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19 February 2010

US brand owners reject ‘loser pays’ option

Members of the INTA enforcement committee have told WTR that a ’loser pays’ trademark litigation system would not work in the United States.

16 February 2010

Trademark monsters: tackling Lanham Act bullies

As a US senator proposes a new study to investigate trademark bullies, WTR considers whether the Lanham Act needs updating.

16 February 2010

Brand owner input to Special 301 review due today

Brand owners planning on submitting comments to the United States Trade Representative regarding the Special 301 review process must do so today if they wish to testify at a public hearing.

11 February 2010

US Customs calls for more input from brand owners

US Customs has urged brand owners to help improve border protection by becoming more involved in the process.

08 February 2010

Strongest bank brands surviving recession

A 2010 index of global banking brands has revealed that the banks with the strongest brands are faring best as the market recovers.

02 February 2010

Trademark bullies to come under scrutiny

The USPTO will examine the extent to which US businesses are harmed by trademark owners’ overly aggressive litigation tactics, if a US senator's proposed study gets the green light.

02 February 2010

Losing definition: the global debate over 'counterfeit' drugs

As Kenya moves to implement its controversial Anti-counterfeit Act, which effectively outlaws generic drugs, WTR examines the problem with the term 'counterfeit medicine' and why it troubles brand owners around the world.

02 February 2010

Kappos announces USPTO $2.3 billion budget request

David Kappos, the director of the USPTO, has revealed President Obama's $2.322 billion fiscal year 2011 budget request for his agency.

06 January 2010

2010: Madrid to expand into Latin America?

After years of fierce debate and political procrastination, several important jurisdictions in Latin America seem poised to accede to the Madrid Protocol in 2010. WTR investigates the efforts to push through accession, and how brand owners and local agents are adapting their practices in preparation.

06 January 2010

Spirit of harmonization drives funding and database initiatives

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) have signed a memorandum of understanding under which the organizations will share and develop their goods and services classification databases.

06 January 2010

Industry predictions

WTR asked a range of trademark professionals, industry representatives and legal specialists to highlight the issues that they felt were most significant in 2009 and what they anticipate as the major developments in 2010, either in their specific jurisdiction or on the international agenda.

06 January 2010

Hidden dangers

Company and commercial names have a direct impact on trademark registration in Russia. At present, the non-registration of commercial names does not prevent them from opposing registered trademarks – meaning that potentially no mark is safe.

06 January 2010

Leaks undermine secretive ACTA discussions

Leaked documents containing sections of the draft Anticounterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) suggest that the treaty may focus more on copyright than on trademarks and the fight against counterfeiting.

02 November 2009

Sealing the deal

The co operation fund has ignited an animated debate across the European Union. WTR asks whether the money can harmonize Europe’s fragmented trademark system once and for all

02 November 2009

ICANN criticized for approach to rights protection

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has come under fire from brand owners over its handling of the trademark protection policy for the expanded generic top-level domain (gTLD) space developed by the Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT).