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USPTO director confirmation vote delayed; Snap Spectacles lawsuit; Reckitt to sell E45 brand – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the USPTO unveiling an administrative sanctions process, illegal online pharmacies legislation gaining momentum, and much more.

07 January 2022

US trademark litigation: 2021 review

Featured in Litigation landscape

Trademark litigation filings at US district court level registered a small increase on 2020 in 2021, according to the latest data from Docket Navigator. However, litigation actions continue to trail pre-pandemic levels.

07 January 2022

Google blocks ads from Trademark Terminal operator Abtach following USPTO action

Dozens of allegedly fraudulent low-cost trademark filing websites have been blocked by Google from advertising after a USPTO show-cause order targeting Pakistan-based IT company Abtach, WTR can reveal.

06 January 2022

Big little lies: guidelines for challenging acquired distinctiveness claims

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has examined, for the second time, the standard for demonstrating fraud in a claim of acquired distinctiveness for purposes of registration under Section 2(f) of the Lanham Act.

05 January 2022

WTR’s annual IP Office Innovation Ranking reveals the trademark agencies at the cutting edge

Featured in Special Report 2021 Q4: Next generation innovation at IP offices

Our key findings from this year’s exclusive research project analysing the noncore tools and services offered by the world’s top 60 IP offices shows positive momentum – but there is still much to be done to close the innovation gap.

05 January 2022

IP Office Innovation Ranking 2021

Featured in IP office Innovation

05 January 2022

USPTO welcomes new TPAC members; INTA files amicus brief; Match and Muzmatch set for court battle – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Fanatics acquiring Topps trading cards for $500 million, Disney losing its Winnie the Pooh exclusivity, and much more.

04 January 2022

Decades-long Havana Club dispute enters next phase as Bacardi launches new legal action

Bacardi launched legal action against the USPTO last week, asking the court to set aside an earlier decision and declare that Cubaexport’s HAVANA CLUB US trademark registration expired in 2006.

04 January 2022

Overcoming the challenges of rising online brand threats: a year in trademarks

Corsearch president of trademark solutions Stephen Stolfi reveals how a string of acquisitions and the growing risks for brands online have defined his past 12 months.

29 December 2021

3M fights covid-19 opportunists with global anti-counterfeiting programme: a year in trademarks

Vice president and chief trademark counsel Colette Durst reflects on 3M’s anti-counterfeiting successes and what an uncertain economy has in store for in-house teams.

28 December 2021

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