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.”
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 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.”
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.”
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. “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.”
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.