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  • Starbucks v Sky: a report from the UK Supreme Court

    In a rare consideration of passing off law, the UK Supreme Court has agreed to review a dispute over the trade mark NOW TV. Managing IP was in court to hear the arguments

  • Supreme Court's B&B decision raises the stakes at TTAB

    The Supreme Court’s decision on the preclusive effect of Trademark Trial and Appeal Board rulings means that brand owners may have to prepare a lot more carefully for TTAB proceedings

  • Court of Appeal backs Mattel over Scramble marks

    “It was not very helpful”. That was Michael Silverleaf QC’s summary of the High Court’s ruling in Mattel v Zynga, a trade mark decision he helped Mattel to appeal in November, during his primer on passing off law to the Supreme Court in Starbucks v BskyB last week

  • Brand protection in ASEAN: a practical view

    The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), set to come into effect on December 31, has the goal of transforming Southeast Asia into a region with free movement of goods, services, investment, skilled labour and a freer flow of capital. Henry Goodwin and Candice Kwok discuss the future of brand protection in the region and what rights holders need to be aware of as they look to enter the markets there

  • Russell Slifer revealed as USPTO deputy director

    Russell Slifer has been appointed deputy under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and deputy director of the USPTO

  • WilmerHale adds three partners in Denver

    Natalie Hanlon Leh, Mary Sooter and Benjamin Fernandez have joined WilmerHale’s Denver office as members of the litigation and intellectual property departments

  • Supreme Court: TTAB finding may preclude court ruling on same issue

    In a 7-2 decision written by Justice Samuel Alito, the US Supreme Court found that issue preclusion should apply to rulings by the Trademark Trial and Appeals Board as long as the ordinary requirements for issue preclusion are met and the uses examined by the TTAB and the district court are materially the same

  • How to work with the ITC

    Speaking at Managing IP’s US Patent Forum last week in Washington DC, Lisa Kattan of the US International Trade Commission (ITC) gave tips on how to better take advantage of the proceedings. One bit of advice – don’t treat it as if it’s standard litigation


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