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Recent Trademark Developments: Four Cases Shaping the Law in the United States and Beyond

Trademark law has seen substantial developments in 2019 and 2020, with four major cases in the United States and Europe rising to the top. The U.S. Supreme Court (…
By Nancy Braman
21 hours ago 0

‘IP Consciousness’ – It Starts with Leadership

Intellectual property rights continue to be the Rodney Dangerfield of assets - they “can't get no respect.” The reasons are complex, but not terribly surprising, given the …
By Bruce Berman
3 days ago 4

Co-ownership of Trademarks in Brazil: Key Changes

Brazil’s accession to the Madrid Protocol has included several important changes to the country’s trademark system, such as simplifying the registration of trademarks, reducing costs, …

The UK’s Need to Protect Its Position at Home and Abroad: A Commentary on the UK Supreme Court Ruling in the Conversant Cases

Standards such as WiFi, GSM, 2G, 3G or 4G/LTE have been central to connecting the world. During the Covid-19 crisis, it was thanks to the technologies …
By Roya Ghafele
9 days ago 0

United States is Third Again in WIPO Global Innovation Index 2020

Last week, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) issued the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2020 report jointly with Cornell University, INSEAD and the 2020 GII Knowledge Partners, which included …
By Rebecca Tapscott
10 days ago 3

ITIF Report Recommends Enhanced U.S. Tax Incentives for R&D

The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) yesterday released a report authored by John Lester and Jacek Warda, titled “Enhanced Tax Incentives for R&D Would Make Americans …
By IPWatchdog
11 days ago 0

Dubious Patent Tactics at the International Trade Commission Threaten Innovation

It is easy to assume startups have little at stake in a simmering patent fight between a little-known overseas company and some of the world’s largest …
By Bruce Gjovig
17 days ago 9

UK Supreme Court Affirms Jurisdiction of English Courts in SEP Cases

In a ruling concerning patent portfolios owned by Unwired Planet and Conversant, the UK Supreme Court has upheld lower decisions that English courts can determine fair, reasonable …
By James Nurton
25 days ago 0

Fumble: How Brands Lose their Fans

Branding goes beyond thinking about a catchy name and color scheme to compose the trademark that will represent the company’s products or services. Today, more than …

Applying for a Patent in Germany

This year, Germany shot to the top of Bloomberg’s rankings for the most innovative nation worldwide, breaking South Korea’s six-year winning streak. Germany is a …

Big Tech Strategies on China are About to Backfire

Why are the tech companies so in love with China? Are they are begging for China to steal their intellectual property? Sometimes it feels that way. The …
By Gene Quinn
1 month ago 10

Time to ‘Think PCT’: Rethink Your Global Patent Strategy to Preserve Your Seat at the Table

Greetings; John White here. It is time for you to “Think PCT” [Patent Cooperation Treaty] anew. If the last thing you remember hearing me say about the …
By John White
1 month ago 39

Strong Roots: Comparative Analysis of Patent Protection for Plants and Animals

Much has been written about the uncertainty in U.S. patent law concerning laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas following the Supreme Court’s decisions …

Finding Fame in Brazil: Five Tips for Success When Requesting ‘High Renown’ Trademark Status

Since 2014, when a decision of the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office came into force that held trademarks could obtain “high renown” status through a specially-created procedure, there …

Republicans Propose Legislation to Deny Visas to Those Accused of IP Theft

Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have introduced a bill titled the Protecting America from Spies Act, which targets …
By IPWatchdog
2 months ago 5