Region: North America

Unauthorised brand use on OpenSea still widespread as more NFT marketplaces launch

IP infringement is still prevalent on OpenSea, a WTR investigation finds, but one expert claims the platform is working on changes that could be “fantastic for brand owners”.

14 July 2022

The Ohio State University wins trademark protection for THE

OSU’s years-long battle with the USPTO and Marc Jacobs has ended with the university overcoming arguments that the mark is merely ornamental, prompting the question of how the brand will use this to grow its already substantial licensing and trademark programme.

14 July 2022

The battle for Dunder Mifflin: the global effort to trademark a fictional paper company

NBCUniversal has challenged a US trademark for DUNDER MIFFLIN, with the applicant hitting back at what he calls “puffed-up claims”.

13 July 2022

MADE IN NATURE v NATURE MADE: a primer on practice at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board

The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board took the lawyers for each side to task for ignoring TTAB rules in the presentation of their case.

13 July 2022

Trademark solicitation scammer jailed; Korean drama counterfeit plotline outrage; NielsenIQ and GfK combine – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Amazon launching a new anonymised shopper service, the top retail apps in Asia-Pacific, and much more.

08 July 2022

“Cautiously optimistic”: USPTO to introduce mandatory ID verification from August in fraud crackdown

The USPTO has confirmed that its long-awaited requirement for trademark filers to have their identities verified will commence from 6 August 2022.

07 July 2022

10 biggest corporate trademark portfolios revealed

We reveal the 10 companies with the biggest active trademark portfolios in China, Europe and the United States

07 July 2022

No harm, no foul: no false advertisement where trade association failed to show injury

In this Lanham Act dispute between two national associations of home inspectors, the 10th Circuit found no evidence of injury or harm and explained that harm could not be presumed merely from the fact that the parties compete for members.

07 July 2022

Lessons from the first six months of the Trademark Modernisation Act

With more options for combating trademark registration for non-use comes greater potential for error. Fortunately we have some more guidance from the USPTO on best practices for success.

07 July 2022

EU-NZ trade deal adds GI protection; Clint Eastwood CBD lawsuit win; Crystal Palace to enter metaverse – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at French police busting a Bordeaux wine counterfeiting operation, Mickey Mouse reaching its copyright expiry, and much more.

05 July 2022

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