Region: North America

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

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 data dive: the most active companies and firms in 2021

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

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

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