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EUIPO filings in 2020: all the key stats and figures you need to know

With last year’s figures now available, despite a tumultuous 2020, trademark application volumes at the EUIPO hit a record high – as this week’s data analysis reveals.

EUIPO filings in 2020: all the key stats and figures you need to know
Beckham brand boost; USPTO leadership changes; Pearl Jam versus Pearl Jamm – news digest
22 Jan 2021

Beckham brand boost; USPTO leadership changes; Pearl Jam versus Pearl Jamm – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the USPTO announcing an acting director after Andrei Iancu’s exit, the EU General Court decision in a dispute over HALLOUMI and BBQLOUMI,  and much more

The Biden era begins: trademark industry weighs in on hopes for the future
20 Jan 2021

The Biden era begins: trademark industry weighs in on hopes for the future

With today’s inauguration ceremony in Washington DC marking the beginning of the Biden administration, WTR reached out to experts in the trademark field to ask what the president’s priorities should be over the next four years.

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20 Jan 2021

Iancu bids farewell to USPTO; trademark experts provide wishlist for successor

Andrei Iancu, director of the USPTO, has said farewell to the office, confirming that his tenure is coming to an end alongside the Trump administration. Read more

19 Jan 2021

Derby Pie trademark dispute; Netherlands plain packaging; Sandris Laganovskis joins EUIPO – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Global Icons becoming the worldwide licensing agent for Betty Boop, ECTA launching its committee elections, Hainan adopting measures to strengthen IP rights protections, and much more. Read more

18 Jan 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

17 Jan 2021

Alibaba's Taobao remains on Notorious Markets list; NovumIP charts toll of pandemic on IP practice; USPTO publishes scathing Chinese filings report; 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. Read more

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15 Jan 2021

Hendrix family trademark dispute; ICANN 70 confirmed; Australian company changes ‘racist’ branding – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the NCAA pausing a vote on athlete name, image and likeness rules, the US IP Alliance launching with the aim of raising IP awareness, Authentic Vision and ATQ Germany teaming up, and much more. Read more

15 Jan 2021

Notorious Markets List 2020: USTR resists call to include US platforms as Alibaba and Amazon remain

The Office of the US Trade Representative has released the findings of its 2020 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy. Read more

14 Jan 2021

USPTO highlights role of government subsidies and mandates in growing tide of trademarks from China

USPTO publishes scathing report into the influx of trademark applications from China, claiming that many “lack value and clutter the trademark register”. Read more

10 Jan 2021

Pfizer rebrand lessons; US litigation slump; UKIPO Brexit operations; 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. Read more

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8 Jan 2021

How the French IP office educates the public on IP systems

Pascal Faure, CEO of INPI, explains how the office engaged the public in IP matters in 2020 through online courses and annual awards. Read more

23 Dec 2020

“We are committed to increasing the integrity of the trademark register”: USPTO evaluates recent initiatives

USPTO Commissioner for Trademarks David Gooder considers the successes of this year’s programmes and what remains to be done in 2021. Read more

17 Dec 2020

“Not sure it is the right time”: practitioners question Chile’s move to approve the Madrid Protocol

Local experts have expressed concern that the country’s existing legal structures may not be ready to handle international registrations after joining the Madrid Protocol. Read more

16 Dec 2020

Exclusive JPO perspective on falling filing numbers for non-traditional marks

Five years after the law was changed to allow the registration of non-traditional marks, application numbers have dropped dramatically. Representatives of the Japan Patent Office offer some insight as to the future of such marks in the country. Read more

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4 Dec 2020

As Brexit dawns, UK trademark register is set to transform on New Year’s Day

The long-awaited cloning of EU trademarks is right around the corner. But how will the make-up of the register change after the addition of 1.5 million records? According to data analysis, new top brand owners and legal representatives are just the start. Read more

27 Nov 2020

Fatigue, motivation, satisfaction: exclusive interview with leading USPTO filer Jonathan Grant Morton

Chinese brand owners are filing for trademarks in record numbers, with Morton personally handling over 3,500 applications in September. He reveals the painstaking effort that goes into managing this much paperwork and discusses the impact of the imminent trademark fee increase. Read more

13 Nov 2020

Mexico continues to be an IP leader in Latin America

The country has an advanced system that is attractive to its northern neighbours. It also has an impressive roster of brands that are of significant value in the region. Read more

9 Oct 2020

China overtakes American brand owners to be largest source of trademark applications at the USPTO: data analysis

The unprecedented growth in filings from the Asian giant has many practitioners scratching their heads, so we’ve drilled into the data to provide a comprehensive picture of the situation. Read more

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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

17 Jul 2019

Healing confusion – choosing the correct name for pharmaceutical trademarks

Similarity among prescription drug names should be avoided, as the potential confusion carries a risk to consumer health. Bringing the best pharmaceutical trademark to market can be arduous, but it will assist in the safe prescription of medication. Read more

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