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USPTO Pilot Program: Trademark Registration Owners May Now Be Able to Broaden their Goods and Services

Did your company at one time obtain a trademark registration covering goods that can now be considered “old technology,” such as music cassettes, VHS tapes, or floppy discs?  And now that your company has moved on to newer technology, such as downloadable music files, pre-recorded DVDs, or online software, you’re afraid that your long-standing registration … Continue Reading

Disparaging marks: The Washington Redskins Made a Foul Play

Related to our recent blog post on immoral marks, U.S. trademark law also prohibits registration of trademarks that consist of “matter which may disparage … persons, … institutions, beliefs, or national symbols.”  This Section of the Lanham Act is central to the long-running controversy over the name of the well-known professional football team, the Washington … Continue Reading

Investing in IP makes good business sense

Profitable companies may be considering how to invest their extra dollars.  “Investing in IP is a good choice,” says Squire Patton Boggs attorney Bryan Sims, who authored a blog titled “Ready For Investment? Three Reasons Why IP Matters.” Bryan gives three reasons why investing in IP makes sense.  First, the IP rights that are generated from innovation … Continue Reading

The thorny issue of keyword advertising: Interflora and M&S dispute set for retrial

Last year, we brought you news of Interflora’s victory against Marks & Spencer (“M&S”) in a keyword advertising dispute where M&S were found liable for trade mark infringement by the UK High Court. In a dramatic turn of events, the Court of Appeal has overturned the original decision and ordered a retrial by the High … Continue Reading

Quicker EU-wide trade mark protection is now possible (at no extra cost)

The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM – the EU trade mark office) has announced the introduction of a new accelerated procedure for handling Community Trade Mark (CTM) applications.  ‘Fast Track’ guarantees that the early stages of the CTM application process will be dealt with quickly by providing for the expedited examination and … Continue Reading

Hot Topics in Intellectual Property and Technology – Summer Edition

We are pleased to share with you our quarterly bulletin – Hot Topics in Intellectual Property and Technology. This bulletin highlights some topical developments in the UK in the areas of intellectual property and technology, contract, data privacy, trade secrets and advertising and media.  Our Hot Topics briefing is intended to keep you abreast of key … Continue Reading

UK Intellectual Property Office Succeeds in Proceedings against Companies Masquerading as the IPO

The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the official body that grants registered IP rights in the UK, has announced that it has succeeded in legal proceedings against two individuals who ran companies pretending to be the IPO.  In May, the IPO issued passing off proceedings against Aleksandrs Radcuks and Igors Villers, the two individuals behind … Continue Reading

What The Specsavers Decision Taught Brand Owners and the UKIPO

Some useful lessons for brand owners have come out of the recent rulings by the UK and European courts in the trade mark and passing off claim by Specsavers against Asda.  These lessons relate particularly to trade mark registration strategy.  Intellectual property specialist Andrew Clay of Squire Patton Boggs has written an article analysing the rulings … Continue Reading

IP Rights-Holders Given New Powers under EU Customs Laws

In a recent judgment, Europe’s highest court in civil matters, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), expanded the scope of the EU Customs Regulation.  It ruled that EU customs authorities have the power under the Regulation to seize and detain goods suspected of infringing intellectual property (‘IP’) rights where those goods have … Continue Reading

Hailing on the Redskins

Instead of “Hail to the Redskins” –the traditional fight song of the Washington Redskins Football Team – it has been “hailing on the Redskins” at the U.S. Trademark Office. On June 18, 2014, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) ordered the cancellation of federal trademark registrations for six REDSKINS marks.  Blackhorse v. Pro-Football, Inc. (TTAB … Continue Reading

Celebrity Tweets Can Cost You Millions

With 255 million monthly active Twitter users and more than 1 billion active Facebook users, social media platforms are powerful tools for companies to build relationships with their consumers and share information about their products.  Although social media offers companies a wide variety of opportunities to engage consumers, such as through conducting online promotions or … Continue Reading

Chris McLeod Appointed President of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA)

Chris McLeod, Squire Sanders’ Director of Trade Marks, has been appointed President of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA), the professional body responsible for the regulation of the Trade Mark Attorney profession and for representing the interests of the profession, nationally and internationally. ITMA was founded 80 years ago to promote high standards of training, … Continue Reading

INTA Annual Meeting in Hong Kong

It is almost that time of year again.  May 10-14, 2014 mark the dates for the 136th Annual Meeting hosted by the International Trademark Association (INTA).  The INTA Annual Meeting provides valuable educational sessions for trademark attorneys to learn about and discuss new developments in protecting and advancing brands.  In addition, as any past attendee is well … Continue Reading

Is the future bright for colour marks?

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Cadbury may not appeal a refusal to register the colour purple as a UK trade mark. Well-known confectioner, Cadbury, first applied to register Pantone 2685C for various chocolate products back in 2004.  The application was accepted by the UK Intellectual Property Office and the High Court despite opposition … Continue Reading

Revisions to China’s Trademark Law to Take Effect May 1

This May 1, many trademark practitioners around the world will not only be celebrating May Day, but will also be welcoming the much-anticipated revisions to China’s trademark law.  The revisions are intended to stream-line and modernize the registration process, as well as to prevent trademark squatting. Highlights intended to stream-line the registration process include:  Applicants no … Continue Reading
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