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Kuwait has become the latest of the Gulf states to increase its trademark costs, with filing, registration and publication fees set to rocket in the coming weeks. One local commentator tells World Trademark Review that it “is going to be a huge shock for IP professionals and brand owners on the ground in Kuwait”.
EU customs report shows two-fold increase in detained goods being released due to brand owner inaction
New data from the European Commission has found that the number of goods seized by customs authorities across the EU that were subsequently released due to brand owner inaction doubled in 2014, highlighting the urgent need for rights holders to respond to customs notifications in a timely manner.
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.
While 10,000 trademark practitioners have descended on San Diego for INTA’s annual meeting, this year’s WTR Global Trademark Benchmarking Survey found that a third of trademark counsel are unsure whether IP associations are doing a good job of keeping them up-to-date on legal developments.
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.
The theme of today’s World IP Day is ‘Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity’. In a two-part series, we asked leading corporate and private practice trademark professionals to reflect on the topic of the day.
Business owners have spoken to World Trademark Review about their anger and confusion over the mysterious trademark activity of entrepreneur Michael Gleissner. One, who recently prevailed against Gleissner in a 16-month trademark dispute, claims that he has yet to be paid legal costs and calls on IP offices to address “malicious action against legitimate trademarks” urgently.
As the year draws to a close, World Trademark Review has decided to take a look back and identify the trademark personalities that have had a significant impact in 2017. Be it those who dominated the news agenda, influenced public dialogue or raised the profile of trademarks (for good or bad), a whole host of personalities both individuals and entities have hit the headlines this year.
UKIP “ripping off” Premier League logo, Greece warns of fake GIs, US brands in the age of Trump: news round-up
Every Tuesday and Friday World Trademark Review presents a round-up of news, developments and insights from across the trademark sphere. In this edition, we look at the latest brand value ranking table, research into US brands in the Trump era, a darknet seller arrested on his way to a beard competition and the death of a notorious cybersquatter and “news satirist”.
Food brands in India abandoning registered rights to avoid “trademark tax”; expert decries short-sighted reaction
Reports have emerged of a number of food traders in India giving up their registered trademarks to avoid a newly implemented 5% goods and services tax. One senior IP expert confirmed to World Trademark Review that this new tax affects both domestic and international companies, but accused companies giving up trademark registrations as taking a “myopic outlook” as the benefits of a trademark far outweigh a 5% tax outlay.
Professor slams ‘pro plain packaging for alcohol’ media reports, calls for more research into warning labels
A new study which looks at the effectiveness of warning labels on alcoholic products has slammed media reports claiming that it is advocating for plain packaging. Talking to World Trademark Review, Matthew Field, a professor of psychology at the University of Liverpool, claims the study has been ‘misrepresented’ by the media and voiced doubt that plain packaging would ever be implemented on alcoholic or sugary products.
Trademark implications of Brexit, Trump and Samsung Note 7 crisis feature in our most-read list of 2016
As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the blogs which received the most reads in the past 12 months. Our list includes the brand value hit of Samsung’s Note 7 crisis, Alibaba’s spat with Chinese ecommerce rival JD.com and trademark applications attempting to commercialise the Panama Papers, Brexit and the once-popular ‘meme’ Be Like Bill.
The WTR Premium Daily email will be taking a summer break over August, with the full blog and Premium Daily email service for subscribers recommencing on Tuesday August 30. Meanwhile, here’s a look at the most popular articles and legal updates in the first seven months of 2016 on World Trademark Review.
In this update, the World Trademark Review editorial team present some of the highlights from the third day of the 2016 INTA Annual Meeting, including complaints about graphic imagery on exhibition stands, insights into the true scale of app store infringement, heated debate over trademark protection for hashtags and an interview with the law firm that is so intent on spreading its message that it booked two exhibition stands.
In this update, the World Trademark Review editorial team present some of the highlights from the second jam-packed day of the 2016 INTA Annual Meeting, including novel approaches to trademark enforcement, a chilling reminder of the link between counterfeiting and terrorism, how the ongoing US election campaign is affecting IP in some countries and why the Japan Patent Office has not accepted any of the 477 applications for colour trademarks that it has received so far.
Orlando is currently packed to the rafters with trademark lawyers attending INTA’s 2016 Annual Meeting. World Trademark Review reporters Tim Lince, Jacob Schindler and Cassie Lam present some of their highlights from the first full day of the event, including what Taylor Swift can teach us about personal branding, IP anecdotes featuring Harry Potter, Vox Populi's latest '.sucks' INTA marketing stunt and observations from an INTA newbie.
Trademark solicitation company agrees to refund duped business owners; over $200,000 discovered in bank account
Following a recent investigation into trademark solicitation scams by World Trademark Review, the Commerce Commission in New Zealand has confirmed that it has reached an interim agreement with a trademark solicitation company to refund businesses that inadvertently paid an invoice for the publication of filed trademarks.
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