Region: North America

Nothing lost in translation: book’s Spanish version is not a different creative work

Douglas Wood’s bid to register the titles of his English life guide and its Spanish translation has been rejected by the TTAB. The board maintained that the book and its translation were versions of the same work, not a series – and thus ineligible for trademark protection.

14 September 2023

TikTok Shop continues global rollout, pushing back on counterfeit claims

Brand owners are being warned to “diligently police” TikTok Shop after its US launch this week.

13 September 2023

USPTO delays post-registration provisions; BPTO disinformation warning – IP office updates

In this latest update, the Indian IP authority is asked to report on regulations for IP agents, the Hong Kong IP department celebrates 25 years of its “No Fakes Pledge”, and much more.

13 September 2023

Morgan & Morgan secures #LAW mark; Northern Pacific Airways rebrands; metaverse bubble ‘popped’ – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Grupo Modelo ending a licensing dispute over Modelo Reserva-branded beers, the LEGO Group seeking corporate counsel, and much more.

12 September 2023

Final speaker line-up: industry mavens prepare for New York brand strategy summit

Amazon, GoDaddy, Hasbro, New Balance, Tiffany, WeWork and WWE are among the big names taking to the stage at WTR Live: Brand Strategy Summit USA.

12 September 2023

Are we on the verge of finally resolving student-athlete NIL issues?

Johnny Football, legislators and the NCAA are keeping the issue of name, image and likeness rights in the headlines, but are we any closer to national legislation?

09 September 2023

Is our IP system ready for a decentralised, digital future?

A new WIPO paper reveals whether existing legal frameworks are sufficient to localise IP infringement in Web 3.0 and the metaverse.

08 September 2023

Amazon sues influencers; Hush Puppies IP sold in Greater China; Lewis Roca expands – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the EUIPO Board of Appeal invalidating a Schweppes mark, the India Supreme Court refusing to “interfere” in a Pernod Ricard dispute, and much more.

08 September 2023

“A lot of trouble” – warning for buyers as USPTO takes action against trademarks filed by auction site TrademarkSea

The Hong Kong-based company which owns trademark auction platform TrademarkSea is the target of an ongoing director-initiated USPTO investigation into its filings, WTR can reveal.

07 September 2023

Fourth Circuit affirms that disgorgement of profits is an appropriate remedy for breach of contract

Addressing the breach of a confidential settlement agreement, the Fourth Circuit has upheld a district court’s summary judgment rulings in a real estate trademark dispute, agreeing on all six likelihood-of-confusion factors.

07 September 2023

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