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"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.
The main drivers that determine the likelihood of a country being involved in the trade of counterfeit goods have been identified by a new report from the European Union Intellectual Property Office. Governance, free trade zones, production facilities, logistical capabilities and facilities and trade facilitation policies are all highlighted as the key determinants.
In the first of a new regular opinion column, the onward march of plain packaging is examined. In the face of seemingly unstoppable momentum, now is the time to consider whether brands will remain on the sidelines or make their voices heard.
After over a decade of discussion, Brazil looks increasingly likely to accede to the Madrid system within the coming year. To get a sense of the sentiment on the ground, we reached out to local law firm practitioners to ask how it is expected to impact their own practice and the wider trademark scene and whether predictions of imminent accession are actually realistic.
In a landmark ruling, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has upheld Australia’s tobacco plain packaging regime as being consistent with the WTO’s trade obligations. The response has been mixed. While the Canadian Cancer Society has told World Trademark Review it gives a “big boost” to plain packaging momentum, INTA has voiced its disappointment and is regrouping on the issue.
Last week we reported on a session at the ICANN meeting in Panama, in which the Government Advisory Committee heard from rights holders who have faced significant enforcement challenges following the enactment of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation. As the week went on, it became clear that those frustrations will continue for some time yet, despite government calls for urgent action.
Justice Anthony Kennedy of the US Supreme Court announced his imminent retirement on Wednesday, meaning that US President Donald Trump will now have a second opportunity to nominate a justice. With the prospect of a more right-thinking Supreme Court bench, leading IP attorneys are split over what it means for trademark cases.
Trump administration tariffs “could help legitimise fake goods”: trade associations join up to sound alarm bells
A number of major US trade associations have joined forces to send a letter to two members of the House Ways and Means Committee warning that the Trump administration’s recent trade tariffs are having a harmful effect on the battle against counterfeit goods. The strongly worded letter, seen by World Trademark Review, claims that the tariffs place “significant barriers on the fight against harmful fakes” and calls for an urgent rethink.
South Korea rockets to top of customs ranking; illicit trade report reveals countries that need to do more
The Global Illicit Trade Environment Index, launched simultaneously in Hong Kong, Brussels and Panama City, scores 84 economies on the extent that they enable or prevent illicit trade. While taking a broad look at illicit trade, the report contains useful insight on the anti-counterfeiting landscape.
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.
Two trade associations in the United States have spoken publicly about their concerns over the Trump administration’s recent steel and aluminium tariffs on the European Union. Talking to World Trademark Review, a representative for one of those associations claims targeting trade allies rather than partnering with them “weakens” the ongoing battle against the scourge of fake goods.
International brand owners have been warned of “a very serious and significant change” to trademark rights in Yemen following the formation of a second IP office. The move follows ongoing unrest in the country, with an expert in the region telling World Trademark Review that they expect third parties to use the opening of a new registry as “an opportunity to register trademarks rights in bad faith”.
Brazil set to accept Madrid applications in early 2019; associations being kept “in the dark” over plans
Plans for Brazil to join the Madrid Protocol have been mooted for over a decade now, but evidence suggests it could finally be coming to pass. Talking to World Trademark Review, the president of the Brazilian IP Agents Association reveals that it is expected the Brazilian IP Office will begin accepting international applications early next year but concerns have been raised over the quality of examinations in recent months.
US government ranks Canada’s border enforcement on same level as China; Special 301 adds Saudi Arabia and UAE
The Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) has published the 2018 Special 301 Report, the second released during the Trump administration. Canada has been added to the Priority Watch List this year due to “a failure to resolve key longstanding deficiencies in protection and enforcement of IP” meaning all eyes will now be on the country’s newly-announced Intellectual Property Strategy.
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.
“IP is not about politics” INTA CEO confirms US lobbying spend has dropped, urges counsel to support PAC
In an exclusive interview, Etienne Sanz de Acedo, CEO of the International Trademark Association, has confirmed to World Trademark Review that the association’s spending on government lobbying in the United States has fallen in recent years and, with the US midterm election fast approaching, he explains why counsel should consider contributing to its political action committee.
Trump, Brexit and Korean reunification: the political issues weighing on the minds of trademark practitioners
New research from World Trademark Review has revealed the key political issues that trademark counsel say could significantly impact enforcement efforts, both now and in the future. Leading the way are the policies of US President Donald Trump, the potential implications of the UK’s exit from the European Union, and the possible reunification of the two Koreas.
The European Commission has published a draft agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from the European Union, which outlines the broad understanding the negotiating parties have arrived at on key issues. The wide-ranging document contains eight articles which directly address intellectual property. While still requiring final agreement, the document offers vital detail on the likely treatment of EU trademarks and Community registered designs in the coming years.
New research from the OECD and EUIPO reveals that growth in free trade zones where economic activity is driven by reduced customs controls, light regulation and limited oversight is, in turn, fostering growth in counterfeit goods trafficking.
The status of geographical indications after the UK leaves the European Union next year has become a hot button issue over the past few days. At least one British newspaper has covered the topic on its front-page, with speculation that lobbyists from the United States are pushing for the UK to drop GI protection to allow the importation of “American copies” of products including Cornish pasties, Scotch Whisky and Melton Mowbray pork pies a scenario one expert tells us is not unrealistic.
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