Region: North America

USPTO domain abuse exposed: investigation reveals mass use of agency name in web addresses

An exclusive investigation by WTR has identified more than 100 web addresses that incorporate ‘USPTO’ within the domain string, including multiple with links to suspicious low-cost filing agencies.

22 February 2024

Rolex loses out on disgorgement of profits from laches defence in Fifth Circuit ruling

A Fifth Circuit decision has clarified the difference between the restoration and customisation of luxury watches, as well as the impact that a delay in filing infringement charges can have on the success of a disgorgement claim.

22 February 2024

GO’s appeal is no-go: Federal Circuit says EVERYBODY VS RACISM fails to function as source identifier

Given the record, it was reasonable to conclude that the mark is commonly used on apparel in an informational and ornamental manner to convey an anti-racist sentiment.

21 February 2024

USPTO, DPMA and EUIPO see filings decline; boom in UK filings abroad proves temporary

WTR analyses trademark filing trends at major North American and European registers.

20 February 2024

Federal Circuit cements threshold between sentiment and source identification in registration refusal

The informational matter doctrine has proved crucial in deciding where to draw the line between source identification and sentiment following a TTAB refusal to register the mark ‘everybody vs racism’.

15 February 2024

More USPTO AI guidance; Norway fee changes; Germany copyright expansion – IP office updates

In our latest update, we look at trademark filings declining at the French IP office, WIPO furthering IP initiatives in Central America, IP offices returning from Lunar New Year celebrations, and much more.

14 February 2024

“Your in-house mandate must change”: 2024 INTA president on evolution of trademark profession

Dana Northcott, 2024 president of INTA, sits down with WTR to discuss the evolution of trademark attorneys to general counsel for brands, INTA’s future focuses and what members can expect from the 2024 Annual Meeting.

12 February 2024

What Super Bowl counterfeit surge means for Nevada court docket

Court data analysis reveals the likely outcomes of pursuing Super Bowl opportunists in Nevada.

09 February 2024

Coca-Cola targeted by satirical art project; fast-food brand values fall; IKEA renews Russia mark – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Benelux IP office finding in favour of an IP firm in a metaverse dispute, UK cybersquatting complaints falling, and more.

09 February 2024

Big opportunities, nuanced IP risks – the brand protection implications of Apple Vision Pro

WTR speaks with experts – including a Vision Pro app developer and an IP specialist – to understand what brand owners need to know about the Apple Vision Pro.

08 February 2024

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