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“Stop the uncritical worship of the God of Automation”: practitioners push back on end-to-end electronic filings
The comment period for a proposed rulemaking change that would mandate the electronic filing of trademark applications, and associated submissions, at the USPTO closed last night. A number of concerns were raised about the proposed move, with current online systems coming in for criticism and warnings that some of the proposed changes could create an opportunity for trademark scammers.
A groundbreaking new study has found that most consumers feel “moral disgust” and “revulsion” from using counterfeit goods, with a warning that this feeling can be extended to genuine goods that are often copied. The research is a reminder of the tremendous brand harm such illicit activity causes, with the study suggesting a new form of damage in trademark cases.
"No closer to clarity" UK's Brexit White Paper offers clues to future IP approach, but big questions remain
This week the UK government published its much-anticipated blueprint for the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union. While IP rights are specifically addressed in the White Paper, trademark practitioners will be left with several significant unanswered questions.
Shame or litigate? New research argues that more rights holders will turn to ‘self-help’ enforcement
A new academic paper has predicted that content creators and rights holders will increasingly turn to 'self-help' action in cases of infringement rather than initiate litigation. As is noted in the study, such an approach is not without risk.
A new IP law will come into force in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos this weekend, introducing trademark opposition procedures to the country for the first time. The new law stipulates the creation of a new digital platform for brand rights and expands the range of images eligible for trademark protection in the jurisdiction, among other things.
The European Union’s GDPR legislation, which came into force last Friday, has caused ongoing and significant concern around access to WHOIS data. To take the pulse of how brand protection service providers are dealing with the changes, and what it means for their customers, we spoke with three industry experts and the feedback to the regime was decidedly mixed.
China’s trademark office to drastically reduce filing times; experts confident quality will be maintained
As part of its three-year reform plans, China’s State Intellectual Property Office has revealed that filing review times at the China Trademark Office (CTMO) will be reduced to six months by the end of 2018 and to four months by 2020. Although applications continue to surge at the CTMO, experts are confident that these targets will be hit while predicting that the quality of registrations will also be maintained.
In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, the general manager of IP Australia’s innovation and technology group, Rob Bollard, expands on how the office’s digital transformation will help users and reveals that the organisation is exploring the establishment of a Centre of Excellence to encourage intangible asset lending in Australia.
An exclusive guest analysis on the implications of last month’s announcement that China’s patent and trademark offices will merge. Two experts from Chang Tsi & Partners claim the move should be seen by trademark practitioners as a positive, with increased remedies and enhancements to IP enforcement and the prospect of more reliable rights in China.
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. While a significant change in terms of oversight of the country’s IP landscape, according to one market expert it is unlikely that this will affect either office's functions going forward.
The seventh edition of Pharmaceutical Trademarks: A Global Guide, which provides trademark professionals with comprehensive guidance on the key issues involved in the protection, enforcement and marketing of pharmaceutical brands, is now available to view online.
“A registration doesn’t necessarily trump earlier use”: takeaways from Dulwich Hamlet’s trademark dispute
The owners of a London football stadium have sent a cease and desist letter to 125-year-old football club Dulwich Hamlet over the continued use of its name. The move has sparked an online backlash against both the stadium owners and the law firm that sent the letter, with industry experts suggesting that the registration could be vulnerable to invalidation on a number of grounds.
US government report finds staggering ratio of fakes on major e-commerce sites: calls for agencies to step up
A new report published by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found that US agencies could be doing significantly more to tackle the growing threat of counterfeit goods. In doing so, the GAO revealed the staggering ratio between authentic and fake goods on e-commerce sites.
Democratising trademark data: ambitious call to create non-profit to develop global e-filing standards
In an exclusive guest post for World Trademark Review, the chief executive of IP docketing technology company Alt Legal urges IP offices to work towards, and adopt, universal standards in trademark data and electronics filings. To achieve this, he is calling for the creation of a non-profit organisation tasked with promoting and developing industry best standards in relation to e-filings and trademark databases.
In this week’s country data report, World Trademark Review inspects the trademark landscape in France. We delve into the country’s filing trends and analyse how its leading brands have performed in recent years.
The USPTO has filed a petition for a rehearing en banc in In re: Brunetti, a decision it contends “invalidates a century-old provision of federal trademark law that renders trademarks containing ‘scandalous’ and ‘immoral’ matter ineligible for the benefits of federal registration”. The bid to maintain a ban on scandalous marks is one that practitioners will keenly follow. However, one legal expert told us that the government faces an “uphill battle” to reverse the Federal Circuit’s ruling.
LegalForce calls on USPTO to tackle Chinese firms “practicing illegally” allegations and threats revealed
Raj Abhyanker, founder and shareholder in LegalForce RAPC Worldwide the firm behind online filing engine Trademarkia has sent a grievance complaint to the US Patent and Trademark Office centred on Chinese IP law firms “practicing illegally” in the United States. Speaking exclusively to World Trademark Review, he expands on his allegations and the threats he received from one China-based filer.
More empathy needed in trademark enforcement, says café owner who labelled Coca-Cola a “corporate bully”
A New Zealand café owner who hit the headlines after branding Coca-Cola a “corporate bully” has said that she felt “backed into a corner” when she received a threatening cease-and-desist letter late last year. Speaking to World Trademark Review about the potential lessons from her dispute with the multinational corporation, Claire Rientjes suggested that trademark owners show more empathy and take a cooperative approach when enforcing their rights against small businesses.
Alibaba on the offensive: warns brands not to trust Notorious Markets List, undecided on future cooperation
Alibaba Group continues to talk tough in the wake of its online marketplace Taobao remaining on the Office of the US Trade Representative’s latest Notorious Markets List. Talking to World Trademark Review, an Alibaba spokesperson claims that brand owners should no longer trust the list and revealed that the company may not submit evidence for future reports.
We have previously reported on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its potential impact on rights holders’ access to WHOIS data. In this guest blog, Brian J Winterfeldt, president of the The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' (ICANN's) Intellectual Property Constituency, expands on the potential threat and why it is important for brand owners to engage at ICANN to ensure that GDPR compliance does not become an excuse to shut off access to WHOIS data.
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