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A Trademark is a legally registered distinctive mark or sign which identifies goods, products or services that originate or are associated with a particular person or enterprise . A typical example of a trademark... more +
A Trademark is a legally registered distinctive mark or sign which identifies goods, products or services that originate or are associated with a particular person or enterprise . A typical example of a trademark would be a company's logo such as the Nike "Check" or McDonald's "Golden Arches."  less -

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please contact us...more

Branding Revisited: Takeaways From the 2016 Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle Conference

by Cole Schotz on

Last week I was fortunate to attend the Managing the Trademark Asset Lifecycle Conference, hosted by World Trademark Review. The topics discussed throughout the day touched on everything from assessing portfolio strength and...more

gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please contact us...more

B&B Hardware v Hargis Industries - Supreme Court: TTAB rulings refusing registration on likelihood of confusion grounds may be...

by DLA Piper on

The United States Supreme Court has decided an important question of trademark law that has divided the courts of appeals. The Court held in B&B Hardware, Inc. v. Hargis Industries, Inc., No. 13-352, 575 U.S. ____, 2015...more

The Launch Of .PORN & .ADULT TLDS

by DLA Piper on

In 2011, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) made waves by approving the first adult entertainment industry-specific top-level domain (“TLD”), “.XXX,” administered by the ICM Registry. At that...more

ICANN’s gTLD Program – A Look Back and Forward

ICANN’s new Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) program has been in full swing for over a year now, so it seems an apt time to examine some statistics as to how brands are engaging with new gTLDs, utilizing the Trademark...more

Markit to Market - May 2014

In This Issue: - Scammers Still Be...Scamming - Contests – Check Rules Before Offering! - Catalogs as Specimens - gTLD Sunrise Periods Now Open - Excerpt from Scammers Still Be...Scamming: Based...more

Generic Top Level Domains - Current Sunrise Periods Open

As first reported in our December 2013 newsletter, the first new generic top-level domains (gTLDs, the group of letters after the "dot" in a domain name) have launched their "Sunrise" registration periods. Please see our...more

Are Circuit Courts of Appeals Split as to the Preclusive Impact Accorded to Prior Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Decisions?

Battles between brand owners are frequently fought in the United States in two forums: the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and federal district court. While the TTAB is limited to determining a party’s right to register...more

5 Steps To Protect Your Brands in the New gTLD Regime

The time is upon us. After years of anticipation, lobbying for delays and more robust trademark protections, and otherwise steeling themselves against the oncoming tide of new, generic top-level domain names (gTLDs), brand...more

New Internet Top-Level Domains Unveiled

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Website domain names as we know them will look dramatically different now that the menu of Internet domain name suffixes is expanding. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently released the...more

Brand Registry Agreement Addendum Published for Public Comment

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

On December 6, 2013, ICANN posted for public comment a proposal requested by the Brand Registry Group to incorporate a new Specification 13 to the new gTLD Registry Agreement, which would be available to a registry operator...more

How To Choose A Strong Mark To Discourage Infringement: Put Some Thought Into Protecting Your Intellectual Property

by Carlton Fields on

Your company has just come up with an exciting new product that enables someone to walk and chew gum at the same time! Just imagine all of the potential buyers out there who have been suffering for years from “Can’t Walk and...more

So Long, .com!

The New gTLDs Are Almost Here. Will You Be Ready? The first new generic Top-Level Domains (“gTLDs”) are expected to launch any day now — triggering what many predict will be the most significant transformation of the...more

Fantastic .Voyage: The Launch of First 9 New gTLDs

by Bracewell LLP on

The first nine new generic top-level domain name spaces (gTLDs) in English1 are expected to go live on or around October 29, 2013. These first nine domain spaces to join existing gTLDs like .com and .net are: .camera,...more

gTLD updates for brand owners: First new gTLDs delegated, non-Latin gTLDs, a new product to defend your marks and recent changes...

by DLA Piper on

HIGHLIGHTS: - Brand owners should prepare for the impending release of numerous new gTLDs – the first few of which will be open for registration soon, and even sooner during the sunrise periods for brand-owners who...more

Going into Business? Give Careful Thought to Selecting and Protecting Your Business Name

by Field Law on

You should choose your business name with care, because the name of the corporation or the name under which a service or product will be sold has the potential to be a valuable asset of your business. Unless you take steps at...more

New Trademark Law in China Promises Efficiency and Enhanced Enforcement Capabilities for U.S. Brand Owners

The People’s Republic of China is considered by some to be the next great economic superpower, and U.S. companies seeking to gain a foothold in the Chinese marketplace often begin by attempting to secure trademark rights in...more

gTLD Update for September 2013

After years of discussion, some of the new domain name registries associated with the generic top level domains (gTLDs) will soon open for registration. Registration with the trademark clearinghouse has several valuable...more

Rockin' all Over the World: Continue to Protect Your Brand as More Countries Join the Madrid Protocol

by K&L Gates LLP on

It became easier for brand owners to achieve global trade mark protection for their brands when Australia became a party to the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (the...more

Insane in the Do-main: The New gTLDs and the Trademark Clearinghouse

by Field Law on

ICANN (the entity that essentially controls the worldwide domain name system) is in the final stages of processing approximately 1,900 applications for new gTLDs (generic Top Level Domains – like ".com") many of which are...more

Trademark Series: Building a global brand

by Ladas & Parry LLP on

Dennis Prahl, partner at Ladas & Parry LLP, discusses the role of trademarks in building a global brand....more

Trademark Advice: Measure Twice, Cut Once — How to Avoid Unnecessary Legal Fees

by Snell & Wilmer on

Originally published in Utah Business. Very seldom do companies intentionally adopt trademarks that are likely to cause confusion in the marketplace or intend to profit on the goodwill of other companies. Yet, even...more

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