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Jan 27, 2020

United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Decision Makes Registration for Geometric Shapes a Tough Bet

In a recent decision from the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), In re IGT, the TTAB affirmed the Examiner’s refusal to register geometric shapes covering gambling machines.

This decision is a good example of the challenges brand owners may have in obtaining trademark registrations for geometric shapes in the United States.» Read More

May 06, 2019

Key Takeaways for Cannabis Brand Owners Based on the USPTO’s Recent Guidance

For cannabis businesses that have or are interested in building their trademark portfolio, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently issued guidance on its standards in examining a trademark application for cannabis-related goods and services.  This guidance provides a clearer understanding of how the Trademark Examiners will approach cannabis applications post-Farm Bill. » Read More

Jan 08, 2015

REWIND: International Business News #99

In this week’s REWIND of international business news,

  • Trademark owners and applicants will be happy to learn that the cost of filing or renewing a trademark application will be a little lower in 2015.  Scheduled to take effect on January 17, 2015, the USPTO has reduced the cost of applications by $50, meaning that the fee for an application will go from $325 per class to $275 per class.
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Aug 02, 2011

BRANDING TO THE RIGHT OF THE DOT: New Generic Top-Level Domain Names Are About To Change The Face Of The Internet. Is Your Company Ready?

Jeanne Hamburg and Erin Welsh discuss new generic top-level domain names and their impact in “BRANDING TO THE RIGHT OF THE DOT: New Generic Top-Level Domain Names Are About To Change The Face Of The Internet.  Is Your Company Ready?» Read More