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24 February 2020

Five practical steps to improve wellbeing in the workplace

Whether working in the corporate or law firm environment, trademark practice leaders should ensure that they have a coherent wellbeing strategy in place.

17 February 2020

USPTO revises controversial new email requirement, but scepticism remains

The USPTO has issued a revision to its new examination guide in an effort to address user concerns over the applicant email address requirement. However, concerns remain that the email requirement is unclear and ultimately “redundant”.

04 February 2020

Why law firms need CEOs: exclusive interview with Harness Dickey’s Bill Coughlin

Bill Coughlin, previously CEO of Ford Global Technologies, has taken up this role at Harness Dickey – a first for the firm. As more law firms appoint CEOs, both with and without legal experience, WTR speaks to Coughlin to find out why this trend is set to continue.

30 January 2020

“Justice has been done” – H&M prevails in long-running two-stripes trademark battle

In what could be the end of the oldest pending two-stripes legal case in the European Union, H&M has been victorious against adidas in a trademark dispute in the Netherlands, with what one attorney describes as a “far-reaching decision”. 

28 January 2020

How mental health awareness initiatives are changing the legal workplace

As firms become wise to the drastic toll that poor mental health takes on the legal workforce, what are they doing to tackle the problem directly? WTR looks at EIP's mental health first-aider scheme and catches up with Dentons' chief mindfulness officer.

28 January 2020

How Michael Gleissner transformed the trademark environment in Latvia

WTR reveals exclusive data on the controversial portfolio-building exercise of multi-millionaire entrepreneur Michael Gleissner in Latvia and speaks with local counsel on how this activity is causing hardship for a number of businesses forced into costly legal battles.

23 January 2020

A third of companies admit uncertainty over post-Brexit trademark strategy

A new study has revealed that a third of UK and European businesses remain uncertain of what their trademark registration strategy will be after the UK leaves the European Union.

22 January 2020

Baker McKenzie reigns supreme as world’s strongest law firm brand

Acritas has released its annual index of the world's strongest law firm brands. Once again, the top 20 list includes a number of firms with strong trademark practices, many of which feature in the WTR 1000.

15 January 2020

Analysis and takeaways as defence preclusion is considered in US Supreme Court hearing

In this guest analysis, K&L Gates partner Susan Kayser charts the decades-long trademark dispute between Lucky Brand Dungarees and Marcel Fashions Group that led up to the highest US court accepting certiorari for the case.

13 January 2020

USPTO to re-allow PO boxes on trademark applications following privacy backlash

The USPTO is facing continued criticism over new rules that require trademark applicants to submit their domicile street address. In response, the registry reveals plans to re-introduce the ability for applicants to use PO boxes.

13 January 2020

IP services sector gets new player, as Novagraaf and PAVIS prepare to ramp up NovumIP launch

Novagraaf and PAVIS recently joined forces to create a new IP service provider. In an exclusive interview with WTR, the chairman of the new entity, NovumIP, has expanded on how it will become "a new force in the IP market".

08 January 2020

Tackling the stigma of disability in intellectual property: interview with IP Ability co-chairs

WTR speaks to Marianne Privett and Francesca Rivers, the co-chairs of IP Ability, a new community attempting to address diversity and inclusion challenges for neurodiverse and physically disabled IP professionals.

02 January 2020

Top filers at the USPTO revealed

Whether concerned about bad-faith filing at the USPTO or seeking to benefit from US marks, the level of demand from Chinese entities has been a remarkable phenomenon over the past few years – as the filing data reveals.

02 January 2020

Practice management: creating a successful mentoring programme

While the value of mentoring is undisputed, it can take many forms, some of which are more fruitful than others. Finnegan reveals its creation of a mentoring programme and, crucially, how it measures success.

02 January 2020

The new model – how the traditional law firm model is evolving

As client demands evolve and change, so too do law firm models. From virtual practices to digital packages and subscription services, the options are myriad. But which will stand the test of time and which best suit client needs?