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V versus V: assessment of similarity between one-letter trademarks

This recent decision of the IP Court is significant in that it provides guiding principles concerning the assessment of the similarity between trademarks consisting of only one letter.

16 September 2022

Seal of disapproval: TTAB refuses registration of county logos

A logo adopted by a government entity does not have to be “official” to constitute an insignia for which trademark registration is prohibited under Section 2(b) of the Trademark Act.

16 September 2022

A metaverse dystopia, UDRP tips, diversity in brand protection: eight key takeaways from Online Brand Protection Europe

Strategic takeaways from in-house leaders, law firm experts and industry specialists at this week's Brand Protection Online Europe event.

15 September 2022

WHOIS disclosure report sparks concern as ICANN75 looms

Brand owners are preparing their response to a newly released proposal for a system giving access to WHOIS data.

15 September 2022

Crocs Inc prevails in long-running fight to protect its Classic Clog

Following a five-year dispute that went all the way to the Court of Appeals, Crocs Inc has obtained the annulment of a trademark registration that reproduced its highly popular Classic Clog.

15 September 2022

E-commerce platform’s suggested-seller function leads to finding of passing off

An online seller has scored an important point against a major Indian e-commerce site before the Delhi High Court. The site has a function that suggests users visit other sellers’ pages, which, in this case, promoted the products of unrelated third-party sellers that were taking advantage of the plaintiff’s brand.

15 September 2022

Superior common law rights in South Carolina defeat infringement claims

A district court has held that one sale made two years before applying for federal trademark protection ― with no targeted marketing or promotion in South Carolina during that period ― is insufficient to establish superior common law trademark rights.

15 September 2022

The big impact of TRUMP TOO SMALL: free speech debate erupts after controversial trademark decision

Talking to WTR, the academic behind a new paper on a recent Federal Circuit ruling urges policymakers to remember that “trademarks should distinguish goods, not claim ownership over words”.

14 September 2022

The metaverse, valuation issues and IP in the age of covid – takeaways from IP Week @ SG 2022

Last week the IP Office of Singapore organised a series of events to celebrate its first in-person IP Week since the start of the pandemic. WTR was on the ground to bring you the key takeaways.

14 September 2022

BUENOS AIRES held to be registrable for products in Class 32

The court upheld the principle that geographical names may be registered as trademarks, except if they are appellations of origin or are likely to mislead the public.

14 September 2022

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