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20 September 2019

“Your very life may be at risk” – USPTO urged to reconsider domicile requirement due to safety concerns

A new petition to the USPTO requests that new rules regarding physical addresses be reconsidered. Talking exclusively to WTR, the attorney who filed the petition claims that it is “a time-sensitive matter” due to serious ongoing risks.

19 September 2019

Charming Charlie brand set for resurrection with trademarks and data central to strategy  

Last week CJS Holdings won an auction for the Charming Charlie IP portfolio, prevailing with a $1,125,000 bid. The sale, and plans to resurrect the retail brand, offer a number of strategic takeaways for trademark professionals.

19 September 2019

Adultblocks, benchmarking, and second round of gTLDs: brand protection learnings from Foresight 2020

Last week, a seminar was hosted at INTA’s headquarters in New York titled Foresight 2020: State of the Union in the Domain Name Industry. We present takeaways from the event in this exclusive guest post.

18 September 2019

Roughing the applicant: USPTO refuses Tom Brady’s TOM TERRIFIC trademark applications

The USPTO has refused New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s applications for TOM TERRIFIC in Classes 16 and 25, finding that the mark was “uniquely and unmistakably” associated with former New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver.

17 September 2019

Strategies and pitfalls with fees under Canada’s new trademark regime

On 17 June 2019 significant amendments were introduced to the Trademarks Act with a view to bringing Canada’s trademark regime into line with the Nice Agreement, among others. This update provides some fee-based strategies to use under the amended act.

13 September 2019

Extinction Rebellion trademark, Egypt fee rise, and Crocs Gloves in art gallery: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Māori uproar over a New Zealand trademark application, WIPO in Hungary, MARQUES addressing long goods and services lists at the EUIPO, and much more.

12 September 2019

<em>WTR</em> Industry Awards 2020 nomination window now open

WTR is now seeking nominations for the WTR Industry Awards 2020 and next edition of WTR 300: The World’s Leading Corporate Trademark Professionals. Nominate now to recognise the leading in-house professionals.

12 September 2019

Small but mighty: how Zippo prioritises its trademark enforcement efforts 

WTR sat down with Beth Seals, general counsel at Zippo, to get the inside track on how her team ensures that the company’s products have real-world legal protections – and how these are brandished to fend off infringers.

11 September 2019

Rethinking law firm operations: Stephen Coates on why he left Amazon to build an IP boutique 

With almost a decade of experience in-house, Stephen Coates has left Amazon to start his own boutique IP practice. He spoke to WTR on how to pull off such a move and how he is seeking to rewrite the law firm rulebook.

09 September 2019

No safe bets – what the potential Philip Morris-Altria merger tells us about the tobacco industry

Major players are pulling out all the stops to diversify their portfolios, expanding geographically as well as investing in and buying up other businesses. However, no matter how you look at it, there are significant challenges ahead.

06 September 2019

Exclusive: USPTO releases revised examination guide following backlash

The USPTO has released a heavily revised examination guide that clarifies the registry’s new US attorney rule. The revision follows backlash due to examination instructions that required some applicants to submit proof of legal residence in the United States.

05 September 2019

Rhyme as the reason: Seventh Circuit’s decision in <em>SportFuel Inc v PepsiCo Inc </em>

In SportFuel Inc v PepsiCo Inc, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has upheld a summary judgment decision for the defendants based on fair use of a descriptive expression, despite the plaintiff’s trademark registrations of the same expression.

03 September 2019

Earthbound Beer cease and desist response goes viral, LeBron taco mark, and IP litigation spending: news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at the Cayman Islands IP Office working with the US government, a UN ambassador calling for an IP law review in Nigeria, a Hong Kong counterfeit ring bust, and much more.

02 September 2019

“Dig deep” – branding expert reveals challenges of finding new brand names in a crowded trademark market

The chief executive of branding firm Eat My Words, Alexandra Watkins, talks to WTR about the challenges that companies face when identifying new brand names in a world where millions of new trademark applications are filed annually.

30 August 2019

Crimson wave –<strong> </strong>how Harvard outstrips other universities in terms of registered trademarks

Ivy League schools rely on their reputation to attract top-notch talent, so policing these brands is a critical undertaking.