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The UK Intellectual Property Office has revealed the take-up level for its ‘fast-track’ trademark opposition process and also introduced a new costs cap to encourage further growth. However, one industry commentator argues that “serious brainstorming” is needed on how to make it a more viable option for risk-averse SMEs.
Although many trademark teams continue to face budgetary pressures, a UK lawyer claims cost-effective mediation services offered by offices such as the UK IPO and OHIM are “underutilised”. For its part, OHIM admits to WTR that uptake of its mediation offering is “small” but “growing”. However, changes proposed in the European trademark legislative package could remove one of the main barriers to use of its current offering and lead to an upswing in the use of mediation.
The trend of IP legislative reform in the Caribbean is set to continue after a new trademarks law was recently assented by the Trinidad and Tobago’s government. The development follows recent moves to update trademark legislation in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands, and one commentator notes that the changes should result in more international brands seeking protection in the jurisdiction.
When we last reported on the European trademark reform, ‘provisional agreement’ on the package had been reached by the ‘trilogue’ of the European Parliament, Council and Commission. This week, the rapporteur of the reform package, Cecilia Wikström, has revealed what went on behind closed doors and acknowledged that the reforms, expected to be formally passed later this year, are not as ambitious as she had hoped.
WIPO has expanded on plans to increase access to online trademark tools and databases across Africa, with one project aiming to digitise up to 100 years’ worth of trademark applications and create a single, searchable online database.
The availability of online tools that make trademark filings accessible to all are, in most respects, a positive development. However, the flipside is that such offerings can result in applicants investing in the process without fully understanding trademark law or first seeking specialist help. This appears to be the case with the self-proclaimed 'Trademark King', who has spent up to $50,000 in trademark filings that one commentator has labelled “void from the outset”.
The controversy over the African Intellectual Property Organisation’s recent accession to the Madrid Protocol continues to develop, with the group of agents who claim accession is illegal calling on INTA for support. However, the association has told World Trademark Review that it is not in a position to become involved in the legality of a country’s or intergovernmental organisation’s accession to the Madrid Protocol.
The continuing tension between the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) and accredited agents in the region who oppose its recent accession to the Madrid Protocol shows no sign of abating.
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is to consider whether the federal government’s treatment of ‘disparaging’ marks violates the First Amendment. The move, issued as the court vacated last week’s decision on the rejection of a trademark application by Asian American band The Slants, has been labelled a “shock” by the band’s attorney.
The founder of the Asian American dance-rock band behind the application has slammed this week's appeal decision, telling World Trademark Review that he finds the USPTO's treatment of evidence “absurd”.
We talk with key figures from both sides of the dispute, including an IP adviser who claims that he was dismissed from his law firm after alleged pressure from OAPI.
The African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI) has suspended a number of lawyers and firms from representing clients at OAPI, in a bid to quell “significant tensions” over its recent decision to join the Madrid Protocol.
The Madrid Protocol came into effect in 17 African countries this week, with Zimbabwe due to join them at the end of next week. Commentators have expressed concern over the enforceability of registrations in a number of nations across the plateau continent.
As further 'Je suis Charlie' trademark applications come to light, trademark offices are having to wrestle with how to deal with them. Concurrently, commercialisation continues apace.
A trademark application has been filed at the Benelux Trademarks Office for ‘Je suis Charlie', the slogan adopted by supporters of free speech and freedom of expression in the wake of last week’s Charlie Hebdo magazine massacre in Paris. As World Trademark Review has previously reported, trademark filings following tragic events is not uncommon, but this represents a different approach to those we have covered before the attempted acquisition of a high-profile slogan which has a positive message at its core.
The ribbon was cut on the 9,000-square-metre expansion of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market’s headquarters in Alicante this week, the office entering its third decade of existence with further pledges of “greater efficiency” and “better quality”.
(This article has been updated the new information is italicised at the end of the article) The decision by the UK's Passport Office to reject a passport application because the applicant's signature, which reads 'L Skywalker', infringed a trademark is an unusual incident, and throws up the issue of how stringently passport examiners check trademarks.
The scourge of trademark solicitation scams shows no signs of abating despite industry efforts to clamp down. The ongoing battle to tackle fraudsters, who often create sophisticated disguises that look similar to official IP offices, has been fragmented to date, but a new weapon entered the fray on Monday with the creation of OHIM’s Anti-Fraud Network.
The proposed changes to Canada’s Trademarks Act have proven controversial since they were announced back in March this year, and the final reading of Bill C-31 could reach the House Of Commons as early as next week. However, a number of practitioners are keen to outline the positives.
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