A Champagne update: Much Ado about Nothing

A Champagne update: Much Ado about Nothing

On July 2, 2021, President Putin signed a law 345-Ф3 “On Making Amendments to the Federal Law On State Regulation of Production and Circulation of Ethyl Alcohol, Alcoholic Products and on Curbing Consumption (Drinking) of Alcoholic Products”. This law changes the...

New Russian law on Champagne’s label might trigger a WTO complaint

New Russian law on Champagne’s label might trigger a WTO complaint

Enrico Bonadio (City, University of London) – Magali Contardi (University of Alicante) In July 2021 Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an amendment to a federal law reserving the use of the Russian term for champagne – Шампанское (shampanskoye) – to sparkling...

Katten appoints new practice heads, building on stellar leadership

Katten appoints new practice heads, building on stellar leadership

(CHICAGO) Katten recently announced  the changes in leadership of several firm practice areas as part of its periodic rotations done to share leadership opportunities and responsibilities within the firm. “Our new practice heads are outstanding individuals who will...

College athletes: Don’t call your agent, call your IP attorney

Supreme Court unshackles college athletes from anti-competitive NCAA rules; allows monetization of name, image and likeness Troy, Mich.—July 12, 2021—On June 21, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States in National Collegiate Athletic Assoc. v. Alston unanimously...

The General Court find meaning in MILEY CYRUS

The General Court find meaning in MILEY CYRUS

By Tom Sharman, Partner and Rob McLaughlin, Assistant at Reddie & Grose LLP, a firm of patent and trademark attorneys. Smiley Miley, Inc. (‘SMI’), owned by American singer Miley Cyrus, has won a six year battle to register the trademark MILEY CYRUS in the EU.  The...

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Shweta Sood Reports: Bull sues Horse – a predictable victory

Shweta Sood Reports: Bull sues Horse – a predictable victory

In a battle between a bull and a horse, the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi passed ex-parte ad interim injunction against the horse based on well-known status given by WIPO to the Bull. The three set parameters for a mark to attain Well Known status as per Indian...

Potter Clarkson underlines firmwide growth with new hires

Potter Clarkson underlines firmwide growth with new hires

Following a period of continued growth, leading European intellectual property law firm, Potter Clarkson has made two new senior hires to join its respected team of IP professionals. The firm has recently welcomed senior associate, Louise Tottie to its growing...

Lex Machina releases 2021 Copyright and Trademark Litigation Report

Lex Machina releases 2021 Copyright and Trademark Litigation Report

Menlo Park, CA — June 3, 2021 — Today, Lex Machina and LexisNexis release their Copyright and Trademark Litigation Report looking at copyright and trademark litigation trends in federal district court. It focuses on the three-year period of 2018 to 2020 and includes...

Laurie Bray comments: Lidl loses out in battle of the gin bottles

Laurie Bray comments: Lidl loses out in battle of the gin bottles

Lidl has been forced to stop selling its own brand gin on the grounds that it looks too similar to that produced by premium gin maker, Hendrick’s. The move to ban the sale of the lookalike gin came following a trademark infringement claim brought by Scottish gin...

INTA reveals more details about the 2021 Annual Meeting

INTA reveals more details about the 2021 Annual Meeting

INTA announced yesterday more details about its 2021 Annual Meeting Virtual +, November 15 to 19, including the cities that will have onsite events and the Meeting’s registration details. The 2021 Annual Meeting will be fully virtual for all five days, November...

Harbottle & Lewis expands IP litigation team with new partner hire

Harbottle & Lewis expands IP litigation team with new partner hire

Harbottle & Lewis welcomes intellectual property specialist Andrew Terry as a partner in the firm’s IP litigation team. With more than two decades of experience handling a broad spectrum of IP, media and brand protection issues, Andrew supports clients across all...

70 new vegan trademarks in 2020 as manufacturers cater to vegan trend

70 new vegan trademarks in 2020 as manufacturers cater to vegan trend

R&D in the food & drink industry grows 40% in five years as manufacturers develop new vegan lines Another 70 vegan trademarks were filed in 2020 as food manufacturers continue to follow the vegan trend, with 265 vegan trademarks now registered in the food and...

World IP Day: Tips for small business owners

World IP Day: Tips for small business owners

Today is World Intellectual Property Day, and this year, we take the time to celebrate small businesses who are the lifeblood of our global economy. In the United States, small businesses drive our economy – they comprise more than 90% of our businesses and employ...

World IP Day: UK SMEs left exposed by failure to protect IP

World IP Day: UK SMEs left exposed by failure to protect IP

New research from Mewburn Ellis and YouGov to mark International IP Day A survey of small and medium businesses (SME) in the UK (1-249 employees) has found that only 21% have taken steps to fully protect their intellectual property (IP) assets. The survey, of 436 SME...

Robert Watson reports: One IPO Transformation launch

Robert Watson reports: One IPO Transformation launch

The formal launch of the One IPO Transformation five-year program on 22 April 2021 marks a welcome step change in the way the UKIPO handles registered IP rights in the digital era.  In fact, work began in March 2021, but this launch marks the publication of the IPO’s...

Intellectual property industry veteran Joe Quinn joins Alt Legal

Intellectual property industry veteran Joe Quinn joins Alt Legal

Alt Legal, Inc., an award-winning IP docketing software company announced recently that Joe Quinn has joined the company as a regional sales director. Quinn brings 20 years of experience helping lawyers and corporate executives evaluate and buy technology products...

M&S sues Aldi in battle of the caterpillars

M&S sues Aldi in battle of the caterpillars

  M&S is suing Aldi for the alleged infringement of its registered trade marks, which were obtained to protect its Colin the Caterpillar cake. M&S claims that Aldi’s Cuthbert the Caterpillar product is similar in appearance and as such, could confuse...

Patpol was awarded the best IP advisor in Poland in 2021

Patpol was awarded the best IP advisor in Poland in 2021

Patpol has picked up the Prosecution Firm of the Year award for Poland at the Managing IP Awards 2021. The awards were presented in a virtual ceremony broadcast worldwide on March 30 2021. The award for IP prosecution recognizes the firm’s achievements in patent,...

Can a hashtag be a trademark?

Can a hashtag be a trademark?

What are hashtags? Even if you spend minimal time on social media, there are three facts that you will agree with. First, social media has become an indispensable marketing channel. Second, the social media platforms are constantly developing online marketing...

Trademark attorney who won Banksy case achieves string of successes

Trademark attorney who won Banksy case achieves string of successes

One of the UK’s leading trademark attorneys, who won a legal battle against famous artist Banksy last year, has enjoyed a trio of successes including top rankings and award nominations. Aaron Wood, part of Blaser Mills Law, which has offices in High Wycombe, Amersham,...

New Balance wins landmark copycat trademark case in China

New Balance wins landmark copycat trademark case in China

The ruling is a welcome boost for international IP rights holders in China American sportswear brand New Balance has won a major legal battle against one of China’s most prolific and aggressive copycat brands, New Barlun, in its 1st instance trial. The compensation...

INTA Announces 2021 Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas

INTA Announces 2021 Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas

The International Trademark Association (INTA) announced today that it will hold its 2021 Annual Meeting on November 15–19, 2021, in Houston, Texas. A mix of in-person and virtual programming, it will feature a wide breadth of innovative educational programming,...

Charlotte Duly Reports: Stuck in a Pearl Jam

Charlotte Duly Reports: Stuck in a Pearl Jam

Tribute acts can have a tough time selecting a name that makes it clear what they are offering whilst avoiding issues with the actual band they seek to imitate. Pearl Jamm encountered the wrath of the band they were paying tribute to, Pearl Jam, and following a cease...

GoDaddy Launches GoDaddy Corporate Domains

GoDaddy Launches GoDaddy Corporate Domains

New Domain Management Solution Enables Enterprises to Contain Costs, Optimize Portfolios and Mitigate Risks GoDaddy Inc. (NYSE: GDDY), the world's largest domain name registrar, today announced the launch of GoDaddy Corporate Domains, a domain management solution for...

Mathys & Squire expands trademark capability with new appointment

Mathys & Squire expands trademark capability with new appointment

Top tier intellectual property firm, Mathys & Squire LLP is pleased to announce the appointment of Robin Richardson as associate to the firm’s trademark practice, bringing the team headcount to a record high of 13 (made up of attorneys and paralegals), across its...

Clarivate launches Domains for Good

Clarivate launches Domains for Good

Clarivate has launched a new program, Domains for Good, to meet the unique needs of non-profit, mission-driven and for-good organizations. The MarkMonitor Domains for Good program leverages deep industry expertise in the domain name space to take the guesswork out of...

Nguyen Hoa Binh summarizes the new Myanmar trademark law

Nguyen Hoa Binh summarizes the new Myanmar trademark law

Summary timeline and milestone Myanmar has become a member of WIPO since 2001. Before the new trademark law was enacted, there was no law of trademark registration except trademark’s definition on Penal Code. In 2016, a draft of new trademark law was in progress and...

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

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...

Clarivate to combine with CPA Global

Clarivate to combine with CPA Global

In a significant move, Clarivate has announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to combine with CPA Global. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020. CPA Global currently provides IP management and technology solutions to more than...

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...

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 &...

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...

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....

“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...

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...

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...

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...

INTA 2020 goes virtual

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...

Trade Mark Owners Association relaunched

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...

Puma loses “Tokyo 2021” bid

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...

New Balance wins China lawsuit

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...

Trademark.com launched to safeguard brands

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

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

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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