The court last week made precedential a January 2019 opinion it issued on the type of website specimens required to prove commercial use. The move follows a request by the US Patent and Trademark Office, which argued that it would provide clarity and reduce the chances of future litigation.
In our latest round-up, we look at the USPTO unveiling details of its World IP Day event, the IP Office of the Philippines seeking to amend the country’s IP code, a ranking of most relevant brands, and much more.
A number of US law firm practitioners have contacted WTR in recent days to highlight the apparent existence of, in the words of one attorney, “a ‘specialised’ group of examiners assigned to handle cannabidiol and cannabis-related trademark filings”.
In our latest round-up, we look at luxury brands focused on Chinese e-commerce platforms, IP Australia opening a public consultation on fees, Red Points receiving funding injection, and much more.
The country is seeing increased interest from international entities - particularly from the US; this will likely grow in scale as not only the South African economy develops, but as other emerging markets on the African continent grow.
An academic behind a new report has warned federal courts to “beware the trademark echo chamber”, telling WTR that counsel should not be afraid to challenge USPTO registration decisions.
In an exclusive interview, the founder of a rapidly-growing group of content creators speaks about challenging “trademark bullies” and “frivolous applications” through evidence-gathering, protest letters and cancellation actions.
While the volume of applications filed at the USPTO has steadily increased in recent years, the top 50 US applicants are filing fewer trademark applications each year, with a significant decrease visible over a 10-year period. So what is going on?
Raj Abhyanker, founder of LegalForce RAPC, has initiated legal action against a number of entities it alleges are “shadow scammers using publicly available trademark filer information to send targeted ‘solicitations’ to applicants”.
In our latest news digest, we look at Disney powering up its brand with its 21st Century Fox acquisition, Chinese supermarkets removing fake Starbucks items from shelves, a football club losing a trademark fight, and much more.
INTA has come out in support of the USPTO’s proposed change to representation rules, as another US registered attorney warns over “many examples of identity theft in China” targeting practitioners.
While most public comments on the USPTO’s proposed change to representation rules are in support, there is one significant dissenting voice in LegalForce founder Raj Abhyanker.
In exclusive research, WTR looks at the innovative non-core tools and services being offered by national IP registries around the world.
The USPTO has issued an alert over numerous reports from recipients of solicitation emails. However, one legal expert calls on the office to add security to its filing system or run the risk of fraudulent activity.
Last month a Turkish court ruled in favour of Harvard University in a case centred on the unauthorised licensing of the Harvard name. The legal team behind the case speak to WTR and offer takeaways for trademark professionals.