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This week World Trademark Review was the first media outlet to receive a sneak preview of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore’s (IPOS) new service centre, which opens next month and is designed to serve both IP novices and experts. To attract the former, it has placed an emphasis on artistic creation and will use art installations, band performances and photography exhibits to entice the public to learn more.
Set to accede to the Madrid Protocol on July 8, trademark counsel point out that India’s ratification could result in marketplace chaos due to an overlooked provision in the legal framework. International brand-owners that plan to apply for trademark registration are counseled to specify a jurisdiction in their applications to avoid potential confusion.
Data revealed at last week’s Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, gave some interesting food for thought regarding the moral fibre of a minority of IP professionals and trademark practitioners in particular.
WTR previously reported on OHIM’s plans to make IP protection more accessible to business. At this year’s INTA conference some of the first fruits of those efforts are on display and, for the first time, OHIM is exhibiting at INTA as part of the European Trade Mark and Design Network, a collaboration between Alicante and national IP offices aimed at converging practice and the user experience across Europe.
With the ICANN community meeting in Senegal, more details have emerged about the proposed Trademark Clearinghouse with concerns over data integrity and language capability.
When Lynne Beresford retired from her post as US commissioner of trademarks at the end of last year, she left behind a well-oiled trademark office that was the envy of the patent profession. So how does Debbie Cohn, the new commissioner, feel about filling Beresford’s shoes? “I’m very lucky,” she told WTR recently. “Our customers seem to be very happy with our work, both in timeliness and quality. So in terms of operations, our job is to keep on going.”
Following an extensive consultation period, OHIM has unveiled a new organisational structure. While the precise timeframes for implementation have not yet been announced, the forthcoming changes provide a clear insight into Antonio Campinos’ priorities as president of the office.
Just when you thought that the head of the Indian patent and trademark office had chased away the last odours of corruption from the office, one of his trademark registrars is arrested by government investigators for possessing 3.8kg of gold and ten million rupees, assets that are allegedly disproportionate to her known income. What are foreign brand owners to make of this?
It is now a few weeks since the last meeting of OHIM's Administrative Board and details of the new observer status regime are scarce. Sources confirm that the AB decided to retain the five existing observers and add two other associations at any one time on a rotational basis. This is now common knowledge - but no announcement has been made.
Last month, OHIM wrote to Community trademark (CTM) owners to detail progress with the cooperation fund projects, naming the latest projects to have gained approval. These include such cornerstones of the cooperation initiative as databases for seniority and similar goods and services. WTR asked the most needy offices which projects will be of most use to them - and here are their answers.
Just as the USPTO received its two millionth electronic trademark application, proving the demand for high-tech registries, one of the finest IP offices in the world has fallen to its knees at the hands of copyright reform campaigners. Operation Payback, which attacks what it calls "the reign of extreme pro-copyright" organisations, this weekend denied trademark owners access to the online services of the UK IPO. The news comes on the day that the UK government reveals that cyber attacks are among the greatest threat to the United Kingdom.
WIPO has launched a new Customer Service Centre to improve its responsiveness to all stakeholders. Building on other recent enhancements, the initiative could represent a sea change in the organisation's interaction with Madrid users, who have felt ignored for years.
With just over a week until he hands over the OHIM presidency, rather than go quietly into the night Wubbo de Boer has made clear his personal views on how the organisation should structure the renewal fee split and balance the budget. As expected, the interests of users were high on the agenda, with a warning to national offices that the receipt of OHIM funds needs to be justified.
The USPTO this week announced its attractive and valuable Data Visualization Center, which displays for attorneys live statistics about the performance of the office. While patent attorneys cheered the initiative, trademark lawyers could have been forgiven for feeling left out. But they will soon be able to join in too: the USPTO has told WTR of plans to extend the service to the trademark side of its business.
The European Union is a rich political ecosystem for associations of trademark owners and users. At the centre: Alicante, where an elite group of supranational associations enjoy observer status on OHIM's Administrative Board and Budget Committee. With this status now under review, a shake-up could be imminent.
It was three months ago that David Kappos, director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, unveiled the Trademark Next Generation project, asking for suggestions on the IT functionality users would like to see as the the agency moved towards end-to-end electronic processing. This week, in an exclusive interview with WTR, Kappos outlined the approach being taken to create a system that will continue to change with the times.
For the first time since his successful modernizing reform process began 18 months ago, the head of the Indian patent and trademark office has a tricky PR situation on his hands. PH Kurian's office is under fire for allegedly "spinning off" its trademark function, with one attorney arguing that this "will shift the system back to its inefficient past". To find out what was going on, WTR spoke to Kurian.
The European Union's Permanent Representatives Committee has recommended the approval by the European Council of Antonio Campinos as president and Christian Archambeau as vice president of the OHIM, WTR has learnt. The final decision now lies with the European Council, which will meet later this month to discuss the appointments.
Since Francis Gurry took office as director general of WIPO 18 months ago, the IP community has been hoping for radical change at the UN body. The fruits of Gurry's long-term reform project are due to ripen. But, as WIPO unveils its new brand identity, WTR asks: does the new logo symbolize positive change at WIPO, or is it merely lipstick on a gorilla?
The race for the new president of the OHIM seems all but over. Yesterday's surprise announcement means Antonio Campinos has won so much support from OHIM's Administrative Board that only his name will be forwarded for consideration by the European Council. OHIM's rules have created a potentially sticky situation as they have led to the board giving the Council no choice: it must appoint Campinos or no one.
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