“Google” Still Not (Yet) Generic

ast week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a significant opinion on the topic of genericness, Elliott v. Google, Inc., No. 15-15809. The opinion affirmed a federal district court’s grant of summary judgment that “GOOGLE” trademark registrations (Reg. Nos. 2884502, 2806075) are not subject to cancellation for genericness.

Second Circuit Agrees: Louis Vuitton Can’t Take a Joke Second Circuit Agrees: Louis Vuitton Can’t Take a Joke

If you’re still looking for holiday gift for that special someone, the Second Circuit has your back. Fresh off the docket, the Second Circuit gave its blessing to My Other Bag’s line of parody canvas tote bags. For additional background...

Fictional Restaurant Wins Trademark Battle: The Krusty Krab

A couple years ago, a real-life, above-water company IJR Capital Investments filed an intent-to-use trademark application (Serial No. 86470477) for the mark THE KRUSTY KRAB for “restaurant services.” Viacom (the distributor of the show and parent company to Nickelodeon) objected through a cease-and-desist letter to IJR, asking it to withdraw its trademark application and change the name of its restaurant.

UK Joining Hague Agreement

Users of registered designs will be pleased to hear that the UK Minister for Intellectual Property, Jo Johnson, has recently stated that the UK will ratify and join the Hague Agreement for International Design registrations by 31 March 2018.

MENA: Infringement Exemptions Will Not Quell Innovation

Patent laws in practically all jurisdictions in the Middle East and North Africa clearly define what is considered to be an infringement act and from what date such acts may be considered infringing. As is the case in most countries outside the MENA region, there are many infringement exemptions that can be summarized in a brief statement: as long as the product and/or process is not being used for direct commercialization and profits, then any related acts are not considered an infringement.

UAE: New Law Impacts Oppositions and Priority Applications

A new UAE law (Cabinet Decision No. 3 of 2017), has confirmed that the late filing of Powers of Attorney before the Trade Mark Office is no longer permitted.

MENA: USTR 301 Special Report

The Office of the United States Trade Representative published the 2017 Special 301 Report on April 28, 2017, reviewing global developments on trade and intellectual property.The Office of the United States Trade Representative published the 2017 Special 301 Report on April 28, 2017, reviewing global developments on trade and intellectual property. Only five countries—from over 20—in the Middle East and North Africa region were included on the watch list...

Iraq: Revised Formalities Trademark Registrations in Class 5

The Trademark Office in Iraq recently announced that a legalized copy of the home registration certificate must be submitted in support of trademark applications in class 5 at the time of filing...

European Court of Justice Tightens Screws on “Streaming”

In a judgment this week, the European Court of Justice ruled that “the sale of a multimedia player which enables films that are available illegally on the internet to be viewed easily and for free on a television screen could constitute an infringement of copyright.

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