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Leading officials of the trademark issuing authorities of India and Mexico have offered a riposte to recent criticisms levelled at their offices.
The Executive Office of the President of the United States released its 2013 strategic plan for IP enforcement yesterday. Following the release last year of the US Department of Commerce study into the impact of IP-intensive industries, the White House promises a regular, annual report into the economic benefits of IP and calls for enhanced public engagement on the issues of counterfeiting and piracy.
Colombia, Mexico and New Zealand acceded to the Madrid system in the 12 months that have passed since last year’s INTA meeting in Washington DC. WTR spoke to the heads of the three countries’ IP offices to find out how the change has impacted on trademark practice.
The Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) has expanded on its plans to measure the economic impact of IP in Europe research which could play a critical role in reversing negative public opinion on IP.
Microbrewery Thunder Road Brewing argued for the cancellation of a number of trademarks held by Foster’s-owned Carlton & United Brewers during a hearing before the Australian trademarks registrar last week. The outcome of the case could have significant implications for owners of heritage brands in the country.
A recent study from the European Commission has attempted to measure the economic value of geographical indications (GIs). The findings suggest that GIs play an important role in the EU economy, with GI-protected products generating worldwide sales worth 54.3 billion in 2010. But can future research such as OHIM’s upcoming ‘IP Impact’ study do more to understand the whole picture when it comes to the value that GIs add?
Apple’s application for the trademark IPHONE will be rejected by Brazil’s National Institute of Industrial Property next week because prior rights in the name are already held by another company, according to reports. In anticipation of the decision, the US company has filed for cancellation of the existing mark at a federal court in Rio de Janeiro, arguing that ‘iPhone’ is an expressive term.
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has revised its guidelines on marketing environmentally friendly products and services. While the FTC rulebook will help the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) to combat applicants attempting to mislead consumers, brand owners with genuine green claims will also have to be mindful of the shift in examination practice.
Data revealed at last week’s Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, gave some interesting food for thought regarding the moral fibre of a minority of IP professionals and trademark practitioners in particular.
WTR previously reported on OHIM’s plans to make IP protection more accessible to business. At this year’s INTA conference some of the first fruits of those efforts are on display and, for the first time, OHIM is exhibiting at INTA as part of the European Trade Mark and Design Network, a collaboration between Alicante and national IP offices aimed at converging practice and the user experience across Europe.
Last Thursday's World Intellectual Property Day was marked with the official launch of Ideas Matter at Microsoft’s Brussels office. This initiative is the brainchild of a range of multinational corporations, SMEs and trade associations in an effort to counter the growing tide of IP scepticism which, although a global phenomenon, is most marked here in Europe. Importantly, trademarks are seen as playing a vital role in these efforts.
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.
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