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By Stephen D. Wilson  On December 27, 2020, the U.S. Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA) (also known as the TM Act of 2020) [“TMA”] became law. The TMA was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (also known as the COVID-19 relief and spending bill). The TMA amends the [...]

By | 2021-01-12T17:50:39+00:00 January 12th, 2021|

COPYRIGHT LAW UPDATE: Congress Passes CASE Act of 2020 To Create Copyright Small Claims Tribunal

By Stephen D. Wilson | December 22, 2020  On December 21, 2020, Congress passed the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020 (CASE Act), as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The CASE Act provides a voluntary small claims system to adjudicate copyright infringement claims that do not [...]

By | 2020-12-28T14:07:47+00:00 December 28th, 2020|

CARIBBEAN TRADEMARK UPDATE: Trinidad and Tobago Joins Madrid System

By Stephen D. Wilson | October 15, 2020 The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has become the 107th member of the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks (Madrid System). On October 12, 2020, Trinidad and Tobago deposited an instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with the World [...]

By | 2020-10-23T15:32:48+00:00 October 23rd, 2020|

SOUTHEAST ASIA IP UPDATE: Malaysia Joins Madrid System

By Stephen D. Wilson | October 30, 2019 On September 27, 2019, Malaysia joined an intellectual property (IP) treaty that will benefit U.S. brand owners who wish to protect trademark rights in Southeast Asia. Madrid System The Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks (Madrid System) is a trademark [...]

By | 2020-02-20T16:57:43+00:00 October 30th, 2019|


The U.S. is a party to a number of intellectual property (IP) treaties.  These treaties help IP owners in the U.S. protect rights internationally, and help foreign IP owners to protect rights in the U.S. Madrid System One of these treaties is the Madrid System for the International Registration of [...]

By | 2019-07-31T15:27:52+00:00 July 31st, 2019|

U.S. Supreme Court: Copyright Owners Must Register Works Before Filing Copyright Infringement Lawsuits

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that copyright owners must register their works prior to filing suit against infringers. In Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corporation v., LLC, 586 U.S. ____ (2019), the Court held that registration is a statutory prerequisite to a copyright infringement lawsuit. Faced with a [...]

By | 2019-03-07T13:55:07+00:00 March 7th, 2019|