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More evidence of the economic benefits of trademark ownership has emerged, with new research from the US Patent and Trademark Office revealing that registered trademark protection helps companies to grow, employ more people and innovate. Along with a slew of similar research findings to surface in recent months, the study reinforces efforts to communicate the benefits of trademark rights; not only to businesses, but to consumers and policy-makers.
How brands should prepare for the big changes coming to Canada’s trademark market: exclusive data analysis
In our latest country data report, we delve into Canada’s trademark landscape. We examine how a major overhaul of its trademark laws may lead to a clogged up register, assess the impact cannabis legalisation might have on rights holders and take a close look at filing and litigation data.
With a 10% rise in trademark applications mostly spurred by Chinese filings flooding the USPTO in 2017, questions have been raised about whether the office can cope with this influx both now and in the future.
This week, the Guardian reported that the treatment of geographical indications is proving a sticking point in the ongoing Brexit negotiations, with the European Union having “stepped up demands on the UK to legislate to preserve the status of European speciality produce”. While trademark associations have confirmed their support for a system of mutual recognition, the UK government has proved resistant to making any guarantees. The result is uncertainty for rights holders and producers.
US government ranks Canada’s border enforcement on same level as China; Special 301 adds Saudi Arabia and UAE
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has published the 2018 Special 301 Report, the second released during the Trump administration. Canada has been added to the Priority Watch List this year due to “a failure to resolve key longstanding deficiencies in protection and enforcement of IP” meaning all eyes will now be on the country’s newly-announced Intellectual Property Strategy.
Trump, Brexit and Korean reunification: the political issues weighing on the minds of trademark practitioners
New research from World Trademark Review has revealed the key political issues that trademark counsel say could significantly impact enforcement efforts, both now and in the future. Leading the way are the policies of US President Donald Trump, the potential implications of the UK’s exit from the European Union, and the possible reunification of the two Koreas.
The performance levels of the Chinese, Brazilian and Indian trademark offices have clear room for improvement but change could be afoot.
USPTO goes after the fakers; experts praise initiative to combat improper specimens, call for further action
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched a pilot programme to help combat improper specimens on trademark applications. The move comes in the wake of a World Trademark Review investigation which discovered numerous fake specimens by Chinese applicants, with the USPTO confirming there had been a “dramatic increase” in illegitimate filings. This initiative has been welcomed, although one expert calls for the office to go even further.
Registrations for sound trademarks are becoming more prevalent at major IP registries around the world. We look at some of the opportunities for sound marks, as well as common challenges and how to overcome them.
In the conclusion of our four-part series, World Trademark Review reveals the full IP Office Innovation Ranking and analyse the key findings from this year's project.
Spreading the message the IP offices taking significant strides to engage with the public about trademarks
We take a deep dive into how registries are spreading the trademark message to a wider audience
Online trailblazers the IP offices breaking new ground in digital services, and those falling behind
As national IP registries are encouraged to become "innovation agencies" by offering more non-core tools and services, we look at how offices compare when it comes to digital metrics
As national IP registries are encouraged to become innovation agencies and to offer non-core tools and services, we once again identify those leading the way and the offices trailing behind
Canada is finally completing the last steps necessary for implementing its new trademark law. The final draft Trademarks Regulations were released on February 10 2018, and the regulations are expected to be officially published in their final form in October. The changes will be the most significant in 50 years; among other things, the definition of a 'trademark' will be greatly expanded and it will finally be possible to divide applications.
The USPTO has filed a petition for a rehearing en banc in In re: Brunetti, a decision it contends “invalidates a century-old provision of federal trademark law that renders trademarks containing ‘scandalous’ and ‘immoral’ matter ineligible for the benefits of federal registration”. The bid to maintain a ban on scandalous marks is one that practitioners will keenly follow. However, one legal expert told us that the government faces an “uphill battle” to reverse the Federal Circuit’s ruling.
In our latest news round-up we look at how the Zimbabwe government is hiring a technology company to tackle counterfeit goods, the brands being accused of using “underhand tricks” to fool consumers and a new report looking at the leading Chinese 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.
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.
The last year has proved another significant one for the US Patent and Trademark Office’s trademarks organisation. Latest developments include fee changes for paper filers and a new declaration format
A paper analysing the value of brands has recently been updated to explore in more detail the effect of trademark protection on a company’s profitability and innovation. It reveals the link between greater trademark protection and increased profits, and is a reminder of the tangible financial rewards of effective brand protection.
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