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01 October 2019

Amazon aims to accelerate IP adoption with new initiative

Speaking to WTR, Amazon's vice president of worldwide customer trust & partner support, Dharmesh Mehta, expands on the company’s launch of its Intellectual Property Accelerator programme.

01 October 2019

Stronger together: building diversity and inclusion through partnerships

From informal initiatives to formal programmes, diversity activities can take many forms at law firm level.

27 September 2019

Despite concerns over the level of risk, litigation threat planning often omitted from IP strategies

New research has revealed that, while almost two-thirds of legal services buyers are concerned about being a defendant in IP litigation, a quarter of companies that have a specific IP strategy in place state that it does not deal with litigation threats.

27 September 2019

DC Comics’ day one appreciation of characters sets it up for sustained success

Age-old brands prove yet again to be a key asset as streaming wars heat up, but Batman is bigger than the digital era.

26 September 2019

A safe pair of hands: exclusive interview with INTA’s new Washington DC director 

Jennifer McDowell has replaced Deborah Cohn as director of the INTA Washington DC office. She explains her biggest priorities for the office and how she plans to continue the good work that Cohn was doing.

25 September 2019

Revealed: Chinese trademark applications drop at USPTO but scourge of suspicious specimens continues

An investigation from WTR has found that the issue of fraudulent specimens of use in trademark applications at the USPTO persists, with the challenge facing the office now being to track the latest tactics used to evade detection.

25 September 2019

<em>LegalForce RAPC v USPTO</em>: registry accused of “retaliation against political opponents”

LegalForce RAPC Worldwide has once again initiated legal action against the USPTO. The filing represents a continuation of the bitter conflict between LegalForce RAPC and the office.

25 September 2019

Dental company’s indemnification claim “bites”

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a dental product manufacturer’s suit against its insurer, holding that the IP exclusion in the policy expressly excluded the trademark claims over which the insured sought coverage.  

24 September 2019

Compulsory mediation suspended in Greece, USPTO seeks AI expert, and The Clash trademark clash: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Traeger Grill filing a lawsuit against a rival grill maker, the European Commission reporting on seizures of fakes, how strong emotions are linked to brand perception, and much more.

21 September 2019

New Zealand thrives where others have failed – and it is all down to brand

The small island country has boosted its tourism by turning itself into a brand; the jurisdiction is increasingly attractive for multinational brands and it makes its presence known on the world stage.

20 September 2019

“It’s the fear of the unknown”: Microsoft’s Priscilla Gomes on why AI should be embraced by the legal community 

At this week's INTA Trademark Administrators and Practitioners meeting, WTR sat down with Priscilla Gomes, a paralegal in the Windows and games department of Microsoft, to find out whether fears of AI are warranted or misguided by legal professionals.

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.

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.

13 September 2019

The brand battles rage on between legacy airlines and low-cost carriers

The evolution of the air travel industry has blurred the line between premium and cost-conscious brands. There are problems for both on the horizon as social media puts reputations at risk and consumers call for more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.