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Madrid System fails to have an impact for local filers: an analysis of the Indonesian trademark market
In this country data report, we hone in on the fast-growing Indonesian trademark market, revealing that the country’s recent accession to the Madrid Protocol has had little impact on local filers, while US applicants have been making the most of the new filing option.
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.
Rising sales, healthy filings and new opportunities in the dynamic cosmetics sector: exclusive data analysis
In this week’s industry data report, we provide a rundown of the cosmetics market from a branding perspective. We take a big picture look at sales growth and key trends and reveal that technology trademark filings are on the rise among major brands.
Based on extensive first-hand experience, Seattle-based trademark experts both working in corporate departments and at law firms give us the inside track on what to do, see, eat and drink while visiting the Emerald City for this year’s INTA Annual Meeting.
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.
WHOIS access charges, NGOs take aim at watch list plans and INTA applauds ‘Brand India’: 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 our latest edition, we look at a registry’s plans to charge trademark owners for access to WHOIS data, the war of words over the European Commission’s plans for an IP markets watch list and a blow for Apple in the Norwegian courts.
Trademark trolls in Canada? Data reveals rise in “suspicious” applications are nearly all related to millionaire Gleissner
There have been recent reports of a steep rise in so-called 'trademark trolls' in Canada, following fears that the impending overhaul of the Canadian Trademarks Act could lead to an increase in nefarious activity on the register. However, new research suggests the vast majority of the “suspicious” applications over the past year are related to notorious trademark filer Michael Gleissner leading to calls for the Canadian IP Office to “take action”.
US Customs head confirmed, Latvia trims WHOIS data and trademark offers Cambridge Analytica clues: news round-up
In our latest round-up, we look at how a trademark scammer has rebranded, Latvia's plans to cut back on WHOIS data collection, how India’s anti-counterfeiting efforts are under scrutiny and how a trademark may offer clues about the company that has hit headlines across the world Cambridge Analytica.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MLB’s top TTAB user, Thai IP Office gets an upgrade and Russia to introduce “Made in Prison” label: 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 how India may remove the controversial Goods and Services Tax exemption for unbranded food products, how the Chicago Cubs are tackling an increase in counterfeiting following on-field success and the Japanese government’s partnership with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation.
What is the value of a law firm’s brand? That question triggered a cancellation by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) in Merchant & Gould PC v MG-IP Law, PC, which concerned the application for registration of the mark MG-IP for “legal services; attorney services”. The TTAB ruled that the respondent’s mark was likely to cause consumer confusion and granted cancellation.
Over the past few days media reports have focused on the case of an individual seller who saw his Amazon.com store shut down over an alleged IP-related violation lodged by a bogus law firm. His call for more considered investigations of complaints highlights the challenge facing the e-commerce giant, which is also under pressure to ensure speedy takedowns when infringement occurs.
Houston IP Law Association president calls on trademark community for support following Hurricane Harvey
The president of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association has spoken to World Trademark Review about the ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. Noting that countless members of the IP community have been severely affected by the storm, she has urged law firms and organisations to offer space or resources if they can.
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