Filing/Prosecution and Trademarks©2018 Managing Intellectual Property60Filing/Prosecution and TrademarksTell us how IP law firm issues are changing – take our survey!CPA Global is teaming up with Managing IP and B2B International to explore the issues faced by intellectual property law firms around the world as they tackle the legal challenges of a fast-paced and ever-evolving IP-led economy. A synopsis of the findings will be shared with survey participants, 07 Mar 2018 16:15:00 GMTCanada’s budding cannabis trade mark industryCannabis-related trade mark applications are soaring ahead of the slated enactment of legislation that will permit recreational use in Canada, while amendments to Canada’s Trademarks Act will also come into force early next year, 06 Mar 2018 07:15:00 GMTGetting into the weeds of US cannabis trade mark issuesCannabis smokers have always had a strong likelihood of confusion, but this is increasingly becoming true for US cannabis-related businesses as well. Legalisation by states is prompting trade mark registration questions and disputes. Ellie Mertens investigates, 06 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMTEU General Court doubles down on Adidas’ three stripes markThe General Court has ruled Adidas may oppose the registration of an EU trade mark of two parallel stripes, in a judgment that makes it harder for third parties to adopt a mark with only minor variations to the three stripes mark, 01 Mar 2018 22:30:00 GMTHow blockchain will change intellectual property – trade marks and brandsManaging IP is publishing a series of articles that looks at how blockchain technology is changing each area of IP. Here, in the first article, Ellie Mertens analyses its implications for trade marks including improving supply chains, being an alternative source of registration and helping IP offices become more efficient, 27 Feb 2018 23:15:00 GMTAll of our 2018 Awards shortlists are now out!Managing IP is holding three awards dinners in March, recognising the best intellectual property law firms and individuals around the world. The shortlists for our EMEA, Americas and Asia Awards have now all been published, 12 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMTAndrei Iancu is your new USPTO director – now what?The new USPTO director has a number of issues to address such as subject matter eligibility and fee diversion. He will have a big influence at the PTAB, where the director has broad powers to set rules, 09 Feb 2018 21:15:00 GMTHighlights from our International Women’s Leadership ForumLucy Songi reports from our latest Women in IP event, held at the Waldorf Hilton in London, where topics including Brexit, brand management, the digital single market and career development were discussed, 09 Feb 2018 04:15:00 GMTLouboutin red sole trade mark: Advocate General issues second opinionAdvocate General Szpunar in a second Louboutin v Van Haren opinion at the CJEU states he is “even less inclined to classify the mark at issue as one consisting of a colour per se”, 06 Feb 2018 23:15:00 GMTVietnam revamps trade mark and patent examination proceduresAmendments implemented in January bring more clarity to Vietnam’s IP procedural rules law. Some areas have been made more stringent for IP owners while there is a lack of clarity on transition provisions for pending applications, 06 Feb 2018 19:15:00 GMTTrade mark territoriality in India after the Supreme Court’s Prius rulingToyota recently lost a trade mark case at India’s Supreme Court, in a surprising decision that has shaken up the principle of territoriality in trans-border reputation, 06 Feb 2018 19:00:00 GMTUS Senate confirms Iancu as USPTO director – reactionThe confirmation of Andrei Iancu as USPTO director in a 94-0 vote has been welcomed by associations, 06 Feb 2018 03:00:00 GMTManaging IP Americas Awards 2018 shortlists announcedThe Managing IP Americas Awards ceremony and dinner will be held on March 15 at Essex House in New York, recognising the firms and individuals of the year, 05 Feb 2018 18:00:00 GMTManaging IP EMEA Awards 2018 shortlists announcedManaging IP’s EMEA Awards dinner will be held on March 8 at The Savoy in London. Trophies will be presented to the firms of the year, with winners chosen from these shortlists, 05 Feb 2018 17:30:00 GMTManaging IP Asia-Pacific Awards 2018 shortlists announcedManaging IP’s inaugural Asia-Pacific Awards dinner will be held on March 21 at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong. The winners will be chosen from these shortlists, 01 Feb 2018 22:00:00 GMTGlobal trade mark survey finds increase in infringement and filingCompuMark’s survey of 300 trade mark professionals reveals three-quarters experienced infringement in 2017, 01 Feb 2018 01:00:00 GMTCJEU 2017 cases: A geographical origin storyIn 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued 19 decisions primarily focused on trade marks. Alice Stagg summarises the most interesting of them, 29 Jan 2018 12:00:00 GMTInterview: Tish Berard’s plans as INTA presidentTish Berard, the new president of the International Trademark Association, discusses the association’s plans for 2018 in an interview with Managing IP, 29 Jan 2018 12:00:00 GMTeasyGroup loses trade mark fight against EasyRoommateA property letting business called EasyRoommate does not infringe any of the easy trade marks owned by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou’s easyGroup, according to a judgment by Mr Justice Arnold in the England and Wales High Court, 18 Jan 2018 23:00:00 GMTKorea’s catch phrase makers turn to trade marksA catch phrase on a popular TV show has been registered as the first catch phrase sound mark in Korea. How do other countries in Asia approach similar sound marks?, 09 Jan 2018 04:30:00 GMTBrexit, trade marks and designs: the position papers comparedAssociations including CITMA, ECTA, INTA and MARQUES have published position papers discussing IP rights when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. Managing IP looks at the biggest issues, including registered EU rights, pending applications, exhaustion and representation, 18 Dec 2017 14:00:00 GMTFederal Circuit’s Brunetti ruling: barring immoral or scandalous marks unconstitutionalThe Federal Circuit has overturned the TTAB’s rejection of a trade mark application for “FUCT”, ruling it an unconstitutional restriction of free speech, 15 Dec 2017 22:00:00 GMTRed Bull decision makes colour combination EUTMs “effectively impossible”The EU General Court’s Red Bull judgment reinforces the difficulty of registering colour combination trade marks in the EU, and signals “death knell” for Red Bull’s attempt to register its blue and silver combination, 04 Dec 2017 04:00:00 GMTINTA reveals position on Brexit IP issuesThe International Trademark Association has released a paper outlining its concerns about the impact of Brexit on intellectual property rights, 29 Nov 2017 23:45:00 GMTIndonesia readies for Madrid ProtocolWith the Madrid Protocol coming into force for Indonesia in January, IP practitioners observe potential delays to deal with international applications but are optimistic that time requirements under new trade mark law and an increase in the number of trade mark examiners can help, 08 Nov 2017 03:30:00 GMTCourt of Appeal hails London black cabs as not distinctiveIn another ruling demonstrating the difficulty for UK trade mark owners to protect their designs, the Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that The London Taxi Company’s trade marks are invalid. The case would present some interesting issues were it to be pursed to the Supreme Court, 02 Nov 2017 23:30:00 GMTTTAB rule changes having an impactIn a review of the biggest US trade mark issues, Wolf Greenfield’s John Welch says two rule changes are having a big impact at the TTAB while the issue of USPTO attorneys' fees in district court cases is worth watching, 24 Oct 2017 23:00:00 GMTEUTM changes on October 1: all you need to knowThe second wave of changes to the EUTM see the abolition of the graphical representation requirement, the introduction of the EU certification mark and various procedural changes, 29 Sep 2017 11:15:00 GMTNew Zealand launches geographical indications register for wines and spiritsEighteen priority applications have been filed after New Zealand’s GI Act came into effect. Coordination is needed on determining boundaries, and potential issues include interpretation and how GIs are negotiated in free trade agreements, 14 Aug 2017 01:00:00 GMTBrexit and EU registered rights - a fantasyThe UK voted to leave the EU, so how could it remain part of the EU trade mark and design systems?, 25 Jul 2017 17:15:00 GMT