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Third circuit panel revises half-baked trade dress functionality decision
  • USA
  • 22 February 2021

"That's the way the cookie crumbles", a panel of judges from the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit again concluded in rejecting trade dress protection for the well-known Pocky cookie design. However, in a revised decision following a rehearing request, the panel clarified its initial analysis on trade dress functionality, providing a fuller explanation of its reasoning which may soothe trade dress advocates.

Trademark Modernisation Act: addressing the realities of trademark law
  • USA
  • 15 February 2021

Congress recently enacted the Trademark Modernisation Act (TMA) 2020 as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021. The TMA amends the Trademark Act 1946 – also known as the 'Lanham Act' – and makes significant changes to trademark law by clarifying the burden for trademark owners seeking injunctive relief and providing new mechanisms for challenging applications and registrations on non-use grounds.

Biological patent transparency
  • USA
  • 08 February 2021

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, which was enacted on 27 December 2020, requires drug manufacturers and licence holders to market biologic drugs and disclose all patents that cover their products to the Food and Drug Administration. By increasing transparency, the act aims to force manufacturers to conform to rules which have proven successful in promoting the development and use of small-molecule generic drugs.

Maximising value of brands and creative works in challenging times
  • USA
  • 25 January 2021

Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, some new trends have emerged among non-profits looking to maximise their brand value. This article outlines strategies that non-profits should consider when working to maximise brand value, conduct a successful rebrand or monitor the use of copyrighted materials.

Mixed reactions as copyright owners ring in 2021 with CASE Act
  • USA
  • 18 January 2021

After years of similar pending legislation, Congress passed the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act, buried deep in the thousands of pages of the COVID-19 relief bill. The CASE Act is being welcomed with mixed reactions, with some copyright owners excited for an alternative to federal litigation, but also concerned about the opt-out option. Similarly, others who frequently receive copyright claims view this with hesitancy.

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