Cognate's Trademark Blog

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

Article: Businesses should prepare for trademark trolls says Law Times article. –

Intellectual property lawyers expect to see an increase in trademark trolls or squatters after long-awaited amendments to the Trade-marks Act come into force early next year reports the Law Times in Canada The amendments, which were approved in 2014, include: removing the requirement that an applicant prove they have been using their trademark before they … Read more

Lawyer Publishes 3rd Ed of Popular Trademark Book, “The Trademark Guide”

Intellectual-property lawyer Lee Wilson, who has been studying and writing about trademark law for more than thirty years, knows that trademarks are a crucial part of the American economy. The Trademark Guide   Here’s some detail on the book published by the Allworth Press   How You Can Protect and Profit from Trademarks (Third Edition) … Read more