Posts in Trademark


Washington Insiders Say Farewell to 2020 and Look Ahead to 2021

As we thankfully see 2020 fading into the rear-view mirror and all look forward to a hopefully much better 2021, we want to take a moment to reflect on …

USPTO Report Puts Chinese Innovation Growth in Context

On January 13, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a new report on the impact of patent and trademark filing trends in China. The report, …
By Gene Quinn
5 months ago 12

National Advertising Division Says Pre-Launch Investor Presentation Can Be Challenged Under Advertising Law

It has long been a fundamental tenet of advertising law that comments made to investors, and particularly those made before the commercial launch of a product or …

Federal Circuit Affirms TTAB Dismissal of QuikTrip’s Opposition to Convenience Store Mark

On January 8, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed a decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and …
By IPWatchdog
5 months ago 0

U.S. Customs Recordation – A Valuable Enforcement Tool

Owners of trademarks and copyrights registered in the U.S. have available a potent enforcement tool to stave off entry of increasing volume of infringing and counterfeit …
By Maria Scungio
6 months ago 1

Top USPTO Developments of 2020—and What to Expect in 2021

Novel and non-obvious can be easily used to describe the events of 2020, both here in the United States and around the world. Despite all the challenges, there …

Europe’s Top Five (Non-Patent) IP Developments of 2020

In a previous piece, we covered the top five patent developments of the year in Europe. Here, we review some of the key cases and legislation that …
By James Nurton
6 months ago 1

Ready for 2021?  Beware Non-Use of Your Trademarks in 2020

Some businesses, as a result of the pandemic, have been pressed to discontinue manufacture or sale of products or have otherwise limited the scope of their business …
By Maria Scungio
6 months ago 0

Looking Back at the Highest Impact Trademark Cases of 2020

This year saw its fair share of high profile trademark cases: the Second Circuit vacated Tiffany & Co.’s $25 million summary judgment win against Costco Wholesale Corp. in …
By Megan Bannigan & Jared Kagan
6 months ago 1

Trade and Commerce in West Africa and How it Influences IP Rights

To do business in Africa, it is important to understand how African countries conduct trade and commerce among themselves and with the rest of the world. Specifically, …
By Joy Azumara
7 months ago 0

How Patents Helped Sprout the World’s First Plantable Pencil

It has likely been a while since most of even used a pencil – but would we use them more if they grew flowers, trees and herbs? Enter, …
By Eileen McDermott
7 months ago 1

U.S. and EU Copyright Law Developments Reviewed at INTA Annual Meeting

Last week, during the International Trademark Association's (INTA's) all-virtual 2020 Annual Meeting & Leadership Meeting, panelists Naomi Jane Gray, Axel Nordemann and Catherine Zaller Rowland discussed perspectives in Copyright …
By Rebecca Tapscott
7 months ago 2

Panelists Address Growing Threat from ‘Brand Restrictions’ at Virtual INTA Annual Meeting

Restrictions on the use of branding symbols are a growing and serious threat to IP rights, according to a panel of trademark specialists speaking at the online …
By James Nurton
7 months ago 1

USPTO Publishes Final Rule Codifying Significant Trademark Fee Increases

The USPTO recently published a Final Rule setting new fees for trademark filings and TTAB proceedings, which will be effective January 2, 2021. The last time trademark fees were …
By Eileen McDermott
7 months ago 1

As Biden Presidency Nears, Concerns Over Return to Obama-Era IP Politics Loom Large

As of the time of publication, the Associated Press had called 264 electoral college votes for Joe Biden in the 2020 Presidential Election. While many states are still counting …
By Steve Brachmann
8 months ago 23