CNET: Microsoft sues over trademark to stop COVID-19 hacking campaign

CNET: Microsoft sues over trademark to stop COVID-19 hacking campaign. “Microsoft said Tuesday that it’s taken legal action to stop a widespread COVID-19-related hacking campaign. The lawsuit, unsealed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, allowed the tech giant to take control of domains that hackers were using to trick their victims.”

Covid Cashout: Plastic Surgeons and Cannabis Startups Rush to Grab Coronavirus Trademarks (Daily Beast)

Daily Beast: Covid Cashout: Plastic Surgeons and Cannabis Startups Rush to Grab Coronavirus Trademarks. “Trademark applications filed with the Patent Office show an explosion in products marketed in some fashion as related to the virus. Nearly 200 applications containing the words ‘coronavirus’ or ‘COVID’ have been filed since March 29, the first time either word appeared in a trademark application, according to USPTO’s online database.”

Carve It All Up: Compumark Report Shows Trademark Registrations, Claims Of Infringement Both Rising Fast (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Carve It All Up: Compumark Report Shows Trademark Registrations, Claims Of Infringement Both Rising Fast. “As we’ve talked about for some time, one of the long-tail effects of the increased use of intellectual property in American culture has been the supercharging effect it’s had on fomenting a permission culture in general. This effect is compounding, as permission culture breeds IP protectionism, which breeds permission culture. The overall effect this has is to cause far too many people to believe that everything that exists can be owned and controlled.”

Trolling The Trademark Troll: Lemonade CEO Releases Chrome Extension To Remove Magenta From Websites (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Trolling The Trademark Troll: Lemonade CEO Releases Chrome Extension To Remove Magenta From Websites. “You will recall that last month we discussed the latest iteration of T-Mobile’s ongoing war to defend its trademark on the color magenta, as well as close variants of that color. While there are instances in which a particularly unique color or shade of color can be trademarked by a company, this case involved T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, bullying insurance company Lemonade out of using the color magenta in its branding.”

IP Australia: IP Australia is the first in the world to extend its WIPO’s Digital Access Service (DAS) digital library to trade marks

IP Australia: IP Australia is the first in the world to extend its WIPO’s Digital Access Service (DAS) digital library to trade marks . “IP Australia is pleased to announce the extension of its digital library in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)’s Digital Access Service (DAS) to trade marks and designs as of 1 November 2019.”

Digital revolution in Africa: ARIPO unveils groundbreaking free IP database (World Trademark Review)

World Trademark Review: Digital revolution in Africa: ARIPO unveils groundbreaking free IP database. “The African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) has launched a free online database as it bids to centralise IP records from across the continent. The move is a groundbreaking one in Africa, as it represents a significant step forward in the digitisation of African IP data, especially in terms of easy-to-access search functionality, and should be on the radar of rights holders across the world.”

A beer coloured trademark, Changsha IP court opens, and Kosovo registry launches digital database: news round-up (World Trademark Review)

World Trademark Review: A beer coloured trademark, Changsha IP court opens, and Kosovo registry launches digital database: news round-up. “It was formally announced this week that the Kosovo Industrial Property Office has launched an online database of its trademark and patents. At the moment the database is available only in the Albanian language, however the Google Chrome browser allows the page to be translated to a user’s local language.”

OpenCorporates: Introducing Trademarks

OpenCorporates: Introducing Trademarks. “Here at OpenCorporates, our core mission has always been about making official public data about companies more widely available, more usable and more useful. Much of this comes from one of the 120+ company registers we use as a primary source, but an increasing amount comes from other public sources, which now includes US and global trademark registers.”

TM-link: the new database linking international trade mark data (IP Australia)

IP Australia: TM-link: the new database linking international trade mark data. “In partnership with Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Melbourne, IP Australia has developed a single, internationally-linked trade mark database called TM-link. TM-link is a world-first platform that links trade mark applications across countries and helps businesses search for trade marks across multiple jurisdictions.” It’s not completely global yet – data still being added – but it’s available now. You have to e-mail (!) for access.

Ars Technica: Supreme Court asked to nullify the Google trademark

Ars Technica: Supreme Court asked to nullify the Google trademark. “Is the term ‘google’ too generic and therefore unworthy of its trademark protection? That’s the question before the US Supreme Court…. What’s before the Supreme Court is a trademark lawsuit that Google already defeated in a lower court. The lawsuit claims that Google should no longer be trademarked because the word ‘google’ is synonymous to the public with the term ‘search the Internet.'”

USPTO director Michelle Lee has resigned without warning (Ars Technica)

Ars Technica: USPTO director Michelle Lee has resigned without warning. “Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office Michelle Lee resigned today, without explanation. Lee, who has been director of the office since 2014, was a favored candidate by the tech sector, who thought she brought a balanced approach to patents. She is a former Google lawyer and was one of the first corporate lawyers to speak out about the problem of so-called ‘patent trolls.’ “

Sydney Morning Herald: Google staves off death of its brand name, avoiding fate of Kleenex and Yo-Yo

Sydney Morning Herald: Google staves off death of its brand name, avoiding fate of Kleenex and Yo-Yo. “No matter how often you invoke a certain internet search engine’s name when doing online research, its parent company Alphabet still owns the brand. That’s the upshot of a US Federal Appeals Court’s decision on Tuesday rejecting the argument that Google has become so popular as a verb that it should lose its status as a protected trademark.”

Techdirt: Convicted Felon Ask Google To Delist Multiple Government Websites Because His Name Is Protected By ‘Common Law Trademark’

Techdirt: Convicted Felon Ask Google To Delist Multiple Government Websites Because His Name Is Protected By ‘Common Law Trademark’. “Over the past decade, [Anthony Lewis] Jerdine has been imprisoned for bank fraud, made the US Marshals fugitive list, been sanctioned for unauthorized practice of law, been called a vexatious litigant by the Ohio court system, and, lest we forget, formed a trust in his own name. There are many reasons to form a trust. Jerdine’s reason — an apparent SEO gambit — is none of them. Jerdine, like many people who don’t understand search engines, the internet, intellectual property law, or the Streisand effect, seems to believe if he shouts ‘TRADEMARK and/or COPYRIGHT’ loudly enough, magical things will happen.”

Courts Take Notice of The Internet Archive

Courts are taking judicial notice of the Internet Archive. “Trademark attorneys often must determine when a third-party used a mark in commerce and the extent and nature of such use, particularly when considering whether to take legal action against a third party for the unauthorized use of a mark. The Internet Archive Wayback Machine (the ‘Wayback Machine’) provides access to a digital library of archived webpages and touts having saved over 450 billion webpages. More courts are taking judicial notice of archived webpages obtained from the Wayback Machine, the latest being the United States District Court for the District of Kansas in Marten Transport, Ltc. v. Platform Advertising, Inc. d/b/a JustTruckingJobs.com and FindATruckingJob.com, 2:14-cv-02464 (4/29/16)).”

Facebook Wins Trademark Fight in China

Facebook has won a trademark fight in China. ” Chinese people won’t be able to quench their thirst with a refreshing ‘face book’ beverage, after the U.S. social networking company won a rare trademark victory against a local firm in China. By contrast, Apple Inc last month lost its battle to prevent a domestic company from using the “iPhone” trademark on leather goods in China.”