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  • US Senate confirms Iancu as USPTO director – reaction

    February 06, 2018

    The confirmation of Andrei Iancu as USPTO director in a 94-0 vote has been welcomed by associations

  • Managing IP Americas Awards 2018 shortlists announced

    February 05, 2018

    The 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

  • Top firms for trade mark work: IP STARS rankings

    February 01, 2018

    Managing IP is pleased to reveal the first set of results of the research for the 2018 edition of IP STARS. Here, we present the leading firms for trade mark work in more than 80 jurisdictions

  • Global trade mark survey finds increase in infringement and filing

    February 01, 2018

    CompuMark’s survey of 300 trade mark professionals reveals three-quarters experienced infringement in 2017

  • Interview: Tish Berard’s plans as INTA president

    January 29, 2018

    Tish Berard, the new president of the International Trademark Association, discusses the association’s plans for 2018 in an interview with Managing IP

  • Federal Circuit’s Brunetti ruling: barring immoral or scandalous marks unconstitutional

    December 15, 2017

    The Federal Circuit has overturned the TTAB’s rejection of a trade mark application for “FUCT”, ruling it an unconstitutional restriction of free speech

  • Trade dress litigation: Between patents and trade marks

    December 08, 2017

    Darius C Gambino of DLA Piper analyses recent trends in trade dress litigation, and suggests tips for an enforcement plan

  • Berton Moreno + Ojam created in Argentina, and other Americas people moves

    December 06, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular update of people moves includes the launch of new firms Grüneberg and Myers and Winterfeldt IP Group, and hires by Crowell & Moring, Fish & Richardson, BakerHostetler, K&L Gates, Baker Botts, Kirkland & Ellis and more

  • TTAB rule changes having an impact

    October 24, 2017

    In 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

  • Ropes & Gray hires PTAB chair from Oblon, and other US people moves

    September 12, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular update of people moves includes hires by Ropes & Gray, Norton Rose Fulbright, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, Hogan Lovells, Wolf Greenfield, Shook Hardy & Bacon and BakerHostetler. These include new roles for two former AIPLA presidents

  • Trump nominates Irell & Manella’s Iancu for USPTO director

    August 29, 2017

    Andrei Iancu will succeed Michelle Lee as USPTO director if the US Senate confirms his nomination. He is a managing partner of Irell & Manella in Los Angeles

  • Google genericide saga continues

    August 25, 2017

    In May, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the phrase “Google it” was not genericide - but now the plaintiffs in the case are asking the Supreme Court to take another look at the issues raised by that decision

  • The latest Americas IP people moves

    August 14, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular update of people moves includes hires by Orrick, Mintz Levin, Merchant & Gould, Foley & Lardner, BakerHostetler and King & Spalding, as well as Erich Spangenberg leaving Marathon and a new INTA chief representative officer for Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Interim USPTO director Matal makes predictions on Oil States, TC Heartland and reform

    July 21, 2017

    In an open and wide-ranging speech at the Patents for Financial Services Summit in New York, interim USPTO director Joseph Matal predicted “we are going to win” the Oil States case, TC Heartland “is not going to put the venue issue to bed” and “there will be further patent reform legislation in the coming Congress”

  • The latest people moves in the US

    July 13, 2017

    Managing IP’s regular update of people moves includes the latest on the new firm being established by Ropes & Gray partners, and hires by Morrison & Foerster, Crowell & Moring, BakerHostetler, Dorsey & Whitney, Steptoe & Johnson, Wolf Greenfield, McAndrews Held & Malloy and Foley & Lardner

  • Disparagement clause offends First Amendment, says SCOTUS in Tam

    June 20, 2017

    On Monday June 19, the Supreme Court handed down its 8-0 unanimous (Justice Gorsuch took no part) decision in Matal v Tam (formerly Lee v Tam), finding that the disparagement clause of US trade mark law is unconstitutional

  • Michelle Lee resigns as USPTO director

    June 07, 2017

    USPTO director Michelle Lee has resigned, with no explanation given. USPTO associate solicitor Joseph Matal has taken over her duties

  • “Google it” not genericide, rules Ninth Circuit

    May 22, 2017

    The Ninth Circuit’s ruling that the Google name is not generic eases trademark owners’ worries about protecting their brands against usage as a verb

  • TTAB looks to clear out deadwood

    May 22, 2017

    The new rule changes brought in at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) have gone smoothly. The TTAB is now looking at bringing in a new cancellation proceeding, INTA Annual Meeting attendees heard yesterday

  • Become a brand steward

    May 22, 2017

    Trademark practitioners should take bold steps to become stewards of the brands they advise because consumers, brands and communication channels have evolved, INTA President Joseph Ferretti said at the opening ceremony of the 139th INTA Annual Meeting

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