Trademark Research

How British American Tobacco cultivates new brands at the speed of global markets

As in other consumer industries, brands are central to British American Tobacco’s (BAT) business. With innovation at the core of the company’s global growth strategy, the inhouse legal team is tasked with performing rapid research for a continuous stream of new brands destined for markets around the globe. In this case study, BAT Trade Mark […]

Making sense of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI), the ability of computer systems to simulate or imitate human intelligence, is quietly transforming our daily lives. But how does it work? And how does it benefit busy trademark professionals? We’ll answer these important questions in our latest white paper: Making sense of artificial intelligence.

Innovation in motion: Transforming how dynamic trademarks are reported

“What you see is what you get.” That’s how the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) describes a recent change in the filing requirements for trademark designs featuring motion, multimedia elements, holograms or 3D elements. “What you see is what you get” also describes a new way CompuMark delivers search and watch results for such […]

No such thing as a free launch

No Such Thing as a Free Launch Whatever did we do without Google? These days we love “googling;” it’s how we research our lives. But sometimes we love it so much that we don’t recognize its shortcomings. For example, late last year a tech website featured tips on naming start-ups. It advised budding entrepreneurs to […]

The Slants – Offensive or Empowering?

In 1946, the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) drafted something called the ‘disparagement clause’, which sought to prevent the filing of any trademark which could be deemed as “immoral, deceptive or scandalous”. In the past, this has usually been reserved for extreme cases where the trademarks have been intended to incite hate or discrimination […]

Keeping Up With the Kylies – A 21st century trademark feud

Who’s the first person you think of when you hear the name ‘Kylie’? Is it Kylie Minogue, the Australian popstar with an illustrious 36-year career full of hit singles, or Kylie Jenner, the 19-year-old American teenager who’s famous for being part of the Kardashian family? You could argue that the answer is highly dependent on […]

Trademarking provides surprise boost to global economies

We’re all well aware of just how important it is for businesses to protect their trademarks and intellectual property. What’s much more surprising, however, is just how much of a positive impact the industry is having on economies on a much wider scale. According to a study titled ‘Trademarks in Latin America’ recently published by […]

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 […]