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Don’t Get TRUMPed By a First-Filer

Reading over this story on Donald Trump’s decades of headaches (and conveniently-timed successes) with the TRUMP trademark and the Chinese Trademark Office, I was reminded, as I always am, of the importance of filing federal...more

Trump Trademark Registration in China Signals Positive Change In China IP Law

by Miller Canfield on

A short while ago, China finally granted the Trump Organization a trademark registration after a 10-year struggle. The timing of the announcement has fueled concern because just days before, President Trump had a phone call...more

Don't "Be Like Mike": The Importance of Registering Your Trademark in China

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

For companies that manufacture or sell their products in China, it is critical to register your trademarks with the Chinese trademark office as soon as practical. Unlike the United States, China is a first-to-file...more

Top Five Reasons Why You Should File For Trademark Protection In Cuba

As the U.S. and Cuba progress towards normalizing trade relations, many U.S. companies are contemplating whether it makes sense to do business in Cuba. While some companies already plan to enter the Cuban market, others have...more

Cuban Trademark Protection: Is now the time?

by McAfee & Taft on

Recent relaxations in travel restrictions and talks to end the economic embargo the United States has imposed on Cuba for more than 50 years have increased interest in the Cuban market. With its close proximity and 11 million...more

Why Early Trademark Filing Is Crucial In China

A recent trademark ruling in China has underscored the importance of early filing of trademark applications – for both the brand names themselves, as well as the Chinese versions of the brand names (i.e., the brand’s phonetic...more

International IP Law: Securing Your IP Rights in Cuba and French Polynesia

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CUBA - Six months have passed since President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro made the historic decision to reestablish diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Although Congress has not yet voted to lift...more

U.S. Brand Holders Anticipating Business in Cuba Can and Should Protect Trademarks

As we noted in our Client Alert on December 18, 2014, President Obama has announced that he will take steps to ease regulations that have largely prevented U.S. companies from conducting business in Cuba for more than 50...more

Is It Too Soon to File for Trademark Registration?

by Carlton Fields on

News headlines abound concerning the potential for normalizing trade relations with Cuba. U.S. companies that are likely to do business in Cuba, if and when trade restrictions are fully lifted, should take steps now to...more

Falling Foul of China's Trademark System

by DLA Piper on

Fashion brand owners entering China are generally well aware of the myriad of brand protection challenges awaiting them. One such challenge is China’s rigid first-to-file trademark system which is blamed for the problem of...more

Intent to Lose? Be Wary of Pitfalls Involving Intent-to-Use Trademark Applications.

Merger and Acquisitions often involve the acquisition and/or assignment of trademarks. Companies acquiring trademarks must beware of potential problems lurking with intent-to-use (ITU) trademark applications (or applications...more

7 Intellectual Property Mistakes Startup Entrepreneurs Often Make

by JD Supra Perspectives on

What’s the biggest mistake startup entrepreneurs make with respect to their intellectual property, and what can they do to fix it? That’s the question we recently put to IP attorneys writing on JD Supra, knowing that the...more

China Adopts First Changes in Trademark Law in Over Twelve Years

by K&L Gates LLP on

The long-awaited amendments to the People’s Republic of China Trademark Law were finally passed by the National People’s Congress and published on August 30, 2013. The new Amendment to the Trademark Law of the People’s...more

MBHB Snippets: Review of Developments in Intellectual Property Law - Spring 2013 - Volume 11, Issue 2

In This Issue: Comments on New AIA Rules; Implementing the New Micro Entity Status at the U.S. Patent Office; Obama Administration Focuses on Chinese Trade Secret Misappropriation; and Tiffany & Co. v. Costco Wholesale...more

Intellectual Property and Your Startup (Presentation)

by Knobbe Martens on

Knobbe Martens’ patent attorneys Russell Jeide and Scott Cromar hosted a seminar series on intellectual property basics for Temecula’s business community. This presentation is from the first class giving a basic overview of...more

Intellectual Property LEGAL NEWS - March 22, 2013 • Volume 1, Number 2

by Dickinson Wright on

In This Issue: - AMERICA INVENTS ACT FINAL IMPLEMENTATION: FROM FIRST-TO-INVENT TO FIRST-TO-FILE: The America Invents Act (“AIA”), which went into effect September 16, 2011, introduces some of the most...more

IP Update, Vol. 16, No. 2, -- February 2013

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In This Issue: Patents - Supreme Court: State Court Has Jurisdiction over a Legal Malpractice Claim; Nothing Non-Obvious About Applying Pre-Existing Technology to the Internet; The Federal Circuit Is Not the...more

The Madrid System Is Expanding: Is Your Trademark Portfolio Covered?

by Perkins Coie on

As more countries join the Madrid Protocol System for the International Registration of Marks (Madrid System), trademark owners should be sure to take full advantage of this trademark registration option. There are now 89...more

The State of Information Technology Law - 2012

by Brooks Kushman P.C. on

I. INTRODUCTION - On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the Leahy Smith America Invents Act (AIA) (H.R. 1249). The AIA is the most sweeping modification of the Patent Act since 1952. Among the various objects...more

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