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02 January 2020

Top filers at the USPTO revealed

Whether concerned about bad-faith filing at the USPTO or seeking to benefit from US marks, the level of demand from Chinese entities has been a remarkable phenomenon over the past few years – as the filing data reveals.

02 January 2020

Changing of the guard at the USPTO

As Mary Boney Denison retires from her tenure as USPTO commissioner for trademarks, she reflects on her final year at the office, which involved tackling improper filing behaviours, the introduction of mandatory e-filing and significant IT changes.

20 December 2019

IP Australia fee consultation, Ferrero denied in Singapore, and call for USPTO examining attorney help: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Serbian IPO reducing its fees, the Korean IP Office getting a budget boost, US Senators opposing China’s WIPO director general nominee, and much more

20 December 2019

What 2019 filing numbers tells us about the US trademark landscape

Our exclusive deep dive into the latest USPTO filing data reveals some telling tendencies about Nice classes and Madrid versus national and state applications.

16 December 2019

Coincidence or corruption? Trump lawyer responds to accusation White House held off Argentina tariffs for trademark reasons

We look at the claim from nonpartisan watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington that recent trademark activity in Argentina is proof that “President Trump is for sale”. 

13 December 2019

Nestlé ice cream brand sale, Somalia registry resumes, and IP issues of Greta Thunberg: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Swiss IP court data being released, Brand Finance getting certified, Fred putting its intellectual property up for sale, the Austrian IPO launching some new online services, and much more.

11 December 2019

USMCA given green light; significant GI changes now a step closer to reality

The Canadian, Mexican and US governments have signed an amended version of the USMCA, meaning that ratification is a significant step closer – with the deal highlighting what IP concessions the Trump Administration will expect in future trade deals.

11 December 2019

As Congress investigates USPTO trademark fraud, research finds suspicious specimens continue

A new investigation from WTR finds that the problem of suspicious specimens persists – with legal representatives providing eye-opening accounts of the challenge faced by both IP practitioners and examining attorneys.

06 December 2019

Turkey implements plain packaging, Trump trademark spike, and INTA awareness call: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the resolution of a trademark dispute between the Ramone family, brand loyalty rising, a vegan butcher taking on Nestlé at the USPTO, and much more.

06 December 2019

Brand-backed legislation seeks to add new anti-counterfeiting weapon to US Customs and Border Protection’s armoury 

Bipartisan legislation to authorise US Customs and Border Protection to seize imported merchandise that infringes a design patent has been introduced by four US senators.

04 December 2019

The dominance of Class 9: is it time for a radical overhaul of the Nice Classification system?

A detailed look at how the use of Class 9 continues to dominate at trademark offices across the globe highlights why there needs to be significant changes to the Nice trademark classification system to meet the challenges of the modern world.

28 November 2019

EU accession to Geneva Act and leaked trade papers put Britain’s post-Brexit GI position back under the spotlight

Upon leaving the EU, the UK will no longer be part of the Lisbon Agreement. Documents leaked yesterday point to a potential departure from the EU's strategy on GIs in order to appease a US trade deal.

28 November 2019

The Intel Rule: latest corporate effort to encourage diversity in law firms set to roll out

Intel’s executive vice president and general counsel has officially announced a new rule which – from 2021 – will see the company work with law firms that are “above average in terms of diversity” only.

26 November 2019

China issues IP directive, Jay-Z settles dispute, and lessons from Backcountry: news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at INTA electing its 2020 president, US Customs confiscating nearly 20,000 fake watches, a change at the Palestine registry, WIPO marking its 1.5 millionth international registration, and much more.

21 November 2019

INTA steps up efforts against brand restrictions: exclusive interview

In an exclusive interview with WTR, CEO Etienne Sanz de Acedo expanded on the association’s newly adopted stance on brand restrictions and how it will seek to ensure that governments act in a balanced and proportional manner.