Trademark Applications Related to COVID-19 or Coronavirus Will be Rejected

Even as the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, people and businesses are trying to gain a commercial advantage from trademarking words and phrases related to the virus and people and places associated with the epidemic. Chinese trademark officials, for example, recently announced that almost 1,000 trademark applications related to COVID-19 have been been filed… READ MORE

Brexit and European Trademarks: What You Need to Know

At the end of January 2020, the United Kingdom (“UK”) filed formal papers with the European Union (“EU”) to withdraw from the political and economic alliance. This has commonly been called “Brexit.” For the next year or so, the UK will remain loosely affiliated with the EU, but at the end of the transition period,… READ MORE

PayPal Account Frozen? Defending Retailers Sued for Trademark Infringement

If you are an online retailer, here is what you need to know about trademark infringement on ecommerce platforms, and things you should be aware of if you are required to defend yourself from trademark infringement allegations. A Mixing Pot of Commerce and Cultures Domestic e-commerce sites such as Amazon Marketplace and eBay are big… READ MORE

An Overview of Cybersquatting Laws

Consider the following scenario: You’re a successful business owner, and you have a customer base that’s expanding daily. Recently, you decided it’s time to start a website to continue growing your business, but when you try to register your trademark as your domain name, you find out someone else already owns it. Without warning, you may have just become the victim of cybersquatting.

Across the Pond: How to File an International Trademark Application

Getting trademark protection in the United States is one thing. But if you want to take your brand international, you’re going to need more than just a US trademark. And if you don’t? You’re vulnerable to appropriation in other countries. Worse, you’ll have insufficient legal grounds to fight back. You’re proud of your idea–take the… READ MORE

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