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Brand stewards, fake news, transport woes and a Brexit badge for Brits: INTA 2017 day two report (Blog)
Often the busiest day for attendees, the Monday of the INTA Annual Meeting usually features a full schedule of meetings, sessions, table topics and receptions reaching a crescendo that often goes into the early hours of Tuesday. Trying to keep up with the rapid pace of activities, the World Trademark Review editorial team of Trevor Little, Joff Wild and Tim Lince report on the action.
Daily drama, fakes on the beach, keynote controversy and a canny crocodile: INTA 2017 day one report (Blog)
The beautiful city of Barcelona is currently packed to the rafters with trademark experts attending INTA’s 2017 Annual Meeting. As ever, the World Trademark Review team is on the ground; reporters Trevor Little, Joff Wild and Tim Lince present some of their highlights and observations from the first full day of the event.
USPTO pledges international approach to combat growing threat of trademark solicitation scams (Blog)
The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is stepping up its aggressive pursuit of trademark solicitation scams with the creation of a “first of its kind” roundtable event. Talking to World Trademark Review, USPTO Trademark Commissioner Mary Boney Denison confirmed that the agency is “increasingly concerned” about fraudulent trademark invoices and revealed plans to work with international counterparts to combat the problem more effectively.
Leaks indicate victory for Australia in seminal WTO plain packaging dispute a knockout blow for tobacco brands (Blog)
A dispute resolution panel of the World Trade Organisation has reportedly ruled in favour of Australia in a complaint brought by a number of countries, including several major tobacco exporters, against its plain packaging policy. While the world awaits public confirmation of the decision, the early leaks suggest a significant blow has been dealt to tobacco brand owners.
Pakistan introduces new, brand-friendly customs rules amid push for stronger trademark protections (Blog)
Pakistan recently added new IP provisions into its 2001 Customs Rules which are broadly expected to improve enforcement outcomes for brand owners importing goods into the country. The regulatory update comes amid a range of reforms that have been aimed at enhancing IP rights protections in Pakistan.
Unjustified threats overhaul receives royal nod, raises prospect of increased weak infringement allegations (Blog)
With the UK Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act receiving royal assent, clarity on what can be said in pre-action correspondence relating to trademark disputes is a step closer. While the bill has been welcomed, one commentator has warned that the protection from liability afforded to legal advisers could lead to an increase in knowingly weak allegations of infringement.
Trump Administration's first Special 301 Report slams Canada and Mexico for inadequate border enforcement against counterfeits (Blog)
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has published the 2017 Special 301 Report, the first released under the Trump administration. While Pakistan and Spain are complimented for “positive momentum” behind their IP regimes, the report knocks a number of jurisdictions including neighbours Canada and Mexico for what it deems to be ineffective border enforcement against fakes.
Hong Kong moves closer to tobacco plain packaging; street vendors voice disappointment and anger, threaten protest (Blog)
The Hong Kong government tabled a law yesterday that will substantially increase the size of mandatory health warnings on tobacco products and leave the autonomous territory a step away from full-blown ‘plain packaging’. The developments have led to complaints from tobacco vendors, which claim that they will lose business as consumers switch to counterfeits and grey-market cigarettes as a result of the changes.
OAPI in “period of transition” as new director general appointed; anti-Madrid collective “goes into hiding” (Blog)
The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) has confirmed to World Trademark Review that its director general, Paulin Edou Edou, will be leaving at the end of July, with his successor beginning in August. This comes as the collective formed to challenge OAPI’s accession to the Madrid Protocol disbands due to a fear of being banned from IP practice, although a former member reveals that it may regroup later in the year.
The landmark emoluments lawsuit initiated by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington seeking to find the president in violation of the emoluments clauses of the Constitution has been updated to include the receipt of “gratuitous Chinese trademarks”. Specifically, the suit aims to link the granting of registrations to President Trump’s affirmation of the ‘One China’ policy.
Three months into his presidency, Donald Trump has revealed his nomination for IP enforcement coordinator. However, with the USPTO hit by a hiring freeze and uncertainty over the future leadership of the agency, the question of what impact his administration will ultimately have on trademarks and the IP ecosystem remains unanswered. So what do we know?
Pernod Ricard and Bacardi’s battle over HAVANA CLUB trademark erupts again after call for renewal U-turn (Blog)
A bipartisan congressional delegation has called on the Trump Administration to reverse a US Office of Foreign Assets Control decision to grant a licence allowing Cubaexport to renew the HAVANA CLUB trademark registration in the United States. Slamming the licence as “misguided”, the group has catapulted the long-running dispute between Pernod Ricard and Bacardi back into the political arena.
The IP Office of Singapore and Workforce Singapore an agency under the city-state’s labour ministry have joined forces to launch a new educational programme aimed at equipping Singaporean professionals with IP-related skills. The introduction of the scheme follows the recent publication of the Singaporean government’s long-term economic plan, in which IP is a central pillar.
As ‘Brexit Day’ arrives, now is the time for brands to identify what IP rights could be affected (Blog)
The United Kingdom government officially triggered Article 50 at lunchtime today, beginning the two-year process of negotiations that will lead to the UK leaving the European Union. While uncertainty still reigns, the impact on trademarks and designs could be significant and with Brexit now a certainty, brand owners should ensure they know exactly what rights could be affected once ‘leaving day’ arrives.
New call made for plain packaging on high-calorie foods in a bid to fight “small devils in our brains” (Blog)
A renowned neuroscience professor, unveiled this week as one of the co-winners of The Lundbeck Foundation’s Brain Prize, has stated that efforts need to be made to reduce the attractiveness of unhealthy foods. As the trademark community awaits the predicted fall of the next ‘plain packaging domino’, the focus appears to be shifting to foods and drinks that are high in sugar, fat and salt.
Professor slams ‘pro plain packaging for alcohol’ media reports, calls for more research into warning labels (Blog)
A new study which looks at the effectiveness of warning labels on alcoholic products has slammed media reports claiming that it is advocating for plain packaging. Talking to World Trademark Review, Matthew Field, a professor of psychology at the University of Liverpool, claims the study has been ‘misrepresented’ by the media and voiced doubt that plain packaging would ever be implemented on alcoholic or sugary products.
Trump’s China trademark no big surprise, but in media frenzy one legal dimension has largely gone unreported (Blog)
This week a trademark application was the subject of rare international media coverage after US President Donald Trump saw a TRUMP mark progress to registration in China. While much speculation has centred on whether the move represents an inexpensive way for China to curry favour with the president, from a legal perspective the registration is unsurprising. And while the focus has been directed at the political fallout from a president being granted such rights, other aspects are worth scrutiny for trademark experts.
India still languishes on US Chamber’s International IP Index, though government policy action earns praise (Blog)
The US Chamber of Commerce’s Global IP Center has released the latest edition of its annual International IP Index, which ranks the IP systems of 45 countries that account for roughly 90% of world GDP.
Toll of counterfeiting and piracy predicted to top $2.3 trillion as call made for governments to do more (Blog)
New research estimates that the global economic value of counterfeiting and piracy could reach $2.3 trillion by 2022, with job losses totalling in excess of 5 million. The research provides important data to policymakers. The challenge now is to ensure that they pay heed to it.
The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) the lobby group that was at the forefront of advocating for trademark owner interests in the run up to the new gTLDs programme is again pushing for amendments to US anti-cybersquatting laws in light of the country’s new Republican-dominated government.
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