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Dealing with the backlog: USPTO trademark commissioner expands on application surge

US trademark commissioner David Gooder provides an update on what the office is doing to tackle the backlog of trademark applications at the USPTO.

07 December 2021

US Supreme Court ends long-running UGG dispute; ABBA sues UK tribute act; Square rebrands to Block – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Shopify being accused of assisting pirate sales by five major publishers, the Polish IP office launching an innovative QR verification system, and much more.

07 December 2021

The fight against bad-faith trademark applications: establishment of an IP Credit Management System

Recently published draft regulations provide, for the first time, specific details on how dishonest actions taken by applicants or IP service providers can lead to them being designated as ‘dishonest entities’ by the CNIPA.

07 December 2021

USPTO enlists McGruff the Crime Dog; Lululemon fires back at Peloton; TMview reaches 100 million trademarks – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Japan Patent Office holding an ‘AI x Trademarks’ competition, Zoom versus Zoom in Japan, and much more.

03 December 2021

“We need to be the enabler, not the inhibitor”: UKIPO deputy CEO transformation exclusive

Customer feedback will be vital in helping the UK Intellectual Property Office hit its next set of transformation targets, deputy CEO and director of operational delivery David Holdsworth tells WTR in an exclusive interview.

02 December 2021

US applications spike as economy dips, causing examination lags

Our annual assessment of the US trademark landscape sheds light on the unexpected jump in filings, reveals the top filers and much more.

02 December 2021

Senior industry figures expect positive trademark environment but difficulties lie ahead

A deep-dive analysis of a year of the WTR Trademark Elite Expert Panel Report data reveals that senior industry leaders are increasingly positive about the regulatory and legislative environment for brands.

01 December 2021

USPTO reveals ID verification details; Peloton sues Lululemon; Guinness packaging blunder – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Uber resolving a dispute with a New York ad agency, amendments to the Hague System Common Regulations, and much more.

30 November 2021

Crisis management: increasing recalls put strain on consumer products and auto industry

Consumer products and auto brands will have to reassess their crisis management strategy to prevent reputational damage in the face of increased product recalls.

29 November 2021

How to initiate a trademark infringement action against a registered trademark in China

This landmark case involving US company Travel Sentry Inc should encourage IP rights owners to fight against free-riders who successfully register infringing trademarks.

29 November 2021

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