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Given the political sensitivities surrounding the relationship between China and Taiwan, certain cross-strait trademark applications are fraught with controversy. Media reports have pointed to the recent rejection of a National Palace Museum trademark in China as the latest example. But a museum representative tells World Trademark Review that the issues in this case are more legal than political.
Hogan Lovells unveils the results of its benchmarking survey of major international companies. The data gives special insight into Asian companies’ IP strategies, as they made up 52% of the respondent pool, while 32% were from the United States and a further 15% were European firms.
The headline in last Sunday’s Times of India certainly caught our attention: “Verdict in trademark row delivered 6 years after the order is reserved”. The story had a hapless American company waiting a whopping six years for a ruling (unfavourable, as it turned out) from India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board, then, incensed by the delay, appealing to the High Court in Madras, alleging anti-foreign bias. But all is not as reported.
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