Region: North America

TTAB confirms that building design marks lack distinctiveness

The TTAB affirmed the refusal of two applications by a subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide Holdings for design marks consisting of representations of the Palacio Del Rio hotel.

27 June 2023

Functioning brands or highly forgettable passwords – what to make of the upsurge in random letter trademarks?

Robert Reading, director of government and content strategy at Clarivate, weighs in on why the recent surge of 'random letter trademarks' at the USPTO might be more harmful than it seems.

24 June 2023

Amazon and Therabody partner up; Bed Bath & Beyond IP assets sold; Pokémon street names spur debate – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the EUIPO seeking marketplace collaboration, a Swiss farmers group worrying about rebranding over an Apple trademark application, and much more.

23 June 2023

Copyright infringers could be held liable under the Lanham Act following furniture dispute

The Ninth Circuit’s appeal court has confirmed that liability under the Copyright Act and Lanham Act are not mutually exclusive, which is particularly pertinent in regard to trade dress damages.

22 June 2023

“Cautious optimism” – study finds Tam decision has been “positive development” for LGBTQ+ community

A new study has taken a deep dive into LGBTQ+-related trademark applications following the US Supreme Court’s groundbreaking Matal v Tam decision.

21 June 2023

The growing need for an internationally harmonised approach to GIs

Trademark experts analyse differences among key jurisdictions’ treatment of this pivotal right and speak out for greater cooperation.

21 June 2023

How to turn unprecedented USPTO pendency times into a win

With trademark delays soaring, six legal experts offer advice on how applicants and practitioners can actually use the wait to their advantage.

19 June 2023

USPTO spoof call warning; BAD SPANIELS reactions; Twitter copyright suit – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at INTA filing a statement on timings of grounds for refusal of EU applications, WIPO PAY being used for all domain name cases, and much more.

16 June 2023

“A broken promise” – USPTO responds to user outrage after data breach of applicant domicile addresses

USPTO trademark commissioner and attorneys respond after agency suffers a “data security incident” involving the private domicile addresses of trademark applicants being made publicly viewable.

15 June 2023

Common food name protection bill introduced; UPC becomes a reality; concern continues over SEP proposals – legislation and policy watch (June 2023)

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

14 June 2023

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