Trademark law

Microsoft named most intangible company; Emma Raducanu brand issues revealed; USPTO fraudster sentenced; 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.

Microsoft named most intangible company; Emma Raducanu brand issues revealed; USPTO fraudster sentenced; and much more
All eyes on SCOTUS: dispelling confusion on initial interest confusion
16 Sep 2021

All eyes on SCOTUS: dispelling confusion on initial interest confusion

A longstanding circuit split could be resolved if the US Supreme Court accepts certiorari in a case that hinges on the initial interest confusion doctrine.

Inconsistency, fraud, laundering – research decries challenges for cannabis companies at the USPTO
15 Sep 2021

Inconsistency, fraud, laundering – research decries challenges for cannabis companies at the USPTO

A new study has investigated the so-called ‘trademark laundering trap’ that cannabis companies face if they seek brand protection at the USPTO.

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12 Sep 2021

Ford interview exclusive; PAVIS-Novagraaf acquisition; how to build a firm brand; 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

6 Sep 2021

“A quantum leap forward for Fiji brand protection” – praise for first new Trademarks Act in 90 years

The Pacific nation of Fiji has a new Trademarks Act that is set to replace its nearly century-old trademarks act and “has the potential to be amongst the best in the world for a country of its size”. Read more

5 Sep 2021

China moves to increase platform liability; brand owners embrace BIMI; Trussardi addresses “the counterfeiting paradox”; 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

29 Aug 2021

WTR Industry Award winners; Trademark Terminal crackdown; Starbucks trademark strategy; 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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22 Aug 2021

Celebrating 15 years of the WTR Industry Awards; USPTO criticised for anti-fraud efforts; Gazprom Neft interview exclusive; 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

16 Aug 2021

USPTO criticised in scathing report from US Department of Commerce; expert warns of ‘troubling Sinophobia’

The US Department of Commerce has published a scathing report into the USPTO trademark registration process, claiming that it is “not effective” in preventing fraudulent or inaccurate registrations. Read more

15 Aug 2021

Messi brand power; Cleveland Guardians rebrand dispute; Meredith Corp portfolio analysis; 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

11 Aug 2021

The failure of failure to function: why an examination overhaul is needed at the USPTO

In an exclusive guest post, the author of a new trademark law study outlines why failure to function has become a “muddled doctrine”, and suggests what the USPTO and brand owners can do to fix it. Read more

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19 Aug 2021

China’s trademark levels are back on the rise after a relatively slow 2019

The Long Read: WTR’s annual Asia-Pacific deep dive is here, revealing 2020’s top corporate and law firm filers, major trends and everything in between. Read more

3 Aug 2021

INTA files amicus brief on product feature protection, warns of threat to array of registered marks

INTA has filed an amicus brief before the US Supreme Court in a case concerning the protection of product features as trademarks and the extent to which such protection is available based on the concept of functionality. Read more

29 Jul 2021

A new era of working with influencers in India: what brand owners need to know

In an exclusive guest post, Remfry and Sagar partner Samta Mehra looks at the rapidly changing regulations for influencer advertising in India. Read more

29 Jul 2021

GI, PDO or TSG? How to choose the best options for traditional food and drink in Europe

The Long Read: Producers of traditional European food and drink have a buffet of IP rights to choose from. Baker McKenzie’s Claire France and Jessica Le Gros provide a straightforward guide to making the right selection. 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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30 Jun 2021

The Chinese IP protection landscape looks bright – but more still needs to be done

Leading trademark practitioners discuss how the Chinese IP regime is improving for brand owners and, crucially, what the key areas of focus should be next. Read more

11 May 2021

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Canada

In 2020, for the second consecutive year, there was a significant increase in the number of detained shipments by the Canada Border Services Agency (Customs), including several containers of counterfeit merchandise destined for global distribution. Read more

11 May 2021

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: China

Customs protection is one of the important ways to protect intellectual property. The premise of such protection is simple: a trademark is registered and the owner of that mark applies to the General Administration of Customs for a record. Read more

11 May 2021

Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Russia

Russia is a signatory to almost all the international treaties governing IP matters. The international conventions and treaties are regarded as integral parts of the Russian legal system. Read more