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$ Reduction in European Community Trade Mark Fees $

The European Union (EU) has announced that there will be a reduction in filing fees for Community trade marks (CTM) filed after May 1, 2009.  The official registration fee of 850 EUR was eliminated while the official application fee has increased from 750 to 900 EUR.  This change will decrease the total amount for filing [...]

Sotomayor and Intellectual Property

On May 26, 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Judge Sotomayor has a legal resume that demonstrates significant experience with intellectual property law. In 1984, Judge Sotomayor joined the law firm Pavia & Harcout in New York City.  While working as a litigator for the firm, Judge [...]

McDonald’s Loses Exclusivity of “Mc” in Singapore’s McCurry lawsuit

On April 27, 2009,  in Malaysia, McDonald’s lost an infringement lawsuit against the Malaysian fast food outlet McCurry.  The Malaysian Court of Appeals ruled that McDonald’s did not have exclusive rights to the “Mc” prefix.  Justice Gopal Sri Ram of the Appellate Court found that the High Court erred in assuming McDonald’s could have a [...]

“Octomom” Seeks Trademark

Nadya Suleman cannot stay out of the headlines.  Her story was so publicized that she was nicknamed “Octomom” by the media.  Nadya was already the mother of six when she gave birth to octuplets in January and became an overnight celebrity.  Her story is controversial because of her in-vitro fertilization. Nadya is now seeking to [...]