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14 January 2020

Infringement and filings increase but budget no longer the primary concern, says new study

As trademark filing numbers increase globally, a new report by CompuMark provides data on a rise in infringement incidents that trademark professionals are experiencing. While these infringements are costly, budget does not currently top the list of concerns for in-house teams.

13 January 2020

USPTO to re-allow PO boxes on trademark applications following privacy backlash

The USPTO is facing continued criticism over new rules that require trademark applicants to submit their domicile street address. In response, the registry reveals plans to re-introduce the ability for applicants to use PO boxes.

13 January 2020

Seventh Circuit formally adopts <em>Octane Fitness</em> standard for trademark cases

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has joined its sister circuits in holding that the Supreme Court standard for awarding attorney’s fees in patent cases, set forth in Octane Fitness, was equally applicable to attorney’s fees claims under the Lanham Act.

10 January 2020

Panda Express lawsuit threat, BTS dispute resolved, and Philippines and Laos registry cooperation: news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at the worst year on record for British retail, the Norway IPO warning of dodgy invoices, Romania implementing an upgrade to its design e-filing system, and much more.

09 January 2020

Increase in ‘blending’ trademarks predicted as companies seek brand edge

A new research paper has scrutinised the strategy of blending words into brand names, concluding that such a strategy could increase because “the supply of effective trademark is not inexhaustible”.

08 January 2020

Cookie crumbles against injunction granted to terminated trademark licensee

In Mrs Fields Franchising LLC v MFGPC, the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit has reversed the district court’s grant of a preliminary injunction after termination of the exclusive licence between the parties.

08 January 2020

The risk factor in religious marks: a study of four major jurisdictions

An Indian court recently ruled that God's name was registrable as a trademark. We spoke to experts across four key jurisdictions about the different risks brands should be aware of before registering a religious name as a mark.

07 January 2020

TikTok transparency report reveals positive data for IP owners

Chinese video-sharing social platform TikTok has released its first legal transparency report, revealing that it removes content for IP infringement at a higher rate than Facebook.

07 January 2020

Acting USPTO commissioner for trademarks confirmed, as attention turns to the future

The USPTO has officially confirmed Meryl Hershkowitz as acting commissioner for trademarks following the retirement of Mary Boney Denison. History suggests that the next commissioner could already be toiling away in the agency’s Alexandria headquarters.

07 January 2020

BBC prevails in China, Disney moves to protect Baby Yoda, and new USPTO CFO: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Facebook moving to combat deepfakes,  Clarivate Analytics finalising an agreement with OpSec Security, Volvo scoring a US court win against Chinese counterfeiters, and much more.

07 January 2020

Have your say on critical trademark industry trends and emerging brand protection challenges

WTR is inviting trademark professionals across the globe to participate in our annual Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey, which measures the pulse of the industry and tracks the latest trends.

06 January 2020

US trademark litigation levels hit four-year high: top law firms revealed

A total of 4,367 trademark litigation actions were filed in the United States last year. Examination of the data reveals the leading trademark litigation plaintiffs and defendants in the country – as well as the law firms picking up the most work.  

03 January 2020

Amazon TLDs set for delegation after seven-year battle

Despite years of opposition from South American countries, ICANN has now signed the Registry Agreements and Specification 13 Amendments for the e-commerce giant's '.brand' applications. '.amazon' and its Chinese and Japanese equivalent strings may be delegated imminently.

02 January 2020

Around the world in 18 predictions

As a new decade dawns, World Trademark Review asks practitioners around the world for their top takeaways from 2019 and their predictions for the year ahead.

02 January 2020

#FairUse? Third-party trademarks in social media hashtags

European and US case law suggests that there are very few situations in which use of a third party’s trademark in a hashtag is permissible. As a result, those looking to advertise on social media need to be aware of the strict rules that apply.