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Renner Otto is proud to announce that Nick Gingo , Grant Steyer , and Richard Wolf have been selected to the 2019 Ohio Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a...Read more
If you or your clients do business via Amazon, then you should know that registering a trademark on the Supplemental Register may not be the best idea. Typically, when seeking to register an arguably descriptive trademark at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, applicants are presented with the...Read more
The new Unified Patent Court and unitary patent system to be created by the UPC Agreement has taken a big step forward with ratification by the UK in April 2018. But even though the UPC Agreement is outside the European Community agreement, and thus potentially independent of the Brexit...Read more
Renner Otto Updates is our newsletter dedicated to discussing developments in domestic and international IP law. The third issue of 2017 can be found here . For more information, please contact Executive Editor Nick Gingo .Read more
In a continuing effort to maintain an accurate U.S. Trademark Register by eliminating registrations for marks that are not in use, the USPTO is in the process of establishing a new method of challenging registrations based on non-use. The concept is a streamlined version of the existing inter...Read more
An article entitled "Post-Grant Proceedings: Decisions Recently Made Precedential" and written by Mark Saralino, Luis Carrion and TaeRa Franklin was recently published in the February/March 2017 issue of The Report , a publication of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. The entire...Read more
Renner Otto Updates is our newsletter dedicated to discussing developments in domestic and international IP law. Links to the first two issues of 2017 can be found here: Renner Otto Updates - 2017 No. 1 Renner Otto Updates - 2017 No. 2 For more information, please contact Luis Carrion ; to...Read more
Just a reminder that official fees for trademark filings in China will be reduced by 50% beginning April 1, 2017. Some commentators suspect that this may result in a proliferation of trademark applications by squatters in China. Brand owners whose products are made and/or sold in China may want to...Read more
In a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court in Star Athletica LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc. held that the arrangements of lines, chevrons, and colorful shapes on the surface of cheerleading uniforms are eligible for copyright protection as separable features of the design of those cheerleading uniforms...Read more
On February 1, 2017, Nick Gingo will be hosting an IP Q&A for small business owners at Old City Libations in Cleveland, Ohio.The event is presented by the Cleveland Flea and provides an opportunity for small business owners and creatives to learn about IP and how it can be used strategically...Read more