Region: North America

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

The future of law firms: how to stand out with technology in 2022

Law firms will have to start using technology in the same way as corporations if they are to retain talent and remain competitive next year, argues Anaqua vice president and general manager at Domenic Leo.

28 December 2021

Getting the brand back together: a year in trademarks

To close out 2021, WTR has invited a series of industry leaders from across the trademark ecosystem to reflect on the past 12 months. For this instalment, Andrew Price, partner at Venable in Washington DC, presents a law firm perspective.

23 December 2021

United States

Featured in Trademark Litigation: A Global Guide 2022

Establishing protection With the exception of rights conferred by various international treaties, trademark rights in the United States are established through use of a mark in commerce and are protected by common law within the geographic area in which the mark is used.

20 December 2021

Canada

Featured in Trademark Litigation: A Global Guide 2022

Canada has a robust system of trademark enforcement, with several available causes of action for an aggrieved owner.

20 December 2021

Spider-Man comic trademark battle; UKIPO denies New Zealand manuka honey GI; CIPO backlog appears to stabilise – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at WIPO launching a new global awards programme, Cincinnati Customs and Border Protection officers seizing fake jewellery and scarves, and much more.

17 December 2021

Analysis shows which Nice Classes have the highest, and lowest, rates of abandonment and cancellation

Market factors as well as the nature of an industry have an impact on the likelihood of a trademark cancellation, but most brands inevitably have a shelf life.

17 December 2021

New bill aimed at tackling illegal online pharmacies introduced in US Senate

One market expert tells WTR that, if enacted, the bipartisan bill would provide powerful new protections to keep consumers safe from counterfeit and illegal drugs.

16 December 2021

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