Asia-Pacific

Rising sales, healthy filings and new opportunities in the dynamic cosmetics sector: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s industry data report, we provide a rundown of the cosmetics market from a branding perspective. We take a big picture look at sales growth and key trends and reveal that technology trademark filings are on the rise among major brands.

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Good news for IP rights owners: Indonesia in final stage of setting up IP border protection system

Following the government regulation for the control of import and export of goods entering into force last year, the Ministry of Finance has finally set out the procedures for customs recordal and seizures.

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Setback for Louboutin as Delhi High Court rules that single colour cannot be a trademark

In a blow to Louboutin’s efforts to enforce its ‘red sole’ mark worldwide, the Delhi High Court has held that a single colour does not qualify as a ‘mark’ under the Trademarks Act.

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ICANN steps up GDPR clarity bid, Squire Patton Boggs resolves China dispute, and insights from ECTA 2018: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at various insights from ECTA’s 37th annual conference, how domain registrations for sports betting are on the rise, the Financial Times prevails in trademark dispute, and...

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Proposed amendments to Trademarks Act's border enforcement provisions - what rights holders should know

The Intellectual Property (Border Enforcement) Bill, which was recently introduced in Singapore’s Parliament, aims to strengthen border enforcement measures against goods which infringe IP rights, among other objectives...

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As World Cup gets underway, brands jostle for limelight and authorities prepare for ambush

The 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway in Russia today, and major brands have already kicked off efforts to benefit from the buzz. Meanwhile, the authorities have commenced policing for infringement, with cases already filed centred...

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South Korea rockets to top of customs ranking; illicit trade report reveals countries that need to do more

The Global Illicit Trade Environment Index scores 84 economies on the extent that they enable or prevent illicit trade. The report contains useful insights on the anti-counterfeiting landscape.

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New law reforms Lao IP regime; opposition procedure introduced for the first time

The new Law on Intellectual Property, which was published on 25 May 2018, introduces an opposition procedure for the first time in Laos.

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New EUIPO report charts increasing sophistication and diversification of counterfeiters

The EUIPO has released a new report, compiling research since 2013, to present a comprehensive and updated picture of the scope and impact of IP rights infringement in the European Union.

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Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: China

Brand owners often contend that counterfeiting and trademark infringement are a high-profit and low-risk business, and that trademark protection falls short in China. However, positive changes have been taking place.

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Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Russia

The continuing economic crisis and the drop in disposable income have motivated Russians to seek cheaper alternatives for consumer goods. This has led to an increase in the circulation of counterfeit goods.

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Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: India

The Trademarks Act is the principal legislation governing trademarks in India. The act provides both civil and criminal statutory remedies against the infringement of a registered trademark.

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Procedures and strategies for anti-counterfeiting: Philippines

The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL) continues to be at the forefront of activities geared towards providing adequate, reliable and effective protection and enforcement of IP rights.

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New Laos IP law is a significant step forward for domestic and international brands

A new IP law will come into force in Laos this weekend, introducing trademark opposition procedures to the country for the first time. The new law has many other changes, including expanding the range of images eligible for trademark protection...

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Bitcoin trademark sparks anger, new Corsearch partnership and media decries Ivanka Trump marks: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at Hasbro being granted a registered mark for the smell of Play-Doh, a UK company obtaining a mark for BITCOIN, media coverage of trademarks linked to Ivanka Trump, and much more.

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India’s revitalised trademark landscape fails to boost leading brands: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s exclusive country data report, we provide a rundown of India’s trademark landscape. We explore the surge in registrations at the Indian IP office, reveal the top filers, and inspect the widespread fall in value...

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Flurry of royal wedding marks, Israel added to TMview, and India unveils IP mascot: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a number of trademarks that appear to be related to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the USPTO unveiling a new resource center, the sale of the Toys-R-Us brand, and much more.

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Japan’s filing trends are distorted by a single applicant, while brands plummet in value: exclusive data analysis

In this week’s country data report, we highlight Japan’s unusual distribution of applications by trademark class, analyse the volatile values of the leading Japanese brands, and much more.

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Fake press passes, ‘.sucks’ gun violence debate and the Annual Meeting heads to Singapore: INTA 2018 day one report

The trademark industry have descended on Seattle for INTA’s 2018 Annual Meeting. The World Trademark Review team is on the ground, and we present a daily round-up of event highlights and observations.

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Honeywell chief IP counsel on the transforming trademark enforcement landscape in China

World Trademark Review catches up with Jerry Xia, deputy general counsel and chief IP counsel, Asia Pacific, for Honeywell. He shares his insights into how the Chinese brand protection landscape has developed in recent years, offers...

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In-house perspectives on diversity in the trademark industry: “All of us in this field need to do more”

The theme of today’s World IP Day is ‘Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity’. In the first of a two-part piece, corporate trademark professionals reflect on the topic of the day.

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Tackling infringement in China: practical perspectives from New Balance

How New Balance, winner of the WTR Industry Awards’ Asia-Pacific Team of the Year, protects its brand in China.

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Beijing High Court: KEEMUN certification mark invalid due to owner's lack of good faith

In an action for the invalidation of the KEEMUN certification mark, the Beijing High Court has overturned a first instance judgment in favour of the Keemun Black Tea Association, the owner of the mark.

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KUNG FU PANDA decision: assessing the scope of protection afforded to merchandising rights

The decision of the Beijing High Court in DreamWorks Animation LLC v TRAB provides guidance as to the scope of protection that should be afforded to merchandising rights.

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First-instance win on procedural technicality may not be enough: final victory on merits remains necessary

The Beijing High Court has held that Essilor’s mark 依视路 had reached well-known status before the application date of the opposed mark ESSILOR 依视路.

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Alibaba boasts “significant progress” in IP protection efforts; development of API urged to allow third-party takedowns

​​​​​​​Alibaba has revealed data showing a 42% decline in notice-and-takedown requests and faster processing of takedowns. While the results are positive, an expert urges Alibaba to develop an API to allow...

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The rise of licensing in India

Advancements in technology and expanding marketplaces have been key to successful licensing programmes in India over recent years. Local trademark owners and licensees should now follow in the footsteps of international brands and adopt licensing as a core revenue stream.

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Key tips for trademark licensing in China

Before signing a trademark licence agreement, rights holders should ensure that they have a strong risk-prevention strategy in place, in order to benefit as either a licensor or a licensee.

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Know your exploitation rights: how to make and enforce a Russian trademark licence

Foreign brand owners are free to enter into direct or indirect trademark licensing agreements in Russia. However, in order to be valid and enforceable, these agreements must contain key terms and be recorded with the Federal Service for Intellectual...

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Private practice perspectives on diversity: “We must push forward in the name of achieving greater equality”

Law firm professionals reflect on the theme of this year’s World IP Day, which highlights the ingenuity and courage of the women who are driving change in our world.

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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...

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Kit Kat blow, Comey trademark abandoned, and Russian IP office pledges blockchain support: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the Advocate General’s latest Kit Kat decision, Liverpool FC embroiled in a dispute, a strong start for the ‘.app’ new gTLD, advice on building a fashion retail brand in 2018, and much...

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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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