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06 May 2018

UK trademark scene post-Brexit: a world-class IP office dealing with uncertainty in a volatile brand environment

We provide a breakdown of the UK trademark market – examining how Brexit has affected filing strategies, inspecting brand value trends, and analysing the stellar performance of the UK IP Office.

07 April 2018

Trump, Brexit and Korean reunification: the political issues weighing on the minds of trademark practitioners

​​​​​​​Research from World Trademark Review reveals the political issues that counsel say could significantly impact enforcement efforts, both now and in the future.

06 April 2018

Trademark offices prepare for the future as users give poor performance grades

The performance levels of the Chinese, Brazilian and Indian trademark offices have clear room for improvement but change could be afoot.

26 March 2018

Trademark associations join forces, publish Brexit wishlist calling for “maximum transparency”

​​​​​​​A number of industry associations – including INTA, CITMA, ECTA and MARQUES – have teamed up to publish a joint statement on the Brexit negotiations.

13 March 2018

Jamaica approves protection of GIs, Montenegro joins TMView and United Kingdom ratifies Hague Agreement: news round-up

In today's round-up, we look predictions for the next round of gTLDs, the UK’s IP Crime Unit urging the public to “treat mum right” by avoiding fakes, and much more.

01 March 2018

Registries are alive with the sound of trademarks

Registrations for sound trademarks are becoming more prevalent at major IP registries around the world. We look at some of the opportunities for sound marks, as well as common challenges and how to overcome them.

22 January 2018

“There are no shortcuts” – study claims free trademark tools could be reason for rise in infringement

​​​​​​​A new study finds that a majority of trademark practitioners rely on free search tools when clearing marks, with a further claim that this may have led to more infringement.

08 December 2017

A warning to prepare for ‘no deal’: EUIPO issues Brexit notice as negotiations move to next stage (updated)

The UK government and the European Commission have announced that an agreement has been struck to move the Brexit negotiations on to trade discussions.

31 October 2017

USPTO seeks greater cooperation with the Department of Justice in fight against fraudulent solicitation scammers

USPTO Commissioner Mary Boney Denison has expanded on the office’s proactive efforts to clamp down on fraudulent and misleading trademark solicitation campaigns.

12 October 2017

With the prospect of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the UK government should have unilateral trademark provisions on standby

We look at why it is crucial for the United Kingdom to formulate an approach to EU trademarks in the event of a 'hard' Brexit.

05 June 2017

As UK election day looms, trademark lawyers prepare for change while political parties barely give intellectual property a glance

After one of the more divisive election campaigns in recent history, the UK electorate heads to the polls this Thursday. While social policies and national security have jostled with Brexit as the most important issue for voters, two new studies demonstrate that the UK’s move to leave the European Union remains a key concern for rights holders around the world. However, while some are adapting their filing strategies in preparation, many remain “perplexed” about what to do.

12 May 2017

UKIPO slammed for "not doing anything proactive to defend existing trademark owners" following Gleissner filing spree

A number of small business owners have contacted World Trademark Review to criticise the UK Intellectual Property Office’s (UKIPO) handling of trademark applications filed by entities related to entrepreneur and serial trademark filer Michael Gleissner. One stinging critique, from the owner of IT support firm Purple Computing, questions why the UKIPO is not providing sufficient protection for existing rights holders and claims that the duty to oppose or seek cancellation of marks is too financially burdensome for most small businesses.

18 April 2017

Apple case highlights UKIPO's strict approach in awarding costs

In this recent case before the UKIPO, the applicants had filed 68 applications to revoke Apple’s registered trademarks on the grounds of non-use. The hearing officer accepted Apple’s submissions that the applications constituted an abuse of process and that, therefore, it was entitled to off-scale costs. However, the hearing officer found that Apple’s assessment of the on-scale costs was wrong and decided to award only off-scale costs.

16 December 2016

Trademark implications of Brexit, Trump and Samsung Note 7 crisis feature in our most-read list of 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the blogs which received the most reads in the past 12 months. 

30 November 2016

Specsavers secures SHOULD’VE trademark registration; hits out at inaccurate media coverage

Eyewear giant Specsavers has successfully secured registered trademark protection on the term SHOULD’VE, a shortened version of its well-known tagline ‘Should’ve gone to Specsavers’. The initial application at the UK Intellectual Property Office spurred negative media reaction earlier this year, with reports claiming that it demonstrates the overreach of trademark law. However, in exclusive comments to World Trademark Review, Antony Douglass, principal IP counsel at Specsavers, has hit out at the “inaccurate commentary” surrounding the mark.