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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.

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.

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.

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.

31 May 2019

Natura attempts to further consolidate Brazilian cosmetic market with a bid for Avon

In this week’s exclusive data analysis, we explore how Natura’s keen understanding of its consumer base, combined with previous acquisitions, has it poised to take on international expansion.

22 May 2019

“Consolidation is powerful” – no slowdown in takeovers expected in IP service providers sector

The non-legal trademark services industry has been the focus of increased investment and M&A activity in recent years. WTR spoke to a number of major players to ask whether they expected consolidation or collaboration to be the norm in future.

19 May 2019

What brands need to know about the trademark activity of Michael Gleissner

WTR has reported extensively on the massive trademark filing operation of multimillionaire businessman Michael Gleissner. For those not fully aware of this activity, we have put together an infographic that illustrates the potential impact for brands.

17 May 2019

P&G’s new start-up mindset will reinforce its position in the market  

Direct-to-consumer brands have proved to be a problem for the American consumer goods behemoth Procter & Gamble, but a new customer-centric strategy combined with data resources could help the company regain lost ground.

16 May 2019

Vested rights clause restores trademark to original applicant

In Sköld v Galderma Laboratories LP, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has addressed the issue of trademark ownership under since-terminated development and commercialisation agreements.

10 May 2019

USPTO trials software to tackle fake specimens; downgrades growth expectations

USPTO director Andrei Iancu has expanded on efforts to tackle fake specimens of use on the US trademark register and the unauthorised practice of law, and provided an update on anticipated filings growth.

08 May 2019

“Unprecedented” – USPTO suspends API access but pledges to work with IP service providers to mitigate impact

Earlier this week, the USPTO suspended its TSDR API following a spike in data scraping that has impeded the work of internal employees. However, IP technology vendors have confirmed it will impact some of their services.

03 May 2019

“Just be respectful” – why brands must wise up to indigenous IP rights

WTR analyses how indigenous cultures are protecting their intellectual property and speaks with an expert on how trademark practitioners must be more aware of this burgeoning field of rights.