IP Offices

President Biden announces pick for next USPTO director; trademark policy to take backseat in hearings

US President announces intention to nominate Kathi Vidal for the position of Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO.

President Biden announces pick for next USPTO director; trademark policy to take backseat in hearings
Apple loses Huawei legal battle; Trump’s trademark spree; Gucci counterfeits seized – news digest
26 Oct 2021

Apple loses Huawei legal battle; Trump’s trademark spree; Gucci counterfeits seized – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at CPA Global announcing that it will go by Clarivate, how e-commerce is used to peddle fake goods, and much more.

The pandemic’s delayed impact on the trademark landscape
22 Oct 2021

The pandemic’s delayed impact on the trademark landscape

2020 was a record-breaking year, but opposite trends are taking place in 2021.

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22 Oct 2021

Nauru opens trademark office; Facebook plans new name; Tencent named China’s most valuable brand – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Brazilian IPO introducing GI stamps, the SUN JAM trademark case being settled in Zimbabwe, and much more. Read more

21 Oct 2021

Live updates: IP offices implement measures in wake of coronavirus crisis

As the novel coronavirus epidemic continues to spread across the globe, WTR provides an updated look at measures that national IP offices have launched in response. Read more

20 Oct 2021

Trademark applications from China are on a downward trend around the world

Data analysis suggests that political factors are likely responsible for a change in filing patterns from trademark applicants in China. Read more

20 Oct 2021

“The loss of the disparagement bar is something to be truly lamented” – new study looks at USPTO post-Tam

A new research paper has analysed the removal of the disparagement provision at the USPTO following the Supreme Court’s groundbreaking Matal v Tam ruling. Read more

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19 Oct 2021

US trademark filing activity is on the decline: is it indicative of a dwindling economy?

In an exclusive guest post, it is revealed that US trademark filings could see the first decline in over a decade – and the reason for the unexpected fall could be a concern for the wider economic condition. Read more

19 Oct 2021

eBay urged to ban airbag sales; McDonald’s prevails in McVegan dispute; INTA files amicus brief – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at how digital stamps help tackle fakes in Tanzania, brands warning of marketing activism, and much more. Read more

15 Oct 2021

2021 INTA Annual Meeting capsule keynotes; fountain pen trademark drama; Disney+ to expand into Asia – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Montenegro expanding its TMclass participation, KIPO seeing a significant increase in covid marks, and much more. Read more

13 Oct 2021

New low-cost filing platforms with striking similarities to controversial Trademark Terminal target US applicants

Just weeks after controversial low-cost filing agency Trademark Terminal ceased operations, WTR has identified three more platforms that may be related to it. Read more

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19 Oct 2021

“Enormous significance” – Swiss Enforcement weighs in on importance of Iceland v Iceland

In an exclusive interview, Swiss Enforcement managing director David Stärkle reveals why the Iceland dispute at the EUIPO is important for the broader trademark ecosystem. Read more

14 Oct 2021

Renewed calls for US marketplaces and social media platforms to be added to USTR list, as platforms respond

During the comment period for the 2021 Notorious Markets List, calls have been made for US online marketplaces and social media platforms like Amazon and Facebook to be included. Read more

9 Oct 2021

USPTO director rumours highlight urgent need for heightened trademark ops focus

A frontrunner for the permanent USPTO director role has emerged this week. With trademark operations facing unprecedented challenges, it is critical that the successful candidate directs more resources and support to trademark stakeholders. Read more

6 Oct 2021

Blockchain and IP offices: the next evolution of the trademark ecosystem

In an exclusive guest post, representatives at the EUIPO reveal how the blockchain is set to foster a new wave of energetic collaboration between IP offices and users. Read more

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17 Sep 2021

Why 2021 could be the year China’s trademark volume starts to decline

A decade of explosive growth has greatly altered the country’s IP and brand ecosystems, but preliminary numbers indicate negative growth is a very real possibility this year. Read more

27 Aug 2021

Brazil is an important market for global brand owners, and the data is telling of this

The country has the largest trademark register in South America, and in 2019 it took a major step to improving its IP infrastructure through its accession to the Madrid Protocol Read more

24 Aug 2021

EUIPO hits major registration milestone as upward trajectory continues: inside the data

Two million EU trademark registrations have officially been filed at the EUIPO. Read more

6 Aug 2021

Application volume drops in many major registers in recent weeks

The dip in trademark activity has not impacted the year’s overall numbers, yet. Read more

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23 Jun 2021

Five core technologies every IP practice can rely on

A rundown of the core technologies keeping the IP practices of WTR’s Global Leaders operating at full pace. Read more

23 Sep 2020

The pros and cons of industrial designs, trademarks and trade dress

Having a distinct look is the best way for a product to stand out from the competition, but as Mexico awaits further guidance on new trade dress provisions, how should brand owners choose the right protection for their designs? Read more

3 Apr 2020

Something to declare: how an IMPI finding can help avoid stand-offs

Differences in the treatment of well-known and famous marks create pitfalls for the unwary. An administrative declaration is the best option, but obtaining one can be burdensome. Read more

17 Mar 2020

Hand in hand – legal certainty and EUIPO’s discretionary powers

The principle of legal certainty is complex, but it is acutely felt if it is not implemented and has taken root in the administration and examination of government bodies. Read more