Government/Policy

“Cybercriminals could be the biggest fans of GDPR”: new warning over WHOIS policy

An industry expert warns that cybercriminals “anywhere in the world” could become fans of the European Union's GDPR legislation. For that reason, he urges stakeholders to be aware of the substance of the law's protections.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Major amendments to the Bulgarian Civil Procedure Code

Major amendments to the Bulgarian Civil Procedure Code have entered into force, widening the traditionally narrow scope of cassation grounds.

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US Senate confirms Iancu, Zimbabwe targets fakes and brands oppose Conor McGregor: news round-up

In our latest news round-up we look at how the Zimbabwe government is pledging to tackle counterfeit goods, the brands being accused of using “underhand tricks” to fool consumers, and much more.

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“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.

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Supreme stamps out fakes, Super Bowl trademark rush and Grumpy Cat prevails: news round-up

In our latest news round-up, we look at the European Commission beginning a public consultation for its global counterfeit and piracy watch-list, another new innovation in anti-counterfeiting, and much more.

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Pharma brands warned not to be ‘trademark bullies’, Turkey on top, and world’s oldest mark: news round-up

We look at Turkey moving to the top of the European trademark filing league, Activision prevailing in a lawsuit in China, and a warning to pharma brands.

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81% of consumers believe “branding on products matters”, as Canadian scepticism of plain packaging highlighted

New research has revealed that eight out of 10 Canadian consumers believe that “branding on products matters” because it provides information and distinguishes goods from one another.

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EU/US disagreements highlighted as USPTO rejects inclusion of intellectual property in Hague Convention

The US Patent and Trademark Office has announced its opposition to the inclusion of IP law in the proposed Hague Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments.

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Original equipment manufacturers and customs administrative enforcement

Original equipment manufacturing (OEM) is an important means of economic development for China, and disputes relating to trademark infringement in the OEM model have become a problem that cannot be ignored.

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Anti-counterfeiting: the problems, the players and the missing piece of the puzzle

In order to effectively enforce against counterfeiting, INTA navigates the enforcement puzzle by connecting the different players together, one piece at a time.

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Healthcare market robust – brands prosper while Chinese filings dominate: exclusive data analysis

In our latest industry data report, we explore the thriving and evolving healthcare industry. Our in-depth analysis reveals the trends driving this evolution, while also analysing key trademark filing statistics in this space...

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Brazil on the rebound – service sector thrives, trademark backlog falls: exclusive data analysis

In our latest country data report, we identify the best performing brands in Brazil and review recent filing data to assess the health of the trademark landscape.

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More information about Gleissner trademark activity emerges as business owner voices frustration

Business owners have spoken to World Trademark Review about their anger and confusion over the mysterious trademark activity of entrepreneur Michael Gleissner.

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Germany’s hearty trademark scene and stunning courtroom win rates: exclusive data analysis

The latest country data report focuses on Germany. We reveal the European powerhouse’s leading sectors and explain how the country’s robust brands have continued to surge in value.

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