Cognate's Trademark Blog

Cognate’s Bennett Collen To Speak At Harvard’s “Meeting of The Tangents, The Business Regulation & Technology of Blockchain” Saturday April 7 2018

Blockchain, Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Club (a Student Club of Harvard Business School)’s first annual conference, held in conjunction with MIT-China Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum and the Harvard Law Entrepreneurship Project’s Blockchain Initiative. Here’s the info Tickets at Eventbrite Sponsored by: Circle ( and Z-Park Thanks to our featured industry sponsor Circle, all attendees who check … Read more

FT Article Analyzes Law Firm Approach to ICO’s, Cryptocurrency and the Blockchain

The FT write…..”Some of the world’s top law firms are looking to cash in on the mania for blockchain and cryptocurrencies by advising on initial coin offerings and investments in the new technology, as well as helping to deal with sceptical regulators.” If you want to get a better idea of law firm thinking on … Read more

Epazz Announce “Patent Pending” Blockchain Dispute Resolution Services

Is it just us or is this market getting very overcrowded. Epazz say their, Patent Pending Blockchain Smart Legal Contracts (Cordtell), will Generate New Sources of Revenue with Dispute Resolution Here’s their just published press release. Epazz will offer Cordtell on a monthly subscription fee starting at $299 per month. The company will offer additional … Read more

Alibaba Not Happy With Alibaba(coin) Foundation Lawsuit In Play

If we remember rightly it always was  AliBaba and the den of 40 Thieves . When using the original AliBaba commerce site back in those dim distant naughties  the service always reminded us of that den. Now it looks as though the Jeff Bezos of China isn’t very happy with Dubai-based company, AlibabaCoin. Who, we’d suggest, might … Read more

Fish & Richardson Litigation Team Named California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year Over Hep C Case

A team of litigation attorneys from, law firm Fish & Richardson are among the recipients of the Daily Journal’s California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) . They received their gong for the firm’s handling of a high-dollar patent victory involving pharmaceutical giants Gilead Science Inc. and Merck & Co., Inc. The Fish team, representing Gilead, was … Read more

Feel Like a Change? How About A Move To Edinburgh?

Thorntons, who have one of Scotland’s largest intellectual property teams with an in house trade marks agency, are looking for a  IP Solicitor/Trademark Attorney. Their team have been involved in trade mark commercialisation and disputes for a number of years and recently took the strategic decision to establish an internal trade mark agency which advises on … Read more

Trademark “Use” P2: Proving Use – Jurisdictions, Trademark Classes (or Classifications) and “Ongoing Use”

In order to enforce and defend trademark rights, companies should be able to prove where, when and how their trademarks have been used. In my previous post, I outlined what constitutes trademark use and the two systems countries use to determine priority in trademark rights (first-to-use and first-to-file). This week I want to take a … Read more

Press Release: Accord Project Announces New Members in Major International Law Firms Ashurst, DLA Piper, Fasken, Orrick and Simmons & Simmons

27 March. The Accord Project, a legal industry organization for smart legal contracts, has  announced new partnerships with international law firms Ashurst, DLA Piper, Fasken, Orrick, and Simmons & Simmons. Here’s their press release. It’s worth remembering as you read this that similar activity is happening over at ethereum   Established last year by the … Read more