Over 2 Million AI-Powered Trademark Searches Completed

Trademark professionals have completed over 2 million AI-powered trademark searches in 7 years through TrademarkNow’s platform. The amount of searches is growing rapidly every month, as evidenced by an increasing number of companies implementing intellectual property...

JetBlue files infringement lawsuit against Walmart

JetBlue Airways has filed an infringement suit against Walmart for the name Jetblack. According to court filings, JetBlue claimed that Walmart tried to capitalize on the goodwill associated with the airline’s trademark name. JetBlue state that Walmart's mark causes...

Facebook tech fails to detect fake Which? advert

With all the public battles that Facebook has been confronted with recently, it’s no surprise that Which? managed to, very easily, work its way through the company’s ad monitoring process. What is shocking is how long the advert managed to stay active and unnoticed –...

Iron Maiden sue makers of video game for $2 million

Iron Maiden’s holding company have launched a $2 million trademark suit against the makers of video game Ion Maiden. The lawsuit, filed at the Central District of California court on 28th May, accuses creators 3D Realms Entertainment of using an “incredibly blatant"...

INTA president asks members for unity in stopping counterfeits

International Trademark Association (INTA) members should help stop the propagation of counterfeits, according to association president David Lossignol. This comes after INTA released a report which showed up to 79% of 18-23-year-olds surveyed had purchased...

INTA Gets Underway in Boston

More than 11,100 brand owners, trademark practitioners, and other intellectual property (IP) professionals from 150+ countries are gathering today through May 22 in Boston, Massachusetts for the 2019 Annual Meeting of the International Trademark Association (INTA) to...

23% of global domains targeted by cyber-attacks

Almost one-quarter of brands have had their domain targeted by cybercriminals, according to the latest global research report released by MarkMonitor. The report also highlighted that 62% of brands reported that cybercrime impacted their business in the last year....

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Post-GDPR brand protection solution from MarkMonitor

Following the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), MarkMonitor has announced a new technological solution that is set to simplify how brands protect themselves online. The solution is an extension of MarkMonitor’s world-leading brand...

Velcro protect brand with second video

Last year, Velcro released a music video featuring singing lawyers asking people to #DontSayVelcro. The video was a bid to get people to stop using the brand name as a general term to prevent trademark infringement and genericide occurring. This week, the brand has...

Scandalous Trademark Applications On Hold

WRITTEN BY: Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A Trademarks consisting of or comprising “scandalous or immoral” matter still won’t be granted federal registration “in the name of the United States of America,” at least for the time being. Immediately on the heels of the...

SnapDragon “Swoops” to rescue counterfeited brands

SnapDragon, the legal tech company, today launches Swoop, an automated brand monitoring platform for designers, manufacturers and retailers, the first of its kind to be made publicly available. Swoop has been created to enable brands to wage war with online criminal...

Bitcoin threatens company selling themed t-shirts

Recently, a UK company acquired the trademark for the term Bitcoin and they are now putting the trademark to good use by starting litigation with those who dare to use it. This week, they are focusing their concentration on a small business that sells bitcoin-themed...

Marsh has lost a trademark dispute with insurtech company Marshmallow

Marsh has lost a trademark dispute with insurtech company Marshmallow over its name. The global broker will have to pay Twin Thinking (Marshmallow) £800 in costs and will not be able to prevent the start-up from using the name. The trademark infringement claim was...

Partial victory for Adidas in Sketchers case

In a 43-page opinion, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the German sportswear giant in its effort to prevent rival Skechers from manufacturing, distributing, advertising, selling, or offering for sale sneakers that are “confusingly” similar to its classic...

Florida pizza shop wins trademark fight

A Florida-based pizza franchise has, this week, won a legal battle against New Jersey over the trademark rights to its logo. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office panel found there are similarities between the Garden State Parkway's logo and the one used by Jersey...

Trademark registration for Kikkoman’s Soy sauce 3D Bottle

In October 11, 2016, Kikkoman Corporation, the world’s leading producer of soy sauce, filed an application for trademark registration at the Japan Patent Office (JPO) for the following three-dimensional colored mark for soy sauce in class 30. Red-capped Kikkoman soy...

Does taking a career break negatively impact your earning potential?

We at Fellows and Associates have just gone live with the data collection phase of our 7th annual salary survey (www.fellowssurvey.com) and I thought I would delve a little deeper into something that has been nagging at me for some time.  Does taking a career break...

Dr Dre. loses trademark battle

Rapper Dr. Dre has lost a trademark infringement suit against obstetrician-gynecologist, Dr. Drai. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office dismissed Dr. Dre's challenge. Dr. Drai, legal name Draion M. Burch, was hoping to trademark the name Dr. Drai for his medical and...

Burberry sues Target

This week, Burberry have taken the steps to once again protect its signature check-print merchandise. The British fashion label has filed a trademark infringement suit against US megastore Target. Burberry are alleging that the retailer has been selling products that...

Formula 1 trademark the term ‘shoey’

Liberty Media, Forumla One's owners, have trademarked the word 'shoey' to claim the rights and royalties over the increasingly popular phrase. The Shoey is a podium celebration popularised by Daniel Ricciardo where a driver drinks champagne from a shoe....

Alibaba loses court ruling

Court filings released this week have shown that a U.S. District Judge rejected Alibaba's trademark lawsuit against the Alibabacoin foundation. U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken ruled in favor of a cryptocurrency and its foundation on Monday against the Chinese giant...

Lionel Messi scores at EU court

After a seven-year fight to be able to use his name on sports goods, Lionel Messi - the world's top-earning footballer - has won a judgment at a European Court to be able to trademark his name. Originally, Messi's application was challenged by the Spanish cycling...

POWERING CHANGE: WOMEN IN INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY

CPA Global: So many women have advanced science, technology and the convenience of our ordinary lives through their innovation, and we are celebrating their stories. This year, for World Intellectual Property Day, we are joining WIPO in recognizing the brilliance of...

INTA supports World IP Day and its Celebrating Women theme

The International Trademark Association (INTA) will celebrate World Intellectual Property (IP) Day on April 26 by hosting a series of global events spanning three continents. In recognition of this year’s World IP Day theme, Powering Change: Women in innovation and...

Harley-Davidson wins biggest trademark case ever

Harley-Davidson has been renowned for aggressively protecting its intellectual property rights. In its most recent case against SunFrog.com, an online print-on-demand outlet that makes custom clothes, mugs, etc., Harley-Davidson has won its largest ever infringement...

KitKat ‘not distinctive’ EU top court opines

After a decision by an EU General Court in December 2016 stating that Nestlé’s four-fingered Kit-Kat was not distinctive enough to be trademarked, this week an adviser to the EU’s top court has suggested that a ruling which called into doubt s trademark protection for...

Guess and Gucci end nine-year battle

The legal battle over the Guess logo and diamond pattern with high-end brand Gucci has finally reached a settlement agreement "which will result in the conclusion of all pending IP litigations and trademark office matters worldwide.” The battle began nine years ago...

Deli High Court prevents firms infringing Patanjali TM

A restraint has been issued by the Deli High Court against four firms from using the mark Patanjali. The firms (and trust) can no longer manufacture, sell or advertise any goods or services bearing the mark or word Patanjali', the registered trademark of yoga guru...

EUIPO issues new important judgment

The European Office for Intellectual Property responsible for managing the EU trade mark and the registered Community design, further confirmed the validity of the registered three-dimensional trademarks, to protect the distinctive features of its iconic Bottega Gold...

The Weeknd sues realtor over Starboy TM

The Weeknd has hit back in the worldwide charts with My Dear Melancholy, the surprise six-song EP he released on Friday. The R&B star's elation of the album may be short lived, as reports have surfaces that a legal battle has begun with the rapper against realtor...

Women Lawyers Significantly Better, Study Finds

One of the most hotly contested debates of recent years has been fixated on the existence of a pay gap between women and men. Numerous studies have proven that this disparity is present (with variations) across all industries and professions, with women earning...

Forever 21’s trademark row with non-profit organization

KOB 2018: The owner of a not-for-profit company is in a legal dispute with the clothing store Forever 21 over a shirt. According to Madison Steiner, owner and operator of Peach's Neet Feet, Forever 21 is using her trademarked logo "Hustle Kindness" on graphic T-shirts...

Iceland chant in trademark trouble

Iceland are known for their "Hú" chant, made famous by fans dressed as Vikings at the European Championship finals in 2016, and this week it is at the forefront of a trademark case. After the rise in popularity of the chant, Icelandic cartoonist Hugleikur Dagsson...

The Trademark Lawyer Magazine’s European Trademark Rankings 2018

Hopefully, by now, you have seen the Trademark Lawyer Magazine's European Trademark Rankings 2018 and you have come here to read the full list. Via this link, you will view a full and comprehensive list of the most well-respected law firms from Europe in alphabetical...

Macy’s sue a family-run UK business

Macy's, the American retail giant, has prevented a family run hair salon in Scotland, UK, from using the name Macy's in a bitter trademark dispute. A cease and desist letter was sent to owners Jon & Kristy Nelson last week, as they revealed via a social media...

Will Kanye West lose the right to ‘Yeezy’?

Kanye West has been at the center of our news stories for the past few weeks over his attempts to trademark Red October. This week, however, his popular 'Yeezy' brand is at the center of controversy after claims were made that a Chinese company actually owns the...

UK confirms post-Brexit position on trademarks and design rights

In the latest Brexit paper, the UK Government has signaled its intention to grant all EU registered trademark and design rights holders a right, equivalent to a UK right, after the end of the transition period. Currently, the transition period is planned to end on the...

Article of the week #2: Europe Rankings

Throughout the next few pages, you will view a comprehensive list of the 10 most well-respected law firms from Europe in alphabetical country and company order. Click here to view the Europe rankings  

Crocs decision upheld

This week, an EU Court has upheld an earlier decision that the design of Crocs shoes cannot be protected under intellectual property laws. The original decision was from 2016 by the EUIPO who canceled the patent because Crocs made the design public before registering...

McDonald’s Selects Anaqua Trademark Management Software

This week, Anaqua have once again made huge progress with the beginning of a new business deal. McDonald’s Corporation has entered into a multi-year agreement to use the ANAQUA platform to manage trademark prosecution, enforcement, and related legal matters. The...

Blackberry is suing Facebook over messaging

Blackberry - the former phone giant - has sued Facebook - the largest social media platform in the world - in LA this week over their messaging service. The lawsuit is targetting facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram and Whatsapp. It came after what BlackBerry said...

Pharrell secures ‘Girl’ trademark’

Just in time for International Women's Day 2018, Pharell has secured the approval to trademark his 'Girl' logo. The trademark was filed for in November but was accepted by the USPTO this week. According to TMZ, the 44-year-old could implement "Girl By Pharrell...

Dulwich Hamlet’s trademark battle with landlord

In a bizarre case this week, a non-league UK football team have been told they can no longer use their name or initials after their landlord applied to trademark them to prevent them from using it. Dulwhich Hamlet have been targetted by the landowner of their grounds...

Kim Kardashian-West denies trademark infringement

A Dutch makeup artist waited too long to bring a lawsuit against Kim Kardashian over her KKW beauty venture, according to Kardashian’s latest filing. After being slapped with a trademark infringement lawsuit in July, in which Kirsten Kjaer Weis alleged that Kardashian...

Adidas win ruling for three stripes, again

A verdict has been delivered by the European Court of Justice today, stating that German sporting goods maker Adidas may oppose the registration of three parallel stripes on shoes as an EU trademark, affirming an earlier decisions by the European Union Intellectual...

.Brands break new ground with benefits to marketing and security

In this report, MarkMonitor’s new gTLD experts summarize .Brand registration and marketing activity, current trends and news relevant to businesses and brand owners. The report begins with how new gTLDs may offer users additional security by ensuring a website’s...

BakerHostetler Adds Intellectual Property Lawyer Troy Schmelzer

BakerHostetler announced the addition of Troy M. Schmelzer as a partner in its Intellectual Property Group. Resident in the firm’s Los Angeles office, Schmelzer will be part of the electrical, mechanical and computer science prosecution team. He was previously with...

Beyoncé rejects $10 million settlement ‘proposal’

As you will be well-aware by now, Beyoncé is fighting for her rights to her daughter, Blue Ivy's, name. Wedding Planner Veronica Morales is the person preventing the trademark application being pushed through, as she owns a company named Blue Ivy and does not want the...

Eagles file for ‘Philly Special’ trademark

NFL team 'the Eagles' have filed for a trademark at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office this week. The trademark being filed for is 'Philly Special', which came to fruition after the SuperBowl. The famous play was requested by Nick Foles and Called by Doug Pederson...

Apple apply for ‘rainbow’ logo trademark

It has been reported this week that Apple has applied to register its multicolored logo as a trademark. The multicolored logo has been used on an array of Apple's apparel and is famous in its own right now. The filing began in December and is now being considered for...

Uber & Waymo reach settlement

It was approximately one year ago that Waymo filed a trade secret lawsuit against Uber. This week, less than a week into the long-awaited trial, the two companies have reached a settlement. The settlement will have Uber give Waymo 0.34% of equity in the company (worth...

Scammer caught in Leason Ellis case

IP boutique adds another victory in its fight against deceptive trademark practices by securing a settlement against company that charged consumers hundreds of dollars for publication in so-called “database” of registered trademarks Leason Ellis LLP, an intellectual...

Samsung could be making smart glasses, trademark suggests

We've heard a lot about Smart Glasses in recent years, with Google creating the first prototype in 2013. Although the project never quite took off the way Google hoped, other companies decided to try their hand at it. It's now possible that consumer-oriented smart...

Kanye West applies for Red October trademark, again

Kanye West is, once again, hoping to gain the exclusive rights to his original Nike Air Yeezy 1 'Red October' trainers. The trainers are officially four years old and the megastar wants to prevent others from using the name without permission and to begin selling...

Bacardi’s trademark denied in the UK

On the 31st March 2015, Bacardi applied to register the trademark 'Angels Envy' at the EUIPO after acquiring the brand that year. In April 2017 this was converted to a UK trademark and life seemed simple for the global spirit company. However, this led to three years...

Lululemon Athletica takes on hundreds of infringing sites

Lululemon Athletica - founded in 1998 - is suing an array of websites that are selling knock-off yoga pants and infringing on the trademark of the well-established brand. The lawsuit, filed on Monday in a Chicago Federal Court, claims hundreds of websites are...

Will Christian Louboutin lose the rights to his infamous red sole?

Christian Louboutin has been fighting his case in Europe recently to ensure that no other designer can use his red sole idea. Louboutin is trying to prevent Van Haren - a high street chain - from selling their version of his distinctive shoes, which have been a...

Grumpy Cat wins $700,000 for infringement

The owners of the 'meme' star Grumpy Cat have won a groundbreaking judgment in California this week, after a coffee maker tried to use their intellectual property for profit. A jury verdict granted the owners $710,001 for copyright and trademark infringement....

Meryl Streep applied to register her name as a trademark

Meryl Streep has applied for legal protection of her name to prevent any person from the entertainment industry using it without her permission. Streep, 68, applied to register her name as a trademark with the USPTO this week to ensure she is the only person who can...

BrewDog win an important victory in the UK

Legal experts have pinned BrewDog's latest litigation win an "important victory" after the IPA brewers won a battle against the Elvis Presley estate after a year of litigation trials. A previous ruling prevented them registering the trademark 'Elvis Juice' for their...

INTERVIEW: Robert Stolk, CEO for Pointer Brand Protection

Robert Stolk is one of the founders of Pointer Brand Protection, current CEO. Within Pointer Brand Protection Robert is responsible for setting up strategic partnerships and new business contacts. He oversees the sales activities and coaches the team to be successful...

Comment from CITMA about new UK minister for IP

Jo Johnson has been replaced as the Minister of Intellectual Property in the United Kingdom by Sam Gyimah. Sam is an MP for East Surrey where he has been appointed since 2010 and has been given a "warm welcome" from the UKIPO. His official title, according to the UK...

Trademark controversy surrounding #MeToo

If you have a social media account, the likelihood is you've heard about the #Metoo movement - it has been pretty hard to miss! Women have successfully found a way to digitally stand with one another in strength against sexual assault allegations, which stemmed from...

The Eagles reach settlement

In the ongoing case between rockband the Eagles and Mexican hotel entrepreneurs, a settlement has been reached. The litigation battle began in May 2017 when the band claimed the hotel were 'actively' encouraging guests to believe there was a link between the two when...

Formula One in trademark trouble with 3M

The Formula One logo was unveiled in November 2016 after the previous logo being used for 30 years. Created by Wieden + Kennedy, the logo apparently symbolizes the look of a F1 car with a "modern retro feel". However, 3M have begun litigation proceedings after...

U.S. Army starts infringement with NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights

It was only in November 2016 that the Vegas Golden Knights unveiled their team name and logo. however, this week, the Gold Knights received some bad news in the shape of a formal complaint filed by the United States Army. The U.S. Army is concerned by the name and...

INTA appoints new President Tish Berard

Tish Berard has been announced as the new INTA President for 2018 and Chair of the Board of Directors. Ms Berard is the former Vice President and General Counsel for Hearts on Fire Company, LLC headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, takes on this role after having...

Twitter is being sued by TWiT for trademark infringement

This Week in Tech - known as TWiT - is suing Twitter for breaching oral agreement and trademark infringement. Originally, Twitter co-founder Evan William had told TWiT owners that Twitter was a text-based microblogging service and has breached that agreement with the...

The Comic Con battle continues

A jury decided in December 2017 that San Diego Comic Con owned the valid trademark and that competitors Salt Lake Comic Con used the aforementioned trademark without permission. Consequently, San Diego was awarded $20,000 in compensation costs - a mere fraction of the...

Kid Rock in legal battle over ‘The Greatest Show on Earth’

You may think that a rockstar claiming their show was the greatest on earth would be a pretty common occurrence and a great way to get fans to attend. However, this week, Kid Rock has found himself at the centre of a trademark lawsuit for titling his 2018 tour 'The...

Italian fashion start-up wins ‘Steve Jobs’ trademark

Steve Jobs' contributions to modern computing will be remembered for a long time, especially for his work with Apple Inc. Despite his tragic early death in 2011, Steve Jobs' creations are still used around the world on a daily basis and he is surely a household name...

Beyoncé loses latest trademark decision

In the latest decision in an ongoing trademark litigation case, Beyoncé has lost the bid for confidentiality. Beyoncé and her team had previously requested to keep details from an upcoming deposition in her trademark battle confidential. The case began when the...

Facebook releases trademark violations data for the first time

Facebook Inc announced Monday that it removed nearly 3 million posts, including videos, ads and other forms of content, from its services during the first half of 2017 following complaints of counterfeiting and copyright and trademark infringement. The data comes from...

Toyota lose the rights to Prius in India

By Dr Mohan Dewan from R.K. Dewan The Indian Supreme Court on 14th December, 2017 passed a retrograde decision which will have a direct impact on genuine and foreign proprietors of trademarks. Prior to this decision, India was considered as a “safe haven” for...

Apple may need to change the logo for their App Store again

A Chinese clothing brand have started a trademark litigation lawsuit with Apple over the similarity of their brands logo and the logo for the Apple App Store. Kon – the Chinese brand – are seeking an apology, compensation, and an injunction to stop Apple selling...

Steve Madden is being sued over his wool sneakers

Shoe designer Steve Madden has been sued this week by a New Zealand-based startup for sustainable shoes. Allbirds, the sustainable shoe start-up, is alleging that Steve Madden has copied their signature woolen running shoe. According to Business of Fashion, Allbirds...

Comic Con International wins trademark dispute

This week, a jury sided with Comic-Con International in San Diego in a trademark case against a Utah-based comic convention. The San Deigo based convention was awarded $20,000 compensation plus legal fees. This was just a fraction of the sought after $12 million...

EU Trademark dispute with BitTorrent finalized

When you think of BitTorrent you tend to think of piracy and the downloading of illegal files. It seems, therefore, somewhat ironic that a lawsuit has been ongoing since 2011 as to who owns the rights to the name of this torrenting site. Nonetheless, BitTorrent and a...

Nearly half of consumers fear buying counterfeit holiday gifts

Trickery is trending this holiday season – at least for online criminals. Forty-five percent of shoppers worry about unintentionally buying imitation goods over the winter holiday, according to the latest research from MarkMonitor, the world leader in enterprise brand...

Record trademark filings in 2016, according to the WIPO

Worldwide filings for patents, trademarks, and industrial designs reached record heights in 2016 amid soaring demand in China, the UN's World Intellectual Property Organization reports. Innovators around the world filed 3.1 million patent applications in 2016, up 8.3%...

CITMA publishes Brexit business case

This week, CITMA published its business case which sets out why the rights of Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys to represent clients and businesses before the EUIPO is of paramount importance and why those rights must continue after Brexit. The report sets out the...

Apple win litigation trial with Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc

Smartphone and technology giant Apple won a ruling this week that will prevent a Chinese competitor from registering an EU trademark for 'Mi Pad'. Xiaomi Inc filed an application in 2014 with the EUIPO to register Mi Pad but the ruling this week agreed with Apple that...

Adidas and Art Basel settle infringement suit

The ongoing case between Art Basel and Adidas has been settled, Art Basel have confirmed. Although the terms cannot be published, Adidas claim they "regret" their actions and are "pleased that the lawsuit filed by Art Basel has been settled amicably.” The lawsuit was...

Starbucks loses ruling to Morinaga Milk

A trademark battle between coffee giant Starbucks and a Japanese dairy company has come to a close this week with Starbuck's trademark opposition being thrown out by the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (Ipos). Morinaga Milk will now be allowed to file for...

Velcro wins TM ruling

A litigation battle between Velcro Companies and YKK corporation has come to an end this week after a jury decided that Velcro Companies' VELCRO® Brand fasteners do not infringe YKK's patent. The case first began in August 2013 when YKK sued Velcro Companies – its...

Paypal and Pandora streaming settle lawsuit

Legal action against streaming service Pandora has been dropped this week after PayPal managed to reach a settlement with the music company. It is unclear at the moment what the full terms of the settlement will mean. The case began in May this year when confusion...

Amazon face trial against Daimler AG

In the latest lawsuit against Amazon.com, Daimler AG alleges the online marketplace are willingly selling counterfeit products. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles this week over the sale of alleged fake Mercedes-Benz wheel center caps. As...

Wu-Tang Clan sues dog walking company

Hip-hop group - Wu-Tang Clan - have started a trademark infringement suit this week after they discovered similarly named, Brooklyn-based, dog walking company Woof-Tang Clan. Owner of Woof-Tang Clan, Marty Cuatchon, filed a trademark for the name on June 8th 2017,...

AAA accuses lodging service company of trademark infringement

In the latest lawsuit (case number 3:17-cv-02232-JAH-WVG) to hit the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, the American Automobile Association are suing Quality Inn over alleged trademark infringement and unfair competition. American Automobile...

IP Australia to create world’s first trademark database platform

With a majority vote legalizing gay marriage in Australia this week, the country appeared to be at their peak greatness with the majority of the world celebrating their open-mindedness. This week, news from the Intellectual Property industry has emphasized their...

Epic Brewing Co. begins trademark lawsuit

With the trademark 'beer boom' throughout 2016 & 2017, it was expected that an increase in trademark litigation cases would occur. The most recent of these cases is between Utah beer producer - Epic Brewing Co. - and Buena Vista's Eddyline Brewing company. Epic...

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