USPTO: USPTO delays the effective date for identity verification requirement for trademark filers

USPTO: USPTO delays the effective date for identity verification requirement for trademark filers. “USPTO strives to ensure the tools utilized to verify trademark filers are equitable, inclusive, and secure. Accordingly, as the USPTO evaluates and solicits feedback on our online digital identity verification option, we are announcing that we are postponing the April 9 effective date upon which identity verification was scheduled to become mandatory. A new effective date will be announced at the appropriate time with reasonable advance notice.”

Techdirt: Ukrainian Soldier Moves To Trademark ‘Russian Warship, Go Fuck Yourself” Because Of Course

Techdirt: Ukrainian Soldier Moves To Trademark ‘Russian Warship, Go Fuck Yourself” Because Of Course. “You may recall the name Roman Gribov. He was one of several soldiers stationed on Snake Island in the Black Sea. When Russian warships began their part of the assualt of their sovereign neighbor, those warships communicated with Gribov, demanding that he and his fellow soldiers surrender. While staring down the barrel of the Russian Navy, Gribov offered up what is now an iconic response: ‘Russian warship… go fuck yourself!’ From there, the rebuttal took on meme status…. Which perhaps partially explains why Gribov, thorugh his family, is attempting to trademark the now iconic verbal middle finger.

Queensland University of Technology: Google’s search dominance a risk to consumers

Queensland University of Technology: Google’s search dominance a risk to consumers. “The GOOGLE trademark is still firmly in the grip of its owner Alphabet Inc. even though ‘to google’ is the ubiquitous vernacular for ‘to conduct an online search’, but a QUT data scientist says this familiarity could more negatively affect consumers than other trademarks in the same position.”

US Patent and Trademark Office: USPTO launches new Patent Public Search tool and webpage

US Patent and Trademark Office: USPTO launches new Patent Public Search tool and webpage. “Based on the advanced Patents End-to-End (PE2E) search tool USPTO examiners use to identify prior art, this free, cloud-based platform combines the capabilities of four existing search tools scheduled to be retired in September 2022: Public-Examiner’s Automated Search Tool (PubEAST), Public-Web-based Examiner’s Search Tool (PubWEST), Patent Full-Text and Image Database (PatFT), and Patent Application Full-Text and Image Database (AppFT).”

Techdirt: Hey The North Face! When You Said Sending Us A Bogus Trademark Threat Was A Mistake, We Believed You; So Why Did You Do It Again?

Techdirt: Hey The North Face! When You Said Sending Us A Bogus Trademark Threat Was A Mistake, We Believed You; So Why Did You Do It Again?. “Nine years ago, someone Photoshopped a fake patch parodying The North Face logo, with one that said ‘Hey Fuck Face.’ They posted it to Flickr. You guys lost your shit and filed a bogus takedown notice on this obvious parody that was not being used in commerce in anyway. But, much worse, nine years later, you had your ‘brand protection’ company send us — a news organization — an even more bogus takedown for our reporting on it.”

Use of trademark as keyword: Delhi High Court directs Google to probe into web traffic diversion (Bar & Bench)

Bar & Bench: Use of trademark as keyword: Delhi High Court directs Google to probe into web traffic diversion. “The Delhi High Court recently directed Google to investigate into a complaint alleging that the use of a trademark and its variations as keywords on the search engine had resulted in the diversion of traffic from the owner’s website to that of the advertiser [M/s DRS Logistics & Anr v. Google India Pvt Ltd & Ors]. Justice V Kameswar Rao observed that when the use of a trademark as a keyword online constitutes infringement or passing off amounting to violations of rights of the trademark owner under the Trade Marks Act, 1999, Google ought to investigate such advertisements.”

Innovation at the German Patent and Trademark Office: spotlight on cutting-edge tools and services (World Trademark Review)

World Trademark Review: Innovation at the German Patent and Trademark Office: spotlight on cutting-edge tools and services . “In exclusive insights, the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) reveals the innovative non-core tools and services that it offers trademark users, including developments of its digital tools and collaboration with other national IP offices.”

World Trademark Review: Concern voiced as low-cost filer Trademark Terminal launches new platforms

World Trademark Review: Concern voiced as low-cost filer Trademark Terminal launches new platforms. “Recently-launched low-cost trademark filing offerings ‘Trademark Kingdom’ and ‘Trademark Nations’ appear to be linked to controversial platform Trademark Terminal, WTR can reveal. In response, an industry expert continues to call on the USPTO to do more to monitor low-cost filers.”

FedScoop: USPTO chief information officer most excited about new search algorithms

FedScoop: USPTO chief information officer most excited about new search algorithms . “New search algorithms for relevant prior art most excite the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s CIO right now. USPTO created the machine-learning algorithms to increase the speed at which patents are examined by importing relevant prior art — all information on its claim of originality — into pending applications sent to art units, said Jamie Holcombe.”

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.”