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2016: developments in intellectual property law you should know about

February 23 2016 This year the IP world will be brimming with changes, the largest of which will take place in the European Union. Sweeping reforms in EU trademark…

IP in the food and beverage industry

November 6 2017 Snack foods, packaging and bottling equipment, recipes and restaurants are all part of one of the world's largest industries. The food sector plays an…

The essentials of domain name management for companies

May 2 2016 In the traditional scheme of intellectual property, companies tend to manage their trademark, copyright, and patent portfolios, whether in house or…

It’s 2018: the impact of IP decisions from 2017

April 11 2018 2017 saw a bumper crop of Supreme Court decisions on intellectual property matters around the world including eight by the United States Supreme Court…

The music modernization act: A primer for copyright holders

September 9 2019 On October 11, 2018, the Music Modernization Act (MMA) was signed into law resulting in one of the most significant legislative changes to the…

Patents in Crisis: Is there a Solution in Sight?

April 6 2020 Is there a patent crisis? It depends on whom you ask. Neither Europe nor China seem to see more than relatively minor difficulties in particular…

ECJ decision in Sky v. Skykick finds that trademark registrations will not be invalidated for having unclear and imprecise lists of goods and services and also clarifies tests for bad faith trademark filings

February 26 2020 The eagerly anticipated decision of the European Court of Justice in the case of Sky v. SkyKick [Case C 371/18] was delivered on January 29, 2020…

Roughing the applicant: USPTO refuses tom Brady’s tom terrific trademark applications

October 18 2019 The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has refused registration of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s applications for TOM TERRIFIC in…

Return Mail Inc. v. United States Postal Service

September 22 2019 On June 20, 2019, the United States Supreme Court held that government entities could not be considered “persons” entitled to challenge patents owned…

Design patent protection for replacement parts

September 22 2019 The fight between insurers and car manufacturers as to whether and, if so how, to protect the design of spare parts for cars delayed the…