Trademark Squatting. The Washington Redskins Confronts A Squatter

Trademark Squatting is a practice that can confront businesses with unexpected cost and hassles. Read about the Washington Redskins re-branding troubles.

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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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Intellectual Property, Open Source, and Coronavirus

There is controversy about how the generation of intellectual property should be handled in the case of a national pandemic. Some are trying to assert and defend the role of private businesses to protect their discoveries and developments of test kits, vaccines, masks, ventilators or other products. In his address from the Rose Garden on March 13th, Trump’s team emphasized the role of private companies to develop solutions for the pandemic. Others are taking an…

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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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