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A new report from the EU Intellectual Property Office has revealed that the phenomenon of e-shops marketing infringing goods via previously used brand-related domain names as observed in Denmark is also occurring in Sweden, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain. Worryingly, the study claims that it is occurring to a higher degree than expected.
Strongest law firm brands identified: Baker McKenzie, DLA Piper and Clifford Chance lead latest legal index
In the Acritas Global Elite Law Firm Brand Index 2017, Baker McKenzie has again been declared the strongest firm brand, extending its lead over competitors on the list. While populated by full-service law firms, those in the top-20 ranking also boast a significant level of trademark expertise.
Unpublished EU study casts doubt on displacement of sales by online infringement, but the reality is nuanced
The EU Commission has come under fire for failing to to publish a 360,000 study of the economic costs of piracy the report was only released after a member of the European Parliament obtained a copy following a freedom of information request. The report suggests that piracy has little negative effect on sales of copyrighted material, although the findings are slightly more nuanced than that headline conclusion. While it does not directly address the consequences of trademark infringement, it will stir up debate about the economic costs of counterfeiting.
Trademark-intensive industries across Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Peru account for 18.5 million jobs and $2,390 of value per capita a year, according to research commissioned by the International Trademark Association and Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property. For those working in such industries, salary premiums of up to 25% were observed.
A new study into the economic importance of trademarks in five Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries has provided compelling evidence that trademark-intensive industries make a vital contribution to gross domestic product, employment and productivity in the region. The report, commissioned by the International Trademark Association, highlights the role played by technology brands in regional economies.
The EU Commission has released its position paper on the treatment of IP rights after the United Kingdom completes its exit from the European Union. While a short document, it provides an important insight into the trademarks regime that EU negotiators want to work towards. However, some aspects could prove divisive.
The Global Innovation Index 2017 has revealed the world’s most innovative countries. While the top 10 is comprised of the same jurisdictions as last year, high innovation performance among Sub-Saharan African countries, relative to development, is a notable trend. However, given the report's wide scope, the specific trademark lessons are limited.
As UK election day looms, trademark lawyers prepare for change while political parties barely give intellectual property a glance
After one of the more divisive election campaigns in recent history, the UK electorate heads to the polls this Thursday. While social policies and national security have jostled with Brexit as the most important issue for voters, two new studies demonstrate that the UK’s move to leave the European Union remains a key concern for rights holders around the world. However, while some are adapting their filing strategies in preparation, many remain “perplexed” about what to do.
Trump Administration's first Special 301 Report slams Canada and Mexico for inadequate border enforcement against counterfeits
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.
First in-depth trademark data from Beijing IP Court reveals quarter of 2015 cases involved foreign parties
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.
Taobao returns to USTR's Notorious Markets list; Alibaba CEO speaks of "disappointing moment for all of us"
After a four year absence, an Alibaba Group platform has re-appeared on the annual Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets list and its CEO subsequently sent a strongly-worded email to staff, seen by World Trademark Review, urging stakeholders to continue undeterred in the “all-out war against counterfeits”.
While the community waits to see what impact a Donald Trump presidency has on the IP ecosystem in the US, the US government’s gears are still turning and this week it released the 2017-2019 US Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement. The report signals the key focus areas for federal government agencies over the coming few years. While welcomed by IP stakeholders, there have been accusations that the plan represents an effort to introduce shadow regulation for the online world.
New research from The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse has revealed the extent of identity squatting targeting this year’s presidential election candidates, as well as members of the US Congress and Senate.
The USPTO and Economics & Statistics Administration have released a follow-up to the ground-breaking 2012 study into the economic contribution made by intellectual property to the US economy. The 59-page report also identifies the regions and industries where trademark intensity resides.
The European Union Chamber of Commerce in China has published its latest position paper, calling for an end to the unequal treatment of foreign investment in China and laying out a series of recommendations for improving the IP landscape.
A major new study released today has revealed that counterfeit and pirated goods represented up to 2.5% of world trade in 2013 a figure that Antonio Campinos, president of the EU Intellectual Property Office, noted “is equivalent to combined GDP of the Czech Republic and Ireland”. Reflecting on this, BASCAP director Jeff Hardy has called on policymakers to do more to fight the scourge of counterfeiting.
Sparked by a perceived decline in the standard of media reporting of trademarks, a number of industry organisations have pledged to collaborate on research and education efforts. In fact, the International Trademark Association has even set up a new sub-committee dedicated to direct engagement with the media.
In the latest edition of World Trademark Review, now available online to subscribers, we present exclusive research into the trademark patterns of R&D-driven innovators. The findings confirm the role of trademarks as a key intangible asset in the corporate strategies of innovative companies.
Foreign companies upbeat about IP enforcement in China; brands seen as biggest competitive advantage
The 2016 China Business Climate Survey Report casts IP rights protection as a bright spot in a business environment that is increasingly fraught for foreign companies. Heightened fears about the overall legal and regulatory environment are nevertheless likely to concern IP counsel focused on the country. With foreign companies saying that their brands give them their single most important edge in China, the stakes couldn’t be higher.
A new report from the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights has found that over 1,600 brands placed online advertisements on sites suspected of copyright infringement during its six-week study. The result is that companies could be helping to fund the very sites that their counsel are battling against.
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