Michał Pietrzyk explains what Brexit will mean for EU trademarks

Michał Pietrzyk explains what Brexit will mean for EU trademarks

  The Brexit transition period is looming on the horizon; let’s take a look at what it means for European Union Trade Marks (EUTMs). Firstly, definite Brexit means that EUTMs will no longer protect trademarks in the UK. Fortunately, the Withdrawal Agreement...

Stacey C. Kalamaras gives an overview on the Hermès counterfeit ring

Hermès battles former employees as sophisticated counterfeit ring is busted By: Stacey C. Kalamaras, Founding Partner, Kalamaras Law Office LLC The operation reportedly worked as follows: at the center of the ring was a group of three friends, two of whom worked for...

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Movers and shakers – July 2020

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the past few weeks have seen a reduction in job appointments and other such announcements. There have, however, been a few important developments here and there. For starters, marking an exciting and significant moment, Johansson &...

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EUIPO and EURid announce closer collaboration

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and EURid, the domain name registry for the .eu, .ею and .ευ domains, recently announced that they would “intensify” collaboration to support trademark and domain name applicants and owners, with a particular...

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Black Lives Matter trademark applications “destined to fail”

Proving once again that if one person can coin a phrase, another will waste no time in attempting to trademark it, it should perhaps come as no surprise that, on 6 June 2020, trademark applications were filed in the UK for the terms “I CAN’T BREATHE” (Application no....

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“Amazon Pharmacy” moves one step closer

Back in January, Amazon applied to the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to register the trademark “Amazon Pharmacy”, in a move that was taken as a strong indication that Amazon intended to enter the UK’s pharmaceutical space. This development was one of a number...

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INTA – virtual Annual Meeting plans revealed

Having announced that its rescheduled Annual Meeting will now take place as a virtual event due to be held on 16-20 November, the International Trademark Association (INTA) has outlined how this event will look, and what it will offer attendees. Despite the inevitable...

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UKIPO annual report – trademark applications up

The UK Intellectual Property Office has once again reported its annual numbers. Most strikingly, they show a significant increase in the number of trademark applications. According to the report, in 2019, trademark applications increased by 12.9%, whereas the number...

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Annual Patent and Trademark Attorney Salary Survey 2020

The Patent Lawyer has partnered with Fellows and Associates to bring you the 9th Annual Patent and Trademark Attorney Salary Survey 2020. This survey aims to analyze the current remuneration packages available for Patent and Trademark Attorneys. As such, all...

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INTA 2020 goes virtual

The International Trademark Association (INTA) has announced that its 2020 Annual Meeting & Leadership Meeting in November will now be an all-virtual event, in response to the continuing uncertainty surrounding the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. In April, INTA...

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Trade Mark Owners Association relaunched

Originating in 1886, the Trade-Mark Owners Association (TMOA) led the expansion of global trademark protections and continued to protect the interests of its clients through two World Wars, the Great Depression, and the 2008 Recession. Now, over 130 years after its...

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Puma loses “Tokyo 2021” bid

German sportswear and sports equipment multinational Puma has had its application to register the trademark “Puma Tokyo 2021” rejected by the USPTO, which reasoned that the global brand was attempting to create a “false connection” with the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics...

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New Balance wins China lawsuit

American sports footwear and apparel brand New Balance has won a major unfair competition lawsuit in China, ending a 16-year battle against one of the country’s most prolific copycat brands. On 16 April the Shanghai Pudong People’s Court found New Barlun (China) Co...

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Trademark.com launched to safeguard brands

Trademark.com, an all-in-one trademark protection tool, has been launched by Compumark with the aim of making it easy and affordable for small business owners to safeguard their brands. The new site allows entrepreneurs to monitor up to five marks for copycat...

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USPTO extends deadlines under CARES Act

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has, rather belatedly, extended the time limit for applicants to file patent and trademark-related documents to 1 June 2020. It has also extended the time limits applicable to the payment of relevant fees and...

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SnapDragon wins Queen’s Award for Innovation

Legal tech company SnapDragon Monitoring has received a Queen’s Award for Innovation, one of Britain’s most prestigious business accolades. SnapDragon Monitoring was born out of its founder’s experience of fighting fake products when her baby product was...

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All the latest IP appointments

The past few weeks have seen leading IP firms make a series of high-profile appointments. At Mewburn Ellis, Adam Gregory, part of the firm’s industry-leading life sciences patent team, has been promoted to partner. This promotion sees the Mewburn Ellis partnership...

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Michael Jordan’s Chinese slam-dunk

In a promising sign that commitments regarding the protection of IP made by Beijing to the US during recent trade deal talks may actually be acted upon, the Chinese Supreme Court has upheld a long-running complaint by legendary US basketball player Michael Jordan...

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Corporate Social Responsibility – INTA report

INTA’s “Brands and CSR Survey Report” surveyed 227 INTA members worldwide. According to INTA, “organizations overwhelmingly recognize their social obligation to positively impact global issues and give back to the community, and that these efforts — when made public —...

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Trademarks and designs in uncertain times

There has never been a better time to think about trademark and design protection. Rosie Burbidge, partner at Gunnercooke, explains why.

Intellectual Property Rights in the Chinese Civil Code

Zhenkun Fu and Brenda Zhao, Senior Partners at Corner Stone & Partners, give a timely overview of Chinese IP protection.

Descriptive fair use in China

Yakai Shi and Lena Shen, Partner and Attorney-at-law at Beijing Sanyou Intellectual Property Agency Ltd, give a basic introduction to the rule of the descriptive fair use defense in China.

New normal, old problems

Nora Fowler, Associate at EIP, looks at trademark protection in light of COVID-19.

LAW FIRM RANKINGS 2020 - The Americas, Middle-East, and Africa

A comprehensive list of the 10 most well-respected law firms from The Americas, Middle-East, and Africa

Photobox’s Free Prints app icon found to infringe its competitor’s trademark

Sean Ibbetson, Associate in the Brands, Designs & Copyright team at Bristows, discusses this recent High Court judgment.

Trademark issues regarding 3D printing

Yashvardhan Rana, IP Lawyer at Inttl Advocare, discusses the far-reaching trademark implications of this revolutionary and fast-developing technology.

It’s all in the name

Manisha Singh, Partner, and Gautam Kumar, Senior Associate, of LexOrbis examine the difficulties inherent in trademarking names.

Is Sky the limit in the David versus Goliath trademark battle of the last decade?

Hilda-Georgina Kwafo-Akoto of Mewburn Ellis examines the potential implications of Sky v Skykick.

KnowIt 2020 – Editor’s report

Matt Seex, Editor of The Trademark Lawyer, looks back at a thought-provoking and entertaining three-day live-stream event.

Protection and use of Certification Trademarks in Africa

Inês Tavares of Inventa International outlines how various African jurisdictions define and implement Certification Trademarks.

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