BREXIT – EUTM Registrations and Cloned United Kingdom Registrations

The Brexit transition period ended on December 31, 2020. As of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom will have left the European Union trademark and design system. Although European-wide rights such as European Trademarks (EUTMs) will now cease to have effect in the United Kingdom, identical U.K. trademark rights will be automatically created or “cloned” …

What to Know About the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020

Over the weekend, President Trump signed the second COVID-19 relief bill. While Coronavirus relief takes center stage in the news, the omnibus legislation is actually a hefty, 5,500+ pages with noteworthy changes to intellectual property law. In this first of three posts, we’ll take a brief look at the coming changes to federal trademark law. …

Amazon’s New Utility Patent Neutral Evaluation Process

With businesses becoming increasingly dependent on the sale of goods at online marketplaces such as Amazon.com, especially during the pandemic, it has become increasingly important to quickly combat product listings that violate intellectual property rights. Amazon’s new Utility Patent Neutral Evaluation Process (UPNEP) provides a streamlined process for contesting product listings that infringe patent rights.  …

THE SURPRISING SCOPE OF EUROPEAN DESIGN PATENT RIGHTS

The scope of European design patents are quite surprising. Unlike in the U.S., design patent applications in Europe are not reviewed by an Examiner to determine patentability – the patent application just has to meet the formality requirements to grant. Thus, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) does not determine the scope of a …