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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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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Trademarks: Trends for 2020 and the New Decade

A new year has started and we pinpoint three important trends in the trademark and intellectual protection world: Increased interest to protect intellectual property through registered trademarks. The last decade analysts saw a marked increase of trademark filings. Approximately, 7 million trademark applications were filed worldwide in 2016, which represent 16.4% more than in 2015, reaching a new high each following year. There are now almost three times as many trademark applications being filed around…

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5 Important Take-Aways from the Marijuana Business Panel

Arizona Bar members gathered early November 2019 to discuss the legal framework of the Cannabis business locally and nationally.  Business and trademark attorney Marcos E. Garciaacosta participated in the panel, contributing his expertise in several aspects of the laws and regulations that affect the cannabis businesses. Cannabis in Arizona is legal for medical purposes since 2010 but illegal for recreational use. Still, there are important considerations to note. Here is the lowdown in 5 bullets.…

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