Brand owners seeking to register cannabis-related trademarks take note: the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued guidance regarding the effects of the 2018 Farm Bill on the registration of trademarks for goods and services involving hemp. As background, the previous definition of “marijuana” in the federal Controlled Substances Act had a limited exclusion
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has recently reiterated its commitment to stemming the tide of inaccurate and fraudulent trademark applications originating primarily from China. On May 9th, the Director of the USPTO, Andrei Iancu, testified before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet, and fraudulent foreign trademark applications
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) has recently issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would require all foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants, and parties to TTAB proceedings to be represented by a US licensed attorney. The proposed rule is designed to protect the integrity of the US Trademark Register and address the uptick
Trademark Law and Its Challenges: We are delighted to be sponsoring and speaking at the 10th annual McCarthy Institute Symposium which will be hosted by NYU Law and cover a range of thought provoking topics intersecting trademark issues, consumer behavior, and marketing. Industry-leading practitioners and scholars will present original research, including case law updates, and
Our Consumer team has developed a new Product Lifecycle Analysis tool (PLAN) to help companies bring their product to market in the UK. Hogan Lovells PLAN is designed to take you through every stage of product development, from the initial idea through production and to after-market service, outlining what you can expect, and how our team
We are excited to be holding the “Going Global” cross-practice, multi-track seminar again this year, 26 November in Osaka and 28 November in Tokyo. Our IP speakers will guide participants through the following issues: Advanced trademark issues: What Japanese companies need to know about prosecution and enforcement in the U.S. and the EU This year, we are delighted to
According to several recent publications by Chinese governmental authorities, both IP litigation and IP prosecution numbers in China continue to increase significantly. In this article, we provide an overview of those combined statistics, and analyze how this might have an impact on your business in China. China IP litigation numbers
Brands can use trademarks to gain a competitive advantage in today’s crowded marketplace. An iconic trademark can be one of your biggest assets; a core component of your identity; and a practical solution to prevent others profiting from your success. But navigating the complexities of trademark law around the world is a challenge for many brands.
In the first of a series of articles looking in more depth at the findings of the Brand Benchmarking 2018 report, we examine trends in China and East Asia. East Asia (comprising China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan) features prominently in the latest Brand Benchmarking report, while China specifically tops the list of challenging jurisdictions but
We are running a series of webinars to help you stay up to date with Intellectual Property news and developments in the Asia Pacific region. So far we have held webinars on the areas listed below. If you were unable to attend live, the recorded version of these webinars can be accessed at the sign-up links: Parallel imports: Good,
At the end of June, Hogan Lovells inaugurated its new office premises in Moscow with Partner Natalia Gulyaeva hosting the first seminar of our Russia-Asia IP series with Vietnam IP Counsel Nga Nguyen and Hogan Lovells Fidelity China Senior Associate Julia Peng. More than 20 business leaders from the professional services, automotive, consumer products and technology
…that’s the view of many of the respondents to our Brand Benchmarking 2018 survey. Over 200 brand owners of all shapes, sizes, industries and locations were surveyed on how they manage their trademark portfolios. Our analysis revealed that: 93% of respondents believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will have a positive influence: saving them time and money. Six of
For the 4th year running, our IP group offers this comparative guide which outlines the trademark application process in 111 countries around the world, broken down into regions, and covering areas such as Application, Examination, Opposition, Cancellation, and Renewal. Click the link below to register for your free copy of the full guide. Trademarks 111
The Japan Patent Office (JPO) announced in March that some revisions would be made to the Trademark Examination Manual on 2 April, 2018. Main points of the revision are as follows: Changing the criteria for issuance of an office action relating to intention of use. Revision of the examination criteria for non-traditional trademarks (To make the
The National People’s Congress (“NPC”) is the top legislature and the highest organ of state power in China. The NPC is elected for a term of five years and holds a plenary meeting every year to, among others, determine statue issues, appoint high-level government officials and enact or amend the Constitution or other national laws.
Our IP group offers the 2017 version of this comparative guide which outlines the trademark application process in 111 countries around the world, broken down into regions, and covering areas such as Application, Examination, Opposition, Cancellation, and Renewal. Click the link below to register for your free copy of the full guide. Trademarks 111 This guide and other
Asia IP Webinar series: We are running a series of webinars in 2017 to help you stay up to date with Intellectual Property news and developments in the Asia Pacific region. Covering a variety of topics of interest, we will be kicking off our series this month with a look at the world of Trademarks.