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Abu Dhabi Customs launches recordal system
As Abu Dhabi Customs launches a formal trademark registration recordal system, it becomes the fifth of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates to adopt a customs recordal system for trademarks.
Ireland
Application made to register IRISH WATER opposed in all but two classes
An opposition to an application to register the trademark IRISH WATER has been largely upheld following an opposition hearing. This comes after a previous hearing where objections were raised and subsequently waived by the Irish Patents Office. The recent ruling upheld the opposition for all goods and services applied for, allowing the application to proceed in only two classes.
Kenya
Court of Appeal upholds High Court decision in Doshi case
The Kenya Revenue Authority, a statutory body which assesses, collects and accounts for all revenues for the Kenyan government, has appealed against the judgment in Doshi Iron Mongers Ltd v Weights and Measures Department that found in favour of Doshi, a private Kenyan company dealing in general merchandise.

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29 Sep 2016
New study reveals the US states and industries where trademark activity is most intense
The USPTO and Economics & Statistics Administration have released a follow-up to the ground-breaking 2012 study into the economic contribution made by intellectual property to the US economy. The 59-page report also identifies the regions and industries where trademark-intensity resides.
29 Sep 2016
Donuts unveils enhanced trademark protection offering; expert urges lower cost options in next gTLD round
Domain name registry operator Donuts is to debut an enhanced version of its DPML scheme on October 1, allowing trademark owners to protect their marks and related terms across all of Donuts' new generic top-level domains. Brand owners have three months to sign up for the service, which comes with a $10,000 price tag. However, one expert has called for ICANN to mandate a blocking process at a lower price for the second round of new gTLDs.
28 Sep 2016
Dot Trademark Registry ups brand protection credentials; lines up discussions with Chinese online platforms
A new generic top-level domain for the Chinese word for ‘trademark’, ‘.商标’, has attracted over 7,000 brand-related registrations since it launched last year. In a bid to bolster its primary selling point of being a trusted online space in China, the registry’s general manager has confirmed to World Trademark Review that it is lining up discussions with major online platforms to encourage brand promotion of the domain in a bid to help Chinese consumers find authentic goods and services.

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