Cognate's Trademark Blog

World Trademark Review Reports Canadians Actually Want Branded Cannabis Products Now Regulation Has Happened

Very interesting piece in World Trademark Review.  Cannabis will be handled by the health dept who want a brown paper bag approach  but actually the general public want branded products. According to research released this week by the Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA) and the National Convenience Stores Distributors Association of Canada (NACDA), nearly two-thirds … Read more

Cognate’s Bennett Collen To Judge At EUIPO Blockathon

The EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office) and the European Commission have invited  Cognate founder Bennett Collen to  be an expert at their 2018 Blockathon in Brussels from 22-25 June. Bennett will also be teaching a Masterclass on the applications of blockchain technology to trademarks and will also judge at the event. The EUIPO have invited … Read more

NZ Manuka Honey Producers Ask Govt For $NZ6Million To Protect Trademark

Victor Goldsmith, General Manager for Ngāti Porou Miere Ltd,  an entity made up of a collective of Ngati Porou land trusts and incorporations. created  late 2015  to enable Ngati Porou landowners to have greater influence over the manuka honey produced on their land. (Those who join the collective have the option to “take the honey … Read more

Australian Law Firm Piper Alderman To Accept Bitcoin Payments

The Australian  Lawyer has reported that Piper Alderman has partnered with the Lakeba Group, to tackle the adoption and commercialisation of blockchain technology both in Australia and around the world. Under the partnership, Lakeba will work with the national firm’s lawyers to handle the legal implications of implementing blockchain and cryptocurrency solutions for clients and prospects. … Read more

“We Are Not Amused”…Barbour Call Levi Strauss A Trademark Bully

The Barbour jacket is an English tradition akin to a cup of tea or the queen so it’s an understatement to say they aren’t happy when Americans send them a “hopelessly flawed” cease-and-desist letter” Law 360 Reports.. A century-old British luxury brand filed a scathing lawsuit Friday against Levi Strauss & Co. after being threatened … Read more