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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 (Blog)
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 (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.
First in-depth trademark data from Beijing IP Court reveals quarter of 2015 cases involved foreign parties (Blog)
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" (Blog)
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”.
US government releases national IP strategy; concern over ‘introduction of shadow regulation’ (Blog)
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.
“We are failing”: study reveals $461 billion international trade in counterfeit and pirated goods (Blog)
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 (Blog)
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.
An IP attorney in Oman has voiced his concern that the IP rights enforcement landscape in Oman has been misrepresented in a submission sent to the US government by the Arabian Anti-Piracy Alliance. In the report, it is claimed that “the Oman government has completely stopped enforcement for all IPR violations since April 2013” - an assertion that is disputed by the commentator.
A new paper by a respected scholar proposes that the trademark community takes advantage of modern “smart information” and provide brand owners and consumers an alternative IP platform to differentiate products and services, based on objectively verifiable characteristics. The author of the paper hopes that an organisation such as INTA may see an opportunity in her ‘tracermark’ concept and consider establishing a proof of concept.
Contribution of trademarks to innovation ‘on the rise’, but to what degree remains up for debate (Blog)
The annual Global Innovation Index report, which launched in 2007, claims to reveal which global economies are ‘the world’s top innovators’. Reflecting on this year’s edition, one of the co-authors notes that the data demonstrates that domestic producers “increasingly rely” on brands and trademarks. However, there are some caveats related to the trademark-related metrics.
The European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights has released its latest study into the economic cost of IP rights infringement, revealing that the clothing, footwear and accessories sector loses approximately 26.3 billion of revenue annually due to the presence of counterfeit products in the EU market. It is the related finding that government revenues are being hit to the tune of 8.1 billion annually that will resonate with law and policy makers.
World Trademark Review has previously explored the connection between trademarks and innovation, most recently through a study of CTMs and Benelux marks. That analysis found “a strong link” between the two, with trademark filings indicating that new products and services were coming onto the market. But what about in developing economies specifically? That question was recently considered by Cooley LLP’s Brian Focarino in a paper using China as a case study on trademark-measured innovation.
A new study, carried out by OHIM (acting through the EU Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights), has found that companies owning IP rights have, in general, 29% higher revenue per employee, approximately six times as many employees and pay wages that are up to 20% higher than those which do not own IP rights.
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