Harris Bricken Thanks USPTO

Harris Bricken would like to thank the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for inviting our lead intellectual property attorney, Fred Rocafort, to participate in the Southeast Asia IP Roadshow. Held on July 18, the event brought together IP specialists from the corporate, legal, and government sectors. Unfortunately, the event was not recorded, but

Free Webinar: Southeast Asia Intellectual Property Roadshow featuring Fred Rocafort

Register HERE! Tune in as Harris Bricken attorney Fred Rocafort and other experts discuss IP enforcement and protection for companies doing business in Southeast Asia. Join policy makers, thought leaders, and experienced practitioners in the field of intellectual property (IP)—including speakers from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the U.S. Association of Southeast

Mexico Trademarks

Mexico Trademarks: What You Need to Know

Globalization has taught businesspeople many things, including the importance of protecting their intellectual property in the markets in which they operate (or are planning to operate). For brand owners, intellectual property of course includes trademarks, and over the past few decades many companies have learned to their dismay that their trademarks have been registered in

trademarking foreign words with USPTO

Trademarking Foreign Words: Be Careful

For some brands, trademarking foreign words or phrases might hit just the right note in terms of image. The word “bakery” might make consumers in Seattle think of their local Safeway, while boulangerie evokes flaky, buttery croissants in Paris. Yet the use of foreign words raises certain issues when it comes to registering trademarks in

Trademark Protection In The Global Marketplace: Because the World Does Not End at the U.S. Border

Trademark Protection In The Global Marketplace

Trademarks are among the most important assets of any company. Indeed, if it weren’t for trademarks, customers would be unlikely to even find a company’s products. Naturally, then, most U.S. companies want to protect these essential and valuable assets to the greatest extent possible and therefore make sure that they are registered with the United

expungement reexamination proceedings

USPTO Expungement and Reexamination Proceedings

Pursuant to the Trademark Modernization Act (TMA), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has established expungement and reexamination proceedings for cancellation of a registration. These proceedings allow a third party to request the cancellation of a trademark registration, if the mark was never used in commerce, or if it was not used prior

Global Trademark Protection Under the Madrid Protocol

Global Trademark Protection Under the Madrid Protocol

As more U.S. companies and individuals seek to sell their goods and services in foreign markets, it is important they obtain trademark protection in these markets. One way to minimize the cost of obtaining trademark protection abroad is to make use of the Madrid System. With the UAE‘s accession to the Madrid Protocol (which together

EU China and US trademark law

How US, EU and China Trademark Systems Differ

Our team handles trademark work around the world for our clients, but the jurisdictions with which we work the most are the United States, European Union, and China. While there are considerable similarities among these three jurisdictions when it comes to trademark law, in this post we look at how the U.S., E.U., and China

Spain Trade Secret Law

Spain Trade Secret Law

Trade secrets became explicitly protected under Spanish national law when EU Directive (2016/943/EU) became part of Spain law in 2019. A trade secret in Spain is now defined as secret information, unknown to those who usually handle such kinds of information and not readily accessible. This information also must have commercial value precisely because it

A Legal Primer on Doing Business in the United States

Doing Business in the United States: The Laws You Should Know

As the country with the world’s largest economy, the United States offers some of the best business opportunities in the world.  To assist businesses in taking advantage of those opportunities, this guide provides an overview of the US legal system and some of the laws relevant to doing business in the United States. 1. The