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WIPO reveals strong growth in Madrid applications; L’Oreal, Novartis and Abercrombie feature in top filers list
The World Intellectual Property Organisation has released filing statistics on use of its various international IP protection systems, including the Madrid System for trademarks. The data reveals strong growth for international marks, with those originating in China, Russia and the United Kingdom showing significant rises.
Former OAPI head accused of wrongdoing while in office; court reverses suspensions related to anti-Madrid collective
The former director general of the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI), Paulin Edou Edou, has been accused of signing his own accreditation to be an OAPI trademark agent while still in office, World Trademark Review understands. The allegation surfaced in the same week that OAPI’s High Commission of Appeal annulled a 2016 decision by Edou Edou which suspended two IP attorneys due to their suspected involvement with a group protesting OAPI’s accession to the Madrid Protocol.
With the prospect of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, the UK government should have unilateral trademark provisions on standby
UK Prime Minister Theresa May spoke again this week of the possibility of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a negotiated deal, and dismissed joining the European Economic Area as an option for the country. With the outcomes favoured by most brands and IP professionals unlikely in such a scenario, it is crucial for the United Kingdom to formulate an approach to EU trademarks in the event of a 'hard' Brexit.
“Campinos brings tremendous value to the EPO” national IP offices and associations react to leadership move
It was announced yesterday that António Campinos, executive director of the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), will soon be moving from Alicante to Munich to take up the presidency of the European Patent Office (EPO). We reached out to national IP offices with the European Union, as well as some key trademark associations, for their reaction. To date, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. There is also consensus on the need for his successor to provide consistency and continuity at the EUIPO.
In just under a week, the second swathe of provisions resulting from the EU reforms package will go live. Practitioners and applicants should be aware of a number of changes not least the axing of the graphical representation requirement for EU trademarks and, with it, the introduction of the ‘multimedia mark’.
“Not bloody easy” Czech IPO president urges EU Commission and IP5 to take stronger action against trademark invoice scams
Czech Republic Industrial Property Office President Josef Kratochvil has issued a strong warning about the “very dangerous” activities of entities sending fraudulent solicitations to trademark applicants. Speaking to World Trademark Review, the respected IP expert urged the EU Commission to include the issue on its list of crimes, and for more joint action from leading IP offices.
Exclusive data compiled by World Trademark Review has revealed the top corporate and representative filers at the EU Intellectual Property Office for the year to June 2017. L’Oréal sits in top spot, with a number of Asian technology brands close behind. While international brand powerhouses continue to utilise European-wide protection, the office experienced volatility in filing levels last year, which it attributed in part to the Brexit vote.
Mystery over fake TMview site owned by Gleissner; source suggests tycoon may seek license fee from EUIPO
A website owned by a company related to notorious trademark filer Michael Gleissner has been found imitating the EU Intellectual Property Office’s search platform TMview. The site has been described as a “phishing page” by one attorney, but an insider source tells World Trademark Review it is more likely that the entertainment tycoon is looking to sell or license the domain to the EUIPO.
Exclusive survey finds OAPI agents broadly optimistic but concerns raised over frequent errors, slow examinations and soaring trade in fakes
An independent survey conducted by World Trademark Review has assessed the sentiment of agents accredited by the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) and feedback was decidedly mixed. While agents were broadly positive about a number of aspects of the office’s operations, there were a number of concerns voiced about the speed of examinations, frequent errors made on official documentation and a lack of English-speaking staff with OAPI also urged to help tackle the escalating counterfeiting problem in the region.
OAPI in “period of transition” as new director general appointed; anti-Madrid collective “goes into hiding”
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.
Last week’s International Trademark Association Digital World Conference featured many discussions focused on the digital single market that the European Union is looking to implement. While issues around copyright have spurred the most IP-related concerns from brand owners during the ongoing negotiations, one speaker suggested that the "natural result of the European project" will be a future move to a single European system of trademarks and patents with national registered rights eventually faded out.
The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) held its first annual Brand Awards recently, in which cash prizes and trademark filing vouchers were given to local brands judged to be distinctive. Talking to World Trademark Review, OAPI’s director of legal affairs and cooperation, Maurice Batanga, says that the initiative has proved effective and encourages other IP offices to consider a similar approach to promote innovative use of trademarks.
The EU IP Office and Europol have joined forces to launch the IP Crime Coordinated Coalition, which will provide operational and technical support to law enforcement agencies. The move comes shortly after a new study revealed the diversity of business models being used by infringers online.
It is now a week since the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union, with the past seven days characterised by market uncertainty and political upheaval. To cut through the confusion, we have put together an infographic that illustrates the potential impact the decision could have for trademark practitioners in the UK and across the world.
This week the EU Intellectual Property Office released both its 2015 annual report and its Strategic Plan 2020. The former reveals that trademark applications at the office jumped by 11% last year. However, as the strategic plan notes, while demand is not expected to lessen any time soon, the office faces a number of financial challenges as it seeks to maintain service levels.
Our latest podcast looks at the significant impact that a UK vote to leave the European Union would have on national and international trademark practitioners. To find out what changes could be in store and what preparations counsel can make now, we speak with Chris McLeod, a partner at Elkington and Fife in London and the current president of the UK Institute of Trademark Attorneys.
Yesterday OHIM closed its doors, to allow time for staff to install the necessary system upgrades to adapt the website and its online application tools in light of the requirements of EU Regulation 2015/2424. Today the office re-opened for business, albeit with a new identity.
With the first changes due to take effect in less than three weeks, in the latest episode of the World Trademark Review podcast we talk to a range of industry experts on what counsel should be doing now to prepare for the new EU trademark regime.
OAPI suspends law firm; suspended agent alleges ‘dictatorship’ OAPI is stifling anti-Madrid Protocol sentiment
The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) has suspended two IP attorneys in Cameroon, and in turn prohibited parties from using their law firm for any IP services in proceedings before it, in what one of the lawyers contends is a continuation of a bitter battle between the organisation and a group of agents who claim that its accession to the Madrid Protocol was implemented illegally.
As with any organisational rebrand, OHIM faces a host of challenges as it prepares to change its name. One is the registration of (and subsequent transition to) new domains. Research conducted by World Trademark Review has revealed that a number of third parties have already purchased ‘EUIPO’ related domains - though some plan on using them to promote awareness about the EU trademark reforms.
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