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Madrid Protocol

Canada’s New Draft Trademark and Industrial Design Regulations

by Smart & Biggar on

As previously reported, Canada’s trademark law will be significantly overhauled. The most recent forecast from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) suggests that the new law will come into force by early 2019....more

Amazon Brand Registry: What You Need To Know

by Revision Legal on

Amazon recently launched a new, updated Amazon Brand Registry Program, Brand Registry, which helps protects the brands of sellers who use Amazon as a platform to make sales. The whole function and purpose of a brand is so...more

International Trademark Filing Made Easy With the Madrid Protocol

by Revision Legal on

U.S. companies that conduct business abroad or that are interested in expanding into international markets should seriously consider the benefits of filing for international trademark protection on the valuable trademarks...more

Hong Kong: Update - Proposed application of Madrid System of international registration

by Hogan Lovells on

For a long time, brand owners wishing to secure registered trade mark rights in Hong Kong have had to do so by obtaining registrations through the Hong Kong Trade Marks Registry. Even though China is a contracting party to...more

Change is Coming: New Rules for TTAB Opposition and Cancellation Proceedings

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently issued final rules amending the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Rules of Practice and raising fees for many transactions involving trademarks. The new rules and fees...more

Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Rule Change Alert

New TTAB Rule Changes Take Effect In 2017 - The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), which decides issues of trademark registrability, recently sought comments regarding certain rule changes to the TTAB Rules of...more

Brazil to Join Madrid Protocol (But Not Before Mid-2018)

by Fish & Richardson on

Following in the footsteps of a number of other South American countries, Brazil has confirmed its intention to join the Madrid Protocol. The announcement was made by the Brazilian Minister of Industry, Foreign Trade and...more

Major changes to Canada's trademark laws: What every business needs to know

by Dentons on

The Canadian government introduced a bill in 2014 which contained the most significant changes to Canada's trademark laws in modern history. Due to the fact that the revisions were contained in an omnibus Budget...more

(Trade)Marking Your Territory in the US: A Guide for Non-US Companies

by Mintz Levin on

Trademark rights exist on a country-by-country basis, and the laws in the United States differ in a number of significant ways from other markets. As a result, it is critical that before any non-U.S. company seeks trademark...more

An ever closer union? No more. The impact of ‘Brexit’ on IP holders

by Reed Smith on

On 23 June 2016, UK voters voted for an exit of the UK from the European Union. While the UK will not leave the EU overnight, holders of intellectual property rights in the EU need to ask themselves what this vote means for...more

Brexit Stage Right

The Brexit referendum has raised a number of issues related to disentangling United Kingdom from the European Union. Intellectual Property owners are understandably concerned about their European Intellectual...more

IP World Tour: Snapshots of Overseas IP Protection

by WilmerHale on

No matter where you look in the world, it’s a certainty that a dispute is ongoing over someone’s intellectual property (IP). The theft of ideas is nothing new, but just as important to those investing abroad is knowledge of...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

EU Trademark Registrations Covering Class Headings May Require Amendments before September 24, 2016

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

The European Union has recently amended its trademark law which may impact the protection given by European Union Trademarks (formerly known as Community Trademarks). These reforms will also cover EU designations of...more

2016: Developments in Intellectual Property Law You Should Know About

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

This year the IP world will be brimming with changes, the largest of which will take place in the European Union. Sweeping reforms in EU trademark law will be implemented in March as well as the likelihood of the Unitary...more

Legal Trends: Intellectual Property

The previous federal government committed Canada to sweeping changes to the legislation and regulations governing virtually every category of intellectual property in the country. Some of these changes have largely already...more

Canadian Trademark Changes Delayed Once Again – Five Things to Do While You Wait

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Canada is a critical U.S. trading partner. Products and services move fluidly across the border, which makes protecting trademarks in Canada exceptionally important for U.S.-based companies. However, Canada’s anachronistic...more

Blog: Should I Protect My Trademark Internationally?

by Cooley LLP on

Given the nature of today’s global and online marketplace reality, international trademark protection is increasingly critical. A careful international trademark strategy helps your company expand and leverage your brand and...more

USPTO Pilot Program Offers Relief to Proprietors of “Evolving” Goods and Services

Imagine, for a moment, a successful software company, Agave, that owns the trademark PHOTOCHOPS for a popular image-editing program. Being a diligent trademark owner, Agave registered the trademark PHOTOCHOPS in 2005, right...more

Protecting Your Brands in New Markets: Iran and Cuba

by Holland & Knight LLP on

For companies based in the United States, doing business in Cuba and Iran is no longer a completely far-fetched notion. In Cuba, the relaxing of the embargo promises to make this island neighbor of the U.S. available for...more

International Trademark Registrations

A little known fact is that U.S.-based applicants can file a Madrid application that relies on either a registration on the Principal or Supplemental register.  A Madrid application significantly lowers the costs of foreign...more

The New Cuba Reality and Your Intellectual Property

by Baker Donelson on

With the recent changes to the Cuba-U.S. relationship, certain aspects of the Cuban economy are opening up to U.S. companies. You may now be contemplating joining other businesses that are or will be selling or manufacturing...more

Canada’s New Trademark Law and What it Means for Business

by Field Law on

Through sweeping legislation smuggled in by means of an omnibus budget bill, Canada’s trademark registration regime will be changed more dramatically than at any time in the last 50 years. The changes are giving trademark...more

Proposed Changes to Canada's Trade-marks Act

Not to be upstaged by China, who recently proposed changes to its Trademark Law, the Government of Canada proposed substantial changes to its Trade-marks Act on March 28, 2014. Several of these changes were proposed to align...more

Bill C-31 Proposes Major Changes to Canada's Trade-marks Act

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The Federal Government recently introduced Bill C-31, the Economic Action Plan Act 2014, No.1. Bill C-31 is an omnibus bill which makes changes to nearly 40 different pieces of legislation. Among these amendments are changes...more

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