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Whiskey’s Good Proofing Water, But It Doesn’t Tell You Who the Real Peaky Blinders Are

USA - November 3 2021 Thomas Shelby, the lead character in the British period crime drama Peaky Blinders, said, “Whisky is good proofing water. Tells you who’s real and…

Margaret A. Esquenet

Beijing High Court Struck Down a Bad Faith Filer’s Laches and Acquiescence Defenses to Protect a Famous Mark

China, USA - October 26 2021 One of the defenses available to defendants in a trademark infringement action is laches. If proven, laches can bar some or all the relief requested…

B. Brett Heavner

A Nutshell of USPTO’s Proposed New Rules to Implement the Trademark Modernization Act

USA - July 16 2021 On May 18, 2021, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued a Notice[1]of Proposed Rulemaking to implement the Trademark…

B. Brett Heavner

Cheers Brita! Shanghai IP Court Thumbs Down Unauthorized Use of BritaChina, EUBrita, and Brita’s Chinese Brand as Seller Names on Alibaba Websites and WeChat

China, USA - June 1 2021 While toilet paper sold out in the U.S., water filters got hot in China during the pandemic. A Chinese company decided to rip off the famous water…

B. Brett Heavner, Celine (Lin) Ming, Alvin Xu

2020 Draft Amendments to China’s Trade Secret Law: The Burden of Proving Trade Secret Misappropriation Shifting to Defendants; Consolidation of Parallel Proceedings

China, USA - April 28 2021 On September 4th, 2020, China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (the “SAMR”) released Draft Provisions on the Protection of Trade…

B. Brett Heavner, Miao Liu, Celine (Lin) Ming, Alvin Xu