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The WTR team is in San Diego for the INTA Annual Meeting, as part of a large Globe Business Media Group delegation if you have the opportunity, come and visit us in the exhibition hall at booth 1338 and pick up some of our latest publications.
Following European ‘trilogue’ discussions yesterday, the European Parliament, Council and Commission have announced a provisional agreement on the European trademark package, meaning that the reforms are a significant step closer to being realised. While many aspects have been welcomed by user associations, the lack of detail on crucial aspects means that the ‘thumbs up’ remains a tentative one.
Last year we reported on calls for official publication of investigations into allegations against the serving director-general of WIPO, Francis Gurry, and disagreement over the firing of a WIPO staff member. Our story followed previous reports on the growing pressure for a full investigation of accusations of improper conduct levelled at Gurry by James Pooley, a deputy director general of the UN body. Our sister title IAM has reported on the latest developments in this dispute and called for an independent investigation into the charges.
MARQUES has slammed proposals to introduce three permanent new expenses in the OHIM budget, arguing that the move, being discussed as part of the European trademark reforms, represents “a distortion of the very nature of the fees paid by the users and risks reducing the well functioning of OHIM to the detriment of users”.
The most-read story on the World Trademark Review blog last month centred on the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo magazine massacre in Paris, with a spate of trademark applications made for 'Je suis Charlie'.
The UK IPO has published the findings of its study into the IP implications of 3D printing, identifying a number of related concerns that brand owners should be addressing now.
OHIM has announced that, since its introduction in November, a quarter of CTM applications have followed the fast-track path, with some applications published by the office just three days after receipt.
Yesterday the Australian IP Office posted a warning to users that an entity named World Intelligent Property Office is sending unsolicited letters to the holders of international registrations and their representatives, inviting them to pay fees for registering/publishing their trademarks and using a similar name, logo, address and contact details to those of WIPO. This is just the latest in a spate of recent trademark solicitation mailings, illustrating the need for increased action.
India’s IPR Think Tank has made a series of recommendations designed to establish the country as, in the words of its proposed national slogan, ‘Creative India; Innovative India’. Making these plans a reality will require both political momentum and, crucially, significant funding.
The WTR Daily service resumes today after a short break, making it a natural time to recap on some of the trademark-related stories that have caught our eye over the past couple of weeks.
The USPTO has published its Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for financial year (FY) 2014, with trademark operations getting a clear thumbs up.
The ECJ has handed down its judgment in Intra-Presse SAS v Golden Balls, partially setting aside the judgments of the General Court regarding the registration of GOLDEN BALLS as a CTM. With the trademark battle between Intra-Presse and Golden Balls entering its eighth year, OHIM must now reassess whether GOLDEN BALLS may be registered, giving consideration to whether its similarity with the mark BALLON D’OR, albeit low, is sufficient for the public to establish a link between the two marks.
OHIM has announced that the fast-track processing of CTM applications will be available from November 24. On that day, whether choosing fast track or the regular route to publication, a change that applies to all CTM applicants will also take place.
The USPTO’s statistics for the year to date report that just 2.6% of international trademark applications (Madrid) are approved upon first action, compared to 34.1% of applications via TEAS Plus and 17% by TEAS. For applicants this creates a number of challenges, and begs the question of whether the direct route to registration is a better option.
Speaking at the opening of the WIPO Assemblies, director-general Francis Gurry outlined the organisation’s strong financial health and pledged to continue to build on the successes achieved over the past six years in its core programmes. At the same time there are calls for official publication of two independent investigations into allegations against the serving director-general and disagreement over the firing a WIPO staff member.
Brands are well-used to disgruntled customers taking to social media to air their grievances, but consumers wielding trademark law is a less common tactic. However, one UK individual has bucked that trend and has registered a trademark in the name of the bank that is the source of his ire, with the corresponding domain name being used to air his grievances.
The latest issue of World Trademark Review is now available online to subscribers. The edition is something of a milestone, being our 50th issue. To mark our golden anniversary we decided to look back and identify some of the individuals, disputes and big-picture issues that have shaped the trademark world we have been reporting on over the past eight years.
The proposed European trademark package came under scrutiny at the ECTA Annual Conference today, with the OHIM surplus a hot topic of debate. However, frustration was voiced at the barriers faced by users wishing to participate in the discussions.
At first glance, analysing the latest figures from the UK Intellectual Property Office suggests that trademark owners are being more combative in their efforts to protect their brands. However, the reality is that the shift albeit limited is heading the other way.
Speaking in London earlier today, OHIM president António Campinos warned that the global community is on the brink of losing the younger generation to IP scepticism. Moves are afoot to change the message taken to the masses but IP offices can’t do it all alone.
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