“Amazon Pharmacy” moves one step closer

“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...

UKIPO annual report – trademark applications up

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...

INTA – virtual Annual Meeting plans revealed

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...

Annual Patent and Trademark Attorney Salary Survey 2020

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...

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...

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...

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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Harry and Meghan’s trademark spree

Having formally split from the joint charitable foundation, The Royal Foundation, they previously shared with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, and amid continuing rumors of animosity between the two couples, Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan...

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Fake AirPods lead Britain’s counterfeit Christmas

According to research commissioned by online retailer Vape Club, and based on data from UK Trading Standards, fake Apple AirPods are set to be the most “popular” counterfeit item this Christmas in the UK, with trading standards having already seized £134,000 worth of...

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Injunction changes everything for Nike campaign

Sportswear giant Nike has been forced to suspend a significant advertising campaign, unveiled earlier this year at a Major League Baseball game and said to have cost some $16 million, after a federal court in North Carolina found that the campaign’s slogan “Sport...

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Vegan butchers sharpen knives after USPTO decision

The USPTO has caused consternation and anger after it approved Nestlé’s trademark application for “The Vegan Butcher”, having previously rejected a pair of vegan chefs’ application for the strikingly similar “vegan butcher” on the basis that the term was “merely...

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Black Friday sees spike in counterfeits

Having started life as a US-centric pre-Christmas Sales phenomenon, the day after Thanksgiving, now universally known as “Black Friday”, traditionally sees retailers offering heavily promoted discounts on everything from televisions and mobile phones to luxury fashion...

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INTA elects 2020 President

The International Trademark Association (INTA) has elected Ayala Deutsch as the 2020 President of the Association and the Chair of its Board of Directors. Ms. Deutsch, currently Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at NBA Properties in New York, begins...

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Beyond Meat registers new UK trademark

Beyond Meat, the LA-based meat substitute manufacturer, has registered the trademark “Beyond Mince” with the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Having previously launched its animal-free “Beyond Burger” and “Beyond Sausage” in the UK, the US company, which began...

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Booking.com books trip to The Supreme Court

The long-running trademark dispute over the name of market-leading room booking site Booking.com has finally made its way to the US Supreme Court, after the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) successfully petitioned the Court to hear arguments over whether it...

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USPTO asks public to comment on AI-generated IP

In a sure sign that the controversial issue of AI-created patents seems set to run and run, the US Patent and Trademark Office has amended an entry in the Federal Registry, giving notice that, having decided in August 2019 to gather “information about the impact of...

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Bentley Clothing defeats Bentley Motors

Manchester-based Bentley Clothing has won its action against Bentley Motors, whom the former accused of trademark infringement after the luxury car manufacturer developed a range of clothing bearing the “BENTLEY” name. The ruling comes after a long dispute between the...

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T-Mobile claims exclusive right to use the color magenta

An online insurance company founded in 2015 and based in New York has been told by T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom that it must desist from using the color magenta in any of its advertising and marketing activities in the German market. Deutsche Telekom’s...

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Kanye West cannot hold “SUNDAY SERVICE” trademark

Hip Hop icon and born-again Christian Kanye West has failed in his attempt to trademark the words “SUNDAY SERVICE” for a range of merchandise. The controversial musician has been touring the US with a series of Christian-themed “Sunday Service” shows, sharing the...

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Rubik’s Cube puzzled by trademark loss

The European General Court has upheld a European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) decision to cancel a trademark held by the Rubik’s Cube. The famous puzzle was invented in 1974 by Hungarian inventor Ernő Rubik and has sold around 400 million units...

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Sky v Skykick rumbles on

Advocate General Evgeni Tanchev of the European Court of Justice has released his opinion on the ongoing Sky v Skykick case. Sky, the well-known telecommunications company, brought proceedings for trademark infringement and passing off against Skykick, a business...

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Craft spirits drive trademark upswing

The number of trademarks registered in the UK for liqueurs and spirits rose by 12% in 2018 according to recently released figures. London law firm RPC put the dramatic rise, from 2,210 filings in 2017 to 2,482 filings in 2018, down to the continuing boom in...

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Sony challenges “PlayTable”

Games developer Prizm Labs has been sued by Sony Interactive Entertainment over the latter’s “PlayTable”, a tablet-like games console that its designers claim will allow players to interact with various boardgames displayed on the screen using physical items such as...

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Gucci’s horsebit setback

Fashion giant Gucci has suffered a serious blow in its near-decade-long battle against an Italian shoe manufacturer. Gucci shoes have long been known for incorporating a distinctive “horsebit”-style metal chain across their uppers. So distinctive is this feature, that...

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Amazon uses IP protection to enter legal services space

In a move that could point to possible future directions for the technology giant, Amazon has announced its “Amazon Intellectual Property Accelerator” service, “a new program that helps brands more quickly obtain intellectual property (IP) rights and brand protection...

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“Queer” decision by IPO

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) been accused of being out-of-step after it denied an application to trademark the name “Queers & Co” on the grounds that its use of the word “queer” was “contrary to accepted moral values within the UK” and “offensive”....

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Does AI act intentionally?

Pat Breslin, Founder of Breslin Consulting, looks at the importance of “willfulness” in trademark disputes.

Poland establishes new IP courts

Anna Sokołowska-Ławniczak and Julia Jewgraf of Traple Konarski Podrecki & Partners outline the Polish approach to IP.

GRUNDFOS recognized as a well-known trademark

Ling ZHAO of CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office discusses an important infringement case in which she was recently involved.

Non-use cancellation in China

Nick Ji of Corner Stone & Partners looks at one of the ways in which rights holders can protect their trademarks in China.

Change of future passed

Mladen Vukmir, ECTA Second Vice-President, looks to the future to discuss how law, and IP practice in particular, needs to develop and change in the years ahead.

IP law in Poland

ZM Legal’s Klaudia Błach-Morysińska discusses the latest developments in intellectual property law in Poland.

Regional trademark protection across Eurasia

Vladimir Trey of Gorodissky & Partners examines recent efforts to develop an umbrella of protection across the Eurasian economic union.

A new era for trademarks in Angola?

Vitor Palmela Fidalgo of Inventa gives us an overview of “genuine use” in Angola’s latest industrial property Bill.

Liability of e-commerce websites in India

LexOrbis, outline how India is dealing with the IP challenges created by the rapid growth of e-commerce.

Monetary brand valuation in financial engineering

PATEV Associates look at how active IP management can support leveraging the value of rights in times of a crisis.

Proposed new IP law in Mexico

Claudina González of Uhthoff, Gomez Vega & Uhthoff, S.C., discusses new legislative changes.

Michael Jordan wins “final counterattack” in China

Ray ZHAO, LL.M. of Unitalen looks at a recent high-profile victory for IP in the Chinese courts.

Russian invalidation

Sergey Zuykov of Zuykov and partners discusses a recent invalidation case that his firm litigated in the Russian courts.

Partial cancellation actions in Mexico

OLIVARES look at the substantive changes that need to be adopted by Mexican IP law.

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