days of Christmas and Bud Light infringer gets Super Bowl invite: 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 another creative cease and desist, a company’s “secret battle” with North Korea over counterfeit goods and the sharp rise in UK lawyers registering in Ireland in an effort to prepare for Brexit.
The African Intellectual Property Office (OAPI) has launched a new programme in an ongoing effort to introduce and expand geographical indications (GIs) across its 17 member states. This is the first major project from OAPI’s new director general and could represent a significant step forward in the ability to register GIs in Africa.
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