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Taiwan
Taiwan approves major amendment to protect trademarks at the border
A major amendment to the regulations governing customs border measures will be key in the protection of trademarks. The measures allow the owner of a trademark to apply to have it recorded on Customs' database, enabling Customs to seize counterfeits when it inspects imported or exported goods ex officio.
European Union
Changes to electronic communications with EUIPO
The EU Intellectual Property Office has clarified the procedure for future electronic communications with the office, in particular the ‘user area’. From January 1 2018 a fax will no longer be an accepted means of communication for filing applications for the registration or renewal of EU trademarks.
Nigeria
NAFDAC proposes life sentences for counterfeiters
The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control has recently submitted a bill to Parliament seeking to amend the Counterfeit and Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act. Of particular interest is the proposal to impose life sentences for counterfeiters of regulated products in Nigeria.

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25 Sep 2017
“What you see is what you get” – preparing for the imminent second wave of EU reform provisions
In just under a week, the second swathe of provisions resulting from the EU reforms package will go live. Practitioners and applicants should be aware of a number of changes – not least the axing of the graphical representation requirement for EU trademarks and, with it, the introduction of the ‘multimedia mark’.
22 Sep 2017
Alibaba unveils brand advisory board; local commentators positive but seek additional detail
This week, Alibaba’s Anti-counterfeiting Alliance (AACA) announced the creation of a brand advisory board to facilitate greater collaboration between the e-commerce giant and AACA members on the protection of IP rights. One brand protection leader for a major international company has welcomed the development, but hopes that “truly new” approaches to anti-counterfeiting are the result, rather than extensions, of existing programmes.
22 Sep 2017
Netlix and Escobar family’s trademark tussle, registration fall in new gTLDs and intellectual property in Westeros: news round-up
In today’s news round-up, we look at the trademark dispute between the Escobar family and Netflix, a lawsuit between two Fish IP firms, Gene Simmons’ pledge to trademark oxygen and the significant proportion of new generic top-level domains that have seen a drop in registrations in the past 12 months.

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Adding substantial value to shapes – why this absolute ground should be abolished

The difficulties of protecting shapes and product designs as three-dimensional trademarks have been widely chronicled. However, the latest changes to the EU Community Trademark Regulation only extend the existing uncertainty with regard to absolute grounds for refusal
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