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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.

02 August 2019

Brexit warning for trademark lawyers, Yeezy Busta interview, and UK IP minister uncertainty: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a win for adidas, the TTAB stubbing out federal marijuana trademarks again, a YouTube star attempting to sell fake goods as genuine, 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.

24 June 2019

Ban on the registration of “immoral or scandalous” trademarks struck down by US Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court has handed down its highly anticipated ruling in Iancu v Brunetti, holding that the Lanham Act’s prohibition on the registration of “immoral [or] scandalous” trademarks violates the First Amendment.

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.

06 June 2019

Parody law in Canada: experts split over need to amend trademark rules

A Quebec court’s ruling in a high-profile parody case has reignited discussion about the treatment of satire in Canadian trademark law. We speak to two market experts, who consider whether more legal clarity is required.