Cognate's Trademark Blog

Heartwarming Christmas Crypto Story! Dominatrix makes men mine cryptocurrency for her — and she now has over $1 million

The UK media are loving this story, at the moment, so we couldn’t help but reference it as a bit of light reading so close to Christmas. Marketwatch reports on a Paris based dominatrix, who calls herself Theodora. She is, we are told, a financial dominatrix, which means clients, many of whom never meet her in … Read more

Dentons Law Firm, Canada, Joins Blockchain Group

Dentons Canada LLP have released a press release saying the firm has now become a member of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium (GLBC). GLBC’s goal is to “organize and align the stakeholders in the global legal industry with regard to the use of blockchain technology to enhance the security, privacy, productivity and interoperability of the legal … Read more

Complaint Filed In California Alleges Legal Zoom Engaged In “unauthorized practice of law, false advertising, unfair competition and other claims with respect to preparation and filing of trademark applications”

Besides LegalZoom and its co-founders, the USPTO and the state bars of Arizona, California and Texas are named defendants.The action is brought by LegalForce RAPC, a patent and trademark filing firm, and its owner Raj Abhyanker, a patent attorney in California. The ABA Journal reports…. A complaint filed Tuesday in the Northern District of California … Read more

Dutch Company “Legal Things” To Digitize Netherlands Legislation On Blockchain

Dutch software firm LegalThings has announced a plan to set into motion the digitisation of Dutch legislation on the Blockchain write CNME. LegalThings launched its LegalThings One platform, an Ethereum-like platform that decentralises contracts and laws on the Blockchain. According to the firm, it beat household names like Capgemini and CGI in the competition for … Read more

Society of British and International Design to Launch New Intellectual Property Protection Program

Architectural Digest reports that starting 2018, interior designers will be able to register their work to protect against unlicensed counterfeits. In an event held at the British House of Commons last week, the UK’s foremost organization for accrediting interior designers launched the SBID Intellectual Property initiative in partnership with IP anti-crime organization TM Eye. Its … Read more

Department of Justice and Department of State Launch Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordinator Network

Recent studies have concluded that the international trade in counterfeit and pirated goods are a multi-billion dollar industry globally that continues to grow.  Trademark counterfeiting, copyright piracy and other forms of intellectual property rights (IPR) infringements are found in virtually every industry sector, and in many instances result in significant risks to the health and … Read more

CBD Product Applications May No Longer Be Immediately Accepted Under The United States Patent and Trademark Offices.

Cannabis Business Times reports. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) once again revised its stance on certain cannabis brand trademark applications. Specifically, applications that cover cannabidiol (CBD) products will no longer be immediately accepted and may ultimately be rejected as violating the Office’s Lawful Use Rule.  http://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/article/what-uspto-new-stance-on-cannabidiol-means-for-trademark-seekers/ Until recently, brand owners seeking federal protection … Read more

Article: Canada – Why it’s important to differentiate between a trademark and a registered trademark

One protects your business well outside just the commercial area of its operations. It is difficult to overstate the importance of a trademark to a business in Canada   As the means by which the general public identifies goods and services, a trademark is an extremely valuable asset, and the protection of it is of … Read more

Article: Trademark Enforcement in the Social Media Age by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A.

Attorneys in general, and trademark attorneys in particular, have a reputation for heavy handedness. The traditional weapon of choice for these legal pugilist has been, and continues to be, ye olde cease and desist letter. A long, unnecessarily wordy letter sprinkled with “without authorization”‘s and “reserves all rights and remedies”‘s and other thinly veiled and … Read more

Ethos Retains K&L Gates For Cryptocurrency Projects

Cryptocurrency company Ethos has retained law firm  K&L Gates to provide essential legal services and guidance. The company, founded by Shingo Lavine, has  given itself the mission of bringing cryptocurrency to the masses.   A statement from the company said of the appointment: ‘K&L Gates is widely acclaimed as among the best and most trusted … Read more