19 Jan
2020

USPTO clarifies PO box rules, new IP service provider prepares for full launch, Chile IP office suffers attack, analysis of Siemens’ trademark portfolio, 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 13 January

The USPTO is facing continued criticism over new rules that require trademark applicants to submit their domicile street address. In response, the registry revealed plan to re-introduce the ability for applicants to use PO boxes. Read more here.

Novagraaf and PAVIS recently joined forces to create a new IP service provider. In an exclusive interview with WTR, the chair of the new entity, NovumIP, has expanded on how it will become "a new force in the IP market". Read more here.

TUESDAY 14 January

The Intellectual Property Office of Chile has re-opened to customers after its headquarters suffered devastating damage from protesters. We talked with the registry's national director about the ongoing recovery efforts. Read more here.

Amazon’s law enforcement pledge, a Muji trademark blow, Lazada takedown stats and Italian football club Fiorentina taking the lead in blockchain anti-counterfeiting all featured in our Tuesday news digest. Read more here.

As trademark filing numbers increase globally, a new report by CompuMark provides data on the rise in infringement incidents that trademark professionals are experiencing. While these infringements are costly, budget does not currently top the list of concerns for in-house teams. Read more here.

WEDNESDAY 15 January

Last week in Guangzhou, Tencent hosted its 2020 WeChat Open Class Pro event, where it provided a glimpse into the platform’s future plans. We presented the key developments that brand protection professionals need to know about. Read more here.

On Monday 13 January the US Supreme Court held a hearing in the decades-long trademark dispute between Lucky Brand Dungarees and Marcel Fashions Group. We published guest analysis which charted the history of the dispute, reported on the hearing and presented takeaways for trademark practitioners. Read more here.

THURSDAY 16 January

We presented the key IP and anti-counterfeiting pledges that rights holders should be aware of from the major new trade deal signed between the United States and China. Read more here.

Three amicus curiae briefs have been delivered to the US Supreme Court ahead of its long-anticipated ruling in USPTO v Booking.com. We spoke to two experts to see how these briefs may influence the United States' highest court. Read more here.

Although the listing of Extinction Rebellion as terror group by the UK police was temporary, the incident serves as a reminder of the nuances that come into play when a brand aligns with political movements. Read more here.

WTR is inviting trademark professionals across the globe to participate in our annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey. All participants will be entered into a draw to win one of five free places at an upcoming WTR event. Read more here.

FRIDAY 17 January

German conglomerate Siemens has portrayed itself as a steward of sustainability, but when it comes to corporate social responsibility, it is an all or nothing game – as this week’s coal mine contract backlash illustrated. Read more here.

A study into innovative activity among top corporate R&D investors has found that while companies in the computer, pharmaceutical and automobile industries place significant value on IP portfolios that include a combination of patents and trademarks, the markets seem to grant higher premiums to those that are more innovative than their competitors. Read more here.

Our Friday news round-up reported on the announcement of World IP Day’s 2020 theme, a call for “idols and celebrities” to seek trademark protection in South Korea, Peru’s new GI consultation, the Consortium for Common Food Names’ praise for the new US-China trade deal, and much more. Read more here.

Plus, we published 10 Legal Update articles and an International Report examining key trademark decisions and developments from across the globe:

  • Dell successful in two UDRP proceedings involving ‘.co’ domain names (International). Read more here.
  • Seventh Circuit formally adopts Octane Fitness standard for trademark cases (United States). Read more here.
  • Munchkin wins IPEC baby bath design dispute against Shnuggle (United Kingdom). Read more here.
  • Supreme Court provides guidance on assessment of evidence in trademark cancellation action (Chile). Read more here.
  • General Court confirms lack of likelihood of confusion between CRYSTAL and CRISTAL (European Union). Read more here.
  • UDRP: the importance of full disclosure (International). Read more here.
  • Changes to customs enforcement of IP rights – key points highlighted (Ukraine). Read more here.
  • IP office overturns problematic lower-instance decision on recognition of English-language terms (Ecuador). Read more here.
  • Is RING distinctive for doorbells and motion sensors? (European Union). Read more here.
  • ‘Lotso’ more than non-exclusive licensor-licensee relationship needed for personal jurisdiction  (United States). Read more here.
  • Social responsibility of brands and protection of well-known trademarks in Angola (Africa). Read more here.

Trevor Little

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Trevor Little