Asia-Pacific

Exclusive

EUIPO revealed as world's most innovative IP office, but other registries are catching up

In the conclusion of our four-part series, World Trademark Review unveils the full IP Office Innovation Ranking, analyses the key findings from this year's project, and looks to the future.

Read more

Changing attitudes to letters of consent - what brand owners need to know

Letters of consent have been problematic in China, where brand owners often experience difficulty in obtaining such letters from local companies and having them accepted by the courts. However, there are encouraging signs that the situation is changing...

Read more
Exclusive

Pushing the boundaries – identifying the world’s most innovative IP offices

In a new multi-part series, World Trademark Review identifies the IP offices leading the way in offering innovative non-core tools and services – and the registries trailing behind.

Read more

Slight change in defendant's registered mark found to infringe claimant's mark; court awards Rmb3 million in damages

A Chinese court has found that the registered trademark 了M, as used by its owner, did not constitute "standard use" of the registered trademark and infringed 3M Company’s registered trademark 3M.

Read more

Good news for parallel importers: mark owners cannot prohibit import of authentic goods

The Moscow Arbitration Court has held that right holders cannot prohibit the importation of authentic products, even if the goods are imported by unauthorised distributors.

Read more

Important changes to trademark-related procedures before NOIP; applicants set to benefit

A circular of the Ministry of Science and Technology has introduced important changes to trademark-related procedures before the National Office of Industrial Property. This update highlights some of the most significant changes.

Read more

Why the authorities are taking a tougher stance on trademark infringement in the Chinese food industry

Recent criminal cases involving fake food labels have highlighted the tough stance taken by the authorities in counterfeit food cases.

Read more

Apex court: TDOs may declare that goods are imitations

The Federal Court has considered the meaning and significance of Section 9 of the new Trade Descriptions Act 2011.

Read more

CTMO to take measures to combat bad-faith applications

The China Trademark Office is planning to take several measures to curb the rising number of bad-faith registrations.

Read more

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.

Read more

Chinese government questions “objectivity and credibility” of USTR’s Notorious Markets List

The Chinese government's Commerce Ministry has claimed the USTR's latest report lacks “solid evidence” to include the nine Chinese marketplaces accused of engaging in rampant IP infringement.

Read more

Creating a resilient enforcement strategy for Indonesia

Indonesia is a challenging jurisdiction in terms of enforcement endeavours, but a combination of different tactics will set brands up for success.

Read more

Singapore counterfeit goods ruling highlights why brand owners and shipping companies must cooperate

The Singapore High Court has found a freight company not liable for the transport of counterfeit goods from China. The landmark decision is bad news for rights holders.

Read more
Exclusive

Spreading the message – the IP offices taking significant strides to engage with the public about trademarks

In the third part of our series tracking IP office innovation, we take a deep dive into how registries are spreading the trademark message to a wider audience.

Read more
Exclusive

Online trailblazers – the IP offices breaking new ground in digital services, and those falling behind

In the second of our four-part series on IP office innovation, we take a look at digital tools and services. We reveal the registries leading the way in areas including website functionality, e-filings and open data access...

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

Singapore opens plain packaging consultation; hits out at “misleading” use of branding by tobacco companies

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has opened a public consultation on plain packaging. While doing so, it firmly dismisses legal and trade-related arguments against the measure, which should concern rights holders.

Read more

“UK and China will not always see eye-to-eye” – British prime minister warns China over fake goods

The prime minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, has fired a warning shot to China’s government over the need to respect the rule of international trade – especially around counterfeit goods.

Read more

Trump's tough talk on trade could reverse improving US business sentiment towards IP in China

US businesses have reported improved confidence in China’s economy. However, the political war of words between the two countries threatens to dampen growing confidence in the IP environment in China.

Read more

China's nationwide campaign to protect foreign companies' IP rights

The China State Council has published the 'Circular on Several Measures to Boost the Growth of Foreign Investment'. It includes measures to raise the quality of foreign investment.

Read more

“This puts a stake in the ground”: why brands must pay attention to the Maasai IP initiative

An initative which represents the Maasai tribe of Kenya and Tanzania in efforts to gain control over commercial uses of its cultural ‘brand’ has recently secured a deal with Koy Clothing. We speak with the negotiator behind the...

Read more

US and Chinese bank brands continue to dominate, but challenges lie ahead

Brand Finance's Banking Forum looked at the most pressing issues banking brands are facing. World Trademark Review attended the event, and here are some of the key takeaways.

Read more

Polo/Lauren Company fails to invalidate 'polo player' mark

The Polo/Lauren Company has failed to invalidate the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club's registration for a composite mark containing the word 'polo' and the device of a polo player.

Read more

Coveted status of well-known mark eludes Samsung, while Louboutin's red sole mark is found to be well known

In two cases involving Samsung and Christian Louboutin, different judges of the Delhi High Court have taken a completely different stand following requests for a declaration that the parties’ marks are well known.

Read more

Amazon overtakes Apple and Google to be named world’s most valuable brand

​​​​​​​Amazon has supplanted Google as the world’s most valuable brand, according to the latest Brand Finance Global 500 rankings.

Read more

K-pop superstars T-ara vow to fight for rights to their name; experts predict bitter legal battle ahead

Members from one of the most popular Korean bands in the world, T-ara, are taking legal action for rights to use the group name following a trademark application by their former management agency.

Read more

Trademark filings in Australia stagnant but enforcement win rates remain surprisingly high: exclusive data analysis

World Trademark Review provides a breakdown of the Australian trademark landscape.

Read more

Speaker line-up revealed for Brand Strategy China 2017

World Trademark Review is pleased to unveil the speaking faculty for the second annual Brand Strategy China event. Among the confirmed speakers are leaders from adidas, Chanel, Honeywell, NBC Universal, New Balance and Whirlpool.

Read more

As Marks & Clerk battles copycat site, new data uncovers prolific rise of Chinese filers at the UKIPO

World Trademark Review has learned of a prolific filer at the UK Intellectual Property Office, operating under the name Champion Intellectual Property Management, which has copied the website of Marks & Clerk.

Read more

KIPO calls out Chinese plagiarism, USPTO rule making, reality show trademark protection and pugs in Prada: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the fallout from Kid Rock’s latest tour announcement, how the Korean IP Office is speaking out on behalf of domestic brands, and much more.

Read more

The blunt approach: New Zealand attorney’s innovative strategy to trademark education following public outrage

After public outrage over a trademark infringement dispute, a New Zealand-based attorney has penned a column claiming that New Zealanders are “unsophisticated and naive” in their attitude towards IP rights.

Read more

From the EUIPO to the EPO: Campinos elected next president as race to Alicante top spot commences

António Campinos, executive director of the EUIPO, has been elected as the next president of the EPO. He will serve a five-year term from July 1 2018.

Read more
Close

Register for more free content

  • Read more World Trademark Review blogs and articles
  • Receive the editor's weekly review by email
Register now  
Issue 71