Cognate's Trademark Blog

US Senate Confirms Iancu As Next Director of USPTO

By a vote of 94-0, the United States Senate on 5 February confirmed California intellectual property litigator Andrei Iancu as next director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The new Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property is currently managing partner of Irell & Manella LLP’s Los Angeles firm. The patent and trademark … Read more

It’s All About The Red Soles

This fashion trademark story has been running hot with the media for a week or so now. Designer, Christian Louboutin, filed a lawsuit in 2012 against Van Haren, a Dutch company whose retail outlets were selling affordably priced high-heeled women’s shoes with red soles.   The New York Times reports that Lawyers for Mr. Louboutin claimed … Read more

Apple Corps Ltd (The Original One) Files Lawsuit Against Online Merch Sellers For Trademark Infringement

The complaint names 48 different online sites selling unauthorized merchandise reported Billboard magazine, Friday.  We wonder if Lorde’s companies will have the same problems in 2053, doubtful. Billboard reports that the The Beatles‘ companies Apple Corps Ltd. and Subafilms Ltd. filed a lawsuit on Thursday against a list of 48 internet dealers and aliases for promoting, … Read more

Press Release: Fish & Richardson Named Top Trademark Law Firm for Eighth Straight Year by World Trademark Review

The Real Madrid of IP ! Here’s the press release. Congratulation once more.   BOSTON, Feb. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Fish & Richardson has been named a top national trademark law firm for the eighth consecutive year by World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000. According to WTR, “Top-brass trademark owners love being on the receiving end of … Read more

Article: The Intellectual Property Allure of Truffle Mushrooms

A little off the beaten track or should we say a short walk into the woods of northern Italy with our faithful truffle hound. We wish more law firms would write pieces like this. The following was republished by Lexology Source:   White Alba truffles from the Piedmont region of Italy—and black winter truffles … Read more

Cameron’s (UK) Appoint Meena Murrin as Senior Trademark Attorney

Cameron Intellectual Property Ltd announced late last week in a press release the expansion of its boutique IP service with the appointment of Meena Murrin as senior trade mark attorney. Ms Murrin qualified as a solicitor with Semple Fraser in 2011 before specialising as an IP Attorney with Marks & Clerk, making her uniquely skilled … Read more

Welcome to the British Blockchain Association

In all honesty we should have been aware of this association from day 1, our apologies. For those who haven’t come across this new outfit this is what they say about themselves in their About Us section. and here’s their news and press releases page Join the Advisory Board Advisors play a vital … Read more

Article: “How law firms and law schools are capitalizing on cryptocurrency and blockchain”

Unfortunately this article is behind a paywall but if you do have a subscription it might be worth a quick look as the legal sector is moving towards blockchain solutions with increasing speed. The article can be sourced at:

And Another Law Firm To Accept Crypto Currency Payments

It’s spreading like wildfire!  This time we go to Dublin and Cosgrove Gaynard Solicitors who say they have “decided to accept Bitcoin after receiving requests from a number of clients”.   The Dublin-based law firm has announced that it will accept Bitcoin payments from clients in what it believes is a first for an Irish law firm. … Read more

Trademark Update: Changes to Spanish EU trademark and Community design litigation

Published on ILO and authored by lawyer Dalia Ferrando at Spanish firm,Grau & Angulo. “In 2017 the EU Trademark Regulation (2017/1001) and the Spanish Patents Act (24/2015) entered into force. Both pieces of legislation have affected EU trademark and Community design litigation in Spain.” Introduction – January 29 2018 The EU Trademark Regulation is a codified version … Read more