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

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. Canada Bennett Jones Bereskin & Parr Blake Cassels & Graydon Borden Ladner Gervais Cassels Brock & Blackwell DLA Piper Gowling WLG Norton Rose...

EUIPO and EURid announce closer collaboration

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...

Movers and shakers – July 2020

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 &...

Black Lives Matter trademark applications “destined to fail”

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....

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...

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...

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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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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New Issue – Ayala Deutsch interview

A few weeks ago, INTA President and Executive VP and Deputy General Counsel of NBA Properties Ayala Deutsch kindly agreed to speak to The Trademark Lawyer about her career in IP, her time at the National Basketball Association, and her many objectives for 2020. Like...

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INTA to hold 2020 Annual Meeting in November in US

The International Trademark Association (INTA) has announced that it has rescheduled its 2020 Annual Meeting and will now be holding it in November in the United States. The change is in response to the latest developments regarding the global outbreak of the...

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Cyprus celebrates Halloumi victory

Halloumi manufacturers are celebrating victory after the European Court of Justice found in their favor on 5 March. The Court sided with the Foundation for the Protection of the Traditional Cheese of Cyprus named Halloumi against Belgium-based M.J Dairies, after the...

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Square Enix triumphs over Gleissner at UKIPO

German businessman Michael Gleissner is a controversial figure in the world of trademarks. Over the past few years, Gleissner has made a name for himself across the globe by filing thousands of trademark applications through hundreds of companies of which he is the...

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Who’s the (Hugo) Boss?

In August last year, clothing giant Hugo Boss demanded that small Welsh Brewery Boss Brewing “cease and desist” using the names “Boss Black” and “Boss Boss” for two of its beers. A costly trademark action followed, leaving Boss Brewing with a legal bill of almost...

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COVID trademark application is “opportunistic”

As the Coronavirus continues its deadly spread across the globe, it comes as no surprise to hear that it has also reached trademark registers. On 11 February, the same day the World Health Organization (WHO) released the “official” name of the virus, the first...

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Amazon is UK consumers’ most trusted online marketplace

Research commissioned by brand protection software provider Incopro looking at “Fake Britain” has found that UK consumers are more trusting of Amazon over rival online marketplaces, despite the company openly admitting it has a problem with counterfeit goods. Just 42%...

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Gibson drops EUIPO appeal

World-famous guitar manufacturer Gibson has abandoned its attempt to retain trademark rights to certain guitar shapes in the EU. The American company twice met with failure before the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in 2019, after it applied unsuccessfully to...

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Sussex Not-So-Royal?

As they step away from public - and royal - duties, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had intended to brand their future commercial activities with the trademark “Sussex Royal”. However, this strategy has hit a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, following news that the...

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Beatles win $77 million merch ruling

The corporation founded by The Beatles to manage their financial and legal affairs, Apple Corps, has been awarded $77 million in damages by US District Court Judge Beth Bloom over the sale of unlicensed merchandise using the band’s name and imagery. The figure of $77...

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Did Netflix make the wrong choices with Bandersnatch?

Streaming giant Netflix has failed in its bid to dismiss a $25 million infringement action brought against it by Chooseco LLC, current publisher of the perennially popular Choose Your Own Adventure books. Chooseco alleges that its trademarks were infringed by the...

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Post-Brexit, Stilton still won’t come from Stilton

The fact that Stilton cheese, world-famous for its distinctive blue veins and pungent aroma, cannot be legally manufactured in the village of Stilton that lends the cheese its name, continues to cause something of a stink in the small Cambridgeshire village. Thought...

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Cyprus gets its halloumi back

When Cyprus lost its ownership of the trademark “halloumi” in the UK in 2018, Cypriot farmers and cheesemakers, who take their exclusive right to manufacture and market their world-famous cheese very seriously indeed, were rightly up in arms. The loss flowed from a...

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Ferrari takes “full-blooded” action against charity

Ferrari is taking legal action against a charity in Italy because it wants to use the charity’s name for its new SUV. The luxury car manufacturer and the Purosangue Foundation, which states its objectives as “[t]he promotion for the public benefit of participation in...

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Sky v Skykick – how will post-Brexit UK react?

The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has finally ruled on the Sky v Skykick case, essentially finding in Sky’s favor. The telecommunications and TV giant had brought proceedings for trademark infringement and passing off against Skykick, a provider of cloud technology...

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Loch Ness Spirits crowdfund to fight trademark action

Loch Ness Spirits, a gin and absinthe company founded by Kevin Ross and Lorien Cameron-Ross in 2015, has turned to crowdfunding in order to raise £30,000 for legal fees in order to pay costs arising from its ongoing battle with a Scotch distillery over its use of the...

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“Amazon Pharmacy” trademark filed globally

Amazon has applied to the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) to register the trademark “Amazon Pharmacy”, in a move that has, unsurprisingly, been taken as a strong indication that Amazon intends to enter the UK’s pharmaceutical space. This follows recent and...

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US lawyer trademarks “Sussex Royal”

Having trademarked their new charity, “Sussex Royal” in the UK, and following a turbulent week for the couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, face an additional and perhaps entirely foreseeable IP road-bump, with news that a US lawyer...

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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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