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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.

10 February 2020

Searching industrial designs: how AI is changing the game

In this guest post, Dr Robert Stutz, partner at Beutler Künzi Stutz, explores how AI technology is powering new ways to search industrial designs faster, more effectively, and at a lower cost.

09 February 2020

Corona beer-coronavirus mix-up, David Gooder announced USPTO commissioner for trademarks, Gleissner launches brand consultancy firm, and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

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

"Trademark troll" Michael Gleissner launches N-Cubator brand consultancy

WTR has discovered that multi-millionaire Michael Gleissner appears to have launched a brand consultancy firm, called N-Cubator, which boasts of having access to “a large portfolio of trademarks and domain names”.

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".

05 February 2020

WIPO leadership field narrows as call made to shift focus away from political power plays

The WIPO director general election has become mired in backroom manoeuvring, with one IP expert urging the various countries to “focus on who is the right person for the job”, rather than political point scoring.

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.

02 February 2020

Corsearch announces brand protection acquisition, SkyKick decision reaction, Michael Gleissner latest, INTA president interview, and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

31 January 2020

INTA coronavirus update; Greta Thunberg trademark; SkyKick "pleased" – news digest

In our latest edition, we look at the Consortium for Common Food Names applauding the US stance on GIs in meetings with the EU, the Chilean IP Office's update on its headquarters attack, and much more.

29 January 2020

<em>Sky v SkyKick</em>: “sigh of relief” or “sting in the tail”? Legal experts react to CJEU’s long-awaited decision

The Court of Justice of the European Union has handed down its long-awaited decision in Sky v Skykick. WTR speaks with multiple industry experts to get their take on this important decision.

28 January 2020

Japan Patent Office launches Trademark Fist, IP firm coronavirus response, and EUIPO updates Brexit information: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Pablo Escobar’s IP being put up for sale, the Singapore registry visiting Turkey, Malta joining DesignClass, the Tajikistan IP Office giving its annual trademark update, and much more.

28 January 2020

How Michael Gleissner transformed the trademark environment in Latvia

WTR reveals exclusive data on the controversial portfolio-building exercise of multi-millionaire entrepreneur Michael Gleissner in Latvia and speaks with local counsel on how this activity is causing hardship for a number of businesses forced into costly legal battles.

27 January 2020

From the NBA to INTA: exclusive interview with Ayala Deutsch

WTR sat down with Ayala Deutsch, executive vice president and deputy general counsel at NBA Properties and new INTA president, to talk about her plans for the future and how the association will address the challenges facing the trademark industry.