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14 October 2019

More justification needed: proposed USPTO trademark fee increases could hinder small businesses

In an exclusive guest post, IP expert Erik Pelton explains how the proposed fee increases being mooted by the US Patent and Trademark Office could have a severe impact for small businesses.

11 October 2019

Prince estate hits out at Trump, warning for IP event vendors, and Riot dispute: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Elon Musk’s IP pledge, the UKIPO unveiling a new campaign, Duke’s Mayonnaise claiming infringement, the origin of pharma names, and much more.

01 October 2019

US law inches towards protecting trademark reputation without use

Two US Court of Appeals opinions have created the possibility that a plaintiff could bring a passing-off action based on use of its trademark outside of the United States only – a powerful new tool for challenging infringers that are first to use the trademark in the United States.

01 October 2019

New editions of<em> WTR </em>and <em>Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide</em> now available

The Autumn 2019 edition of WTR, revealing the top filers at key registries across Asia, and the eighth edition of Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide are now published. 

27 September 2019

INTA’s Brands Manifesto, Liverpool trademark blow, fighting scammers: news digest 

In our latest news digest, we look at INTA’s release of a Brands Manifesto, the Paraguay IP Office conducting another counterfeit crackdown, fee changes in New Zealand, and much more.

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.

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.

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.

13 September 2019

Extinction Rebellion trademark, Egypt fee rise, and Crocs Gloves in art gallery: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Māori uproar over a New Zealand trademark application, WIPO in Hungary, MARQUES addressing long goods and services lists at the EUIPO, and much more.

06 September 2019

Exclusive: USPTO releases revised examination guide following backlash

The USPTO has released a heavily revised examination guide that clarifies the registry’s new US attorney rule. The revision follows backlash due to examination instructions that required some applicants to submit proof of legal residence in the United States.

03 September 2019

Earthbound Beer cease and desist response goes viral, LeBron taco mark, and IP litigation spending: news digest 

In our latest round-up, we look at the Cayman Islands IP Office working with the US government, a UN ambassador calling for an IP law review in Nigeria, a Hong Kong counterfeit ring bust, and much more.

30 August 2019

Liverpool mayor trademark opposition, USPTO fee change proposal, and Telltale revival criticised: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Beyoncé being accused of fraud linked to a trademark dispute, Bangladesh likely to join the Madrid Protocol, a Chinese IP law firm considering a sale, and much more.

28 August 2019

“Shaky legal ground” – the unintended consequences of USPTO requests for proof of legal residence

A new investigation has found that the USPTO is "facing a backlash" due to new instructions that require examining attorneys to ask some trademark applicants for “proof of legal residence in the United States”.