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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

Article: Global Legal Post – AI to revolutionise trademark prosecution by 2023

This Global Legal Post  article says that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will revolutionize trademark prosecution and enforcement by 2023, according to the latest research. Here’s the introduction to their piece… Surveying over 200 brand owners from a wide range of industries, a research report from Hogan Lovells ‘Brand Benchmarking 2018’ revealed that 93% of businesses feel … Read more

Pottymouth Puppets Too Much For Sesame Street – Trademark Suit Ensues

Huntington News Reports, “The Happytime Murders” is a filthy comedy set in the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans coexist. Two clashing detectives with a shared secret, one human (Melissa McCarthy) and one puppet, are forced to work together again to solve the brutal murders of the former cast of a beloved classic … Read more

Ivanka’s China Trademark Waterfall

This story has been all over the media in the last 48 hours. Is there a conflict of interest. CNBC explores the issue.. They write Ivanka Trump’s Chinese trademarks raise questions about potential conflicts of interest Chinese trademarks issued to Ivanka Trump’s fashion brand this month are raising questions over whether the first daughter is … Read more

The Hot TM Story Today – UK Company Trademarks “Bitcoin”

The Kaplan Herald is one of 20+ media reports on this today   Multiple reports and public filings have shown a UK-based firm called ‘A.B.C. IPHoldings South West’ has successfully acquired a trademark for the name ‘Bitcoin’. According to a merchant on Etsy, IP-Holdings sent a cease and desist order because they were selling Bitcoin-themed … Read more

Mondaq Article: Trademarking Blockchain

Cognate is all about using blockchain to create your “chainmark” . This article published via the Mondaq network talks about trademarking blockchain  platforms and services. It’s the first we’ve seen on the subject Gregor Wild  writes…..Switzerland: Trademark Protection For Blockchain? It lies in the nature of the blockchain technology that the control and securing of … Read more

Burberry Take On Target In The US Over, “repeated, willful, and egregious misappropriation of Burberry’s famous and iconic check trademarks.”

Well… that’s about as clear as one can be! The fashion law blog reports on what is likely to be a huge ding dong battle as both try to defend their corner. FLB  write,  “An ugly legal battle has been brewing between one of America’s largest big-box retailers and one of Britain’s most esteemed luxury … Read more

Sign of the Times: Trademark in The Midst of a Civil War

When we saw the headline of this World Trademark Review article it did make us double take. Actually though it’s an interesting piece about preserving rights in the midst of two competing systems and offices in a country consumed by war. World Trademark Review report Trademark rights “at risk” in Yemen following opening of second … Read more

Lexology Article: Important Changes to Myanmar Trademark Law

If you are working in Asia. This Deacons article might be of interest.   This circular is to alert you to substantial changes to Myanmar’s trade mark regime. Myanmar has been working on improving protection for intellectual property as part of its plan to overhaul its legal framework to facilitate and encourage foreign investment in … Read more