In Cosmetic Warriors v Pinkette Clothing, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has addressed the availability of laches in trademark infringement and cancellation actions under the Lanham Act.
In a decision which clarified the application of the Lanham Act’s fair use defence, the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has held that a name or term can be used in a descriptive or geographic sense if done in good faith
In our latest round-up, we look at a Canadian coalition urging that cigar companies be exempt from proposed plain packaging regulations, the Chinese government promising stricter IP protections, and much more.
Industry experts from the United States, the European Union and China outline the key considerations for those looking to expand their portfolios internationally.
In our latest round-up, we look at how tomato DNA is being used to combat dangerous counterfeits, the Vega+ games console losing branding rights, and much more.
Practitioners have raised concerns about the USPTO's proposed move to implement end-to-end electronic filings, with current systems criticised and warnings that it could create an opportunity for trademark scammers.
The US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has dismissed a petition for cancellation of the mark MOMBACHO for cigars, rejecting the contention that the respondent's meager sales did not qualify as bona fide use of the mark.
Obtaining well-known status for a trademark can be a powerful tool for rights holders. However, different approaches must be used to secure enhanced protection. This three-part series considers the best route in 10 key jurisdictions, starting with the United States.
Legislation was tabled yesterday in the US House of Representatives calling for the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It sparked a reminder on the agency's crucial role in the fight against counterfeit goods.
In a case regarding the Krusty Krab restaurant from SpongeBob SquarePants, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has confirmed that a specific element from a television series can receive trademark protection.
In a case involving competing producers of foam ear plugs, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has held that there remained a dispute of material fact as to whether the bright green colour is functional for ear plugs.
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has vacated a decision of the TTAB, holding that the latter had "asked the wrong question" in determining the genericness of Coca-Cola’s ZERO mark.
In a case involving competitors in the dog bag market, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has affirmed a summary judgment finding that no evidence had been presented from which a jury could infer that consumers were likely to be confused.
Research from the USPTO has revealed that registered trademark protection helps companies to grow, employ more people and innovate. Along with a slew of similar research findings, the study reinforces efforts to communicate the benefits of trademark rights.
Six major US trade associations have joined forces to send a letter warning that the Trump administration’s recent tariffs place “significant barriers on the fight against harmful fakes” and calls for an urgent rethink.