Trademark law

INTA Annual Meeting highlights; IP office think tank report; USPTO fee changes; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week.

INTA Annual Meeting highlights; IP office think tank report; USPTO fee changes; and much more
“Redressing the imbalance”: UKIPO to require UK address for service from 2021
19 Nov 2020

“Redressing the imbalance”: UKIPO to require UK address for service from 2021

The UKIPO has confirmed that IP owners will be required to supply a UK address for legal services related to new UK trademark applications, hearings and contentious proceedings from 1 January 2021.

Navigating regulation and a crowded Class 5: the race to register a covid-19 vaccine
18 Nov 2020

Navigating regulation and a crowded Class 5: the race to register a covid-19 vaccine

This week, The Telegraph reported on some of the likely contenders for Pfizer’s vaccine name based on trademark filings by the company and partner BioNTech.

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20 Nov 2020

Stricter penalties introduced for most serious IP infringement cases

Stricter penalties for the most serious cases of IP infringement have entered into force in Sweden, increasing the range of punishment to imprisonment for a maximum of six years. Read more

16 Nov 2020

“Should we conclude that trademarks are for losers?”: takeaways from the Banksy case

In this guest analysis, Bristows’ Simon Clark and Lucie Fortune take a closer look at a recent case involving artist Banksy and consider the takeaways for artists looking to register representations of their artworks as EU figurative marks. Read more

15 Nov 2020

Pfizer vaccine brand implications; US platforms in Notorious Markets crosshairs; Amazon influencer action; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

10 Nov 2020

Supreme brand sold; Oatly trademark rejected; Panasonic launches anti-counterfeiting campaign – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at Saturday Night Live riffing on the retirement of brand mascots, the American Retirement Association prevailing in an acronym dispute, and much more. Read more

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8 Nov 2020

Trademark policy under Trump; sustainable brands; Asia customs strategies; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

4 Nov 2020

Programme and first speakers revealed for Brand Strategy China 2020

Brand Strategy China will provide attendees with a series of talks delivering actionable takeaways for professionals tasked with protecting the integrity and maximising the value of their brands across Greater China. Read more

3 Nov 2020

Four years of trademarks under Trump: political appointments, conflict and policy

While trademark policy is not a subject that will necessarily sway voting decisions in the US election, the past four years under President Trump have been notable for the way that brands have been catapulted onto the front pages and into the public consciousness. Read more

1 Nov 2020

Key takeaways from ICANN 69; behind the scenes at KIPO; UKIPO reveals new GI approach; and much more

Everything we covered on WTR over the past seven days – and all you need to know from the world of trademarks to set yourself up for the start of another busy week. Read more

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5 Nov 2020

Four new states legalise recreational cannabis: what it means for brands

US election changes to cannabis and hard drug laws alter the legal landscape, but questions remain as to how they open up the trademark market. Read more

22 Oct 2020

US Supreme Court urged to rule on treatment of parody after Jack Daniel’s petition

If the court grants certiorari, it will once again be weighing in on a case that reconsiders how free speech interplays with commercial trademark rights. Read more

15 Oct 2020

USPTO commissioner reflects on a “rollercoaster” year in trademarks and plans for the future

David Gooder provides the inside track on the office's "rollercoaster" year for trademark filings, efforts to ensure the integrity of the register, planned fee increases and future financial planning. Read more

23 Sep 2020

Federal Circuit reveals a more colourful future for trademarks (for now)

A recent decision has created a new rule that colour marks used on product packaging can be inherently distinctive, although the bar is likely to be high. Read more

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11 Sep 2020

Russia exhibits strong filings growth on the back of changes to its intellectual property system

Back-end work continues to improve the registry and trademark landscape. Subsequently, there has been a noticeable uptick in local brands pushing for the protection of their rights. Read more

25 Mar 2020

While ‘Tokyo 2020’ will now take place in 2021, brands will get their time to shine

The Olympics is a world-renowned brand which lends its powerful reputation to its partners and sponsors. Given its reach and reputation, the IOC does not play around with its trademark protections. Read more

10 Aug 2018

Food delivery marks on the rise, as Starbucks leads the way in restaurant brand filings: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s industry data report we look at the food service industry. We reveal that Starbucks has the most robust trademark portfolio in the industry, the rise in 'food delivery' applications, and more.

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29 Jun 2018

How brands should prepare for the big changes coming to Canada’s trademark market: exclusive data analysis

In our latest report, we delve into Canada’s trademark landscape. We examine how a major overhaul of its trademark laws may lead to a clogged up register, take a look at filing and litigation trends, and much more.

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23 Sep 2020

Copyright’s revenge on designs: Italian Supreme Court applies CJEU Cofemel ruling

An Italian Supreme Court decision concerning the layout of Kiko make-up stores is a welcome sign of the harmonising effect of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s Cofemel ruling, but could open the door to the protection of 3D designs with little originality or that are mainly functional. Read more

23 Sep 2020

How to determine the best form of protection for a product’s appearance

Trade dress may be the go-to choice for protecting a product’s appearance or configuration, but other IP rights have plenty to offer. Read more

23 Sep 2020

Getting creative: when to protect trade dress under trademark or competition law

In the absence of trade dress-specific legislation, rights holders in China must manoeuvre around the Trademark Law and the Anti-unfair Competition Law if they are to protect their unique designs effectively. Read more

23 Sep 2020

The pros and cons of industrial designs, trademarks and trade dress

Having a distinct look is the best way for a product to stand out from the competition, but as Mexico awaits further guidance on new trade dress provisions, how should brand owners choose the right protection for their designs? Read more

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