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Is the Brexit fog lifting? UKIPO confirms plan for “free” conversion of EU trademarks to UK register
In newly-released comments, the UKIPO has confirmed that the UK will protect all existing EU trademarks and registered Community designs when the country leaves the EU. Crucially, the transfer of 1.5 million rights will be automatic and free of charge.
"No closer to clarity" UK's Brexit White Paper offers clues to future IP approach, but big questions remain
This week the UK government published its much-anticipated blueprint for the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union. While IP rights are specifically addressed in the White Paper, trademark practitioners will be left with several significant unanswered questions.
In the first of a new regular opinion column, the onward march of plain packaging is examined. In the face of seemingly unstoppable momentum, now is the time to consider whether brands will remain on the sidelines or make their voices heard.
Last week we reported on a session at the ICANN meeting in Panama, in which the Government Advisory Committee heard from rights holders who have faced significant enforcement challenges following the enactment of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation. As the week went on, it became clear that those frustrations will continue for some time yet, despite government calls for urgent action.
South Korea rockets to top of customs ranking; illicit trade report reveals countries that need to do more
The Global Illicit Trade Environment Index, launched simultaneously in Hong Kong, Brussels and Panama City, scores 84 economies on the extent that they enable or prevent illicit trade. While taking a broad look at illicit trade, the report contains useful insight on the anti-counterfeiting landscape.
This week, the Guardian reported that the treatment of geographical indications is proving a sticking point in the ongoing Brexit negotiations, with the European Union having “stepped up demands on the UK to legislate to preserve the status of European speciality produce”. While trademark associations have confirmed their support for a system of mutual recognition, the UK government has proved resistant to making any guarantees. The result is uncertainty for rights holders and producers.
The INTA Board of Directors recently approved the creation of a Brand Value Special Task Force. To get the inside track on this new initiative, and explore how brand owners will benefit, we sat down with co-chair Heather Steinmeyer.
ICANN has published its Temporary Specification for gTLD Registration Data in a bid to ensure WHOIS compliance with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, while maintaining the existing WHOIS system to the greatest extent possible. Subject to further revision prior to a board vote, the model proposes the establishment of a mechanism to allow contact with domain name registrants while cloaking their identity.
In a much-delayed decision, an appeal against the refusal of a Class 32 UK application for BREXIT has been dismissed. Notably, the decision contrasts with a recent EUIPO board of appeals decision, which gave the green light for a BREXIT mark; the appointed person stated that he did not find the reasoning in the latter case persuasive.
In-house perspectives on diversity in the trademark industry: “All of us in this field need to do more”
The theme of today’s World IP Day is ‘Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity’. In the first of a two-part piece, corporate trademark professionals reflect on the topic of the day.
In an exclusive interview with World Trademark Review, the general manager of IP Australia’s innovation and technology group, Rob Bollard, expands on how the office’s digital transformation will help users and reveals that the organisation is exploring the establishment of a Centre of Excellence to encourage intangible asset lending in Australia.
The European Commission has published a draft agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland from the European Union, which outlines the broad understanding the negotiating parties have arrived at on key issues. The wide-ranging document contains eight articles which directly address intellectual property. While still requiring final agreement, the document offers vital detail on the likely treatment of EU trademarks and Community registered designs in the coming years.
New research from the OECD and EUIPO reveals that growth in free trade zones where economic activity is driven by reduced customs controls, light regulation and limited oversight is, in turn, fostering growth in counterfeit goods trafficking.
The Confederation of All India Traders has stepped up pressure on the Indian government to pass a new Consumer Protection Bill which contains provisions designed to hold brand ambassadors liable for misleading endorsements. While there have been fears that the move could significantly impact brand and marketing strategies in the country, close reading of the bill suggests that the clampdown may not be as severe as it appears at first sight. In fact, responsible brands and celebrities could both benefit.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released a major new policy study in which it identifies how governments and customs authorities can step up the fight against illicit goods. A particular focus is how to overcome the policing challenge posed by the increased use of small parcel mailings a spotlight that will be welcomed by trademark professionals. Attention will now turn to whether meaningful action results.
With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becoming enforceable on May 25 2018, all eyes are on its potential impact on rights holders’ access to accurate and reliable WHOIS data. One industry expert warns of the “absurd” policies that could result from incorrect analysis of the regulations adding that cybercriminals “anywhere in the world” could soon become the biggest fans of GDPR.
Singapore opens plain packaging consultation; hits out at “misleading” use of branding by tobacco companies
Singapore’s Ministry of Health has opened a public consultation on proposals to introduce standardised packaging of tobacco products alongside enlarged graphic health warnings. The document firmly dismisses legal and trade-related arguments against plain packaging, and should be of concern to rights holders seeking to prevent the expansion of brand restrictions.
Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in China have reported improved confidence in China’s economy, with a third planning to increase investment in the country. While sentiment towards the IP environment has also improved mirroring the experience of those on the ground the escalation of the war of words over IP and trade, fuelled by US President Donald Trump's tough rhetoric, could skew perceptions back towards the negative.
Bodies representing IP solicitors, barristers and chartered trademark and patent attorneys have teamed up to urge the UK government to address key IP concerns related to Brexit urgently. While limiting its list to five key areas of concern, the document warns that a multi-year transitional period will likely be required to reach a suitable solution.
Just days after California started legally selling recreational marijuana, the Trump administration has signalled a U-turn on the federal marijuana enforcement policy, bringing it into conflict with a number of states. Experts tell World Trademark Review that the move also creates further uncertainty about the prospects for brands in the sector.
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