USPTO backlash; Harvard tops trademark ranking; Singapore IP Week takeaways; plus much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the last 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 26th August

We published the latest instalment of our series examining IP leadership, knowledge development and career advancement. This time, industry experts presented tips on how to ensure that legal teams remain on the cutting edge of trademark practice. Read more here.

The Delhi High Court’s recent decision to direct dynamic injunctions against rogue websites in a bid to end the ‘whack-a-mole' headache is – on the face of it – a progressive one. However, as this article explains, there is still more that could be done. Read more here.

TUESDAY 27th August

This week, WTR was in Singapore and had the opportunity to sit down with INTA’s chief representative for Asia-Pacific, Seth Hays, to get an update on the regional office’s activities and the inside scoop on what to expect from next year’s Annual Meeting. Read more here.

We also took a look at six counterfeit hotspots that brand owners need to be aware of in Myanmar. As a country that has transformed its IP laws in recent years, awareness and preparation is key to tackle fakes there. Read more here.

Our news digest looked at dozens of interesting updates from around the trademark world, including Kim Kardashian replacing her controversial ‘Kimono’ brand with ‘Skims’, Vietnam adopting a new IP strategy, the US Department of Defence launching an IP protection team, and WIPO announcing a new portal. Read more here.

WEDNESDAY 28th August

The IP Office of Singapore hosted a series of events to mark the country’s annual IP Week, with a host of high-profile speakers and even some surprises along the way. WTR was there to bring you the key takeaways from Singapore’s biggest IP event. Read more here.

Disney recently walked away from negotiations with Sony over the IP rights to the Spider-Man superhero franchise. We asked: does this mark a divergence in the big studio IP acquisition model or will Disney utilise fan kickback as leverage in future negotiations? Read more here.

The USPTO is “facing a backlash” due to new instructions that require examining attorneys to ask some trademark applicants for “proof of legal residence in the United States”. We delved into why this backlash has occurred, with IP experts explaining the unexpected consequences of new USPTO rules, including issues that could affect small business owners and even domestic violence victims. Read more here.

THURSDAY 29th August

The world’s most iconic fashion designers and models will be flocking to New York Fashion Week next week. However, counterfeiters will also be keeping a close an eye on the hottest trends at the event. For that reason, we delve into top tips for protecting brands during high-profile fashion events. Read more here.

We spoke with an IP law firm about how brand owners can tackle fake goods in Nicaragua and discovered locations that rights holders should have on their counterfeit enforcement radars in this nation. Read more here.

FRIDAY 30th August

Our latest data analysis discovered that Harvard University vastly outstrips other Ivy League schools when it comes to registered trademarks. However, over the pond in the United Kindom, both Cambridge and Oxford universities have IP portfolios that rival Harvard’s. Read more here.

Our Friday digest of trademark industry updates including the mayor of Liverpool confirming that he will be opposing a trademark from football club Liverpool FC, the USPTO proposing fee changes, Bangladesh reportedly close to joining the Madrid Protocol, and a high-profile Chinese IP law firm considered a sale. Read more here.


Plus, we published eight Legal Update articles, examining key trademark decisions from across the globe:

  • Compliance with Cosmetics Act – justifiable reason for non-use of trademark? Read more here.
  • Ecuadorian IP Office deals blow to parasitic trademark applications. Read more here.
  • McDonald’s MC mark partially revoked for lack of genuine use. Read more here.
  • Board of Appeal dismisses opposition of CRAFTSMAN TOOLS mark after opponent transfers rights in earlier CRAFTSMAN marks. Read more here.
  • You cannot hold a candle to CLARIDGE’S mark: Claridge's Hotel Limited v Claridge Candles Limited. Read more here.
  • Colour trademarks: Tel Aviv District Court grants interim relief against combination of colours and graphics similar to that of Orange. Read more here.
  • Descriptive trademark registered on US Supplemental Register insufficient to satisfy UDRP’s first element. Read more here.
  • Supreme Court: disobedience of injunction must be wilful for criminal liability to apply. Read more here.

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