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19 June 2019

Fraudulent specimens at the USPTO: five takeaways from our investigation – share your experience

Five takeaways from our in-depth investigation into suspicious specimens at the USPTO, and we ask readers to share their experience on the topic and any suggestions to help combat the issue.

18 June 2019

One week in May: research reveals suspicious specimens still rampant at USPTO

The USPTO has introduced numerous steps over the past two years to combat improper specimens on trademark applications. A new investigation from WTR finds that suspicious specimens remain widespread and applicants are evolving their tactics.

18 June 2019

Marvel battles Wakanda trademark, Sheffield Wednesday IP woes, and most patriotic brands: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at a new warning for trademark solicitation scams, SMEs are increasingly turning to Colombia, the China and Korea IP offices teaming up, a flurry of Trump-themed marks, and much more.

18 June 2019

USPTO fraudulent specimens: registry pledges to bolster efforts to tackle improper behaviour

In an exclusive interview with WTR, the USPTO expands on what it is doing to combat fraudulent specimens, and reveals its plan to step up the fight in the future.

17 June 2019

Kardashians walk - trademark licensee has no standing to sue for infringement

In Kroma Makeup EU LLC v Boldface Licensing + Branding Inc, the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has held that an exclusive foreign licensee lacked standing to sue for trademark infringement in the United States.

14 June 2019

EUIPO enforcement portal, most cyber-attacked brands, and ACG anti-counterfeiting award winners: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at changes to Canadian registrations occurring next week, Unilever seeing a pay-off from purpose-led brands, brands being reminded to renew marks in Rwanda, and much more.

13 June 2019

Gab, Parler, Thinkspot: brands warned of IP risks on new anti-censorship social networks

New social media platforms pledging to be “censorship-free” are garnering significant audiences who seek an alternative to Twitter and Facebook. Research from WTR finds that these platforms could be uniquely challenging for rights holders.

13 June 2019

Why CBD-infused food and beverages could be ripe for a labelling class action

Despite the rise in hemp-based cannabidiol food and beverage products, manufacturers looking to enter the market face a number of stumbling blocks when it comes to labelling. Identifying these in advance will be key to avoid marketing that may be interpreted as misleading or false advertising.

12 June 2019

Eagle eye on attorneys’ fee award: courts must apportion award based on successful claims

In Alliance for Good Government v Coalition for Better Government, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has addressed the standard of review for attorneys’ fee awards under the Lanham Act.

11 June 2019

Huawei versus United States: why trademark professionals must follow this IP technology dispute

Chinese technology giant Huawei is reportedly stepping up development of an alternative operating system. Should it be forced to launch this platform, it could have a direct impact on future trademark enforcement programmes.

11 June 2019

The top trademark hotspots and stories of 2019 so far: a data deep-dive

As we near the halfway point of the year, the WTR platform has had just over 163,000 users. Analysis of the data reveals the regions and cities that are hotspots for interest in trademarks.

10 June 2019

Counterfeits on TikTok: IP enforcement best practices

In an exclusive article, digital brand consultant Steven Ustel reveals the scale of counterfeiting on TikTok and its Chinese equivalent Douyin – and recommends ways for brand owners to mitigate the risks on the platforms.

08 June 2019

Esports: an untapped market for both brands and law firms

The industry is still in its early days, but it is growing by leaps and bounds. Brands such as Coca-Cola and Champion have already jumped into the ring to capitalise on this marketing opportunity, but teams need help getting their portfolios up to scratch to better grow their businesses.

07 June 2019

Supreme Court: rejection of trademark licence in bankruptcy is breach of contract that does not terminate licensee’s right to use mark

The US Supreme Court has reversed a decision of the First Circuit and held that a debtor-licensor’s rejection of a trademark licence under 11 USC § 365 is a breach of contract, but does not revoke or terminate the trademark licence.  

07 June 2019

First INTA 2020 reception invite, Tom Brady fumbles trademark application, and Toys “R” Us brand returns: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at highlights from the USPTO’s anti-counterfeiting conference, Alibaba’s plan to use blockchain technology for its IP protection system, and much more.