Region: North America

USPTO prepares to review design rules for new technologies

Weeks into new US Patent and Trademark Office Director Kathi Vidal’s tenure, the office has signalled it is turning immediately to a review of the rules for design patent applications for different types of virtual products.

16 May 2022

First sale defence bars trademark infringement where trademarked component is adequately disclosed

In this dispute over the use of ‘Bluetooth’ marks in cars containing Bluetooth-equipped head units, the Ninth Circuit held that the first sale doctrine applies when a trademarked product is incorporated into a new product.

12 May 2022

It’s not in the bag: TTAB refuses to register generic handbag design

The decision puts an end to a three-year campaign to secure the registration of fashion brand Cult Gaia’s ‘Ark’ handbag.

10 May 2022

“Exceptional times need exceptional ideas”: INTA CEO reflects on what 2022 Annual Meeting means for the future

On the last day of the INTA Annual Meeting Live+, WTR sat down with association CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo to hear his assessment of the event and learn what to expect next year in Singapore.

09 May 2022

Lessons from the USPTO’s war on rule-breaking trademark practitioners

In this week's opinion, McCabe & Ali partner Emil J Ali looks at what recent disciplinary orders from the USPTO in the past few months tell us about its approach to trademark law.

07 May 2022

US IP attachés report to INTA on “bumpy” times for trademarks

The USPTO has a programme of diplomats who are intellectual property experts located in key spots around the world, providing information to stakeholders and helping them navigate foreign intellectual property systems.

05 May 2022

Lodestar v Bacardi has implications for protection of US marks under Madrid Protocol

A new ruling provides invaluable guidance on who holds enforceable priority when a mark is registered prior to use in commerce yet use did not begin until after the allegedly infringing use began.

05 May 2022

Seven things we learnt from new USPTO director Kathi Vidal’s INTA keynote

Three weeks into her role as USPTO director, Kathi Vidal made an appearance at the 2022 INTA Annual Meeting to provide an update on trademark operations.

04 May 2022

Brand owners support Ukraine; exhibitors voice meeting success; looking ahead to Singapore – INTA 2022 final day report

The WTR editorial team have the latest updates from the final day of the INTA Annual Meeting and bring you the latest stories and insights.

04 May 2022

Scout me in! Boys Scouts defeat Girls Scouts in trademark dispute

The decision demonstrates the limitations of trademark law in addressing competitive behaviour.

04 May 2022

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