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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.
Halving of Chinese trademark fees provides immediate costs benefit for counsel, but raises squatting concerns
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
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).
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.
15 years at the top: China’s trademark office received a record-breaking 3.7 million applications last year
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.
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.
India’s trademark registry will adopt new rules today aimed at simplifying prosecution procedures and improving recognition for ‘well-known’ marks. The changes are also expected to herald significant increases in trademark filing and renewal fees.
Preliminary statistics published by the Taiwan IP Office reveal 2016 to have been its busiest year from a trademarks standpoint since 2011, with growth recorded in applications, and registrations. Corresponding with this rise, rejections also rose significantly.
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.
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.
Last year was another busy one in terms of trademark strategy news, and the world’s largest and fastest-developing regional market was often at the centre of it all. World Trademark Review presents a retrospective on some of the key trademark and brand management developments in Asia-Pacific jurisdictions during 2016.
China’s top court has handed down its eagerly anticipated ruling in one of the country’s most high-profile trademark cases to date. While it is a partially positive result for former professional basketball player Michael Jordan, commentators note that it is too early to adjudge its wider effect.
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.
The Economist’s Intelligence Unit and the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (EuroCham SG) today released a report measuring Asia-Pacific jurisdictions by the extent to which they enable illicit trade, including counterfeiting and piracy. Singapore itself has a somewhat disappointing placing, just outranking China and beaten by its larger neighbour Malaysia; while Hong Kong’s high placement is somewhat at odds with other measures of its contribution to the global counterfeiting trade.
Japan’s Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry has called for measures to combat the activities of ‘IP trolls’, including trademark squatting an issue that is attracting increased attention in the country.
Indian trademark held hostage by disgruntled ex-employee amid allegations of potential registry complicity
Police in Mumbai have arrested a builder who allegedly ‘stole’ a trademark belonging to a business he used to work for in the course of a dispute over severance compensation, it was reported this week. In the wake of the alleged incident, questions have been raised about potential fraud at the city’s trademark registry.
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.
In the latest issue of World Trademark Review, we took a deep-dive look at Singapore’s IP Financing Scheme and its implications for trademark owners. We interviewed Sharmaine Wu, director, IP management and markets, at IPOS, for the article. Some of her comments are included in the feature, but here is an extended transcript of the interview for blog readers.
Singapore comes out top in Asia-Pacific for innovation thanks to enhanced focus on filing and licensing
The latest edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII) was released this week, with the performance of Asian economies boosted by trademark filing levels and IP monetisation.
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