Intellectual Property

India Innovation Trends

Insights on the state of research and innovation in India highlighting the top technology areas of innovation and the top Indian innovators in each area.

#Hashtag trademark applications rise 64% in just one year

It wasn’t too long ago that hashtags didn’t even exist, but since the birth of Twitter they’ve grown to become so much more than a tool to identify messages on a particular topic. They’ve become stand-alone marketing tools, used in adverts and advertising campaigns to strengthen brand engagement and recognition. This is reflected in new […]

Update to Nice Classifications

The 11th Edition of Nice Classifications was published in January 2017. It introduces changes to a number of goods and services, as well as classes. Please keep this in mind when selecting the classes you search and watch to ensure you are effectively creating and protecting your trademarks. For your convenience, we have published the […]

The Blossoming of a .Brand and Other April 2017 .Brand Registration Observations

Spring has sprung! As we close the door on April, we can take stock of the .Brand domains that just blossomed. The ‘.Brands’ are Top Level Domains (TLDs), from the 2012 ICANN new gTLD application period, that represent well-known Brands/Trademarks and have Specification 13 amended to the Registry Agreement. Thirty-eight .Brands registered 181 domains in […]

What’s in a name?

In celebration of World IP Day, Clarivate shares a story of how the company got its name.

Hasbro smells opportunity as it tries to trademark Play-Doh scent

Owned by Hasbro since 1991, Play-Doh is perhaps one of the most ubiquitous children’s toy products, and there have been more variations on the products than we could ever attempt to list. But for the first time, sensing an opportunity to further strengthen its branding, Hasbro has submitted an application to trademark the Play-Doh scent. […]

Another Round of Changes With Blocks

2017 new gTLD operator, Rightside Registry, will be changing their existing DPML blocking option. Rightside will automatically upgrade all existing Legacy” Rightside DPML blocks to “Enhanced” DPML.  Features of the enhanced option include: All non-reserved premium domains will now be protected No override fees Only the DPML holder will be able to override the block […]

Merely descriptive vs suggestive — The unwritten rule of trademark law

On the whole, trademark law is incredibly comprehensive, but there’s one important rule that’s still unwritten — how to distinguish between ‘merely descriptive’ and ‘suggestive’ trademarks. The difference between these two types of trademark can be contentious. A merely descriptive mark is something that gives the customer an immediate idea of what the name entails […]