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11-18-16 Weekly Round-Up of Trademark News

Daniel Mills, Trademark Attorney

Posted Friday, November 18, 2016 by Daniel Mills

Donald Trump won a battle 10 years in the making. Mr. Trump can celebrate more than just his presidential election win this week; he can celebrate a win in a trademark dispute in China that he has waged for 10 years. In 2006 Mr. Trump applied to register TRUMP in association with real estate agent services for both commercial and residential property. According to an article on wsj.com, a Chinese squatter named Dong Wei had filed for the name two weeks prior to Mr. Trump. After several refusals, appeals, and denials, Mr. Trump received a final judgment against his claim last year. But, not to be deterred, he filed another application, which was granted provisional approval last week. In the intervening 10 years, it seems that the TRUMP brand has gone from unknown to privileged in China.

Cuba is now a hotbed of US trademark activity. Because of the diplomatic progress of the last two years, many companies are registering their brands in Cuba. According to the Miami Herald, applications in the OCPI, the Cuban equivalent of the USPTO, are over 1,000 so far in 2016. There were 78 in 2014. Registration can be done directly into Cuba or as through the Madrid Protocol. To find our which US companies looking to make their mark in Cuba, read more details here.

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