Google Widens Crack-Down Against “Fakes” and Counterfeits

The war against “fakes” or counterfeit merchandise is getting real and now involves Google. We already blogged about it. On our June 26th piece, we explained how Amazon is blocking third-party counterfeits or fake products from its platform. This action triggered by the passage of a new bill at the US House of Representatives. The name of the bill is the Shop Safe Act. This bill is not the law of the land yet but…

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Are Racist Trademarks and Brands Legal?

This year has been one of protests and indignation. The number of black individuals deaths by police forces across the USA shook our consciences. The Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations against police brutality sparked also introspection into all forms of racism, including in the trademark world. Some companies started to revise their hiring policies. While others are reviewing their minority representation in leadership positions. This long-overdue introspection made brand owners re-evaluate how these may…

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Is the USA Military About to Start a Trademark War Against Netflix?

In December of 2019, with great fanfare, the United States Military announced the creation of a new branch to prepare the country for space warfare and named it Space Force. But there is a little problem: The name Space Force is already a registered trademark by Netflix. Netflix has already registered “Space Force” as a trademark in several international jurisdictions such as Mexico, Australia, and Europe. Usually, leading media companies act fast in securing their…

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Advance Medical Directives

The global pandemic due to COVID19 has changed our lives in so many ways. Most health care systems around the world were not prepared for the deluge of patients that overcrowed their facilities, forcing doctors and nurses to make life and death decisions for the patients. Many of us are quarantined in our homes, while the essential workers in diverse professions risk their health to keep everybody afloat. As some parts of the world start…

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