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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.

28 May 2019

Battle for the BITCOIN mark, China moves closer to Hague accession, and curry conundrum: news digest

In our latest news digest, we look at the $110 million sale of Sports Illustrated’s intellectual property, the expansion of visual search in TMView, a dispute over a curry-related trademark, and much more.

24 May 2019

Elder Scrolls dispute resolved, new UGG litigation launched, and Hogan Lovells tie-up: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at a strategic partnership between Hogan Lovells and Anaqua, Elder Scrolls settling its video game trademark dispute, Siegel+Gale announcing their new head of strategy, and much more.

22 May 2019

“It’s going to make my life much better” – industry experts welcome SCOTUS licensing decision

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has ruled 8-1 in Mission Product Holdings v Tempnology LLC, with one legal expert telling WTR that the ruling helps to create a more stable trademark licensing market.

17 May 2019

INTA Annual Meeting is a record-breaker, Brexit energy drink denied, and Florida Man trademark spat: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at a new study that finds 25% of online purchases are for fakes, the EU General Court ruling on a NEYMAR mark, counterfeit containers seized in Malta, tips on making a brand matter, and much more.

14 May 2019

Brexit Party versus Change UK, Hells Angels victory, and INTA Annual Meeting on the up: news digest

In our latest edition, we look at Guns ‘N’ Roses moving to protect a trademark, Indian farmers prevailing over PepsiCo in a potato legal battle, top Indian brands backing underdogs in Cricket World Cup, and much more.

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.

01 May 2019

Can you trademark sounds, smells, colours, motions and flavours?

Trademarks are much more than a logo used to identify a brand. Non-traditional trademarks using sounds, colours and shapes have exploded onto the scene, bringing notoriety to many a business and brand.

25 April 2019

Many trademark offices are still trying to grasp service brands: exclusive interview with American Airlines’ Donald Broadfield

Donald Broadfield, chief IP and data counsel at American Airlines, explains how he seeks to overcome the challenges of protecting the company’s service brands, and emphasises the importance of crafting contracts that prevent IP disputes with commercial partners.

18 April 2019

Federal Circuit clarifies commercial use evidence requirements at USPTO’s request

The court last week made precedential a January 2019 opinion it issued on the type of website specimens required to prove commercial use. The move follows a request by the US Patent and Trademark Office, which argued that it would provide clarity and reduce the chances of future litigation.

16 April 2019

US trademark litigation levels predicted to be stable through 2019

Data reveals that 863 trademark litigation actions were filed in the United States in the first quarter of 2019, up significantly year on year. However, that upward trajectory is not expected to continue.

16 April 2019

Trump rebrand advice, INTA to offer free trademark legal services, and P&G sells two brands: news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the USPTO unveiling details of its World IP Day event, the IP Office of the Philippines seeking to amend the country’s IP code, a ranking of most relevant brands, and much more.

08 April 2019

Speculation mounts over USPTO special cannabis unit as practitioners vent anger over examination delays (updated)

A number of US law firm practitioners have contacted WTR in recent days to highlight the apparent existence of, in the words of one attorney, “a ‘specialised’ group of examiners assigned to handle cannabidiol and cannabis-related trademark filings”.

04 April 2019

Managing a merger: exclusive interview with Marriott’s Elizabeth Regan

Marriott International’s vice president and assistant general counsel for global intellectual property reveals her approach to managing trademarks for the company’s 30 hospitality brands and how her team handled the company’s acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts.