Drone Registration Regulations published

On Monday, December 14, 2015, the Department of Transportation (DOT) published its anticipated new regulations regarding the registration of drones (“Small Unmanned Aerial Systems,” which are defined as drones weighing up to 55 lbs., including any payload).  More here.

Marc Randazza talks 1st Amendment – via Reason TV

Yes, I realize this is a trademark blog.  However, as does every Blogger, I reserve the right to go off-topic once in a while, as I do here.  Marc Randazza, whom I have the honor of calling a friend, talks about the 1st Amendment, the media, Anti-SLAPP suits and other topics in this recent video aired on the Reason TV YouTube channel.  This is worth watching.

WIPO, technical assistance and UN sanctions

An interesting tidbit from the IPKat: WIPO, technical assistance and UN sanctions.


It has taken me a while, but I’ve decided that I have enough things to say about trademark law that it is time to join the blogosphere.

As the title suggests, this blog will focus on issues that concern trademark owners and their attorneys in transatlantic commerce.  Primarily, I will delve into issues that concern Europeans who seek trademark protection in North America (with my primary focus on the US but also touching on Canada – I may need a guest blogger for that part).  I will also delve into issues of concern for US trademark owners seeking protection in Europe.

One of the decisions I have had to make is what language to use.  For those who don’t know me, I represent many clients from the German speaking part of Europe and German is my first language, so it might have been logical for me to write a German language blog.  However, in the interest of appealing to as broad an audience as possible and because most Germans, Swiss and Austrian readers of this blog will be at least conversant in it, I picked English.

In the interest of keeping you guessing, I will also take the liberty of posting some off-topic pieces once in a while.  I suspect they will mostly have to do with my passion for flying.  We’ll see what strikes my fancy.

I hope you enjoy the blog and that it may be of some use to someone.  Please don’t forget to read the disclaimer, just so there are no misunderstandings.  While it will be difficult for a lawyer, I will try to keep the tone of this blog and its posts colloquial.

My first “real” posting is in the works and should follow tomorrow or maybe even later today, depending on other projects.

Comments, criticisms and suggestions are of course welcome.