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21 February 2020

ICANN cancels Mexico meeting; Coronavirus trademarks; UpCounsel returns – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Canada enacting plain packaging, the acquisition of Forever 21, serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner still owing significant costs at the UKIPO, and much more.

20 February 2020

Full speaking faculty revealed (and last few delegate places remaining) for Chicago trademark events 

WTR will soon be hosting its latest events, Managing Trademark Assets USA and Brand Protection Online, in Chicago. The full speaking faculty can now be revealed.

20 February 2020

Mike Bloomberg and Pete Buttigieg take clear lead in Democratic primaries trademark race

When it comes to the brand protection of the current Democratic presidential challengers, Mike Bloomberg is ahead of the rest of the field – with Bernie Sanders facing the highest level of unauthorised third-party trademark activity.

17 February 2020

USPTO revises controversial new email requirement, but scepticism remains

The USPTO has issued a revision to its new examination guide in an effort to address user concerns over the applicant email address requirement. However, concerns remain that the email requirement is unclear and ultimately “redundant”.

17 February 2020

Annual Meeting 2020: INTA made the difficult, but right, decision over coronavirus fears

While the INTA cancelling the 2020 Annual Meeting in Singapore is not unexpected, it will not have been an easy decision, and INTA staff now face a significant challenge: pulling together an event, that usually takes years, in a matter of months.

15 February 2020

INTA 2020 Annual Meeting in Singapore cancelled; coronavirus outbreak forces relocation to United States

The INTA has confirmed that its upcoming 2020 Annual Meeting, set to begin at the end of April in Singapore, will be relocated to the United States – with the association pledging that a Singapore meeting will now take place in 2022.

14 February 2020

China’s rapid expansion has made a lasting impact on the trademark landscape, with more to come  

Trademark output may be finally slowing down, but local brands are just getting started. Lawyers should therefore keep their eyes peeled as businesses shift their sights abroad.

11 February 2020

USPTO protest letter passes 80 signatories; KIPO face mask warning; Inter Milan scores win – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Benelux IP Office adding its trademark image data to the EUIPO’s TMview platform, Greece being identified as a transit point for counterfeit cosmetics, and much more.

10 February 2020

USPTO urged to halt applicant email requirement following revolt by trademark attorneys

USPTO faces backlash from users following an announcement that trademark applicants and registrants will need to provide an email address that will be publicly viewable, with a group of attorneys penning a letter urging a rethink.

07 February 2020

Can anything stop Amazon?

The brand is on a roll with a show-stopping 2019, but the future is not without challenges.

07 February 2020

OK BOOMER trademark refusal; WIPO leadership battle intensifies; EUIPO green stats – news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at the debate over the Washington Redskins name being reignited, a wooden box that could ‘solve the counterfeit sneaker crisis’, a new version of DesignView being launched, and much more. 

06 February 2020

EU countries criticised for diverging IP policies in latest US Chamber of Commerce IP Index

The index appraises the global IP environment, with the US regime regarded as the gold standard, providing insight into the fracture lines that exist between EU and US policy, as well as current sentiment towards China’s trade efforts.

05 February 2020

Jack Daniel’s veteran David Gooder announced as new USPTO commissioner for trademarks

The new USPTO commissioner for trademarks, David Gooder, is a popular figure and well known in trademark circles for being the author of the "politest cease and desist letter ever".

04 February 2020

Super Bowl counterfeit crackdown; BTS trademark blocked; Pelton scammer stunt – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the Cyprus government re-securing a HALLOUMI trademark, another call for unhealthy food plain packaging, the UKIPO’s Cardiff office closing, and much more.

04 February 2020

Why law firms need CEOs: exclusive interview with Harness Dickey’s Bill Coughlin

Bill Coughlin, previously CEO of Ford Global Technologies, has taken up this role at Harness Dickey – a first for the firm. As more law firms appoint CEOs, both with and without legal experience, WTR speaks to Coughlin to find out why this trend is set to continue.