Cognate's Trademark Blog

A Little Obscure But Interesting Nonetheless – Laos Updates Trademark Laws

Deacons Law Firm writes for Lexology….. A new intellectual property law in Laos took effect on 9 June 2018. This replaced the former regime on trade mark registration which dates back to 20 December 2011. The reform has brought about a number of firsts and it aims to transform the current registration framework into a more … Read more

Let’s Hope He’s Already Done It Himself, Chinese companies rush to register ‘Mbappe’ trademark

The Global times reports that dozens of Chinese companies and individuals have applied to trademark the name of French soccer star Kylian Mbappe, aiming to capitalize on the young athlete’s fame after he led his team to victory in the 2018 World Cup held in Russia, but experts warned of potential legal troubles arising from … Read more

Bird & Bird China Office Publish Article ” Brand Protection in the Global Marketplace”

Both useful and interesting to read from a Chinese professional perspective.. The article was published via Lexology   In 1873, Jules Verne famously wrote of circumnavigating the world “in 80 days”. Today, a brand goes around the world with the click of a mouse. Globalisation has brought exciting opportunities for businesses expanding into overseas markets, … 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

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