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Leaks indicate victory for Australia in seminal WTO plain packaging dispute a knockout blow for tobacco brands
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 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.
Hong Kong moves closer to tobacco plain packaging; street vendors voice disappointment and anger, threaten protest
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.
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.
India still languishes on US Chamber’s International IP Index, though government policy action earns praise
The US Chamber of Commerce’s Global IP Center has released the latest edition of its annual International IP Index, which ranks the IP systems of 45 countries that account for roughly 90% of world GDP.
The Coalition Against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) the lobby group that was at the forefront of advocating for trademark owner interests in the run up to the new gTLDs programme is again pushing for amendments to US anti-cybersquatting laws in light of the country’s new Republican-dominated government.
One-fifth of foreign applicants’ judicial challenges against Chinese trademark office decisions are successful
Data on administrative disputes at the Beijing IP Court indicates that foreign parties have enjoyed particular success in recent years in reversing unfavourable decisions made by the Trademark Office of the State Administration of Industry and Commerce, China’s trademark-issuing agency.
Philippines aims high and targets enhanced anti-counterfeiting measures with latest IP rights action plan
The IP Office of the Philippines unveiled its five-year strategic agenda this week, hoping to continue the country’s progress on addressing its deep-set counterfeiting and piracy problems.
Trademark enforcement data emanating from China shows that civil infringement litigation is on the rise perhaps indicating that the country’s courts are shaking off their negative image for unpredictable judgments and protectionist biases. But a closer look at the evidence suggests that Chinese courts are still failing to attract foreign rights holders.
Rights holders shouldn’t hold their breath over significant progress on Asia-Pacific trademark protection
Improvement of the regional trademark protection landscape was a key discussion point during the 13th China-ASEAN Expo, which draws to a close today in the Chinese city of Nanning. But in spite of the promising overtures from registration and enforcement agencies, heightened geopolitical tensions could hinder any attempts at progress.
Recently released data suggests that foreign trademark owners have enjoyed significant success as plaintiffs at the Beijing IP Court since it was established 18 months ago.
A report released by the US Chamber of Commerce’s Global IP Centre (GIPC) this week indicates that as much as 86% of the world’s counterfeit goods originate from China. While there have been positive developments on the IP enforcement front in China over the past few years, the GIPC figures stand as a stark reminder that there is still a significant and perhaps insurmountable problem with counterfeiting in the country.
Lending against IP assets remains, on the whole, a tricky business, in part due to the lack of a single widely accepted method of valuation. But in China, it seems that such concerns have not hindered the development of a multimillion-dollar market in trademark, patent and copyright-backed loans. However, over the past year, the economic slowdown has put the brakes on brand-backed lending.
One of the arguments made against the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes and other tobacco products is that the absence of branding would exacerbate the problem of counterfeiting, with potentially unsafe products becoming more accessible. As Malaysia lays the groundwork for a plain packaging regime, a recent poll of Malaysian consumers would seem to support that concern.
In the wake of recent scandals involving the brands Maggi and Amrapali, Indian politicians are considering the introduction of harsh penalties for celebrities who endorse products and services that are deemed to be detrimental to consumer interests. If realised on the statute books, the proposals could have a significant impact on advertising and trademark strategies on the subcontinent.
Progress for brand owners in Vietnam as government sides with foreign entity in dispute with state-owned enterprise
The Vietnamese government’s recent decision to uphold a foreign company’s trademark rights in the face of a cancellation action launched by one of its state-owned enterprises represents a significant positive development for brand owners operating in the country.
The Indonesian Supreme Court hit the headlines back in February for upholding a decision to strip Swedish retailer Ikea of several trademarks after it fell foul of non-use rules. While the event will likely have exacerbated brand owners’ apprehensions about doing business in the country, the introduction of new regulations addressing the recording of licence agreements could boost their confidence in the trademark system
Earlier this week, World Trademark Review reported on the outcry that followed the Indian Trademark Registry’s decision to classify tens of thousands of trademark applications as abandoned. There has been a significant development overnight, as the Delhi High Court has stepped in and stayed all relevant abandonment orders.
Leading officials of the trademark issuing authorities of India and Mexico have offered a riposte to recent criticisms levelled at their offices.
For those INTA attendees who still have enough time and energy in between the almost non-stop client meetings and law firm receptions, Hong Kong presents ample opportunities for doing a bit of hands-on anti-counterfeiting work. You don’t have to travel far in this city before you find knock-offs of all shapes, shades and sizes for sale.
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