Organisation: USPTO

Second Circuit, Federal Circuit and TTAB crossroads: Cuban embargo or Pan-American Convention?

In the latest instalment of this 25-year-old dispute between Cubatabaco and General Cigar, the TTAB ruled in favour of Cubatabaco and granted a petition for cancellation of two COHIBA marks under Article 8 of the Pan-American Convention.

06 February 2023

Spoofed: USPTO warns of fraudulent phone calls that impersonate agency staff

The fraudulent campaign demonstrates how “scams continue to evolve and become more sophisticated”, claims the agency in an internal email.

02 February 2023

USPTO trends and top filers: FY2022

Our annual assessment of the US brand landscape reveals the top filers and representatives, volatile application trends, and much more.

26 January 2023

USPTO extends strategic plan comment window; OK Go sued; brands split on gaming in Web3 – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Chicken Slice prevailing over Chicken Inn, new trademark requirements in Iraq, and much more.

24 January 2023

“Scams impact the entire trademark system”: concern over new misleading campaign using ‘PTO-US’ domain

A new entity calling itself the US Patent & Trademark Office has been sending trademark owners erroneous invoices in recent weeks, asking for payment to prevent trademark cancellation.

18 January 2023

USPTO patent data: participation at odds with parity

Featured in WTR Special Report Q4 2022: Building a better workplace: How to support diversity, equity and inclusion in the IP industry

05 January 2023

USPTO year in review 2022: exclusive interview with agency’s senior management

Senior executives at the USPTO outline key developments and challenges that occurred over the past 12 months and reveal future plans at the agency, in an exclusive sit-down with WTR.

22 December 2022

INFORM Consumers Act included in omnibus spending bill heading for final votes

US Congress is working toward passage of an omnibus bill that includes funding for the USPTO and progression of the INFORM Consumers Act requiring online marketplaces to verify and disclose seller data.

21 December 2022

TTAB: “prominent portion” of varietal name cannot be registered as trademark

Marks that constitute the “prominent portion” of a varietal denomination are unregistrable under Sections 1, 2 and 45 of the Trademark Act, because they are generic for the varietals they identify.

16 December 2022

USPTO launches virtual assistant; WIPO seeks Madrid feedback; Rouse acquires Valea AB – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Ben & Jerry’s settling its Unilever dispute in Israel, $30 million worth of counterfeit goods being seized in New Orleans, and much more.

16 December 2022

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