7 Nov
2021

USPTO issues scathing show-cause order; Anti-counterfeit Network Africa petitions ICC; COP26 highlights greenwashing risks; 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.

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Monday 1 November

Trademark litigation filings at US district court level are set to exceed 2020’s number this year, as the top plaintiffs and defendants are revealed.

In a major move, Shelston IP and Spruson & Ferguson have officially joined forces to create Australia’s biggest IP firm.

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Tuesday 2 November

A small business owner who last year became embroiled in a trademark dispute with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tells WTR that he plans to launch his Archewell Cosmetics brand in the United States. 

A Squid Game streamer dilemma, Meta PCs’ Facebook name change and the latest Walmart-Gap collaboration feature in Tuesday’s news digest.

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Wednesday 3 November

A Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing pushes for movement on discussions surrounding platform counterfeiting responsibilities

Latin American brand owners post strong foreign filing levels through the middle of the year, the WTR register tracker finds. 

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Thursday 4 November

The USPTO targets Trademark Terminal operator Abtach Ltd with a scathing show-cause order.

A recent UK Intellectual Property Office decision cuts across a fundamental principle of the trademark legal framework, argue Allen & Overy’s David Stone and Robert Dickens.

The Anti-counterfeit Network Africa petitions the International Criminal Court to class deadly counterfeiting as a crime against humanity.

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Friday 5 November

The EUIPO is gearing up for an API launch, Coca-Cola is to gain full control of BodyArmor and brands with sonic logos are perceived as 5% more valuable, according to Friday’s news stories.

Samsung’s registration efforts are focused on its ultra-thin glass, while Microsoft is concentrating on its core name and products, reveals WTR’s latest Brand Tracker.

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Saturday 6 November

Demands for corporate environmental action are here to stay, but some companies could face accusations of greenwashing, warns Saturday’s opinion column.

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Victoria Arnold

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Victoria Arnold