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18 April 2019

Federal Circuit clarifies commercial use evidence requirements at USPTO’s request

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.

16 April 2019

Trump rebrand advice, INTA to offer free trademark legal services, and P&G sells two brands: news digest

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.

08 April 2019

Speculation mounts over USPTO special cannabis unit as practitioners vent anger over examination delays (updated)

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”.

05 April 2019

China data to TMview this year, Brazil moves closer to Madrid, and Beckham versus Inter Milan: news digest

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.

05 April 2019

How South Africa’s predicted economic upswing will create opportunities for brands and their advisors

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. 

04 April 2019

“Don't be afraid to challenge USPTO registration decisions” urges US academic

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.

03 April 2019

“Enough is enough” – content creators vow to work with USPTO to fight back against trademark bullies

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. 

29 March 2019

Data analysis reveals that top 50 US applicants have significantly decreased filings over past decade

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?

26 March 2019

LegalForce founder declares war on solicitation schemes, takes swipe at USPTO

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”.

22 March 2019

Honeywell drops ‘.brand’, Canada joins Madrid, and IACC cracks down on iOffer: news digest

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.

19 March 2019

INTA backs proposed USPTO rule change as details of attorney identity thefts emerge

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.

14 March 2019

LegalForce founder takes aim at USPTO as attorneys come out in support of proposed change to representation rules

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.

27 February 2019

IP offices going above and beyond

In exclusive research, WTR looks at the innovative non-core tools and services being offered by national IP registries around the world.

24 February 2019

Urgent call for USPTO to secure filing system after warning sent to attorneys over solicitation email

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. 

21 February 2019

“We refer to this case as a hydra”: inside Harvard’s battle to protect its brand in Turkey 

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.