14 Jun
2020

Exclusive Archambeau interview and EUIPO annual report; GEORGE FLOYD, I CAN’T BREATHE and BLACK LIVES MATTER trademark filings; fall in USPTO revenues; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

Monday 8 June

With EUIPO employees starting to return to the Alicante HQ this week, executive director Christian Archambeau expanded on how the office is handling a “tsunami” of trademarks and the ways in which remote working could give rise to new working practices. Read more here

We presented the six top takeaways from the EUIPO 2019 Annual Report, exploring demand levels, the filings leader board and the gender gap at management level. Read more here

WTR identified two trademark applications for GEORGE FLOYD in the European Union and the United Kingdom, as well as numerous applications for I CAN’T BREATHE filed at the USPTO. Read more here

Tuesday 9 June

As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to rage across the globe, we provided an updated look at measures that national IP offices have launched in response. Read more here

Our Tuesday news digest looked at Phillip Plein's attempt to use unrest in the United States to end a trademark battle with Ferrari, Denmark threatening to block Amazon, GoDaddy redacting WHOIS information, Netflix and the US Armed Forces in a tussle over SPACE FORCE, and much more. Read more here

WTR spoke to the Manchester businessman behind the trademark filings for BLACK LIVES MATTER and I CAN’T BREATHE, who told of his plan to launch a non-profit to help disadvantaged children by seeking a royalty fee from other entities that use the terms in the United Kingdom. Read more here

Wednesday 10 June

We explained how a new research report investigating the link between IP and other forms of serious crime provides useful intelligence for policy makers and rights holders alike. Read more here

Baker McKenzie senior counsel Eugene Arievich provided guest-piece analysis into two recent cases that resulted in 3D marks being accepted onto the Russian register. Read more here

With far-right-favourite, “free speech” social network Gab reporting the biggest surge in users in its four-year history, WTR investigated brand use on the platform and identified various issues that rights holders should be aware of. Read more here

Thursday 11 June

In an extract from an upcoming article on letters of protest in the United States, experts at Winterfeldt IP Group highlighted six circumstances in which letters of protest may be an effective means of influencing USPTO decisions but explained why practitioners must tread carefully. Read more here

As Prada unveils a virtual reality project to give consumers in-store experiences, trademark experts noted that brand reputation and counterfeit risk must always be a top priority. Read more here

Friday 12 June

USPTO director Andrei Iancu warned of a drop in revenues as a consequence of the covid-19 pandemic, revealing that hiring and plans to modernise legacy trademark IT systems are being scaled back due to current economic uncertainty. Read more here

We examined the CJEU ruling that a functional shape can be protected as copyright, the EUIPO seeking pro bono help, Red Points opening a new office in Beijing, and much more in the Friday news digest. Read more here

With Ben & Jerry’s calling for concrete policy actions to address the issues of police abuse and racial inequality head on, we took a closer look at the company’s long track record of social activism. Read more here

We revealed that Google has changed its complaint form to allow trademark owners to report (and request the removal of) specific web pages selling counterfeit goods from its organic search results – welcome progress for rights holders, but more still needs to be done. Read more here

Saturday 13 June

This week’s piece from the WTR archive presented a selection of articles exploring the trademark ramifications of different types of emerging technology and online environments. Read more here

Legal updates and international reports

Plus, we published 10 legal updates and two international reports examining key trademark decisions and developments from around the globe:

Victoria Arnold

Author | Senior Editor, IP Editorial

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Victoria Arnold