Intellectual Property

WIPO’s annual IP indicators raise prospects of future economic prosperity

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has published its 2016 World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI). The report dissects filing activity and registrations for 2015 and offers interesting insight for IP professionals. First, IP applications grew again. This isn’t new news – they have been growing since 2009 and now represent at least three times the volume of […]

The Season For Infringement – Why brands need to be extra vigilant over the holidays

In the countdown to Christmas, brands large and small are launching their biggest seasonal marketing campaigns of the year. From Halloween and Thanksgiving, to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, consumers are bombarded with advertising and marketing messages. For some it’s the creation of a catalogue and in-store branding. For others, like high street retailers John […]

What’s next for the USPTO?

What will the future of the US Patent and Trademark Office look like after President-elect Donald Trump takes office?

The craft of choosing a trademark

The explosion of the craft beer market has drawn a lot of attention to the importance of choosing the right name. In the US there are more than 4,200 craft breweries and the number keeps growing. Across the pond in the UK the trend is similar with an estimated 1,700 craft breweries, which is an […]

What happens when your brand name is the same as a country?

There have been a number of cases in the media of brands frantically back-pedalling prior to the launch of a new product and having to change its name. Either that, or facing potential legal action from a brand with a shared or similar name that didn’t come up in the screening process. But what about […]

How Bugnion SpA reduces risk, cost and time when clearing trademarks

Globalization. Tight budgets. Tight timelines. Trademark professionals are under pressure to clear brands faster and more cost-effectively than ever before. Finding innovative ways to save time and money, without compromising quality, is a priority for trademark professionals today. In this case study, trademark attorney Simone Galletti Verducci of Bunion SpA discusses how Thomson CompuMark helps […]

Joint Patent Licenses Catch on in Wireless

Five big holders of cellular patents, including Qualcomm, are joining an effort proposed by Ericsson AB to jointly license patents in an emerging field called the Internet of Things.