Asia-Pacific

Lucasfilm trademark scuffle, Breaking Bad beer battle and Tanzania launches counterfeit campaign: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at how half of cybercrime revenues comes from illicit online marketplaces, the Brexit-related mark ruffling feathers, how cryptocoin names are often inspired by movies, and much more.

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Expedited examination at Rospatent 2.0: benefits and challenges for brand owners

While the new timeframe for the expedited examination of trademarks in Russia provides significant benefits for applicants, it also creates challenges for brand owners wishing to block applications at examination stage.

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MakeMyTrip accused of stifling competition; injunction in its favour set aside

In Makemytrip v Orbit, the Delhi High Court has set aside an interim injunction granted in favour of MakeMyTrip, finding that the latter was guilty of suppression of facts.

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Inside IP Australia’s digital transformation: from apps to brand-backed lending

​​​​​​​In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, the general manager of IP Australia’s innovation & technology group expands on how the office’s digital transformation is helping users and reveals some of the organisation's...

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United States slides, Germany continues to rule: counsel rate court systems across the globe

Despite being key litigation battlegrounds, counsel confidence in the court systems of China and the United States remains shaky.

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Protection of GUIs under the Designs Act

Graphical user interfaces (GUIs) are interfaces that allow users to interact and exchange information with electronic devices. Since GUIs are increasingly key to success in the market for software products, their protection has become more important than ever.

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Trump, Brexit and Korean reunification: the political issues weighing on the minds of trademark practitioners

​​​​​​​Research from World Trademark Review reveals the political issues that counsel say could significantly impact enforcement efforts, both now and in the future.

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Court of Appeal: initial interest confusion in internet search results allowable

In National Mini Storage Limited v National Storage Limited, the New Zealand Court of Appeal appears to have allowed initial interest confusion to occur in search engine results.

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SIPO transformed: what China’s office reshuffle will mean for enforcement and IP commercialisation

An exclusive guest analysis on the far-reaching implications of last month’s announcement that China’s patent and trademark offices will merge.

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Customs concerns: counsel identify significant room for improvement in India, Iran and Turkey

Trademark counsel have had their say on the efficiency of customs authorities across the globe – with some of the largest importers of counterfeit goods giving cause for continued concern.

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WeChat reveals infringer demographics as anti-counterfeiting efforts stepped up

WeChat has issued a report outlining its anti-counterfeiting efforts and unveiling improvements to its Weixin Brand Protection Platform. Crucially, the report contains some interesting data for those fighting infringement on its platforms.

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Procedures and strategies for pharmaceutical brands: India

Indian trademark law prohibits registration of marks which are descriptive in nature or devoid of distinctiveness, except where the mark has acquired distinctiveness or secondary significance on account of its use, publicity and popularity.

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A beer coloured trademark, Changsha IP court opens, and Kosovo registry launches digital database: news round-up

In today’s edition, we look at the European Commission stepping up its battle against illegal online content, a new IP court in China, and controversy in Australia over a trademark application for a football...

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Trademark offices prepare for the future as users give poor performance grades

The performance levels of the Chinese, Brazilian and Indian trademark offices have clear room for improvement but change could be afoot.

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China’s remarkable trademark journey as records are broken at every turn: exclusive data analysis

We explore the vivacious Chinese branding market, which has enjoyed record-breaking trademark application numbers and dramatic changes occurring on the legal and administrative fronts that are affecting brand owners.

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Australian trademark law amendments, WHOIS fears, and EUIPO launches anti-counterfeit prize: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look the end of a heated legal dispute over an Icelandic chant, fears increase of future WHOIS access, Australian government's draft version of an IP law amendment bill, and much more.

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BARCELONA collective mark rejected, battle for Prudential name and Philippines fakes crackdown: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the Philippines government pledging to crackdown on counterfeit goods, a national IP office’s anti-fakes video featuring a naked man atop a tortoise, and much more.

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WHOIS access charges, NGOs take aim at watch list plans and INTA applauds ‘Brand India’: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a registry’s plans to charge trademark owners for access to WHOIS data and the war of words over plans for an IP markets watch list.

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Plain packaging in New Zealand, JD.com in “counterfeit scandal” and WHOIS future remains uncertain: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at how the future of WHOIS remains up in the air, New Zealand implementing plain packaging on tobacco products, and much more.

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India urged to clamp down on celebrity endorsements; opportunities arise for canny brands

​​​​​​​The Confederation of All India Traders has piled pressure on the Indian Government to pass a new Consumer Protection Bill which contains provisions designed to hold brand ambassadors liable for misleading endorsements.

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Connecting with Customs at the factory of the world

Effective IP protection at the Chinese border is one of the most important aspects of any multinational enforcement strategy. We take a deep dive into how to shore up your defensive strategy for goods leaving the so-called ‘factory of the world’.

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Start-ups, data privacy and trade secrets

For many start-ups, the data they possess is their biggest source of value. These fledgling companies must have a defined strategy for protecting data as both a business asset and an IP right.

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Protecting intellectual property in media and entertainment

With more growth and investment, new players on the rise and rapid advancements in technology, the protection and enforcement of intellectual property has gained more importance in media and entertainment. A number of pressing issues related to this sector have...

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Franchising in Indonesia: an enforcement overview

In the latest part of our series focusing on the legislative frameworks that govern franchising in Asia and South America, we discuss enforcement in Indonesia.

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Enforcement and termination of franchise agreements in the Philippines

We take a close look at the Philippines legislation governing the enforcement and termination of franchise agreements, as part of our series on franchising in Asia and South America.

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Thailand: franchising agreements and how to enforce them

As part of our deep dive into franchising in Asia and South America, we turn our attention to enforcement and termination rules in Thailand.

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Franchising: the legislative framework in Singapore and Malaysia

The rules governing franchise agreements vary greatly across Asia. Here, we look at the different legislation related to enforcement and termination in Singapore and Malaysia.

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Maintaining control of your brand on China’s online sales platforms

Although branding on online sales platforms remains a relatively new concept, its significance should not be overlooked. In the second part of this series, we consider how brand owners maintain can control in this evolving landscape.

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Establishing brand presence on China’s evolving online sales platforms

This two-part series identifies the ways in which diverse online sales platforms (OSPs) may affect brands in China, as well as some of the basic commercial and legal issues that brand owners should bear in mind when creating an OSP branding strategy....

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Singapore’s timid local trademark scene belies its branding strength: exclusive data analysis

This week’s country data report looks at the small but mighty trademark profile of Singapore. As well as exploring its nation brand strength, we identify its most important trademark-intensive industries and reveal the leading...

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Super Bowl star tackles fakes, Chinese trademark record and Redskins return to court: news round-up

In our latest news round-up, we look at an education initiative from the UKIPO which has received some criticism, Canada Goose’s attempt to tackle a network of unnamed counterfeiters, and much more.

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Controversy over #MeToo application, Myanmar IP overhaul, and California cannabis marks: news round-up

In our latest news round-up we look at a controversial trademark related to the #MeToo hashtag, California accepting state-wide trademarks for cannabis-related goods, and more.

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Chinese brands rise, app store warning and K-pop fans furious over T-ARA trademark: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a brand protection company closing a $12m investment round, an author seeking registered protection for a steamy National Hockey League team name, and much more.

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