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Vast majority of listed Australian IP firm clients think reduction of private ownership is against their interests (Blog)
Australia has led the way in adoption of the public traded company model for IP law and attorney practices. But the findings of recent market research indicate that more than three-quarters of these firms’ clients believe that a reduction of private ownership in the sector is against their interests again stoking critics’ concerns about the business model’s ethical implications and its impact on client-counsel relationships.
JD.com becomes first Chinese marketplace to join AAFA; promises "cooperation with international fashion brands" (Blog)
One of the largest online marketplaces in China, JD.com, has signed up to the American Apparel & Footwear Association with a pledge to partner with international fashion brands “on issues surrounding IP protection”. While it celebrates being the first Chinese e-commerce company to become a certified member of the association, some may see parallels between this move and Alibaba’s brief membership of the International Anti-counterfeiting Coalition which, nearly a year ago to the day, resulted in considerable kickback from members.
Leaks indicate victory for Australia in seminal WTO plain packaging dispute a knockout blow for tobacco brands (Blog)
A dispute resolution panel of the World Trade Organisation has reportedly ruled in favour of Australia in a complaint brought by a number of countries, including several major tobacco exporters, against its plain packaging policy. While the world awaits public confirmation of the decision, the early leaks suggest a significant blow has been dealt to tobacco brand owners.
Pakistan introduces new, brand-friendly customs rules amid push for stronger trademark protections (Blog)
Pakistan recently added new IP provisions into its 2001 Customs Rules which are broadly expected to improve enforcement outcomes for brand owners importing goods into the country. The regulatory update comes amid a range of reforms that have been aimed at enhancing IP rights protections in Pakistan.
A recent judgment handed down by the Taiwan IP Court has highlighted how rights holders must act quickly if they believe their trademarks are being infringed or risk losing their ability to claim compensation.
Hong Kong moves closer to tobacco plain packaging; street vendors voice disappointment and anger, threaten protest (Blog)
The Hong Kong government tabled a law yesterday that will substantially increase the size of mandatory health warnings on tobacco products and leave the autonomous territory a step away from full-blown ‘plain packaging’. The developments have led to complaints from tobacco vendors, which claim that they will lose business as consumers switch to counterfeits and grey-market cigarettes as a result of the changes.
Brand owners “are not taking appropriate steps to stop counterfeiting”, claims Indian regional official (Blog)
A minister from the government of the Indian state of West Bengal has called on trademark owners to be more diligent in reporting suspected counterfeiting to local authorities, arguing that many “do not take it up seriously” when it comes to fighting fakes.
Japanese trademark pendency times rise with registrations; interest in non-traditional marks cools (Blog)
While the Japan Patent Office registered more trademarks last year than it has in almost a decade, new data indicates that it is also taking more time than ever before to decide whether applications should be granted or refused.
With nine of 10 top new gTLD registrants, China’s online dominance will worry many brand owners (Blog)
Chinese entities now own almost half of all new generic top-level domain (gTLD) registrations, with nine of the top 10 new gTLD registrants associated with the country, according to recent reports. With another tranche of gTLDs just approved for sale by the Chinese government, many brand owners will be concerned about what this all means for their trademark protection strategies.
Halving of Chinese trademark fees provides immediate costs benefit for counsel, but raises squatting concerns (Blog)
Reversing a trend towards increases seen across several Asian jurisdictions of late, the China Trademark Office of the State Administration of Industry and Commerce has slashed user fees by half. While the reduction is welcome in terms of budgets, many trademark counsel will be concerned about a potential increase in indirect enforcement costs should squatters try to take advantage of the lower fees.
Trademark application and registration rates in India went through the roof last year, indicating success in terms of both streamlining the prosecution process and dealing with a hefty filings backlog. However, it remains to be seen whether the national registry’s human resources can keep up with this positive trend.
Trademark registrations up, designs down as the Japan Patent Office reveals the top registrants for 2016 (Blog)
The Japan Patent Office received its highest number of trademark applications in 10 years during 2016, according to the agency’s latest annual report. Of the top 10 registrants last year, nine were Japanese entities (the exception being South Korea’s LG Electronics).
As one of the world’s largest IP service providers mulls $2.5 billion sale, Asian buyers will see a huge opportunity (Blog)
The owner of CPA Global one of the world’s largest providers of non-legal IP and trademark services is exploring a possible sale or floatation of the business, according to media reports this weekend. If recent moves in the IP services market are anything to go by, we can expect Asian investors to be among the most interested parties on the buy-side.
The IP Office of Singapore and Workforce Singapore an agency under the city-state’s labour ministry have joined forces to launch a new educational programme aimed at equipping Singaporean professionals with IP-related skills. The introduction of the scheme follows the recent publication of the Singaporean government’s long-term economic plan, in which IP is a central pillar.
The Beijing IP Court has overturned a local administrative ruling which could have seen Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones banned from sale in the Chinese capital over an alleged design rights infringement.
15 years at the top: China’s trademark office received a record-breaking 3.7 million applications last year (Blog)
The State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC) the regulatory body that encompasses China’s national trademark office announced some headline figures for 2016 yesterday. China continues to lead the world in trademark filings and year-to-year growth shows no sign of slowing down.
Alibaba counters critical New York Times piece but e-commerce's counterfeit problem is now a mainstream issue (Blog)
World Trademark Review has covered the topic of counterfeiting for over 15 years, but it is only in the past year or so that the illicit trade in IP-infringing fakes seems to have become a topic of regular interest for the wider media. Last week, the New York Times delved into the subject, but in doing so it provoked the ire of e-commerce giant Alibaba.
Preliminary findings of research conducted by IBM indicate that new gTLDs are among the most widely used top-level domains in email spamming activities. With spam containing malicious attachments on the rise, the report notes that new gTLDs are becoming more popular because they allow spammers to vary their domain URLs and thus bypass spam filters.
China’s top lawmakers met in Beijing last week for their annual plenary session, and the perennial issue of counterfeiting was up for discussion both within the legislative chamber and on the sidelines of the main event. In the run-up, several major players from Chinese industry called for stronger penalties for trademark infringement and counterfeiting offences.
Further to our report earlier this week, India’s Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion has ratified new trademark registry rules and published final fees some of which are higher than most industry observers had anticipated.
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