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

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

Trademark Highlights from the IPO’s 2014 IP Record

The Intellectual Property Owners’ Association (IPO) recently released its 2014 IP Record, an annual report detailing global intellectual property trends. Now in its seventh year, the report draws from a range of sources,...more

Utility Patent Trends Gleaned from the IPO’s 2014 IP Record

The Intellectual Property Owners’ Association (IPO) recently released its 2014 IP Record, an annual report detailing intellectual property trends in the United States and the top five patent offices from around the world. The...more

Anti-counterfeiting: protecting your brand – why it is important and how to do it

Intellectual property (“IP”) is often the DNA of a business. A brand can be integral to reputation, revenue streams and goodwill. However, protecting IP is becoming increasingly difficult, particularly with the proliferation...more

Examining Trends in Worldwide Design IP Filings  [Video]

Tracy-Gene G. Durkin, director at the intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C., discusses interesting trends from the World Intellectual Property Organization's yearly report of worldwide...more

BIO International Convention 2014 Preview -- Part II: BIO and Leaders in the IP Community

The 2014 BIO International Convention begins this week in San Diego. If you are planning on attending, you probably already know that the amount of information and opportunities available at BIO can be daunting. Therefore,...more

Use of ADR in Technology Transactions

A recent WIPO Survey assessed the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) clauses in various technology transactions, and the results make for interesting reading for anyone who is in the business of negotiating...more

Recent Copyright And Trademark Administrative Developments

Some recent administrative developments may be of interest to copyright and trademark practitioners: Copyright Fees - Effective May 1, 2014, the U.S. Copyright Office has amended its registration fee schedule. This...more

World IP Day “Movie – A Global Passion” / Fair compensation for authors of movies

Next 26 April – as every year – the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) celebrates the World IP Day. 26 April is the day on which the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970 and it has become an opportunity for...more

These Countries Lead in Patent and Trademark Application Filings

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has released some interesting statistics on international patent and trademark filings in 2013. The United States, Japan and China lead in the number of international...more

Form PCT/IB/382: Legal Implications in Countries with Compulsory Licensing Rules

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) added a new feature in January 2012 in an effort to promote licensing. Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applicants may submit form PCT/IB/382, which informs others that the...more

The Year of the Patent Troll

2013 was another milestone year for patents. Here are some highlights: - The most significant change in U.S. Patent Law from the America Invents Act (AIA) was implemented on March 16, 2013, changing the system from a...more

November 2013: Entertainment Litigation Update

Viacom Executive’s Name Not Protected as Trademark Under Web Domain Rules. On September 6, 2013, a World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) arbitrator denied Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman’s claim for...more

Trademark Highlights from the IPO’s 2013 IP Record

While economists often look to patent activity as an indicator of economic health, trademark application and registration statistics can also reflect innovation, business development, and overall industry activity. The...more

SIPO and KIPO to Use Cooperative Patent Classification System

Earlier this year, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and European Patent Office announced the formal launch of the Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) system, a global classification system for patent documents. The...more

Q&A With Knobbe's Lynda Zadra-Symes

Lynda Zadra-Symes is a litigation partner in the Orange County, Calif., office of Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP. She represents clients through all stages of U.S. litigation, from presuits through trial and appeal, in...more

Intellectual Property Legal News - June 3, 2013 • Volume 1, Number 3

In This Issue: - CANADA’S LONG-AWAITED COPYRIGHT MODERNIZATION TAKES EFFECT: To much fanfare and after years of debate and consultation, the government of Canada passed the most important reforms to Canadian...more

The Wide World of Trademarks

As I was digging around recently for some information regarding worldwide trademark activity, I ran across the 2012 State of Trademark Report from Thomson CompuMark and got caught up in the reports and statistics of the World...more

WIPO Reports Increase in International Application Filings in 2012

In March, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced that International patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) increased by 6.6% in 2012. WIPO noted that of the 194,000 PCT...more

The Madrid Protocol: A Passage to Indian Trademark Registration

The Madrid Protocol Concerning the International Registration of Trademarks (the “Protocol”) provides a simple, unified, cost-effective means for citizens of member countries (including the United States) to register their...more

Trademark Management and the New Generic Top Level Domains

Everyone navigates the Internet. It is the new Grand Commons of society – the place for communication, commerce and information. Web sites populate and inform the internet. Every web site has a domain name such as...more

Advanced Copyright Issues on the Internet - Updated March 2013

In This Publication: - I. Introduction - II. Rights Implicated By Transmission And Use Of Works On The Internet A. The Right of Reproduction - 1. The Ubiquitous Nature of "Copies" on the Internet...more

Ron Paul Seeks To Liberate RonPaul.com….From the Hands of Ron Paul Supporters?

Former U.S. Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul, polarizing political figure and active member of the Libertarian Party, is no stranger to conflict, or taking full advantage of intellectual property rights to...more

Protecting Your “.trademark”: ICANN Clarifies Procedure for Objecting to New gTLDs

It has been almost two years since the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced that it would accept applications for the registration of new generic top level domain names (gTLDs), increasing the...more

USPTO Issues First-Inventor-to-File Examination Guidelines and Final Rule

In a press release issued earlier today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced that examination guidelines and the final rule for implementing the first-inventor-to-file (FITF) provisions of the Leahy-Smith America...more

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