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Clark Wilson LLP
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office ("CIPO") recently amended three Practice Notices and a Guidance Document related to applications and registrations for trademarks in Canada. These amendments
Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP
A recent decision of the Federal Court considers a ground of opposition based on lack of distinctiveness and reviews what evidence is necessary to support such a ground.
Gowling WLG
On January 17, 2020, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office ("CIPO") published a new Practice Notice which significantly curtails the availability ...
Oyen Wiggs Green & Mutala
The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has announced that, effective January 1st, 2020, the fees for certain services associated with geographical indications
China
AFD China
With Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's signature inked on a State Council order, the Implementing Regulations of the Foreign Investment Law of the People's Republic of China came into force on January 1, 2020.
AFD China
China has been the world's largest manufacturer for nearly a decade now, with much of its manufacturing consisting of original equipment manufacturing (OEM) under contract for export.
European Union
SKW Schwarz
A dispute currently pending before the German Federal Supreme Court will determine the destiny and firepower of a few thousand collective marks, which essentially consist of an indication of...
Malaysia
United Trademark & Patent Services
In Malaysia, the Trademarks Act 2019 ("the Act") has been enforced on 27th December 2019. With the passage, Malaysia will also accede to the Madrid Protocol on the same day.
Nigeria
TNP
The protection of trade marks in Nigeria has been guaranteed since 1967. Ultimately, this protection guarantees the rights of the trademark owner against unauthorized use by a third party.
Russian Federation
Gorodissky & Partners
The law (Article 1508 of the Civil Code) provides that a trademark protected in Russia based on its state registration or in accordance with an international agreement or used as a trademark, or a...
Turkey
Grup Ofis Marka Patent A.S.
There are two ways to file a trademark application in Turkey. One is the application made through national way and the other one is the application is made through international ways.
United States
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
On January 14, 2020, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Romag Fasteners, Inc. v. Fossil Inc., et al., in which the Court is poised to resolve a circuit split on whether willfulness...
Dennemeyer Group
We admit it, Intellectual Property law is usually pretty dry.
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
The first USPTO Patent Quality Chat will be on February 19th at noon, ET and is entitled "Application Readiness: Assessing Incoming Applications." A link can be found here.
Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
A divided Board panel affirmed two refusals to register the standard character mark DENIM & CO. for various clothing items made of ...
Fenwick & West LLP
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon determine whether combining a generic term with a generic top-level domain (gTLD) such as .com can ever be a protectable trademark.
Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
Despite partly identical services and overlapping customers and channels of trade, the Board dismissed this opposition to registration of the two word+design marks shown below, for...
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
As we start a new decade and reflect on the changes in IP law, we've highlighted some of the top IP moments and decisions from the past 10 years.
Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.
The USPTO refused to register the mark MAGNUS for "whiskey, gin and distilled spirits," finding the mark to be primarily merely a surname under Section 2(e)(4).
Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP
There have been several recent developments concerning "bad faith'" and it seems just a matter of time before we face this issue in Canada.
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