“Stop the uncritical worship of the God of Automation”: practitioners push back on end-to-end electronic filings

​​​​​​​The comment period for a proposed rulemaking change that would mandate the electronic filing of trademark applications, and associated submissions, at the USPTO closed last night. A number of concerns were raised about the proposed move, with current online systems coming in for criticism and warnings that some of the proposed changes could create an …

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Shame or litigate? New research argues that more rights holders will turn to ‘self-help’ enforcement

A new academic paper has predicted that content creators and rights holders will increasingly turn to ‘self-help’ action in cases of infringement rather than initiate litigation. As is noted in the study, such an approach is not without risk.

Consumers “morally disgusted” by counterfeits, brands warned fakes “infect” genuine products

​​​​​​​A groundbreaking new study has found that most consumers feel “moral disgust” and “revulsion” from using counterfeit goods, with a warning that this feeling can be extended to genuine goods that are often copied. The research is a reminder of the tremendous brand harm such illicit activity causes, with the study suggesting a new form …

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“No closer to clarity” – UK’s Brexit White Paper offers clues to future IP approach, but big questions remain

This week the UK government published its much-anticipated blueprint for the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union. While IP rights are specifically addressed in the White Paper, trademark practitioners will be left with several significant unanswered questions.