Region: North America

“Enormous momentum” – global spread of plain packaging revealed in new report

A new report delves into health warnings and plain packaging on tobacco products, revealing a significant uptick in brand restrictions over the past couple of years.

10 November 2021

NCAA issues draft constitution, signposting future approach to student name, image and likeness rights

The NCAA Constitution Committee has shared its new draft constitution with NCAA member schools and conferences, with the treatment of student-athlete name, image and likeness rights a central component.

09 November 2021

Not on my watch: disclosure of restored goods’ source obviates consumer confusion

In a dispute over the sale of restored antique pocket watches, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has confirmed that the defendant’s use of the plaintiff’s mark in connection with the sale of used goods did not create consumer confusion.

08 November 2021

Brand Tracker: key data insights into the trademark activity of the world’s major companies (May – August 2021)

Samsung seeks greater protection for its UTG brand, while Microsoft focuses on core name and products.

05 November 2021

EUIPO gears up for API launch; Buy Safe America Coalition calls for action; Fat Brands acquires Fazoli’s – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at why brands with sonic logos are perceived as 5% more valuable, Coca-Cola gaining full control of BodyArmor, and much more.

05 November 2021

CIRA partners with ScamAdviser to combat fraudulent sites

The Canadian domain name registry has recently announced a partnership with ScamAdviser aimed at strengthening its anti-fraud capabilities.

05 November 2021

“Disgusting fraud” – USPTO targets Trademark Terminal operator Abtach with scathing show-cause order

In one of the biggest anti-fraud crackdowns in its history, the USPTO has issued a show-cause order to Pakistan-based company Abtach Ltd.

04 November 2021

TTAB ponder trademarks that reference fictional places

The TTAB has reversed the USPTO’s refusal to register the word mark REPUBLIC OF LONDON, finding that it was not “primarily geographically deceptively misdescriptive” of the identified items – ‘the Republic of London’ not being an actual location.

04 November 2021

“We need to move on this”: Senate committee hearing widens discussion on platform counterfeiting responsibilities

At the annual meeting of ASOP Global, calls were made for social media companies and e-commerce platforms to be compelled to do more to fight illicit trade. Shortly after, a Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing explored just that.

03 November 2021

Squid Game streamer dilemma; Meta PCs changes name to Facebook; Walmart and Gap reunite – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at counterfeiting increasing by 56% in the Philippines, all the latest law firm moves, and much more.

02 November 2021

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