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Fending off: how a giant guitar-shaped hotel struck a chord

02-06-2023Sarah Speight

An iconic hotel shaped like a guitar can be registered in the US as a three-dimensional trademark, despite initially being rejected as non-distinctive. The case proves that a striking design doesn’t guarantee trademark rights for building shapes, discovers Sarah Speight.

Will the Washington Commanders make its mark?

31-05-2023Sarah Speight

The American football team has been rebuffed by the USPTO for its trademark application, following a series of reputation and branding issues. Can it make a comeback? It looks likely, finds Sarah Speight.

How to operate a cost-effective domain program

International31-05-2023Nicole DelleDonne

Tough economic times can offer an opportunity to reassess key aspects relating to a company’s domain strategy, says Nicole DelleDonne of GoDaddy Corporate Domains.

Africa: A changing continent heading for ‘greater heights’

Africa30-05-2023Sarah Speight

Reforms to Africa’s patchwork of IP regimes show a commitment to a brighter future, according to Bemanya Twebaze, director general of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization.

Lost in the mail: address for service at UK IPO post-Brexit

UK25-05-2023Lauren Somers

Non-UK based rights holders should consider appointing a UK address for service before January next year to avoid potential pitfalls, says Lauren Somers of HGF.

Big challenges for green trademarks

EU24-05-2023Tomislav Hadzija

Firms keen to advertise their ‘eco’ credentials through trademarks will need to tread lightly in terms of what the courts will permit, finds Tomislav Hadzija of Dennemeyer & Associates.

ECTA Annual Conference preview: Explore the magic of IP in Prague

24-05-2023Carina Gommers

It’s time to register for the ECTA 41st annual conference in a bewitching city, says Carina Gommers, ECTA First vice-president, ECTA programme committee chair.

IP rights in the world’s largest free trade area

Africa20-05-2023Mohamed Jameel Hamid

Africa’s single market presents a wealth of opportunity if IP rights holders can navigate the complexities of the continent, says Mohamed Jameel Hamid of Adams and Adams.

Trademarks in Eurasia: new opportunities for brand owners

Europe, Russia20-05-2023Arman Sauganbayev

Thanks to a new regional trademark, protecting a brand across Eurasia will be cost-effective and straightforward, explains Arman Sauganbayev of Gorodissky & Partners.

5 takeaways from INTA 2023

Singapore19-05-2023Tom Phillips

A lively atmosphere, fantastic food, and the looming impact of AI were themes of the year’s major IP meeting, finds Tom Phillips.

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