INTA 2016: Wednesday roundup

All of the most important stories from Wednesday at the International Trademark Association's annual conference 2016.

.sucks pokes fun at Donald Trump with urinal stunt

Those using the restrooms at the Orange County Convention Center this week may have noticed the familiar face of Donald Trump staring up at them from the basin of the urinals.

Urinal screens have been placed by Vox Populi, the registry behind the .sucks domain, in urinals in restrooms across the centre encouraging delegates to visit the domain


One-word movies and ‘counting your money in hell’

The increasing trend of using one word to name a film or TV programme title is making trademark clearance harder, the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) annual meeting has heard.

Speaking in a session yesterday, May 24, at the conference in Orlando, Bryce Coughlin, senior IP counsel at Fox Entertainment Group, gave TV series “Empire”, which is made by his company, as one example.

Coughlin was joined by representatives from HBO, Amazon and Turner Broadcasting System on the panel, named “Entertainment Industry Breakout: Brands and the Changing Face of Entertainment Content”.


Adidas and Levi Strauss discuss South American woes

Adidas removed $50 million worth of counterfeit products from South American online marketplace MercadoLibre last year, a counsel for the sportswear brand has revealed.

Speaking at a session on online enforcement at the International Trademark Association's (INTA) annual meeting today, May 24, Maria Perna, brand protection manager for Latin America at Adidas, revealed figures related to counterfeits on the platform in 2015.


Oracle and Jack Daniel’s tell trademark ‘war stories’

Counsel for Jack Daniel’s and software company Oracle have revealed their “war stories” from first-to-file jurisdictions.


Customers and ‘overzealous’ partners keep Uber up at night

Maintaining the integrity of customer relationships and communicating with “overzealous” partners are the two things that keep Uber IP paralegal Mooni Patel up at night.


Setting sail and sipping martinis: reception roundup from Tuesday night at INTA

WIPR headed to The Bahamas on Tuesday evening, the penultimate night at the International Trademark Association’s annual conference in Orlando. Read on to find out which receptions we attended on what was our fourth night of attending post-conference parties.


Why TTAB judges are not ‘high fiving’ each other

It is not true that judges at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) were ‘high fiving’ each other following the US Supreme Court’s decision in B&B Hardware v Hargis Industries, the board’s chief judge has said.

His laughter-provoking statement was made during a discussion about the case at the International Trademark Association’s (INTA) annual meeting in Orlando on May 23.


INTA 2016 session preview: TTAB news

Today at the INTA annual meeting in Orlando, John Welch, counsel at law firm Wolf Greenfield will provide a rundown of the key issues at the TTAB. Welch, author of the renowned TTABlog, tells WIPR the key points he will cover in his session.


Food and alcohol ‘heading down same road’ as cigarettes, says BAT

A lawyer at tobacco company British American Tobacco (BAT) has said alcohol and food deemed to be unhealthy are “going down the same route” as tobacco, in a discussion centred around plain packaging laws.

Stuart Aitchison, intellectual property lawyer at BAT, said that although there were no laws in place yet, “all the signs were there” that other products could be subject to plain packaging laws in the future.


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