Region: North America

Lacoste sues Marks & Spencer; Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard; North Korea registers eight trademarks – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at data pointing to a Brexit trademark stampede, fashion brands being warned over greenwashing, and more.

18 January 2022

Canada’s cannabis market: a slow burner or a load of hot air?

Cannabis-related filings have almost halved since their peak three years ago, but the Canadian market could be on the verge of new opportunity.

18 January 2022

Change the look of the room: appeal transferred to the Federal Circuit

The appeal was transferred because the operative complaint included six counts of patent infringement and thus arose under patent law.

18 January 2022

Pixel problems: IP and licensing remain leading concern for growing e-sports industry

New research has revealed that intellectual property and licensing are among the most significant issues facing the rapidly growing e-sports industry.

13 January 2022

Nike and Converse reach settlement with former employee in custom-shoe case

An ex-Nike employee has reached a settlement with the shoe giant over his practice of customising genuine branded shoes to produce trademark-melding creations. Intriguingly, the proposed judgment indicates that the defendant may continue his customisation services – although only pursuant to the terms of the agreement.

13 January 2022

Canada filing data reveals significant growth despite delays

Canadian trademark filings are on the up, but the IP office and local agents have their work cut out for them.

12 January 2022

USPTO records unprecedented year of filings and pendency levels

WTR presents key insights and takeaways from the USPTO's latest Performance and Accountability Report for FY 2021, which was published on Tuesday.

12 January 2022

Brand enforcement campaigns lead to surge in design patent injunctions in the US

IAM’s Angela Morris reveals why the Illinois Northern District has become a hotbed of design patent injunctions, with Oakley and Deckers Outdoor leading the charge.

11 January 2022

Gruyere genericide decision rejects “blatant European market-share grab”, says NMPF

The Consortium for Common Food Names and the National Milk Producers Federation have welcomed a US district court ruling confirming that ‘gruyere’ is a generic style of cheese in the United States.

10 January 2022

Be careful what you wish for: potential pitfalls in takedown requests

A takedown request with Amazon.ca has come back to bite the requesting party when its trademark registration was successfully challenged by the recipient of the request.

10 January 2022

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