South Korea has amended its trademark examination guidelines to provide that the similarity between software-related goods and services must be determined on a case-by-case basis, considering factors such as the type and usage of the software.More
On December 14, 2020, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) issued a Practice Notice allowing trademark applicants to seek expedited examination for COVID-19-related goods and services, namely, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical protective equipment, or medical services and research services related to the prevention,More
Case No. 2018Da253444, S. Korea Supreme Court (en banc), March 18, 2021.
The Korean Supreme Court issued a landmark decision holding that the use of a junior mark identical or similar to a senior registered trademark constitutes infringement if the junior use is without the senior holder’s consent,More
H.R.133 — 116th Congress (2020)
On December 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133), better known as the Omnibus Spending and COVID-19 Relief bill, into law. The Act incorporated trademark and copyright protection provisions,More
Buried deep within Congress’s December 21, 2020, COVID-19 Relief and Omnibus Spending bill is the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (the “Trademark Act of 2020”). The Trademark Act of 2020 amends several provisions of the Lanham Act to streamline trademark litigation and address issues of abuse that have plagued the United States Patent and Trademark Office.More