Region: North America

GI battle lines harden as USTR submissions call for US to act over EU efforts to “throttle competition”

The Consortium for Common Food Names has called on the US government to do more to proactively secure “firm and explicit commitments” from trading partners on the treatment of geographical indications and common names.

02 February 2022

NFT infringement spats escalate; Apple versus Apple-Man; Sony buys Bungie – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Disney losing Ice Age’s Scrat after a 20-year dispute with an artist, lessons from JLM Couture v Hayley Paige, and much more.

01 February 2022

USPTO launches pro bono clearinghouse; Mattel wins Disney Princess; UKIPO wants designs views – news digest

We look at Sony dropping its social media copyright dispute with Gymshark, Little Caesars filing suit against franchisees, and much more.

28 January 2022

Crocs and Spotify feature in Legal Updates from the Americas and Caribbean that you may have missed

We complete our series of instalments with takeaways from decisions in the Andean Community, Canada, the Dominican Republic and the United States.

28 January 2022

Anti-counterfeiting dimensions of America Competes Act in crosshairs as platform liability discussion escalates

President Biden has welcomed the advancement of the America Competes Act of 2022, which provides for contributory liability for e-commerce platforms that do not follow best practices to prevent the sale of counterfeits on their sites.

27 January 2022

‘Widespread, intentional, coordinated fraud’ – Trademark Terminal operator Abtach banned from USPTO practice

The USPTO has terminated over 5,000 pending trademark applications and precluded Pakistan-based IT company Abtach from submitting trademark-related documents to the trademark office.

26 January 2022

ABBA settles tribute band lawsuit; RZA targets Wu-Tang Clan opportunists; IDW loses Transformers licence – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the USPTO unveiling new assistance programmes, Cambodian records revealing counterfeit case levels in 2021, and much more.

25 January 2022

Why the SPECTACLES trademark case is one to watch

With technology company Snap taking the USPTO to court for rejecting the registration of a SPECTACLES trademark, Phillips Nizer partner Alan Behr outlines his thoughts on the dispute in our latest opinion column.

22 January 2022

OpenSea: how trademark infringement is rampant on the biggest NFT marketplace

A WTR investigation uncovers numerous instances of brand names and imagery being sold on the NFT marketplace OpenSea, including one fashion brand's logo on sale for over $3 million.

20 January 2022

Victory for Spotify as POTIFY goes to pot

In a precedential decision, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board sustained Spotify’s opposition to the mark POTIFY for marijuana-related software and services as dilutive by blurring of the mark SPOTIFY.

20 January 2022

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