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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.
Canada
Commercial general liability policies cover trademark infringement
Commercial general liability policies frequently include coverage for ‘advertising injury’. Advertising injury often exists with respect to claims made against the insured for infringement of trademarks, copyrights and patents. While damages caused in the course of advertising are covered by the policy, there are certain exclusions and preconditions.
Laos
Multi-class trademark applications in Laos
Previously, the relevant trademark provisions in Laos provided for the filing of only a single application in a single class. These provisions were subsequently amended to allow for the registration of multi-class applications, an option that has now come into practice.

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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.
28 Sep 2016
The first of the gTLD blockbusters? Assessing the ‘.store’ launch figures
This week the ‘.store’ gTLD hit general availability, with the registry behind the string revealing that it registered almost 40,000 domains in the first 30 minutes of sales. Watchers of the expanded online space – particularly trademark owners seeking to gauge the need for defensive registrations – have been awaiting the launch of strings that go truly mainstream. So is the early performance of ‘.store’ a sign that the blockbusters are now arriving?
26 Sep 2016
3D marks in the EU under threat? The potential effects of the Rubik’s Cube trademark case
Our latest podcast looks at an EU trademark dispute that has slipped somewhat under the radar in recent months. Specifically, it focuses on a dispute surrounding the protection of the Rubik’s Cube shape as a 3D trademark, and the potential implications should that mark be struck down. We talked to two key figures in the case to explore the legal and the business perspectives. Both had strong views on why this case matters for all IP owners.

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From OHIM to EUIPO: the journey so far

The first raft of changes to the EU trademark system are now in effect, having been implemented in March in exemplary fashion. The EU Intellectual Property Office’s next challenge is to repeat the trick for the remaining changes

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