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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.

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”.

23 August 2019

World’s largest trademark application, IPOS launches app, and Notorious Markets List comments open: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the art of avoiding brand hate, Hasbro acquiring Peppa Pig owner, the INTA holding its first roundtable event in Israel, and much more.

01 August 2019

“Never seen anything like this” – USPTO experiences massive surge in trademark applications from China

The USPTO experienced a huge rise in trademark applications last week, with a large proportion coming from applicants in China. WTR talks with IP experts and the USPTO about how this unprecedented activity could affect all applicants.

23 July 2019

“We are taking unprecedented action” – exclusive USPTO update on protecting the register

Writing for WTR, USPTO director Andrei Iancu and trademark commissioner Mary Boney Denison expand on the office’s initiatives to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the Trademark Register.

19 July 2019

Amending the Lanham Act, protecting Lamborghini in Brazil, and "a factory of ideas": news digest 

In our latest edition, we look at Michael Kors launching a digital store on Alibaba’s Tmall, INTA's call for the Lanham Act to be amended, an illicit trade report from TRACEIT, China’s IP transformation, and much more.

17 July 2019

Branding pharmaceuticals: drug naming and non-traditional trademarks

There are numerous hurdles to branding a new pharmaceutical. In addition to traditional marks, non-traditional marks offer a route to protection where a drug’s appearance has acquired distinctiveness, but obtaining such registrations is not all plain sailing.

05 July 2019

What Xi Jinping’s IP promises do and don’t say about the US-China trade war

The president of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, spent a great deal of his keynote speech at the start of last week’s G20 discussing IP matters. We analyse the key messages that brand owners can take away – and what the proposed changes lack.

03 July 2019

“A necessary move” – USPTO to require foreign trademark applicants to use US attorneys

The USPTO will soon require foreign-domiciled trademark applicants to be represented by a US licensed attorney. Talking to WTR, experts say this change is needed due to the US trademark register being “flooded with fraudulent applications from foreign nationals”.

02 July 2019

Singapore plain packaging date, USPTO vulgar application rush, and MyTaxi rebrand confuses users: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the Lazada Group joining Alibaba’s IP protection platform, UKIPO granting its first multimedia mark, new Benelux director general begins, and much more.

01 July 2019

US Supreme Court rejects Lanham Act’s bar to registering FUCT mark as “immoral or scandalous”

In Iancu v Brunetti, the US Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional the Lanham Act’s bar to registering marks that are “immoral or scandalous”, allowing the FUCT trademark application to proceed to registration. 

28 June 2019

Cannabis counterfeits; the campus consequence of <em>Brunetti</em>; and Anheuser-Busch eyes esports market: news digest 

In our latest news round-up, we look at how Alibaba is seeking increased brand engagement, Anheuser-Busch making a play for the esports industry, a USPTO call for comments, Albania’s accession to the Geneva Act and much more.

27 June 2019

Amazon and Nite Ize team up to fight fakes; filing offers glimpse into anti-counterfeiting efforts

Amazon, in collaboration with Denver-based company Nite Ize, has filed a lawsuit against counterfeit product importers and sellers operating in the United States, Canada and China. The lawsuit offers some behind-the-scenes insight into Amazon’s efforts to tackle fake goods on its platforms.