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Disparagement Clause of Lanham Act held Facially Unconstitutional under Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment

USA - June 19 2017 Today, the United States Supreme Court held that the disparagement clause of the Lanham Act, Section 2(a), is facially unconstitutional under the…

Brian B. Darville.

Brexit’s Impact on European Trade Marks and Registered Community Designs.

European Union, United Kingdom - June 27 2016 As widely reported, voters in the United Kingdom approved a referendum on June 23, 2016 to exit the European Union. This action will eventually have…

Changes coming in 2016 for Community Trade Mark system more

European Union - November 9 2015 The Community Trade Mark (CTM) is a single trademark registration covering all countries in the European Union. The CTM registration system is…

Kathleen Cooney-Porter.

USPTO issues final Rule that permits Examiners to require further evidence to support claim of use on goods/services in registrations

USA - June 1 2012 Almost one year ago (July 2011), the USPTO published a proposed Rule to allow Examiners to require additional specimens to support that a registered mark is in use for the goods/services claimed in the registration (See Oblon Spivak Trademark Blog post of July 12, 2011.).

Jeffrey H. Kaufman.