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September–October, 2021  (Vol. 111, No. 5)

In this issue of The Trademark Reporter (TMR), we offer our readers an article by two international scholars on the challenges posed to trademark owners by new generic top level-domains; an article by two brand professionals on how to avoid the potential pitfalls associated with trademark assignments in gross; and a review by a member of the TMR Committee of a comprehensive and authoritative resource on enforcing intellectual property rights in Africa.

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When we launder our desire for civil rights and equality through the lens of branding culture, everything, even resistance, becomes commodified.

Sonia K. Katyal, Berkeley Law School, USA Brands Behaving Badly, 109 TMR 827–28 (2019)

Featured Articles | September–October, 2021 (Vol. 111 No. 5)

Trademarks, Free Speech, and Fair Competition in a World of New Generic Top-Level Domains

Authors: Alpana Roy and Althaf Marsoof 

In this article, the authors explore the challenges and opportunities posed to Internet users generally and trademark owners specifically by new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) under the “New gTLD Program” launched by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers in 2011.

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How Gross Is Your Assignment? Actions Speak Louder Than Words When Transferring Goodwill

Authors: Lynda Zadra-Symes and Jacob Rosenbaum

In this article, the authors address the perennial problem of a trademark assignment “in gross”—that is, without the corresponding goodwill—and provide practitioners with guidance on how to reduce the risk of a subsequent abandonment finding.

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Book Review: Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Africa. Marius Schneider and Vanessa Ferguson.

Author: Stuart Green

The reviewer of this book finds that the authors have produced a comprehensive and authoritative resource on the state of protection and enforcement of these rights across the world’s second largest continent.

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