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Trademark Modernisation Act: what we learned after one year

Thompson Coburn's Shoko Naruo and Brendan Bement provide a year in review of the US Trademark Modernisation Act, examining the number of expungement/reexamination petitions filed, their results and the effectiveness of the new procedures.

09 March 2023

Amendments to Trademark Act change registration practice and open up new possibilities for registration

While the amendments narrow the scope of protection of new trademark applications in black and white, they open up new possibilities for the registration of non-traditional marks.

03 March 2023

Partial rejections and re-examination system now effective

The new systems are expected to make the registration process more convenient for applicants.

02 March 2023

Key differences between trademark regimes in Montenegro and North Macedonia

Despite their shared history as former republics of Yugoslavia, the two countries take distinct approaches to trademark registration, protection, renewal and opposition, which shape their respective IP landscapes and impact international brand owners.

02 March 2023

McDonald’s reversal shines spotlight on proving genuine use in Poland

The EUIPO’s seismic cancellation – and eventual reinstatement upon appeal – of a McDonald’s registered mark highlights issues with Poland’s rules for proving genuine use.

23 February 2023

IPC court revokes trademark registration over generalness

A recent ruling highlights the perils of a previously approved trademark shifting from distinctive to generic through common, third-party usage.

23 February 2023

Pressure mounts to register black and white marks before adoption of new Trademarks Act

With Norway set to end its tradition of protecting black and white versions of figurative trademarks from March, trademark owners and brands hoping to register must quickly assess the spectrum of colour protection their mark needs.

23 February 2023

Appeal makes sense of contrary submissions before Trademarks Registry and Delhi High Court

A fresh appeal from a two-judge bench weighs the plaintiff’s attempts to claim that the defendant’s trademark “is deceptively similar” to its own against its previous declaration before the Trademarks Registry that there was “no likelihood of confusion” between the two marks.

23 February 2023

Why lack of distinctiveness is increasingly cited by Chinese authorities for trademark refusals

In this guest analysis, Vivian He and Yakuan Wang from Han Kun Law Offices break down the primary reasons for trademark refusals at the CNIPA.

23 February 2023

Draft amendment to Trademark Law: streamlining trademark applications

While the draft amendment seeks to make trademark proceedings more efficient, the proposed changes also raise some concerns and create uncertainties.

22 February 2023

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