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European arm of top Asia-Pacific trademark player King & Wood Mallesons enters administration (Blog)
The London office of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) a general practice firm with top-rated trademark credentials, previously touted as “the first global law firm headquartered in Asia” entered administration this week. In the aftermath of what is reported to be the largest ever law firm collapse in the UK, KWM has established a new business to maintain a strategic presence in Europe.
One-fifth of foreign applicants’ judicial challenges against Chinese trademark office decisions are successful (Blog)
Data on administrative disputes at the Beijing IP Court indicates that foreign parties have enjoyed particular success in recent years in reversing unfavourable decisions made by the Trademark Office of the State Administration of Industry and Commerce, China’s trademark-issuing agency.
India set to implement stricter regulation of brand ambassadors during first half of the year (Blog)
The Indian parliament is likely to enact strict regulations governing celebrity endorsements during its budget session beginning later this month, as the debate surrounding the potential impact of the new rules on brand owners’ businesses heats up.
First in-depth trademark data from Beijing IP Court reveals quarter of 2015 cases involved foreign parties (Blog)
The first annual report on the activities of the Beijing IP Court published by litigation analytics firm IPHouse and covering 2015 suggests that the specialist venue is proving an efficient forum for domestic and foreign trademark owners alike.
Last year was another busy one in terms of trademark strategy news, and the world’s largest and fastest-developing regional market was often at the centre of it all. World Trademark Review presents a retrospective on some of the key trademark and brand management developments in Asia-Pacific jurisdictions during 2016.
While talks with potential buyers continue, it has been suggested that multinational law firm and leading trademark practice King & Wood Mallesons could disappear from the European, Middle Eastern and North American markets as the financial situation at its regional branch takes its toll. It was reported today that the firm’s European arm could enter administration next month if a purchaser is not found.
China’s top court has handed down its eagerly anticipated ruling in one of the country’s most high-profile trademark cases to date. While it is a partially positive result for former professional basketball player Michael Jordan, commentators note that it is too early to adjudge its wider effect.
Amazon lines up new plan to fight fakes but detail all important in bid to win over brand owners (Blog)
As Amazon faces a growing chorus of voices demanding that it does more to address its problem with fake goods, there are rumours that the company is working on a new anti-counterfeiting strategy.
China may prohibit ‘counterfeit hunters’ but encouraging consumers to root out fakes should not be given up (Blog)
The rise of ‘counterfeit hunters’, ‘fake busters’ or ‘professional consumers’ was anticipated by some market observers before and after China reformed its consumer protection laws. Now, the Chinese government is considering a revision of the law that would prohibit the payment of fraudulent sales compensation to individuals seeking them “for commercial purposes”.
The spread of publicly listed IP law firms continues as Xenith acquires Australia’s Griffith Hack in strategy play (Blog)
It has been announced that Australian Securities Exchange-listed holding company Xenith IP Group is buying Griffith Hack for A$152 million (US$112.5 million) in cash and shares, as Australia’s trend towards publicly traded IP law firms continues.
WHO may drop ‘counterfeit’ from its substandard drugs definition; move won't affect national legislation (Blog)
The World Health Organisation is considering a recommendation that it drops use of the term ‘counterfeit’ when referring to drugs and other medical products that appear to fail regulatory standards and lack relevant approvals.
Amazon takes unprecedented action against alleged counterfeiters, but will it appease concerned IP owners? (Blog)
For the first time in its history, Amazon has sued parties suspected of using its online platform to sell counterfeit goods. The litigation, filed last week, represents a positive step for the e-commerce company, which has often been accused of inaction when it comes to tackling counterfeits on its website. But trademark owners are likely to want to see a lot more from Amazon for their concerns to be significantly allayed.
$18 billion in sales makes for Alibaba’s biggest-ever Singles Day but what cut is going to counterfeiters? (Blog)
The Chinese celebration of Singles Day each November 11 has become one of the world’s largest shopping events and has arguably turned into the most important day in the calendar for many of the world’s top brand owners. But as e-commerce giant Alibaba reports record Singles Day turnover for 2016, as well as greater-than-ever buy-in from foreign brands, the true extent of trademark infringement and counterfeit trade taking place during the event remains to be seen.
Merchandise produced in anticipation of a Cleveland Indians victory in the US baseball World Series will be destroyed rather than donated to communities in poorer countries, in a break with what has become standard procedure for US sports associations. While Major League Baseball (MLB) seem to have cited trademark and reputation issues as the reason, the new direction could negatively impact on the MLB brand and those of its teams.
Listed trademark firms look to Asia for growth as Spruson & Ferguson acquires Ella Cheong in $21 million deal (Blog)
Trailblazing publicly traded IP law firm Spruson & Ferguson has made its first overseas acquisition with its parent company’s HK$162 million (US$20.9 million) purchase of Hong Kong-based boutique Ella Cheong and subsidiary Ella Cheong Intellectual Property Agency (Beijing). The deal will significantly expand Sprusons’ presence in Asia a key objective in the growth plans of firms involved in Australia’s recent flurry of IP practice initial public offerings.
Procter & Gamble appears to be intensifying its enforcement efforts in relation to its key product brands, as it tackles another alleged violation of IP rights covering its Head & Shoulders haircare line.
With India registering domains at a leading rate, counsel should reconsider their trademark strategies (Blog)
There is plenty of evidence pointing to China’s growing role in the ownership and management of web domains, including in the context of new generic top-level domains. But recent analysis suggests that India is also upping its game when it comes to claiming online real estate and trademark strategies will have to take this into account.
Philippines aims high and targets enhanced anti-counterfeiting measures with latest IP rights action plan (Blog)
The IP Office of the Philippines unveiled its five-year strategic agenda this week, hoping to continue the country’s progress on addressing its deep-set counterfeiting and piracy problems.
New brand ‘dynamism’ index shifts focus to engagement and innovation performance, but misses out trademarks (Blog)
A new index has been launched emphasising brand performance according to ‘new world’ factors such as social media engagement, adaptability to new trends and technologies and interaction with consumers. But the absence of metrics relating to trademarks means that it overlooks a critical component of brand value.
Criticism of the availability of counterfeits on Amazon has been turned up a notch after Apple suggested that as much as 90% of items being sold as genuine Apple products by the e-tailer are fakes. The claim was made in a lawsuit filed by Apple in the Northern District of California this week, in which it accuses a company named Mobile Star LLC of trademark infringement.
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