The Trademark Modernization Act of 2020

  • January 14, 2021
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The Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 became law on December 27, 2020. This new law ushered in uniform procedures in many facets of trademark litigation, but none more so than ex parte cancellation proceedings. In an effort to reduce bad faith filings and clutter, any petitioner may now file a petition to cancel an unused trademark regardless of that petitioner’s standing. Petitioners may achieve cancellation via an Ex Parte Expungement or Ex Parte Reexamination against unused trademarks. In addition to standardizing and modifying trademark cancellation procedures, the new law establishes a rebuttable presumption of irreparable harm for plaintiffs seeking injunctive relief, formalizes the procedure for submitting a Letter of Protest in a pending application, and allows for more flexible response periods. To learn more about the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 and its nuances, check out this detailed article by Mintz Levin.

  • March 04, 2021
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Proposed Legislation – California Leave

California employers should pay close attention to the 2021 legislative session. Amid the current pandemic, labor-related issues may soon look different.  Some of the new proposals, if signed into law, will affect paid sick leave, emergency childcare, expansion of the "family member" definition, and other important aspects of labor law....

  • January 04, 2021
  • Blog

New Year, New Act

On December 21, 2020, the final version of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (the “Act”), was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump on December 27, 2020. The Act includes a $900 billion economic stimulus package as a result of the continued need for coronavirus relief. The...