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Stuck in lockdown – it might be time to swipe right? Dating app filing patterns analysed

How popular dating apps have been able to capitalise on lockdowns, strengthening consumer connections and taking the opportunity to reinvent the online dating landscape

Stuck in lockdown – it might be time to swipe right? Dating app filing patterns analysed
Going to the dogs: the Ninth Circuit’s erosion of trademark rights – exclusive guest post
28 May 2020

Going to the dogs: the Ninth Circuit’s erosion of trademark rights – exclusive guest post

In this guest post, it is argued that the VIP Products LLC v Jack Daniel’s Properties Inc ruling, as it presently stands, is alarming and opens the floodgates to widespread theft of goodwill under the guise of the First Amendment.

Cost-cutting: how client relationships can survive the covid-19 crunch
21 May 2020

Cost-cutting: how client relationships can survive the covid-19 crunch

As in-house budgets tighten and the need for billables increases in private practice, tension may arise between firms and clients during and after the coronavirus pandemic.

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2 Jun 2020

General Court confirms that Community design for wood-splitting tool is invalid

In Bergslagernas Järnvaruaktiebolag v EUIPO, the EU General Court has confirmed that registered Community design representing a wood-splitting tool was invalid on the ground it was devoid of individual character. Read more

2 Jun 2020

How will supply chain and distribution route disruption affect IP managers?

Across the globe, supply chains and distribution routes have been disrupted by the covid-19 crisis. This update highlights the key points that IP managers should bear in mind when dealing with these changes. Read more

1 Jun 2020

Appointed person does not accommodate application for HH HOTELS

Thomas Mitcheson QC, sitting as an appointed person, has dismissed an appeal against a successful opposition to a UK trademark application for the mark HH HOTELS based on the earlier mark NH HOTELS. Read more

31 May 2020

Dismantling unconscious biases, practising intentional diversity, making the business case for intellectual property, 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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28 May 2020

Impact of covid-19 pandemic on grace periods and obligation of use

This update considers the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on the grace periods set forth by the Turkish Industrial Property Code, and examines whether the restrictions imposed by the government may constitute a justified reason for non-use of a trademark. Read more

27 May 2020

Impact of covid-19 pandemic on time frames in judicial and administrative matters

Following the declaration of a state of emergency on 12 March 2020, the Slovenian government  imposed several measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. This update focuses on the measures that affected time frames in judicial, administrative and other public law matters. Read more

24 May 2020

Filing levels recover, United Kingdom omits GIs from EU trade agreement, firms offer wellbeing advice, 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

19 May 2020

How the covid-19 pandemic has affected trademark practice in the Caribbean

The covid-19 pandemic has caused significant disruptions to trademark processes in the Caribbean region. This update presents the current status of trademark practice at Caribbean Intellectual Property Offices. Read more

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18 May 2020

What to consider before bidding in a trademark auction

With a recession looming over global markets, trademark auctions may become more prevalent. WTR speaks to experts on what due diligence these auctions require. Read more

15 May 2020

What the Virgin Media and O2 deal tells us about the branding struggles of telecom providers

The industry’s major players do a poor job of building consumer loyalty, and there is the constant risk of smaller, more flexible companies disrupting the market. Read more

13 May 2020

Fighting fake coronavirus treatments: exclusive interview with Gilead’s Gretchen Stroud

Stroud explains to WTR how Gilead protected its brands assets when remdesivir drug hit the headlines as a potential treatment for covid-19. Read more

1 May 2020

Spotify has proven itself to be an essential service during the lockdown, but mustn’t lose focus

The Swedish music streaming service has been given greater access to users who are practicing social distancing. While this time is critical for building brand intimacy, the company cannot lose focus on long-term innovation. Read more

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8 May 2020

Trademark applications will drop during the coronavirus crisis, but globalisation offers hope of a speedy recovery

A new report from TrademarkNow explores the impact of two major recessions on USPTO filings, giving insight into what is to come. Hint: it’s not all doom and gloom. Read more

24 Apr 2020

Germany set to bounce back from lockdown measures, but local brands likely to suffer due to international nature

German businesses are globally-minded and utilise the EU and Madrid system to obtain far-reaching trademark coverage. This approach will have unintended consequences, but brands can rely on a stable government to provide support. Read more

17 Apr 2020

Zoom adapts to the highs and lows of mainstream success

The video-conferencing app is now a staple of daily communication, and its trademark holdings reflect how unexpected this success was. Read more

10 Apr 2020

Pandemic clears way for indoor exercise and virtual fitness brands to shine

Lockdowns across the globe have forced both consumers and fitness centres to get creative, and are a reminder of why Peloton caused so much excitement at launch Read more

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17 Mar 2020

Trademark procedures and strategies: Sweden

Establishment through use of a mark will give the same protection as if the mark is registered; however, the bar is set high for demonstrating establishment through use. Read more

17 Mar 2020

Trademark procedures and strategies: Spain

Distinctive signs are principally governed by the Trademark Act (17/2001), which has been partially modified by Royal Decree-Law 23/2018 in order to incorporate EU Directive 2015/2436, and it is complemented by Royal Decree 687/2002. Read more

17 Mar 2020

A more connected world

Susie Harris, general counsel of Plum Guide and chair of MARQUES, explains why small and medium-sized enterprises increasingly require global, integrated systems to help protect their IP rights. Read more

17 Mar 2020

Trademark procedures and strategies: Serbia

All natural or legal persons involved in trade can apply for and own a mark. It is not necessary to prove such activity. Read more

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