Current USPTO policy is to refuse all cannabis-related trademark applications other than hemp derived products that contain less than .3% THC. This policy has forced the cannabis industry to use creative alternatives to protect their brands.
It is hard to find somebody who has never worn a pair of sneakers or another garment featuring the famous "three stripes" at least once in his life. However, being famous does not exempt trademark owners from the strict requirements of providing evidence.
The last 25 years have seen massive developments in the practice and treatment of IPRs. We are taking a look at those changes that have significantly influenced the practice of IP.
On April 23, 2019, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) enacted revisions to the country's trademark law.
As of March 1, 2019, the further amended Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property (BCIP) entered into force, implementing the European Trademark Directive 2015/2436 and aligning the Benelux trademark law with the EU trademark law.
EU needs modern copyright rules fit for the digital age but, when it comes to their implementation, hardly any topic has sparked as much controversy as the planned Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.
By removing the graphical representation requirement for a trademark application, the European legislature widened the underlying concept of trademarks as an IP right in Europe. We look into the potential impact on trademark registration and the challenges that might arise from it.
In the case, In re: Ron Maatita, CAFC 2017-2037, decided August 20, 2018, the CAFC held that just because an object has three dimensions, does not mean that the ornamental design aspects cannot be disclosed and judged from a two-dimensional, plan or planar-view perspective.
The Irish fast food-chain Supermac’s, named after its director Pat McDonagh’s high school nickname, has engaged in a trademark battle against McDonald’s Big Mac.
Am 14. Januar ist in Deutschland das sogenannte Markenrechtsmodernisierungs-Gesetz (MaMoG) in Kraft getreten. Ohne viel Aufhebens verabschiedet sich die deutsche Praxis damit von einigen Besonderheiten des deutschen Markenrechts und sorgt für eine weitergehende Harmonisierung mit dem Recht der europäischen Unionsmarken.
Dennemeyer & Associates' Frosecution™ solution is a creative approach to patent preparations. In this article featured in WIPR - World IP Review, Steven Shape, Dr. Malte Köllner & Cary Levitt explain how one Dennemeyer office takes responsibility for the entire lifecycle of international patent applications, including filing and prosecution through to grant.
The Dennemeyer Group announces the acquisition of “octimine technologies GmbH”, an innovative startup company based in Munich, Germany. Octimine, founded in 2015, provides cutting-edge patent searching and patent analysis technology using artificial intelligence (“AI”).
Productivity is considered the most important determinant of long-term economic growth and income. The Global Competitiveness Index 4.0 featured in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2018 emphasizes a newly emerging set of factors critical for productivity in the 4th Industrial Revolution.