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Bringing Back the Oldies – Legislation for Equal Treatment in the Music Industry

On July 19, 2017, the CLASSICS Act (H.R. 3301 – Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, and Important Contributions to Society Act) was introduced into the House, the purpose of which is to provide copyright...more

In the Weeds Between Federal and State Law: Brand Name for Legal Marijuana Sales Denied Federal Registration

In a precedential opinion, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) affirmed a USPTO refusal to register the trademark HERBAL ACCESS on the basis the use of the mark in commerce was unlawful under the Controlled Substances...more

Practice Update: Publication of Mexican Bill for Trademark Opposition System

The Mexican Senate’s bill establishing a Trademark Opposition System in Mexico was approved by the Chamber of Deputies on April 28, 2016. The bill was approved by the President and will become effective August 30, 2016....more

National Debate on Digital Privacy Shows No Signs of Slowing

The Justice Department’s dispute with Apple related to encryption on the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters has reinvigorated the national debate on digital privacy. Though it is not clear how the California...more

Extreme Makeover Europe – Reforms to European Union Trade Mark Law

As seems to be in vogue recently (see explanation of significant change to Canada’s trade mark law here) the European Union adopted legislation to overhaul its trade mark law. The reforms are numerous and amendments to...more

3/7/2016  /  EU , OHIM , Trademarks

Second Chances – USPTO Trademark Pilot Program Allows for Amendments Based on Technology Evolution

The USPTO recently launched a pilot program to allow amendments in limited circumstances to the identification of goods or services in existing trademark registrations, in order to account for changes in technology formats. ...more

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