Region: North America

Google updates trademark complaints policy; OEPM publishes annual report; first post-Brexit GI awarded – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the USPTO accepting signature software for trademark submissions, WIPO delving into the history of Barbie, and much more.

25 July 2023

Making lemonade out of lemons: what have we learnt from TACO TUESDAY?

Taco John’s’ decision to abandon its TACO TUESDAY registration is a business-savvy response to a death by genericide.

20 July 2023

Fourth Circuit vacates district court’s injunctive relief ruling due to FRCP misapplication

The Federal Court of Appeals has reinforced the importance of properly applying criteria from the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure when reviewing a party’s request for injunctive relief.

20 July 2023

TTAB finds that guitar-shaped hotel building is inherently distinctive

The TTAB found that the building shape of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino constituted inherently distinctive trade dress.

19 July 2023

Trader Joe's sues employee union; Casio registers 3D mark; UKIPO head praises CPTPP treaty – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the USPTO formalising its programme for minor issues of misconduct, VerifyMe's strategic reorganisation, and much more.

18 July 2023

US trademark litigation: H1 2023

Featured in Litigation landscape

Trademark litigation filings at US district court level are set to increase marginally for the second consecutive year, according to the latest data projections from Docket Navigator.

17 July 2023

FTC at ready as INFORM Consumers Act takes effect; EUIPO gets GI role green light from MEPs – legislation and policy watch (July 2023)

WTR’s monthly column tracks trademark and related policy developments, including the progress of major bills, from around the world.

17 July 2023

Ninth Circuit rulings separate subjective opinions from verifiably false statements under Lanham Act

Following a complex series of decisions in a cybersecurity dispute, a federal court of appeals has unpicked the differences between subjectivity and objectivity in advertising.

13 July 2023

All’s well that EDWELL: two markets can be substantially different if defined narrowly enough

In this dispute involving two nearly identical marks for education-related services, the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit upheld a finding of non-infringement as the parties’ services and marketing channels were dissimilar.

12 July 2023

FTC clamps down on copycat edible cannabis products

The US FTC is clamping down on companies selling edible cannabis products using packaging that mimics that of well-known sweet and snack brands. But enforcement in this area remains a challenge and the risks to both brand and consumer are high.

12 July 2023

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