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Turkey
New TPTO guidelines on proof of use
The new Turkish Industrial Property Law entered into force in January 2017. It introduced guidelines for providing proof of use in oppositions, providing that where an opposition is based on similarity claims and where a trademark has allegedly been registered for more than five years, an applicant can demand that an opponent provide proof of use of the trademark or give good reason for non-use.
International
UDRP shields brand from cybersquatting under '.reviews'
In a recent decision under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy a US home warranty company has obtained the transfer of a domain name identically reproducing its trademark under the '.reviews' new generic top-level domain. The panel found that it was not being used for a genuine, non-commercial criticism website, but rather was merely a pretext for cybersquatting.
Saudi Arabia
Changes to powers of attorney in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has issued a judicial announcement in which it stated that powers of attorney provided to legal advisers and IP representatives will be considered valid for five years only from the date of issuance. This will be the case for all powers of attorney, unless there is an earlier end date mentioned in the power of attorney or it is revoked in the interim. Rights holders with an interest in Saudi Arabia should take steps to review any existing powers of attorney held by Saudi representatives.

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23 Nov 2017
News Time running out to nominate world-class corporate trademark counsel for recognition
Our annual search for the world’s outstanding in-house trademark practitioners comes to an end soon. If you wish to nominate an outstanding trademark professional or team for recognition, please act now before the opportunity passes.
23 Nov 2017
Analysis Chanel bursts through $1 billion damages barrier as Coach revealed as top US trademark litigation filer
New data reveals that while Coach has filed the most US trademark litigation actions over the past nine years, Chanel is a clear leader in terms of bang for their litigation buck. Over that period, the luxury brand was awarded more than $1 billion in damages – almost double that of second-place Burberry. While these are headline-grabbing figures, the decade-long downward trend in litigation actions is set to continue, with this year’s filings level expected to hit a nine-year low.
21 Nov 2017
Analysis ICANN criticised for “premature” WHOIS data move as more registries reveal GDPR compliance plans
As the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers community grapples with the potential threat of the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation regime to the WHOIS system, the organisation is deferring enforcement actions over non-compliance with contractual obligations relating to the handling of registration data. The move has been criticised as a “reactionary” gambit by one leading IP expert.

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