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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 more.

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“Generic drug-making is a fast-track business”: Sandoz trademark head reveals approach to IP management

In a wide-ranging interview, INTA’s president-elect and global head of trademarks for Sandoz, David Lossignol, talks about the challenges of managing pharmaceutical brand rights and the growing threat of IP restrictions...

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In shock move, China reveals patent and trademark offices are to consolidate: what it means for brand owners

As part of a huge government-wide shuffle announced this week, China’s patent and trademark offices – in addition to a number of other agencies – are to be combined and housed under one roof.

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Former OAPI head accused of wrongdoing while in office; court reverses suspensions related to anti-Madrid collective

The former director general of OAPI, Paulin Edou Edou, has been accused of signing his own accreditation to be an OAPI trademark agent while still in office. It comes as a court reverses the suspension of...

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Assessing Argentina's emergency trademark law upgrade

A government-issued emergency decree is set to shake up trademark practice in Argentina. Key to its success will be how the Argentine Patent and Trademark Office manages the transition, so we analyse what practitioners should be mindful of going forward.

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Tim Hortons brand reputation slides, brand name tattoos, and The Weeknd in Starboy dispute: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at the number of brands who conduct influencer marketing, a survey which reveals the number of consumers that would get a brand name permanently tattooed on their body, and much more.

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Counterfeits in Casablanca, Kuwait upgrades online filings, and legal blow for Lindsay Lohan: news round-up

In our latest round-up, we look at a warning about counterfeit make-up in China, Casablanca being labelled the “Eldorado of counterfeiting”, and much more.

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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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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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Choosing the right protection strategy for Russia

Prosecution strategies are dictated by the circumstances of the rights holder’s business. Nevertheless, a smart choice of trademark and thorough registration are key to protecting IP rights.

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Navigating the idiosyncrasies of the Italian filing system

The Italian Patent and Trademark Office has made significant steps towards improvement over the past 10 years. However, foreign rights holders should be aware of the system’s various quirks.

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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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Supreme People’s Court recognises YKK as well-known trademark

The Supreme People’s Court ruling on YKK Corporation’s trademark opposition retrial petition ended a decade-long trademark dispute. The decision has again emphasised the principle of necessity of recognition of well-known trademarks.

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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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Argentina’s emergency trademark law amendments and reassuring filing figures; exclusive data analysis

World Trademark Review examines the IP profile of Argentina, exploring the potential impact of the new emergency decree on trademark law, while providing a thorough breakdown on filings at the Argentine register.

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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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