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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.
After calling out “malicious” infringement complaints, Alibaba now points the finger at China's “ambiguous counterfeiting laws”
E-commerce giant Alibaba has criticised China’s IP laws and enforcement infrastructure, calling on authorities in its home country to impose stricter criminal penalties for counterfeiting amid mounting disapproval of the company’s own stance on the issue.
Sustainability is a critical component of brand value in Asia and Chinese companies are falling behind
Asian Correspondent announced the release of the inaugural edition of its CSR50 Index last week, with the new ranking intended to highlight the “environmentally-conscious companies” that have done the most to “promote sustainable practice within the Asia region” in the past year.
It’s that time of year when our sister title IAM invites the global IP community to make its nominations for the IP Hall of Fame’s annual intake. The latest members, selected from your nominees, will be formally inducted at IPBC Global 2017 in Ottawa, Canada, this June.
A study by cybersecurity firm PhishLabs indicates that the volume of phishing attacks grew by almost one-third last year, with cloud storage brands set to overtake financial services as the top targets. Researchers also found that phishing perpetrators are increasingly turning to new gTLDs to dupe internet users.
The original deadline for INTA’s survey on the impact of new gTLDs on brand owners has been extended, with corporate members now having until Friday February 28 to submit their responses. The study is designed to provide empirical data on the real-world cost of the new gTLD programme on trademark protection and policing activities.
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.
Indian study calls for “review” of graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging as illicit trade soars
The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry has called for a review of current policy regarding cigarette packaging graphic health warnings after research suggested that it may be a contributory factor in the country’s growing illicit trade in tobacco products.
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.
Supreme People’s Court issues guidance on protection of publicity rights in light of Qiaodan decision
Following its ruling in the widely publicised Qiaodan dispute, China’s highest court has issued a judicial interpretation on the registrability of personal names of celebrities and other ‘public figures’ under the country’s Trademark Law.
When it comes to the availability of counterfeit goods, the size of the task facing e-commerce sites cannot be understated. However, reports of Amazon’s ‘investigations-per-hour’ approach to anti-counterfeiting has led to claims that quality in decision-making is suffering.
Fairly or otherwise, India is often perceived as a jurisdiction that can tend to present more difficulty than certainty for brand owners trying to protect and exploit their IP rights there. But recent data from the country’s geographical indications (GI) registry suggests that it is pulling ahead of the pack in this particular field though it still has some way to go when it comes to foreign GIs.
The London office of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) a general practice firm with top-rated trademark credentials, previously touted as “the first global law firm headquartered in Asia” entered administration this week. In the aftermath of what is reported to be the largest ever law firm collapse in the UK, KWM has established a new business to maintain a strategic presence in Europe.
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.
The Indian parliament is likely to enact strict regulations governing celebrity endorsements during its budget session beginning later this month, as the debate surrounding the potential impact of the new rules on brand owners’ businesses heats up.
First in-depth trademark data from Beijing IP Court reveals quarter of 2015 cases involved foreign parties
The first annual report on the activities of the Beijing IP Court published by litigation analytics firm IPHouse and covering 2015 suggests that the specialist venue is proving an efficient forum for domestic and foreign trademark owners alike.
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.
While talks with potential buyers continue, it has been suggested that multinational law firm and leading trademark practice King & Wood Mallesons could disappear from the European, Middle Eastern and North American markets as the financial situation at its regional branch takes its toll. It was reported today that the firm’s European arm could enter administration next month if a purchaser is not found.
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.
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