Region: North America

Legislation and IP policy watch: the current state of play

Our new monthly column tracks trademark and related policy developments, and follows the progress of major bills, from around the world.

03 October 2022

Ex-USPTO directors among leaders of new coalition to promote IP rights

The Council for Innovation Promotion, a bipartisan coalition dedicated to promoting IP rights, officially launched this week in Washington DC. WTR attended the event to get the inside track on its planned activities.

29 September 2022

Yes, and it counts! Single purchase in forum establishes personal jurisdiction over infringer

When dealing with foreign-based online retailers, trademark owners may consider purchasing an allegedly infringing product for delivery to a desired jurisdiction to establish personal jurisdiction in that state.

29 September 2022

Intent to sell does not equate to intent to use

The TTAB has issued a strong ruling against a trademark owner who failed to provide convincing evidence of use over the past nine years. The result is an affirmation of the Trademark Act and the fight against trademark trafficking.

29 September 2022

Cannabis dispensaries baked in tasty decision for senior trademark rights holders

The Federal Court ruled in favour of plaintiff Mars Canada Inc in a dispute involving the sale of edible cannabis products under the SKITTLES mark and trade dress,

28 September 2022

Brand protection in 2027: new WTR Special Report released

WTR’s latest Special Report, available now to subscribers, explores what life could look like for brand protection professionals in 2027.

27 September 2022

Cryptoplanet: brand protection in a world of blockchain and NFTs

Featured in WTR Special Report Q3 2022: Brand protection 2027: Why trademark practitioners must prepare for the future now

Rosanne Yang from InfoLawGroup looks at current brand protection issues in the digital Wild West to analyse what rights holders can do to monitor and enforce, and what to expect in the years ahead

27 September 2022

The law school of 2027: how IP education is evolving

Featured in WTR Special Report Q3 2022: Brand protection 2027: Why trademark practitioners must prepare for the future now

If law schools are to fully equip the next generation of IP lawyers, the curriculum needs to include technology and entrepreneurship, legal operations, data privacy, AI and experiential learning, explains Emory Law professor Nicole Morris

27 September 2022

The rise of the metaverse: what it means for brand owners

Featured in WTR Special Report Q3 2022: Brand protection 2027: Why trademark practitioners must prepare for the future now

Taylor Wessing’s Christian Tenkhoff and Sylvia Burgess-Tate delve into the metaverse and virtual reality to see what brands have been doing, what the online world could look like by 2027, how it could affect trademark law and what rights holders can do to prepare

27 September 2022

The evolution of social media: a brand protection perspective

Featured in WTR Special Report Q3 2022: Brand protection 2027: Why trademark practitioners must prepare for the future now

Francesca Witzburg of Loza & Loza explores how the digital environment is changing in the light of Web 3.0 and what rights holders must do to prepare

27 September 2022

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